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    Outside Coachella I don't catch a ton of shows but this year Ive already seen a wide number of the acts. Here's my assessment, please add yours.

    Phenomenal

    Janelle Monae - cross James Brown w Grace Jones with Prince w Meatloaf and you'll get the idea - one of surest things on lineup
    Foals - Just an onslaught of technical musicianship and those Total Life Forever anthems rage live. My vote for very best show of 2011 fest.

    Damn Good
    Franz Ferdinand - Kapranos the real deal and so many of their songs just have pop
    Grinderman - My Favotite of Nicks too incarnations but this is really Warren Ellis shoe. A Masters class in guitar pedal distortion.
    Nick Cave and Bad Seeds - not as immediate as Gtinderman but massive body of work.
    Vampire Weekend - sucked at 08 Coachella but they've reach a Coldplay like competence live now. Very Good Energy
    Violent Femmes - A blast lest time I saw them, but that was 1990
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs
    TEGAN & SARA - Voices really pop live

    SOLID
    Lou Reed - Saw Lou Three Timex in 80s and 90s always good never great...hold out very little hope for this set but wont miss it.
    Grizzly Bear - Sound great but stiff everything played to track zero spontaneity and as bad as they get with stage banter.
    Hot Chip - Fun but have never blown me away
    Spiritualized - Like Grizzly Bear a fine musician but stiff performer good but an overrated act as far as reputation on this board goes.
    TAME IMPALA - problem is guitarists cant play everything live - hes impressive but rest of band isnt

    BETTER ON RECORD - great albums or songs but don't have it live
    Pheonix - songs just don't do anything for me live
    Modest Mouse - seen many times very inconsistent
    Beach House - sound good but sleepy as fuck
    The XX - see Beach House

    Almost As Bad As MGMT
    Smith Westerns - zero Charisma
    Passion Pit - They don't mail it in like MGMT but watching lead singer sing is a genuinely disturbing site

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    I've seen the YYY's, Passion Pit, Social D, Dropkick Murphys, Hot Chip, and a little bit of Vampire Weekend in 2009

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs: They were pretty damn good, just seeing Karen O deep throat the microphone during Date With The Night made it worthwhile
    Social D: If you're a fan of their music, you'll be a fan of them live. They play well live and they ramble about depressing things, but for the most part it just sounds like the CD's
    Dropkick Murphys: Singer's got one fucked up voice from all that screaming and irish grunting he does, but music was still good and it still worked
    Hot Chip: You can dance a little to them, they're ok
    Vampire Weekend: What I heard was good, but i partied way too hard that day and couldn't stay
    Passion Pit: Music is just fine, but their singer is god awful live

    For what it's worth I've seen Tool and NIN too and they have their side projects there this year (puscifer and how to destroy angels)
    Maynard ALWAYS delivers on his performances, sounds amazing and switches it up just a bit for the live performances
    Trent sounds good, but I'm a little skeptical about how a live performance of how to destroy angels would go... seems like it would be boring live, but I'm going either way
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    Bands/Dj's I have seen-

    Can't miss-

    Infected Mushroom- I have only seen them with their entire band, but still this is a can't miss IMO

    Of Monsters and Men- Amazing @ lolla last year

    The Lumineers- Great album, even better live

    Yeasayer- One of the reasons why I bought my ticket, awesome show

    Good-

    Bassnectar- I have seen him about 15 times. Always a solid show. Highly suggest going if you have never seen him before.

    Band of Horses- Good, but not great


    Dog Blood- Saw them on NYE this year. Really fun show, but not a MUST unless they get on the main stage

    Fedde Le Grand- I have seen fedde a few times, good show

    Excision- I have never been to a more loud show. I don't know what the Executioner is, but if you don't like really really lodu music, skip this show

    Major Lazer- Very fun show, even if you don't like electro I suggest giving them a chance.

