Coachella 2010: The Power Rankings

Last weekend marked the eleventh time that the folks at Goldenvoice have produced the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, bringing together over one hundred acts of disparate musical genres and throwing them all together in the desert heat to see what sticks and what melts away. This year’s Coachella had its fair share of legends (Sly Stone, Public Image Ltd.), indie darlings (She & Him, Vampire Weekend), titans of their genre (Jay-Z, Faith No More), and once-in-a-lifetime acts with production that you’ll never see anywhere else (Plastikman, Fever Ray, Orbital, and Gorillaz). It also had its fair share of snags: parking was a nightmare, huge crowds created gridlock, and there was a surprising lack of fantastic art other than an enormous white paper crane.

After the jump, read our power rankings for some of the acts who we saw at the festival, based on each band’s buzz points coming into their performances and cred gained or lost after the fact. You might be surprised by some of the results; if you were there, let us know who you saw at the festival and whether you agree with our judgments.


Photo credit: jaredeberhardt.com

Major Lazer
Buzz: 2
Cred Gained/Lost: +3
Total = 5

The recorded throbbing of Major Lazer is nothing too exciting musically; it’s just decent dancehall music that’s easy to dance to, and that seems to be all Diplo and Switch care about. But the manic fireball of energy Skerrit Bwoy turned the set into an unironic celebration of mindless partying. He brought random girls up on stage, repeatedly stage-dove, climbed the stage light rig, and paraded around pant-less. The (literal) climax was when he brought out an industrial ladder, incited the crowd like a professional wrestler, pulled down his pants, and took a flying leap onto fellow hype-girl Mimi to perform sexually explicit dance moves only separated from pornography by a thin layer of clothes.