Coachella 2011: Rye Rye transforms Sahara tent into Baltimore go-go club, says debut will arrive in June
Although attendance was light at the beginning of her performance early Saturday afternoon -- a shame considering the crisp breeze blowing through the tent -- the sounds and sights of the femcee’s frenetic electronic club backbeats, Jamaican dance-hall choreography and bright, eccentric patterns that scrolled on the jumbo screens were enough to pull in hundreds of stragglers ready to dance.
Rye Rye, who emerged in 2008 as a high school protege of M.I.A., worked overtime to morph the Sahara tent into a go-go club rivaling those in her native Bmore.
Backed by six dancers, she blew through the tracks that made her reputation, including “Shake It To The Ground” and “Bang.” She also previewed tracks from her serially delayed debut, “Go! Pop! Bang!” -– set for release via M.I.A.'s Interscope imprint, N.E.E.T. She announced to the crowd that they'll be able to buy the disc in June.
After the show wrapped and the crowd had dispersed it was clear she had gleaned a few new fans: a crew of girls practiced the limber moves Rye Rye displayed on stage.
“I love her sound,” one girl shouted as another exclaimed how "sick" her show was.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Top photo: Rye Rye and backup dancers perform on Saturday afternoon at Coachella. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times
Bottom photo: Rye Rye. Credit: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times