Just jamming along here, seeing if I can get to all of Friday’s “Tent People”. Welcome to part 3 of my Cochella mini band profile series.

Friday, April 17

Crystal Castles (Sahara Tent, 6:40-7:30 pm)

Toronto, Canada | MySpace

Crystal Castles is a duo consisting of multi-instrumentalist Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. They have their style of music on MySpace as “thrash” (those “styles” are kinda silly sometimes, anyway), but no it’s not at all. They have a rather nice electronic sound with pretty vocals. “Courtship Dating” is softer, dreamy, and acoustic, and is quite lovely. After Coachella, they’re playing some other festivals in the U.S. and Europe.

N.A.S.A. (Mohave Tent, 7:15-8:05 pm)

Hip Hop – “North America / South America” | MySpace | official site

(from ArtistDirect News: “Producer Squeak E. Clean, who is also the brother of director Spike Jonze, is set to release his collaborative effort with DJ Zegon under the moniker NASA (North America South America). The guest-star-heavy album has no title yet, but it will feature appearances by Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, M.I.A., Tom Waits, David Byrne and the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA among many—and we mean “many”—others.”

Ghostland Observatory (Saraha Tent, 7:50-8:40 pm)

Other / Electro / Punk – Austin, Texas | MySpace | official site

(from Wikipedia): “Their music is difficult to classify, but has been described as a combination of electro, rock and funk by Allmusic, and “electro-dance soul rock” by Gothamist. The band describes their sound as “A robot making love to a tree!!” on their MySpace profile.”

Peanut Butter Wolf (Gobi Tent, 8:30-9:20 pm)

Hip Hop / Alternative / Indie (Los Angeles, California) | MySpace | official site

They’re currently touring around the U.S. as part of the “Stones Throw U.S. DJ Tour”.

Beirut (Mohave Tent, 8:30-9:20 pm)

Folk / Indie / Other – “Francylvannia, New York / Virgin Islands (U.S.)” | MySpace | official site

Very, very nice. (from their MySpace page): “a trumpet from Paris, farfisa organ, accordion, piano, ukelele, mandolin, glockenspiel, violin, cello, tambourine, The air powered organ I bought on twelth street, Congo drum donated from the neighbors….A broken microphone stolen from the university of new mexico….”

Ok, I’ll admit I’m falling behind already, and yes, I’ve cheated and quoted from others’ impressions… What can I say? It’s a rare warm day in the cold, cruel Northeast, and I wanna get out of the f*cking house. I may be able to catch up a bit later. Otherwise, I’ll be back sometime tomorrow with Saturday’s “tent people”. Peace.

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