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Coachella 2019: Lizzo gets down, Pusha T is cold as ice and more moments from early Sunday


The crowded chanted her name — L-I-Z-Z-O — for a few minutes of excited anticipation and then there was: Lizzo, the singer and rapper whose music and smile and messages of body positivity and self-love have won more and more fans in the last year or so.


She arrived on stage in a shimmering silver metallic cape attached to a body suit made of the same and kicked off her set with “Cuz I Love You,” a tune that showed off her powerhouse voice.


Yes, there were some technical issues with her tracks cutting out midway through songs, but she handled it like a pro, the audience, which spilled out of the Mojave tent for a hundred feet in every direction, picking her up each time.


Boy Pablo, a Norwegian indie pop band led by Nicholás Pablo Muñoz, got a dance party going with originals, a cover of Miley Cyrus’s “Party In The USA,” and at least once a mash-up of both — the original “UR Phone” segued into Katy Perry’s “Roar.” (Perry herself showed up later to do a guest vocal with Zedd.)


You know a band is well/respected when fellow musicians show up and UMO’s fans included Sean Lennon, the guys from Bob Moses, and Janelle Monae, who later made her way to Lizzo’s set.


Blood Orange played a similarly melodic set after Unknown Mortal Orchestra, perfect for lying on the grass for a rest, but then a friend texted that Huykoh, an indie rock band from South Korea, was playing a terrific set reminiscent of early Blur in Sonora, and off we went, getting there in time to catch “Love Ya!” which was, in fact, a great indie ditty.






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