Descendents - Saw them September in Toronto...fun and mayhem from start to finish. Might be my favorite band at Coachella, but shhh don't tell everyone.
Portugal. The Man - Seen them 3 times now. 2 of the 3 shows were near transcendent. The other was at Coachella in 2010 and I was far to wasted to remember.
Metric - Seen them twice, both times at festivals. Last year at Lollapalooza they played one of the best 40 minute sets I've ever seen. Us Canadian's love us some Metric
Sigur Ros - For some reason I ignored this band until Lolla last year waiting for At The Drive-In. Caught the end of the set...the slow building brilliance of Popplagi made me an instant convert: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TQX3WEuvLzw
Wu-Tang Clan - Saw Them at Rock The Bells in NYC 2007 before Rage Against The Machine. They were all over the place on stage...Method Man was in the crowd. Hope they don't conflict this year.
Janelle Monae - A bundle of energy and an immense talent. Saw her at Jay-Z's Made In America last year.
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine - The Dead Kennedys' frontman can still bring it and he usually injects several DK songs into the set. Don't miss him.
Grizzly Bear - First saw them open for Radiohead in '08. Really laid back, but super tight.
Franz Ferdinand - Seen them 3 times. The first they had shit sound in Germany. The 2nd was incredible right before NIN. The 3rd I was too drunk to remember, but the consensus was that they killed.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Seen them twice. In 07' they didn't play any old songs. I hated them for that. Last year at Lolla was better but Anthony fucked up a bunch of times. Doubt I'll watch them again.
Dropkick Murphy's - Not as bad as they are not good. Seen them twice...if you are shitfaced you'll probably enjoy it, but they sounded shitty both times.
JEFF The Brotherhood - Liked a few of their songs leading into their mundane Lolla set. Sooo boring live. At least they were at that show.
Yeasayer - 50/50 with these guys. I dug the end of their last Coachella set, especially Ambling Alp...but I saw them in a club in 2011 and it was pretty tame.
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Passion Pit - endured them at Lolla and Made In America last year waiting for Black Sabbath and Jay-Z. Drab, unintelligent clap-your-hands music. Boring as shit.
Phoenix - See Passion Pit, but instead of waiting for Black Sabbath or Jay-Z, I was waiting for Atoms For Peace.
Two Door Cinema Club - See Passion Pit and Phoenix
The XX - Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz