Best Hot Desert Soul: Charles Bradley
Charles Bradley's startling 2011 debut album, No Time For Dreaming, didn't come until he was 62, but he arrived fully formed by a lifetime of pain, redemption and an explosive gift behind the microphone. On the Coachella main stage on Friday, Bradley wailed and wept through "Heartaches and Pain," the true story of his early life and the murder of his brother. Bradley arrived in bright yellow, and no one looked happier to be standing in the afternoon desert heat, supported by his Extraordinaires. During "How Long," the singer looked overwhelmed with feeling and swung his mic stand over a shoulder and fell to one knee, shaking his weary head to a piercing trumpet solo. He sang like a man looking desperately for love, for social justice, for a higher power and closed by handing red and white roses to the ladies up front.