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Apr 18, 2011 Live

Day two of Coachella continued day one’s comfort. Whatever advanced security they’ve implemented—or at least perhaps scalpers buying up lots of tickets that ultimately weren’t used—has helped make this year a comfortable festival again. There’s room to move around and enjoy just about every band. Even stranger, some bands that are legendary are experiencing small turnout. The only band that really drew a massive crowd was the Arcade Fire.

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Apr 16, 2011 Live The Drums Gayngs Titus Andronicus The Black Keys Coachella 2011: Day 1 Cut Copy Coachella Day One: Friday, April 17, 2009 Interpol Cold Cave Tame Impala Ms. Lauryn Hill Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Odd Future Cee-Lo Green

Day one of Coachella 2011 displayed several improvements over last year. There was less of a crowd (even though it was sold out this year, they put more of a limitation on how many tickets could be sold). Security was tighter and parking seemed less of a pain. And it even seemed as though the Mojave and Gobi tents were a little bigger this year and able to accommodate more fans. Highlights of the day included two bands from down under and some soft rockers; where-as two notable artists stormed off the stage.

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Apr 16, 2011 Live Gayngs Hurts The Black Keys Moving Units Interpol New Pants Robyn Black Joe Lewis and the Honybears Odd Future The Pains of Being Pure at Heart !!! (Chk-Chk-Chk) Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

Following numerous complaints of last year’s festival being far too crowded, this year Goldenvoice the organizers of Coachella 2011 made significant changes to address that concern. A wristband with a microchip is now necessary at all time during the festival, scanned at no fewer than two checkpoints on the way into the festival. Additionally, they also sold less tickets than last year. The result of both thus far (it might just be that many attendees couldn’t get Friday off from work) is a greatly improved experience. Even during headliner Kings of Leon there was plenty of room to maneuver and find a decent spot to watch the show. So in that respect, it’s already a great improvement on last year. This year’s music started off with an impressive array of talent, but had little in the way of jaw-dropping moments the festival has become famous for.

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Apr 15, 2011 Live Sebadoh

“Everyone leaves a Sebadoh show a little disappointed. Or sometimes completely disappointed,” quips Lou Barlow as the band are unable to honor a fan’s request for “The Freed Pig,” as they “only learned 30 songs for the tour, not 31.” Barlow’s self-effacement aside, this marathon, near two-hour gig is perhaps the best a Sebadoh fan could hope for-at least one in thrall to the Bakesale and Harmacy albums, the two the band focus on for the bulk of their setlist.

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Apr 05, 2011 Live J Mascis

Seeing J Mascis live is traditionally a loud affair, but on this night the guitar hero brought his expertise to a new acoustic context. And the results were remarkable.

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Mar 29, 2011 Live Okkervil River Porcelain Raft SXSW 2011 Hooray For Earth Surfer Blood Telekinesis Owen Pallett Menomena

We were pretty sure that people would show up to our Thursday SXSW party because of our exclusive set by Atlas Sound, and while we were confident that we had an equally strong lineup for our Friday party (which was presented by Shure), we still weren’t certain how many fans would show up. But our immediate concern at the start of the party was whether our first artist would make it in time (if at all). Porcelain Raft (aka Italian born, London-based, Mauro Remiddi) had underestimated how far his hotel was from our venue (The Flamingo Cantina), was running late, and had a dead cell-phone and thus no way to let us know that he was indeed on his way. Thankfully the charming Remiddi arrived with a thousand apologies 10 minutes before he was scheduled to perform and because he’s a one-man band, was pretty much ready to go on time. The crowd, by the way, was as healthy in numbers as the day before, with a to-capacity venue and a line down the block most of the day.

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Mar 21, 2011 Live Trentemøller Indigo Tree Kyst EMA Childish Gambino SXSW 2011

The fourth and final day of SXSW was highlighted with euphoria, exhaustion, and more fantastic music. Is it really almost over? Have my feet finally fallen off? Did I really get that terrible sunburn? Do I have the energy to see a few more bands? (Answers: Yes. No. Sadly yes. Emphatically yes.)

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