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Pitching Tents for Coachella 2012
Posted Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 by Naproxen


LA Riots - still got the power to make ya dance, even at 12:15 in the afternoon

Breakbot - I anticipated them to be good, yet instead they were amazing with a live singer for a few songs and the entire tent poppin off.  I only heard about them because Coachella posted a vid of them prior to the lineup being released.

SebastiAn - another good dance party DJ from the French-electro scene

Neon Indian - another fun performance, never had a dull time during their shows

Feed Me - I was looking forward to catching his set, the visuals were really cool (I love his logo) and danced tons

Death Grips - stark opposite of the previous sets, like a mix of hardcore and rap that hasn't been bastardized yet.

Madeon - this kid is like 18, french, and can throw down a dance party with finesse those twice his age fail to grasp.

Frank Ocean - Performing in the smallest of the tents, his crowd was overflowing all sides.  His voice is amazing and his general attitude on stage is refreshing and humble.  This one's for the ladies

The Rapture - YESSSSS!  They played during the classic LCD Soundsystem time slot and killed it.  Some of the happiest group dancing of the weekend.

Afrojack - I stayed the entire set which was almost 2 hours.  I dont know if his show this year or last year was better, but it was well worth it

Swedish House Mafia - a little too swedish and mafia for my tastes, but they did have some intense lasers going on.  I left after 2 songs

Amon Tobin - I get it, I just don't think I care too much in the end.  His tetris looking cube thing was cool but my interest waned after a few songs....if they even were different songs.



[Friday's Lineup, with a little Sixpoint shoutout]

Feed Me

[Feed Me]



Amon Tobin

[Amon Tobin]



Keep Shelly in Athens - LOVED this early, underattended set.  Mellow groove and a gorgeous voice

Childish Gambino - Much more polished than his FFFfest performance, he is doing really well and was a hit early on the main stage

AWOLNATION - stayed for half a song to kill time....meh

tUnE-yArDs  - I enjoyed this better than FFFfest, maybe because the sun was out or my mood was different.  Really worth checking out live, I've never actually listened to them recorded.

Zeds Dead - I don't recall much of what I saw, but I saw them a few months prior and it was fantastic

Martin Solveig - I heard his name before but didn't know his music, better DJ set than I anticipated.  I'd catch him again locally.

Sebastian Ingrosso - It was so nice of Coachella to let Swedish House Mafia play multiple times this weekend, because singularly they all play the same damn shit.

Flying Lotus - FLYLO!!!  New set premiered and it's the tits

SBTRKT -  Live!  I loved their DJ set, but live is where it is at fo sho

Radiohead - Despite Thom Yorke being all Yorkey and allegedly insulting the crowd I thought it was a good performance and setlist



[Keep Shelly in Athens]


[Cooling off in the Do Lab]




[taken from the ferris wheel of the middle of Coachella]

[Blake Anderson (workaholics) doing improv in the campground]



Morgan Page - a few of us went in early to check his DJ set.  He had a 5 minute tech glitch 10 minutes into his set, but surprisingly the crowd was more supportive than angry.  It was early.

NOISIA - I got some sun lying outside the back of the Sahara during most of their set, I enjoy their sound

Santigold - I knew more of her songs than I thought I did.  Her stage show reminded me mildly of MIA, without the annoying parts or eardrum shattering screeching...I mean singing.  Santigold is awesome.

Beats Antique - Can't go wrong with these guys, crazy gypsy dance music with a sexxy belly dancer or three on stage.  Check them out!!

Dada Life - I skipped their set to go get drunk at camp as I needed to and had seen them a month prior (great show), and to my happy surprise I could hear their set perfectly from camp while indulging.

The Hives - didnt plan on catching them but I happened to re-enter and walk by as they played I Told You So, which was fun.

Nero - Always a good live show!  They played a long set but we had to move on to catch Justice

Justice - THANK YOU FOR NOT SUCKING.  Haters were talking smack all weekend about how their latest shows were meh, but they opened with Waters of Nazareth/Let there be Light, so suck it haters!  Another top performance for me.

Company Flow - I'd seen El-P before, but never with the legendary CFlow.  I wish I took better pictures but I was...incapacitated.

Calvin Harris - probably my most anticipated and biggest let down.  There were sound issues which made the bass out of synch.  I think we were the only ones who noticed in the sea of bro-ravers though.  And still I managed to smile and dance my heart out. 

DJ Shadow - last night a DJ saved my life, and his name is Shadow.  ZACH DE LA ROCHA came out for the last song, but my camera had died earlier in his set.  What a good fucking show, top runner for favorite of the weekend.

Dr. Dre/Snoop/Eminem/50 Cent/Hologram Tupac - Very well produced and executed!  A shorter set than anyone would have liked though.  We heard the rumors of the hologram Tupac so no real shock there, except they chose to break out that trick AFTER doing California Love without his part.  Eminem sounded great, 50 doing In Da Club was soooo much fun.  This was a great finisher, I just wish it was longer.  Coz it's 1-8-7 on a muthafukin cop!


beats antique

[Beats Antique]


[thebestever and I during Nero]


[super fan during Justice]


[Best shot from Company Flow]

calvin harris

[I don't care how bad the sound is, CALVIN HARRIS!!!]


[DJ Shadow in his Death Star DJ Booth]


For the entire set of pictures I took of Coachella this year: