Coachella 2010: San Francisco's Girls dream, dream, dream the afternoon away
The winsome San Francisco band Girls has a history fraught with religious cults and tweaked gender expectations. But for four minutes in the Gobi tent, they were as sweet and simple as a kiss on the cheek. "We've got something special for you," said their impressively-maned singer Christopher Owens, before chiming the opening chords of the Everly Brothers ballad "All I Have To Do Is Dream."
Picking a perfect cover is a tough thing for a band, but this one fit Girls like a favorite sweater. Owens' stoned baritone is pitched right in line with the tune's writer, Roy Orbison, and the band has a sad-eyed jangle that conjures the teen-dream fantasies of early rock 'n' roll. Between the balmy air, beautifully underdressed crowd and distant mountain silhouettes, when Owens sang "trouble is, I'll dream my life away," the prospect didn't sound so bad at all.
-- August Brown
Photo: A crowd tries to keep cool at Coachella Valley Arts and Music Festival on Saturday. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times