Mixing It Up

Variety is the spice of Coachella

The Chemical Brothers would've gotten the "most danceable" prize, except that thousands of people flooded the tent at once, and the lucky revelers inside were a small minority compared to the hundreds more who couldn't dance much amid the gridlock.

And while too many bands to name gave great shows (okay, just for starters, there was Bloc Party, Amp Fiddler, The Faint, and the Dresden Dolls), the Arcade Fire's was the most inspiring. The 10 musicians onstage were all dressed in black finery, suitable for a Funeral, and they moved and sang with fiery intensity -- swaying to their own passionate melodies, screaming at the top of their lungs, banging on every object within reach for added percussion. The past six months have been a swift swell of publicity for the Montreal natives, and that was evident by the roughly 20,000 people who showed up at the Outdoor Theatre to dance and sing along. For "Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)," thousands of hands were raised, clapping along. Squinting into the setting sun as he looked out at the sea of faces, front man Win Butler sounded almost out of breath when he paused to say, "This is surreal for us."

That thought had crossed our minds, too.

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