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    I went to a Pete Yorn show at the Wiltern in the spring of 2003 and didn't know if I would even make it in time to see the opening act. Got there just as Grandaddy took the stage and I was completely blown away. So good! The next day I went out and bought The Sophtware Slump and have since picked up any recording of theirs I could get my hands on.

    Conversely, last year I went to see Radiohead at the Greek in LA (Friday night show) and had heard some good reviews about the opening act Deerhoof, so I made sure I was there in time to catch their set. What a f*cking buzzkill. I was not into their sound/noise, whatever it was, at all. Thankfully the reggae they played between sets mellowed me out and got me ready for what was one of the most epic shows I have ever seen.

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    The Pixies before Radiohead @ Coachella.(j/k that doesnt count I know)


    Mars Volta before the Pixies in 2004 was a nice one.(lots of rocks are going to get thrown at me right now)



    Thrice opening up for Brand New this entire week right now, hahahahaha.


    LCD Soundsystem opening for Arcade Fire.


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    Heart before I don't remember what group. All I remember is Magic Man - the Heart song that was out at the time - & it was wonderful.
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    cold war kids for white stripes. o wait...
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    I suppose I should've added the caveat... *can't be two really successful bands doing a tour in support of one and other. If not, I would have to agree with you Supre, that night in '04 was ALL-TIME. New Year's '06 with Cat Power/Gnarls Barkley/Flaming Lips was really good too, but I just don't count those as "openers."

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    I never knew who were the Decemberists were when they opened for Beck back in '05, and I've seen them 4 times since and haven't regreted it once.

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    damn i did not no they did a tour together. beck and the decemberists. i think you win.
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    buddy wakefield and alias and buck 65 for sage francis

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    amina opening for sigur ros, also gogol bordello opening for Cake
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    Broken Social Scene before Bloc Party at the Greek.

    The worst ever was The Mars Volta before APC.
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    Good call, Luckyface. That BSS set made me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
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    Dave Matthews Band for The Rolling Stones.
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    The criteria I'm inferring is that it has to be someone I didn't know going in. I went to that same Pete Yorn tour but I was there for Grandaddy so I'm not counting that.

    I didn't know Joanna Newsom before seeing her open for Devendra Banhart in July 2004. It was just her and her harp; I went home with her CD.

    A couple months later the Gunshy played before Electrelane in Tucson in September 2004; he was supposed to be at a different gig but it was cancelled so he did a short set at this one. I bought both of his CDs and have loved them. He just came back to Phoenix for the first time a couple weeks ago; that was a stunning show.

    The Parenthetical Girls blew me away opening for locals Reindeer Tiger Team at a July 2006 gig. I saw them last time in town too, and loved them again.

    Death Vessel did a wonderful set opening for Magnolia Electric Co in October 2006. He was back just a couple months ago too, opening for St Vincent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alchemy View Post
    Dave Matthews Band for The Rolling Stones.
    I got stuck with stupid Joss Stone opening for them at the Hollywood Bowl.

    Out of Beck, Metallica, Pearl Jam...etc. I got stuck with Joss Stone. On my birthday. Yipes.

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    Sugarcubes (before PIL & New Order)

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    I think there was a worse one than Joss Stone.



    Foo Fighters before the Police, yessss. Better than Barenaked Ladies or pretty much anyone else on the Plice tour this year.



    And whoever goes to Maroon 5 just for The Hives, you da man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alchemy View Post
    Dave Matthews Band for The Rolling Stones.
    I was at that same show in El Paso. Wasn't too impressed with Dave Matthews, but then again I'm not really a fan to begin with.

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    Better then what i got-metallica/everclear
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    Make up rumors of who's playing > keep track of who's confirmed > whine about where the lineup is > lineup announced! > bitch about how the lineup sucks > whine about what bands will be added > bands finally added! > whine about where set times are > set times finally announced! > bitch about how set times suck > goto show > come back and say Coachella was best ever! > start rumors for next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by tubescape View Post
    Conversely, last year I went to see Radiohead at the Greek in LA (Friday night show) and had heard some good reviews about the opening act Deerhoof, so I made sure I was there in time to catch their set. What a f*cking buzzkill. I was not into their sound/noise, whatever it was, at all. Thankfully the reggae they played between sets mellowed me out and got me ready for what was one of the most epic shows I have ever seen.
    you've got to be kidding me...Deerhoof rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Down Rodeo View Post
    I was at that same show in El Paso. Wasn't too impressed with Dave Matthews, but then again I'm not really a fan to begin with.
    I'm a big fan, but yeah... They were kind of ripped off on the sound. Also was hardly enough time for DMB to do their thing.

    Not a great show, but it's the best opening act I have seen. All the other opening acts I have seen are always really weak. Weaker than that.
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    Pharoaroe Monch (i think that is how you spell it) at Coachella '07 was fuckin' amazing!
    Regina Spektor too! She was incredible!

    And 2Cents at Sounds of the Unerground was fuckin' epic! Especially for a 20 minute set!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Memorial_07 View Post
    Pharoaroe Monch (i think that is how you spell it) at Coachella '07 was fuckin' amazing!
    Regina Spektor too! She was incredible!

    And 2Cents at Sounds of the Unerground was fuckin' epic! Especially for a 20 minute set!
    I thought Regina and Monch were really weak actually. Regina could have gone so much better, as well as Monch.

    But including Coachella early bands is cheating. Otherwise I wouldn't have said DMB. I would have said Boom Bip.
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    i really enjoyed reginas performance did not catch P. Monch
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    Make up rumors of who's playing > keep track of who's confirmed > whine about where the lineup is > lineup announced! > bitch about how the lineup sucks > whine about what bands will be added > bands finally added! > whine about where set times are > set times finally announced! > bitch about how set times suck > goto show > come back and say Coachella was best ever! > start rumors for next year

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    Quote Originally Posted by Memorial_07 View Post
    And 2Cents at Sounds of the Unerground was fuckin' epic! Especially for a 20 minute set!
    Hey, my ex-girlfriend's cousin is the bassist for 2Cents. I'm glad to see that people are enjoying their stuff.

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    stereo mcs opening for happy mondays
    nitzer ebb opening for depeche

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    spoon for death cab
    the faint for bright eyes (if that counts)
    plastilina mosh for manu chao
    nortec for crystal method
    the 88 for rilo kiley
    dj jester for of montreal
    as predicted by nostradamus

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    Autolux, opening for the White Stripes. Completely different sounding band than what I expected before a White Stripes show, but Autolux floored me.

    More recently, Electrelane (before Arcade Fire) was great.
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    L7 for Faith No More
    Black Grape for The Prodigy
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    wolf eyes for sonic youth.

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    best:
    giant drag before JAMC
    or cut copy before franz ferdinand


    Worst:
    icarus line before JAMC

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