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By aphrael (Mon Apr 20, 2009 at 08:29:29 PM EST) (all tags)
Show summaries:

Craze/Klever: first show of the weekend, first no-show of the weekend. Not an auspicious start. And I was still grumpy and stressed and easily annpoywed, too.

The Courteeners: surprisingly good for an opening act. I'll have to check out their music in more detail later; I only caught 2-3 songs.

Noah and the Whale: very interesting music, sorta bluegrassy. Singer's voice was out. Awkard, that.

Cage the Elephant: great music. Lead singer is an asshole, likely to be the next Kurt Cobain. I don't want to give him my money.

Los Campesinos!: Excellent.

Franz Ferdinand: why does anyone like this band?

Leonard Cohen: thousands of people singing along to 'Hallelujah' in a crowd so quiet you could hear a pin drop was simply amazing, and the highlight of the weekend.

Girl Talk: best mixing I've heard since the first time I heard DJ Shadow. 606 will be happy to note that his graphics proudly proclaimed that Girl Talk is not a DJ.

Paul McCartney: more than three hours! new stuff still sucks. great selection of old songs. 'Blackbird' live? plus, tears in his eyes as he sang 'my love' ... eleven years to the day after Linda's death.

TheNewNo2: overrated.

Para One: excellent dance music.

Surkin: excellent dance music.

Spearhead: in the sun on the mainstage at 5pm; great vibe, fun time.

TRV$DJ-AM: wow. I wish I'd heard more.

Crookers: excellent hip-hop.

Chemical Brothers: meh. I would have wandered off in boredom if I hadn't hooked up with these kids who were rolling and started playing with them. I was sober; two of them were convinced I was rolling with them. It was awesome; contact highs are incredible, and it's great to be able to be touchy-feely with strangers and be confident that they're loving every minute of it. [two of the dudes in the group ran into me the next day and were happy to see me and gave me hugs, which meant that they ended up making my evening both nights.]

MSTRKRFT: not bad.

Lupe Fiasco: uh ... it's a terrible thing when teh crowd eight rows from the front of the mainstage has to shout 'turn it up' because they can't hear any of your first song. it's also pretty bad to just walk off stage because you're pissed off that the crowd isn't reacting and getting energetic when it's 100 degrees in the shade. i'd chalk this up to a bad day, but i've now seen Lupe twice and thought it sucked both times, so it's turning into a pattern.

K'Naan: holy. shit. reggae-rapper from Mogadishu; quite possibly the best thing since sliced bread.

Paul Weller: I don't remember. I don't remember much of Sunday afternoon. Too tired and hungry and hot.

My Bloody Valentine: meh.

Groove Armada: much better than I expected.

Etienne de Crecy: good, but not great. The cube was mesmerizing.

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Franz Ferdinand: why does anyone like this band? by bobdole (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Apr 21, 2009 at 04:10:52 AM EST

Now tell it to my girlfriend. She doesn't want to listen to me.

-- The revolution will not be televised.
Where was this? by Dr H0ffm4n (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Apr 21, 2009 at 08:17:43 AM EST
Am going to Main Square in Arras/France for my 40th. Just for one day though. Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Gossip & Placebo. Not seeing Radiohead or Coldplay who are playing other days. Yet.

Sorry, not Radiohead by Dr H0ffm4n (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Apr 21, 2009 at 08:21:02 AM EST
That was last year...

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i was at by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Apr 21, 2009 at 11:01:28 AM EST
hmm. by MillMan (2.00 / 0) #5 Thu Apr 23, 2009 at 01:23:51 AM EST
I might be up for coachella next year.

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