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Hangout ’13: Girl Crushing

by Joani Delezen

Talented. Stylish enough to rock high-wasted shorts. A sense of humor. Perfectly un-perfect hair. These are just a few things I look for in my “girl crushes.” And by “crush” I mean those girls that you want to be and/or be best friends with. Preferably both.This year’s line-up has no shortage of ladies that qualify. I mean, Karen freakin’ O? It doesn’t get more crush-worthy than that.

Karen O of Yeah Yeah Yeahs
As famous for her sleek bob as her signature howling vocals, YYY’s front woman Karen O is pretty much in a league of her own. The hallmarks of her live shows are outrageous outfits and insane energy. I know they are currently touring in support of their fourth album, “Mosquito” but I’m not going to lie, I’m hoping the set list has some old jams on it too like “Heads Will Roll” and “Maps.”
Sunday, 5:15 – 6:30 p.m., Hangout Stage

Ellie Goulding
A lot of people know Ellie Goulding from her hit “Lights” which seemed to be on repeat on pop radio for the better half of last year. But my first introduction to her came courtesy of an Elton John cover and a UK iTunes ad. Seriously, her version of “Your Song” might just be one of the sweetest songs ever. One listen to “Anything Could Happen” from her latest studio album “Halcyon” and I bet you’ll be as in love with her as I am.
Sunday, 3:15 – 4:15 p.m., Hangout Stage

Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast
If you’re looking for laid-back California-cool personified, look no further than Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino. Pretty much every song she and bandmate Bobb Bruno have ever made is a tribute to the sun and sand of their native coast, so finally seeing them on the Hangout bill just feels right. I just know that her dreamy surf pop vocals are going to soun d even better with actual surf in the background. I just wish they weren’t one of the first bands of the day.
Sunday, 12:15 – 1:15 p.m., Chevrolet Stage

Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors
“Stillness Is The Move” is where Dirty Projectors vocalist Amber Coffman got my attention. Then she completely won my heart with “The Socialites.” And now she’s even got me downloading Major Lazer and Snoop Lion songs. She’s just that good. Some people say she sounds like Feist. I’ve heard others say Cat Power. Fingers crossed their set lends itself to showing off her amazing vocal talent.
Saturday, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., Chevrolet Stage

Jessica Dobson of The Shins
Unless you’ve seen them live or on TV since releasing “Port of Morrow” you might not know that the Shins added a female guitarist. Jessica Dobson earned her guitar chops playing with bands like Beck, Spoon and even Yeah Yeah Yeahs, so she’s no stranger to making indie pop music for the masses. She also fronts her own band called Deep Sea Diver.
Friday, 7:30 – 9 p.m., Chevrolet Stage

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