How some people might think of Christmas lights, carols, and presents, I think of lit-up palm trees, live music, and Spicy Pie. I cannot name all of Santa’s reindeer, but I can name these: Coachella Stage, Outdoor Theatre, Gobi Tent, Mojave Tent, and the Sahara Tent. This year’s Coachella holiday was a major success – naturally, they pretty much always are – and I’m already planning the logistics for Coachella 2013, which I’m positive will be another spectacular event. But before I overcome my post-Coachella depression and resume my regular life in the Coachella off-season, I want to share with everybody my ranking of this year’s (Weekend #1) performances (the ones that I saw):

  1. Radiohead
  2. Pulp
  3. Kaiser Chiefs
  4. Jeff Mangum
  5. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg
  6. The Hives
  7. Madness
  8. Kasabian
  10. James
  11. Grouplove
  12. Death Grips
  13. The Black Keys
  14. Thundercat
  15. Arctic Monkeys
  16. Real Estate
  17. The Vaccines
  18. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  19. Destroyer
  20. Wild Beasts
  21. Other Lives
  22. Metronomy
  23. At The Drive-In
  24. Mazzy Star
  25. Kendrick Lamar
  26. Justice
  27. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
  28. The Weeknd
  29. Greg Ginn and the Royal We
  30. fIREHOSE

Those top six acts in dark green put on especially great performances that should go down in Coachella history. If you can see any of them, do it. The acts in a lighter green all performed very fantastic sets. The acts in black did a very good job, and I basically have no real complaints about any of them. None of the red acts were terrible, but some of their performances were below par; and some of their performances were great, but suffered from terrible sound. All of them are excellent artists and bands, though, and you should give them each a listen.

Well, I hope these Coachella Reports have been enjoyable and helpful. When Coachella 2013 draws near, I’ll certainly have a lot more to say about the festival.

Many thanks!

– Timothy Michel


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