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    One of the things I love about Coachella is being blown away by a band that you didn't think much about prior to going. For me last year it was Daft Punk, I knew there stuff, thought it'd be fun to dance to, and was not prepared for their show, it was all we talked about in the ride home.

    2005 it was Arcade Fire - could this band have any more energy? (and honorable mention to Gram Rabbit whose music I love, but whole rabbit ear rabbit go go dancer stage show kicked off my day with a smile)

    2004 I came to see the Cure but it was Crystal Method that amazed me - I thought, how exciting could two men standing behind machinery be? - Changed my whole attitude about the Sahara tent.

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    Mine last year was the Magic Numbers' set. Even though it was hotter than balls when they played, I had a damn good time.

    I really enjoyed Coheed and Cambria's set too. Dude played the guitar with his teeth! I know I'm a dork for digging that kind of stuff.

    Depeche Mode impressed me as well. I liked their well known singles well enough, but after seeing them live I became a huge fan.
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    2003:
    Sonic Youth - Love their stuff but didn't think they would rock hard live given their somewhat older age. Boy was I wrong - so much energy, one of my favorite live performers since!

    2004:
    Black Keys - Rock n' roll.....

    2005:
    Secret Machines - Prior to Coachella, saw them open for Interpol and thought their set was dull. At Coachella they had upped the ante, their performance this time round dynamic and loud. And they continue to get better live.

    The Kills - Sex on stage, enough said.

    2006:
    The Walkmen - Amazing sound, confident performers

    Art Brut - So much fun!
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    2003:
    Sonic Youth - Love their stuff but didn't think they would rock hard live given their somewhat older age. Boy was I wrong - so much energy, one of my favorite live performers since!
    Sonic Youth is my favorite band and i've seen them many times, but in 2007 they were the ones that surprised me in a different way. they gave what was easily their worst performance ever. volume was low and "gentle", even during what were supposed to be the most epic parts of songs, they played WAY too much stuff off Rather Ripped, they lacked all their energy that i had loved from other times that i had seen them, and their set was extremely short (well that was partially because Jarvis Cocker is a selfish piece of shit).

    but yeah, it was hard watching them sound so bad. did you see them in 07? i wish i could have seen them in 03 if it was as cool as you say. other shows of theirs that i have been to have been great, but i figured they would own coachella.

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    acts I knew little about going in but enjoyed
    2003: Cafe Tacuba
    2004: Dios
    2005: Boom Bip
    2006: Octopus Project

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    2004-!!! blew me away, and I'd never heard of them. Q and not U and Erase Errata were both excellent as well. Muse made me a fan.
    2005-Arcade Fire, without a doubt one of the best performances i've ever seen.
    2006-Daft Punk was unexpectedly awesome. Deerhoof were so much better live than I thought they could be.
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    Eagles of Death Metal were so great. Lotsa fun.
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    Kraftwerk in 2004 - i've always been a fan of their music, but who knew that watching 4 guys just stand in front of their laptops would be so energizing?
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    2005- M.I.A.
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    Animal Collective - 2006

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    AIR...I was just like..."what the...son of a bitch I can't believe I missed most of their set!" as I walked closer to the stage

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    Air was such a plesant surprise - especially following another surprise in Belle and Sebastian. That was a lovely few hours!

    Crystal Method was amazing.

    Daft Punk was beyond amazing.

    Franz Ferdinand surprised me! Great energy and the crowd was really into it.

    Bauhaus was PERFECT! I was afraid to see the show. I saw them in 1980 at the Whisky and they were incredible, but I thought they would be a disappointment like the Cure was. Not at all. Still love them!

    Arcade Fire - Fantastic!

    Dresden Dolls - This band is only 2 people! 2! YAY for theatrical talent!

    Basement Jax - nothing like walking over to the stage to find a Gorilla dancing on it.

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    daft punk
    kayne shocked me by just being there.

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    I would have to agree with Franz Ferdinand. I seen them at Inland Invasion and it was a good fit for them. I thought they weren't going to cut it on the main stage but they landed up being the best band on the main stage that night.
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    bauhaus were amazing, my favorite of 2005 and im not even a huge fan

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    WOLFMOTHER.....had just heard of them before the show and they rocked my balls off. Amazing show. Tool was great too.