    Metric- Very good live show, almost pushed into the can't miss, but their new album did do it for me as much as their first.

    Modest Mouse- Agree with the above poster about being a little inconsistent, but I have seen them 3 times, 2 of the 3 were amazing.

    Moby- I saw a Moby Dj set at the electric zoo in NYC, I was very surprised at how hard Moby brought it.

    Paul Oakenfold- was impressed with paul @ hangout fest last year, although no one else came to the show so I had tons of room to move around, which always makes a show a little more enjoyable

    Pretty Lights- I have seen Plight over 20 times, I am going to pass @ coachella, but you haven't seen derrek I suggest you do, very fun show, and a lot dif than other Dj's

    Wolfgang Gartner- Killed it when I saw him three years ago, but I haven't been super impressed with his new music

    Eric Prydz- I wouldn't miss this show, but I have onyl seen him once and I was border line blacked out, I remember having fun though ha

    Not Great

    RHCP- Not that I don't like RHCP, I just think their new music is border line awful. I did see them twice last year and they pretty much only played their old stuff, which was nice

    Passion Pit- Just wasn't feeling them, I like their studio stuff, but live I just couldn't get into it

    Mimosa- PASS, has a great stage presents, but nothing you can't see in any other DJ

    Booka shade- it might have been their 1PM set time, but I wasn't feeling this DJ

    Benny benassi- I have seen benny a few times, only once was I impressed.

    Who Im excited to see that I haven't seen before-

    Alt-J- I love their album, very excited they are on the bill

    Bingo Players- Dutch House anyone??

    Grizzly Bear- Love their new album

    How To Destory Angels- I don't know what to expect here, but I Love NIN

    Kill the Noise- one of my fav dubstep Dj's

    Knife Party- Pendullum was AMAZING

    Kurt Vile- War on drugs was a great show

    New Order- So excited to see them

    Portugal. The Man- I have heard great things, can't wait to see them

    Simiam Mobile Disco- anyone seen this band? love their sound

    Hot Chip- Reminds me of simian Mobile Disco, really excited to see them

    The XX- Not sure how much I will get into them, but I like their studio stuff when I am trying to relax

    The Postal Serivce- Love death cab, and like the postal serivce studio stuff even more

    Vamire weekend- Will their new album blow up before coachella?

    Phoenix- see above

    WU-Tang- Yes, I can't wait to see Wu-Tang, hologram ODB?? ha

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    jeez, nice extensive list. Ain't doing mine now. Do want to hear Benny Benassi 'Cinema' though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c2sts9 View Post

    Kurt Vile- War on drugs was a great show
    Be prepared to be heavily disappointed if that's your comparison. The War on Drugs is one of the best up-and-coming live acts around right now. The Violators, even when they have people from TWoD playing with them, never reach those heights.
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    Be prepared to be heavily disappointed if that's your comparison. The War on Drugs is one of the best up-and-coming live acts around right now. The Violators, even when they have people from TWoD playing with them, never reach those heights.
    Really? I love the TWoD live and I love all Vile's albums - I guess I just assumed it was gonna be the same.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaFunkyPrecedent View Post
    Really? I love the TWoD live and I love all Vile's albums - I guess I just assumed it was gonna be the same.
    Agreed. I've got all Kurt's albums and listen to them a ton, and Smoke Ring was my favorite album of 2011, but he just isn't great with his band for some reason. I dunno.
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    Quote Originally Posted by c2sts9 View Post
    Bands/Dj's I have seen-

    Can't miss-

    Infected Mushroom- I have only seen them with their entire band, but still this is a can't miss IMO

