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Coachella 2016 Festival Review: From Worst to Best

on April 18, 2016, 4:30pm
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Zella Day


It’s entirely possible that Zella Day looks back on Coachella 2016 as the moment that launched her career in earnest. It would be fitting, too. No other artist in the lineup feels more at home in the desert than the 21-year-old singer-songwriter, who grew up in Pinetop, Arizona and has the whole hippie-chic aesthetic down pat. Day was one of Saturday’s pleasant surprises, delivering a tight set of anthemic indie pop that stuck in our heads for the rest of the afternoon. Day is an undeniably powerful vocalist, and at several points in her set she achieved a nice vibrato effect that recalled Stevie Nicks for all the right reasons. How perfect, then, that she would cover “Rhiannon” and dedicate the song to the original “Queen of Coachella.” Day’s still got a long way to go, but it’s not crazy to think she could one day claim that throne. –Collin Brennan

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