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    Jamie Lidell was awesome and I had never heard of him before that.

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    damn a lot of bands have just surprised teh shit out of me
    to name some.
    Buck 65
    Arcade Fire
    Jamie Lidell
    Wolf Mother
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    Arcade Fire, Daft Punk, and Jamie Lidell. Three of the top moments in my entire life.

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    I was so far back at Radiohead they were like ants, so after two songs I went into a tent (Gobi? Mojave?) and caught Mindless Self Indulgence. Never heard of them before. There were maybe 70 people watching them. They took my head off. I'm writing this without a head because they took it off. I saw them again in San Berdoo at Rokout last Thanksgiving and it's not even coming back, my head. Ever.

    By the way, Underworld would be a lovely addition this year.

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    I was really impressed by The Section Quartet last year. A great bunch of musicians, that's for sure.

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    I feel like a Coachella Vet (2004-06): Best Acts:
    04' was fucken hot and being that I am from Flagstaff doesn't help, so I only caught a limited amount of acts, but I did hang out in the Sahara tent a lot during the day.
    At night, it rocked! The RAPTURE; the PIXIES (the excitement was uncanny)
    same with that obscure band from the U.K. that played after them. WHAT A BACK TO BACK. ELECTRIC SIX.
    BELLE AND SEBASTIAN; AIR.
    05':: ambulance ltd.; rilo kiley; ah aaa i got to say it Weezer (my friends hated it, but I was loven it)(you can't blame them for wanting to debut some new shit). CHEMICAL BROTHERS; ARCADE FIRE (every time I watch the dvd i get teary eyed); NEW ORDER; NIN; BRIGHT EYES.
    06' CUT COPY; DAFT PUNK; MAGIC NUMBERS; TV ON THE RADIO (what a trip) oh yeah... LYRICS BORN; LADY SOV.
    07' ANTICIPATIONS... Interpol; the good, the bad, and the queen.

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    Daft Punk blew me away last year. Sure I've loved them forever, but I really wasn't prepared for the complete awesomeness of that performance. Easily the best electronica act I've ever seen.

    Also Cat Power was stellar and Jamie Lidell was my sleeper hit of the show. He was one of my most anticipated acts last year, but it was made all the better by the fact that it was drastically less crowded than most of the performances there. I saw him again at Voodoo Fest last October in New Orleans and he was even better.

    Edit: Look for Andrew Bird to be the sleeper hit this year. He's total ownage.
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    2004 - Q and not U (never heard them before, but they were good times)
    2006 - Daft Punk (probably my 6th most anticipated set, and was by far the best)

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    Basement Jaxx - they win the blew me away award from 04, even with the Pixies and Radiohead there, I couldn't believe how much I enjoyed them.

    Lamb in 99 shocked me with how good they were.

    Charlatans were much better than I thought they would be

    Section Quartet - surprisingly good too

    FC Kahuna - very nice early stuff in the Sahara

    2 many DJ's - amazing live show!!!
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    2004 - stellastarr*: only heard a couple of songs prior to their set, but have been a fan ever since
    2005 - The Kills: all over each other without missing a note... incredible
    2006 - Franz Ferdinand - not my #1 set last year, but pleasantly surprised with their set
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    Jurassic 5 1999. I had seen them a few times before but they were in their prime that night. I wish they were still hungry last time I saw them they were terrible.

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    Arcade Fire - My favorite performance ever (Coachella or otherwise)

    Gnarls Barkley - What a great set. I'm surprised it's not talked about more on these boards. Then again, there wasn't really that many people there to see it since 'Crazy' hadn't blown up yet. I was in about the 10th row and it was easily of the top 5 performances in my 3 Coachellas so far.

    The Go! Team - Just as energetic and fun as I hoped they would be.

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    I have seen Gnarls Barkley twice times since Coachella and it was a major letdown both times.

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    I liked Gnarls Barkley's set. Twas entertaining.
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