Florence + the Machine
With a new album still more than a month away, it was easy to be skeptical of Florence Welch’s timing and placement at Coachella. But Welch, playing her third Coachella in as many albums, has a not-so-secret weapon on this cycle: she has become among the best singers and performers in music. Whether it was in new singles “What Kind of Man” and “Ship to Wreck” or her anthems “Shake It Out” and “Dog Days Are Over”, Welch was an athlete, running across the stage like a woman possessed, amazing in her ability to never miss a note while in full sprint. If anything needs to be improved, it was in her over-the-top “let’s make tonight the best ever” crowd banter. Still, at Coachella, in front of audiences that might have literally been having their best night ever, it worked, even if it played a little trite.