    Of Monsters and Men- Amazing @ lolla last year

    The Lumineers- Great album, even better live

    Yeasayer- One of the reasons why I bought my ticket, awesome show


    yer can't miss are awful as fuck...yeasayer are Ok but y'all won't be mad if you miss them
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    Quote Originally Posted by arsgunner View Post
    yer can't miss are awful as fuck...yeasayer are Ok but y'all won't be mad if you miss them
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    You've seen bassnectar 15 times? What the fuck is wrong with you
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    God Tier
    Sigur Ros: One of the best live acts on the planet. Truly transcendent. Do not miss.
    Blur: The Glasto set was definitely God Tier. You've seen the videos, yes? Watching them at Hyde Park compared to Glastonbury wasn't as perfect, though. Sure, we had the big singalongs, just not as big, and the massive love-in was replaced with a surprising amount of aggression and fights. As far as what's happening onstage, they're very good but not as brilliant as Pulp live, so it's more of a crowd dependent experience, and I predict this would be bumped down a level with a dead/indifferent crowd, but we'll see.

    Legendary Tier
    Bat for Lashes: Magical, completely mesmerizing. Natasha's voice is otherworldly live and she really puts a lot into every performance. Join her for a dance on Saturday.
    Grinderman: Perfectly sleazy, devilish good time.
    Metric: They're tamer than they used to be in the old days, but still a blast. In fact, I've seen them eight times and they were always great.
    Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Wasn't really familiar with much of his massive body of work, but he's the kind of engaging live performer that completely wows you regardless of such matters.
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs: They're pretty amazing. How have you not seen them already?

    Fascinating Tier
    Beach House: Not really ideal for festivals, but if you like their records and nothing else is on, go for it. When I saw them, there was an emotional intensity that kept their dreamy sound from being a total sleepy time.
    Cloud Nothings: Missed their first set on the S.S. Coachella and half of their second, but that half was one of the best of the cruise. More than just another generically "loud" band, there's really something behind their take-no-prisoners savagery.
    Father John Misty: Was fairly indifferent before the cruise, but he really impressed me with charismatic, lively sets (electric with a full band and acoustic solo).
    Foals: Sounded pretty good opening for Blur back in the day.
    Four Tet: Was very impressed with their set a couple years ago. Actually managed to hold my attention while counting down the minutes for Radiohead.
    Franz Ferdinand: I doubt I'll be watching them, but I liked their set in 2006.
    Grimes: Your mileage may vary, but definitely warrants a look, especially since there's not nearly as much going on Sunday as the other two days.
    Grizzly Bear: Music sounds about as good as it does on record. Not much else to say, really.
    Local Natives: Saw the last song of their set at Glastonbury a few years ago and had no complaints.
    Simian Mobile Disco: Good way to get your dance on.

    Meh Tier
    Hot Chip: First time was horrendous, second time was surprisingly decent.
    Of Monsters and Men: "Ugh, what is this? Oh. Well, I'm off, then." - my reaction when hearing them at Sasquatch during a meetup
    Polica: Like the album, but sounded absolutely horrendous at Sasquatch. I will give Polica the benefit of the doubt and list them here because Sasquatch's sound is run by Marlee Matlin, especially on the second stage where nothing sounded right until around 7pm each night.
    Pretty Lights: Didn't hate it but I don't remember a single note of it.
    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Heard a couple songs in 2007 and they weren't anything special live. Yet here they are.
    The XX: More like the ZZ. And now they're back with a slightly remixed version of their first album. Can't you assholes ever jump onto the bandwagons of more interesting things?

    Fail Tier
    The Faint: Good for a song or two, but a whole set is just trying. Left early.
    Stars: Their 2008 set was a big letdown. Don't know why they're back. Didn't even know they were still around.
    Tegan and Sara: Overheard some of their set in 2005 during dinner and it made me wish I didn't have ears.
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    Tegan and Sara: Overheard some of their set in 2005 during dinner and it made me wish I didn't have ears.
    Strongly disagree. They play their songs good, but the best part is their stage banter, it's funny. I do agree with your assessment of Stars - checked them out at Austin City Limits Fest in '08 and was bored.

