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Coachella 2011: Rye Rye transforms Sahara tent into Baltimore go-go club, says debut will arrive in June

April 16, 2011 |  2:57 pm

“Y’all ready to go to Baltimore?,” Rye Rye asked the crowd after opening with two songs in the Sahara tent.

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.

Photos: Panoramas of Coachella 2011

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. 

00coachellaryerye The 20-year-old impressively made the most of her 30-minute set.

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.

Photos: Faces of Coachella 2011

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. 


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-- 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