Best Desert Attire: Deerhunter
Bradford Cox is a man of the South, so dressing for the heat is no great challenge. Inside the sweltering Mojave Tent, the singer-guitarist arrived for Deerhunter's set in a beige and white suit and tie beneath a wide floppy hat. He looked like an eccentric expat on desert holiday, which fit both the band and the occasion. Whatever the temperature, the sound remained wild and refined during the Atlanta indie band's second Coachella appearance, opening with Cox banging on a tambourine while singing "Rainwater Cassette Exchange." For "Firelines," he picked up an electric guitar to create a cascading lead within a hypnotic indie guitar jam, equal parts chiming and hard-edged, as drummer Moses Archuleta and bassist Josh McKay pounded a simple heartbeat rhythm. Later, Cox removed his jacket and tie to bend over a sequencer, adding blasts of dissonance against an energetic keyboard melody, as the sound and his attire wandered into something spontaneous and new.