    Lou Reed is the only one where I'd be wary about his live performance, I saw him at Lollapalooza '09 and he arrived late and went over his scheduled time, he had this frustrated look on his face of things weren't working right. His set might be disappointing, so approach with caution.
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    God Tier
    Sigur Ros: One of the best live acts on the planet. Truly transcendent. Do not miss.
    Blur: The Glasto set was definitely God Tier. You've seen the videos, yes? Watching them at Hyde Park compared to Glastonbury wasn't as perfect, though. Sure, we had the big singalongs, just not as big, and the massive love-in was replaced with a surprising amount of aggression and fights. As far as what's happening onstage, they're very good but not as brilliant as Pulp live, so it's more of a crowd dependent experience, and I predict this would be bumped down a level with a dead/indifferent crowd, but we'll see.

    Legendary Tier
    Bat for Lashes: Magical, completely mesmerizing. Natasha's voice is otherworldly live and she really puts a lot into every performance. Join her for a dance on Saturday.
    Grinderman: Perfectly sleazy, devilish good time.
    Metric: They're tamer than they used to be in the old days, but still a blast. In fact, I've seen them eight times and they were always great.
    Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Wasn't really familiar with much of his massive body of work, but he's the kind of engaging live performer that completely wows you regardless of such matters.
    Yeah Yeah Yeahs: They're pretty amazing. How have you not seen them already?

    Fascinating Tier
    Beach House: Not really ideal for festivals, but if you like their records and nothing else is on, go for it. When I saw them, there was an emotional intensity that kept their dreamy sound from being a total sleepy time.
    Cloud Nothings: Missed their first set on the S.S. Coachella and half of their second, but that half was one of the best of the cruise. More than just another generically "loud" band, there's really something behind their take-no-prisoners savagery.
    Foals: Sounded pretty good opening for Blur back in the day.
    Four Tet: Was very impressed with their set a couple years ago. Actually managed to hold my attention while counting down the minutes for Radiohead.
    Franz Ferdinand: I doubt I'll be watching them, but I liked their set in 2006.
    Grimes: Your mileage may vary, but definitely warrants a look, especially since there's not nearly as much going on Sunday as the other two days.
    Grizzly Bear: Music sounds about as good as it does on record. Not much else to say, really.
    Local Natives: Saw the last song of their set at Glastonbury a few years ago and had no complaints.
    Simian Mobile Disco: Good way to get your dance on.

    Meh Tier
    Hot Chip: First time was horrendous, second time was surprisingly decent.
    Of Monsters and Men: "Ugh, what is this? Oh. Well, I'm off, then." - my reaction when hearing them at Sasquatch during a meetup
    Polica: Like the album, but sounded absolutely horrendous at Sasquatch. I will give Polica the benefit of the doubt and list them here because Sasquatch's sound is run by Marlee Matlin, especially on the second stage where nothing sounded right until around 7pm each night.
    Pretty Lights: Didn't hate it but I don't remember a single note of it.
    Red Hot Chili Peppers: Heard a couple songs in 2007 and they weren't anything special live. Yet here they are.
    The XX: More like the ZZ. And now they're back with a slightly remixed version of their first album. Can't you assholes ever jump onto the bandwagons of more interesting things?

    Fail Tier
    The Faint: Good for a song or two, but a whole set is just trying. Left early.
    Stars: Their 2008 set was a big letdown. Don't know why they're back. Didn't even know they were still around.
    Tegan and Sara: Overheard some of their set in 2005 during dinner and it made me wish I didn't have ears.
    I agree with everything said here except for the Faint. They're still awesome


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    everyone is gonna bash modest mouse but they are honestly one of my favorite live acts. sometimes they straight up dont give a fuck at all and i sound like a hipster but i still love it anyways; just something about em that i cant explain

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    I haven't seen too many, but I'll contribute some observations.

    Yeasayer is amazing. Huge energy, high level of musicianship and just very fun.

