Best Live Improvement: Florence and the Machine
When Florence and the Machine broke through five years ago with the single "Dog Days Are Over," their live performances got over on the vocal power of lead singer Florence Welch: She had strong enough pipes to make up for some onstage awkwardness. But on the Coachella main stage, she showed how far she's come as a performer, running from one end of the stage to the other, constantly jumping off the stage to get close to the audience, and selling the new songs from the band's upcoming album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful. (The title, she told the crowd, was inspired by the Los Angeles sky.) Welch's command of the audience was so great, that by the end, they were willing not just to clap along when she asked, but to embrace nearby strangers in the crowd and remove an item of clothing for the final song. She confidently led by example, removing the top half of her white pantsuit and singing in her bra.