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Thoughts on some of Sunday's Coachella performers

My last batch of random thoughts on Coachella acts:

Gorillaz recently produced Plastic Beach. It doesn't sound as radio-friendly as some of their previous work, but it's still a great album with a laid back feel fitting an album with "Beach" in the title.

Spoon's new album is their most experimental, breaking traditional song structure, but it's still a tight, well-produced record. They're one of those bands that produce a show that sounds like the record, so if that's what you're looking for, it could be a blast, but if you want something a little more raw, you may want to check something else out. My personal favorite Spoon song:

De La Soul is one of those groups continuing on a more traditional hip hop sound, while also going in their own direction. If you don't hate fun, go see these guys.

One newer artist that I'm excited about is B.O.B. He's a rapper who's not afraid to produce fun music, and he's got a lot of big name guests on his new album, so it looks like people are taking notice.

Phoenix: Currently my favorite thing about France. Here's a fun mashup of their song "Lisztomania," one of the most exuberant songs I've heard in a long time, with John Hughes film clips. I approve.

Thom Yorke, of Radiohead fame, is rocking Coachella solo. He's always someone who surprises, and has had such an incredible influence on music from all genres. He's also the artist who makes me feel most sorry for the other performers on other stages going up against him, as he's got such a diverse fanbase. Here's an excellent Joy Division cover Thom Yorke and his group Atoms For Peace performed earlier in the week:

I hope everyone out there's had a great weekend, and I can't wait until next year!

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