    I've seen Grizzly Bear a couple times and was never really blown away by them. They're good, and I know a lot of people who love them, but somehow they just don't completely do it for me.

    Violent Femmes are a great band. Lots of fun, sloppy sing alongs. Granted I saw them in 2005, not sure how they'll be now.

    Portugal. The Man are one of my most anticipated sets of the weekend. I saw them a couple years ago, before I really got into them and they still blew me away. Can't wait to see them now that I know most of their material.

    Passion Pit is nothing to write home about.

    Pretty Lights is a fun time, not your typical bro-house or dubshit act. He gets a lot of hate, but judge for yourself.

    Bassnectar is the only show where I genuinely felt like an old man (I'm 26). Too loud, too many dumb kids running around. Maybe I just wasn't in the right mindset, but I wasn't really into it.

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    I'm going to skip all the acts I've seen that I thought were just "OK", and instead focus in on the ones that were way above or way below expectations.

    Do. Not. Miss.
    - Sigur Ros. They destroy live. From really delicate etherial passages to absolutely crushing waves of raw sound, they're fantastic. Their headlining set at Osheaga last year was great, and that was before they started debuting their newest tracks into the mix.
    - Dead Can Dance. If you dig any sort of "world music" or "neo-classical" or just great singing and real insturments, do *not* miss them. Brendan and Lisa *hate* each other, so this reunion tour is probably the only chance you'll get to see them ever again. Seen every US tour they've done, and it's always great.
    - Beardyman. One dude creates entire drum-n-bass, hip-hop, and dubstep soundscapes using only his multi-tracked voice and some effects pads. It's NUTS live. When he's 'on', it's like nothing i've ever seen. When he's not 'on', it's still absolutely amazing.

    Very. Very. Good.
    - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds / Grinderman. You get the loungier/storytelling side, and the angrier rockier side in one weekend. Completely captivating and will hold your attention. Cave is a killer frontman, and the musicians he surrounds himself with are all legendary in their own way.
    - Janelle Monae. Kills it. Insane energy and charisma. Her band is hilarious.

    Considerable. Letdown.
    - Puscifer. I love Tool, and dig the Puscifer albums well enough, but this just didn't work for me live at all. It's like it's missing a key piece of... something.
    - Yeasayer. Can't put my finger on it, but they just don't work for me live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AbundantChoice View Post
    I'm going to skip all the acts I've seen that I thought were just "OK", and instead focus in on the ones that were way above or way below expectations.

    Do. Not. Miss.
    .........
    .......
    .......

    Thanks for your list! Really helpful write up for me on some of the bands I hadn't listened to yet but now really like after checking them out.

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    I'd do this, but I've seen 76 of the acts before, so it would take a while.

    Just avoid Jessie Ware and you'll be fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sonofhal View Post
    I'd do this, but I've seen 76 of the acts before, so it would take a while.

    Just avoid Jessie Ware and you'll be fine.
    Im suprised, I thought the difference between who you have seen and who I have seen would be larger. I am at 71.

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    Quote Originally Posted by suprefan View Post
    Im suprised, I thought the difference between who you have seen and who I have seen would be larger. I am at 71.
    I'd do one but yeah, I've seen 75 of these bands. Not going to take the time, sorry guys.

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    Dinosaur Jr- essential, saw them last year @ FYF, put on a great set, lots of energy, great cover of "Just Like Heaven"
    Aesop Rock- Saw him at FYF as well, put on a decent set, played mostly material off of latest album along with some Hail Mary Mallon stuff.
    Theophilus London- Saw him at MDBP 2012 in LA, avoid at all costs. He spends half of his set plugging in his merch, and acts like a dick to the crowd when they wanted to hear his earlier stuff.
    Vampire Weekend- Saw them in 2010 at the Hollywood Bowl. One of the few stand-out indie pop acts on the bill, should be a fun set with old favorites and material from the new album.

