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Coachella 2009. Day Two

INDIO, California (Story by Jim Harrington)
(4/18/2009)

Following a Day One that more resembled an induction ceremony at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame than it did a celebration of indie-rock music, the 2009 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival got back on its regular track on Saturday (4/18) with a lineup that featured some of the best young talent in the business.

Gone were Paul McCartney, Morrissey and Leonard Cohen–the trio of legendary singer/songwriters that performed on Friday–and in their place at the Empire Polo grounds in Indio, CA, were such newly notable acts as Fleet Foxes, Thievery Corporation and Band of Horses.

The evening’s headliner was The Killers, something that was visually underscored by the many members of the 50,000-strong crowd that chose to wear the band’s merchandise to the event, although the best set of the day that this critic witnessed was delivered by TV on the Radio.

Photos by Brian Moghadam