2007 Coachella Weekend

daft punk @ coachella
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Can't make Coachella this weekend? No? Me neither. I'll be checking out the LA Times coverage and watching live performances online as much as possible. Maybe next year.

Here is the AT&T Blueroom lineup. My picks are in bold. Enjoy!

April 27th Lineup
03:00 PM Brother Ali
03:55 PM Noisettes
04:35 PM Tokyo Police Club
05:35 PM Tilly and the Wall
06:25 PM Of Montreal
07:15 PM Rufus Wainwright
08:10 PM Arctic Monkeys
09:05 PM Stephen Marley
09:55 PM Sonic Youth
10:45 PM Bjork

April 28th Lineup
03:00 PM Gogol Bordello
04:00 PM Fields
04:40 PM The Cribs
05:25 PM the Frames
06:15 PM Jack's Mannequin
07:10 PM Andrew Bird
08:05 PM the Fratellis
09:00 PM Regina Spektor
09:50 PM Arcade Fire
11:00 PM Ozomatli

April 29th Lineup
03:00 PM Anathallo
03:45 PM The Feeling
04:40 PM Junior Boys
05:30 PM Fair to Midland
06:05 PM Kaiser Chiefs
07:05 PM CSS
08:05 PM Klaxons
08:55 PM Crowded House
09:50 PM Damien Rice
10:40 PM TBD

The Shins @ The Warfield (w/4 free MP3s)

I passed on catching Willie Nelson play his fourth night at The Fillmore and instead decided to see The Shins finish their three-month tour and three-night stand last night at The Warfield. In retrospect, I wish I had seen Willie instead.

Don't get me wrong. I like The Shins a lot. I've been listening to their latest, "Wincing The Night Away," on a daily basis since it came out. And I was impressed with their previous work, especially the tracks that ended up on the "Garden State" soundtrack.

But when I caught them at the Austin City Limits Festival last year, I wasn't impressed. I dismissed it, though, as a venue-specific problem. Not many bands sound great when playing outdoors.

Ok, so it wasn't the venue. Their tour-ending set at the Warfield was good, but not great. Their new material sounded pretty good, and James Mercer's voice didn't seem stressed from overuse, the mix tended to be muddled, and some of the older songs came across a bit flat and tinny.

I did enjoy the band's energy, however. And the audience -- a nice mix of people my father's age, adults in their 20s and 30s, as well as teenagers -- was enthusiastic and sang along to the songs they knew.

The band came back with a more energetic encore, opening with Pink Floyd's "Breathe" and a scaled back version of "Caring is Creepy" with harmonica.

The versatile two-piece Viva Voce performed a solid opening set and sat in on several Shins' songs. I'll definitely check them out next time they pass through.

Shay Quillen reviewed the first night, which pretty much jibes with my experience. Jim Welte gives The Shins second night a similar treatment at mp3.com. So the third night was no anomaly.

Here is the setlist, with linked MP3s for downloading.

Sleeping Lessons
Girl Inform Me
Mine’s Not a High Horse
Girl Sailor
Phantom Limb
A Comet Appears
Kissing the Lipless
Turn a Square
Saint Simon
New Slang
Gone for Good
Turn on Me
Know Your Onion!

Breathe (Pink Floyd cover)
Caring Is Creepy
Someone I Care About (Modern Lovers cover)
So Says I