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    I saw Modest Mouse at a festival last summer. I don't know if it was because they were playing at a metal festival, and therefore the crowd wasn't their usual crowd, but they had no energy whatsoever. It felt like a paycheck set and they looked like they would've rather been anywhere else than playing this festival. Coachella seems more like their crowd so maybe it'll be better. With the options on Friday I'll be skipping them.
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    Jeff The BrotherhoodI saw them as an opener, not knowing who they were and they blew me away. It's only two guys on stage, and they really kick ass. So much fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nathanfairchild View Post
    I saw Modest Mouse at a festival last summer. I don't know if it was because they were playing at a metal festival, and therefore the crowd wasn't their usual crowd, but they had no energy whatsoever. It felt like a paycheck set and they looked like they would've rather been anywhere else than playing this festival. Coachella seems more like their crowd so maybe it'll be better. With the options on Friday I'll be skipping them.
    when they bring their A game they have the potential to be the best set of the weekend. worth a 15 minute gamble at the beginning of the set to see how they are at the very least

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    I saw Modest Mouse at a festival last summer. I don't know if it was because they were playing at a metal festival, and therefore the crowd wasn't their usual crowd, but they had no energy whatsoever. It felt like a paycheck set and they looked like they would've rather been anywhere else than playing this festival. Coachella seems more like their crowd so maybe it'll be better. With the options on Friday I'll be skipping them.
    Was It Orion? I was there but I only heard Float On as I was walking from Suicidal Tendencies to secure a good spot for Arctic Monkeys.
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    Quote Originally Posted by goldfinger19 View Post
    Was It Orion? I was there but I only heard Float On as I was walking from Suicidal Tendencies to secure a good spot for Arctic Monkeys.
    yes.
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    I'll preface my post with the fact that seeing a band is completely subjective based on many factors. Being a fan of the band and knowing songs, venue/lighting/tech, crowd participation/size as well as the obvious state of the attendee (drunk, stoned, etc) all must be taken into account.

    Scale of 1-5, 1 being utter shit that should be avoided, 5 being AMAZING

    Friday

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs (4+) - I was obsessed with this band in 2009. I mean obsessed. I saw them 6 times that year alone, and they bring it every time. I love the band members and hope them only the best.

    Bassnectar (3) - This is just my take; I know there are some serious fans out there of this guy but I'm not one of them. There is serious crowd energy but I think you should be drunk or stoned for this. And DONT be in the front row. I still have hearing damage from Forecastle 2010.

    Passion Pit (1-2) - I was completely unimpressed with their set at Lolla 2012. I have never heard a good thing about them live. Bad vocals, but okay musicianship saves them from being a total waste.

    Beach House (3+) - I have seen them a few times over the past 3 years and believe they are really a fan driven band. I like some of their material, and believe they have good musicians and vocals but I never feel much when I see them perform.

    Metric (4) - Seen them a couple times now, most recently at Lolla 2012. They seem to be about as solid as a band can get without venturing into the territory of greatness. Recommended.

    Japandroids (4) - Saw them at Pygmallion Fest 2011, and they really helped fix the day. They went on after Xiu Xiu (shit) so maybe I'm biased, but I really enjoyed their raw sound. They are a good early band, and recommended if you haven't seen them.

    Saturday

    Phoenix (4) - I don't get the hate... I've seen them 3 times and they have been solid every time. At Mile High Fest in 2010 the lead climbed the damn girders in front of me, and rode the crowd around. Love them and hope their new album is great.

    XX (3) - Overrated. They bring a sleepy set even for people who know their music, myself included. I think they are just a little too buzzy even after the last few years of people worshiping them. Expect too big a crowd.

    Grizzly Bear (4) - Very solid musicians and vocal, but a chill set. I've seen them a couple times and they seem to be getting better. I like Veckatimist more than Shields, but still great songs live nonetheless.

