@ZackTeibloom As a festival-goer in my early 30s, I have to pick my spots a little more carefully on what shows I’m willing to push my way to the front row for. If I’ve traveled across the country with my wife to make good on this bet of seeing the first LCD Soundsystem show after their hiatus (aside from NYC warm-up shows) I want to see “our band” from as close as possible. So what does that entail? Driving 2.5 hours from San Diego to Indio Friday morning, seeing seven bands and THEN standing from 7:55 p.m. to 1 a.m. for the M83-Ellie Goulding-LCD combo on the main stage. Caitlin and I started about 10-15 rows back during M83 moved up to the third row for Ellie Goulding and were right against the guardrail by the time LCD took the stage at 11:10 Friday night and held our ground until the last notes of “All My Friends” at 12:53 a.m. Saturday morning. There’s only so many times you can do that in one weekend.
We’d had an easier time getting front row earlier in the day for Christine and the Queens after suffering through Bob Moses. On Saturday we were happy to enjoy Gary Clark Jr. before moving up behind only the die-hard G’N’R fans with full Guns & Roses inspired back tattoos to see our favorite hip hop group, Run The Jewels. And by Sunday night, as exhausted as we were, we got close for Anderson .Paak and made our way right to the front to end our fest with Miike Snow. Not surprisingly, those eight shows we were super close for ended up being pretty much the best shows we saw all weekend. Since that’s the case, I’ll break down those eight and then give a few details about seeing G’N’R live for the first time, the N.W.A reunion and a couple other enjoyable shows we caught. Read the rest of this entry »