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[Coachella 2011 Review] Seven Hyped Up Bands At Coachella Get A Dose Of Desert Reality

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Coachella is a beautiful beast. So many bands, so little time and–eventually–energy.

We might not have seen all the bands we would have wanted to like [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Chromeo[/lastfm],[lastfm link_type="artist_info"] Two Door Cinema Club[/lastfm] or [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]PJ Harvey,[/lastfm] but we got to see some of the more hyped-up bands playing the festival and weigh in on whether we think they met our subjective “expectations.”

See if you agree (or even better, disagree) and let us know how you feel in the comments!

7. [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Duck Sauce[/lastfm]

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Hype:

Dance-floor friendly turntablism meets DJ-sampling of older hip-hop, disco, and house music from infamous A-Trak and Armand Van Helden. Renowned for giving house-disco DJ’ing a more accessible, mainstream feel.

Reality:

Even if you don’t like dance music, DJs, or the constant thump of house, Duck Sauce does a good job of making you feel like you are not at a rave with a bunch of teenagers rolling around you. Their mix of musical genres and sampling styles has enough witty sonic touches to keep the listener engaged.

One Exception:

Even though we aren’t completely knowledgeable about every Duck Sauce song, the set didn’t seem to vary that much. That could just be a product of us being “rock” people instead of “dance” people.

Bottom Line:

From the frenzied state of the half-coherent crowd, the kids just want to dance. The demographic of any of the “rave” tents seemed between 18-25. Duck Sauce plays up to this and creates a fresh sound for the fresh-faced.

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