    Franz Ferdinand (4-4+) - High energy show, with usually great crowds. I found myself shouting their songs with the crowd and loving every second at Lolla 2012. Don't miss them if there isn't a bad conflict.

    Decendants (4) - Saw them at Riot Fest 2012 and was impressed. Solid band, high energy, good crowd and charismatic front man. If you don't know their songs, do your homework and you'll be happy you did.

    Yeasayer (2+) - I didn't get this band live. I'm not very familiar with their body of work, but I didn't feel their show at Lolla 2010. Perhaps the crowd was crappy, or the sound was off.

    Portugual the Man (3+) - Solid set with great use of a wide variety of instruments and nice vocals. I'm not greatly familiar with their music though, so make it a 4 if you are a fan.

    Major Lazer (3+-4) - Pitchfork 2010's performance being my only viewing, I was about destroyed by the rowdy crowd. I was a little drunk, which helped, but I liked the show overall. Very dependent of a good crowd however.

    Dropkick Murphys (3+) - Really wanted to enjoy their show, but all their songs have a nasty habit of sounding the same. Screamed, strained vocals but good show. Expect a rowdy crowd if Coachella kidz do it right.

    Janelle Monae (4+) - Lots of talent, but they really need to give her a night set. She goes for a kind of nightclub atmosphere when given the choice, which seems to be perfect. I really enjoyed the show I saw her at, opening for of Montreal. She blew them away.

    Sunday

    Vampire Weekend (4) - Seen them 3 times now, and they get better every time. They seem to deserve their popularity, and are at home in festivals as well as tighter venues. Highly recommended, but expect one big crowd.

    Gaslight Anthem (3+-4) - Saw them at Riot Fest 2012 and they were solid. I don't know much of their catalogue, but I was impressed overall.

    Dinosaur Jr. (4) - Solid rockers with charisma, great musicianship. I'm not a big fan of their music but I found their set last year very worthwhile.

    Cloud Nothings (4) - Another solid band, I saw them open for Dino Jr and Grizzly Bear. I need to give their albums a few listens. Tight musicians.

    Smith Westerns (3?) - I don't know how I feel about them. Seen them a few times but they were really green. I feel like they need some age before them can be great live, so I'm withholding judgment and giving an average 3.

    So that's my take on bands that I can remember seeing from the lineup. A few others sprinkled throughout that either I can't remember or didn't make an impression on me, neither of which is probably a good thing.
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    I haven't seen very many acts

    great shows

    Janelle Monae
    James Blake
    Cloud Nothings
    Danny Brown

    really good shows

    Japandroids
    Beach House

    and then there's Wu Tang, who I saw when I was way too young to remember.

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    As is the case with 98% of rap music, Wu Tang was awful in concert when I saw them - lots of "Unh, yeh, put yo' hands up!" - so difficult to hear the lyrical flourishes that make their music great. I was similarly disappointed by Aesop Rock, who is one of my all-time favorite rappers. I just don't really go to rap shows anymore because of this.

    Infected Mushroom will be fun provided that you are realllly fucked up. Hot Chip was a blast when they played a couple years ago. Moby DJ set will be uninspired. I expect a lot out of the Prydz set - I love his music but have had mixed experiences seeing him live.

    I'm really looking forward to Four Tet, Booka Shade, and SMD, none of whom I've seen yet.

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    On an iPad, I'll update with descriptions when I get home.


    Don't Miss:

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 9/10
    Sigur Rs - 10/10
    James Blake - 9/10

    Solid:
    Local Natives - 7/10
    The XX - 7/10
    Two Door Cinema Club - 7.5/10
    Franz Ferdinand - 8/10
    Cloud Nothings - 7/10

    Meh:
    Passion Pit - 6/10
    Beach House - 6/10
    Of Monsters and Men - 5/10
    Divine Fits - 6/10
    Portugal. The Man - 6/10
    Major Lazer - 4/10
    Vampire Weekend - 6.5/10
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