Best Gracious Act: Philip Selway of Radiohead
Philip Selway is best known as the drummer for Radiohead, one of the most influential rock bands since the Nineties. In recent years, he's also begun a surprising solo career, and on Sunday brought his brooding, gentle music to the desert. It's not his first time, having landed in Indio twice before on the main stage with Radiohead – both especially memorable performances in the history of the festival. If Selway's set in the Gobi tent got less attention, if was at least a revealing look at the clattering beats and some other distinctive components he can claim as his own. During his nearly hour-long set, Selway was a polite and humble host, spending no time at the drums, instead singing and sitting at a keyboard. His understated delivery was worlds away from Thom Yorke's anxious presence, but the songs "Running Blind," "Around Again" and "A Simple Life" revealed a thoughtful, gifted musician at work.