The Real Coachella - Trunk Space - 4/20/2013

Kevin Flanagan, the performance artist, walked around all night with a cardboard box on his head, with a cellphone and a flashlight where the eye-holes would go. When it was time for his act, he used an amplifier connected to a Game Boy to play some chiptunes.

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Dave Driscoll
Man Cat is never, ever, ever getting back together with The Real Taylor Swift.

Local art-rockers Man-Cat rocked the crowd and mid-set brought on "Taylor Swift," who was breaking up with the band. The lead singer claimed to be upset because she was breaking up with Man-Cat, a band she didn't even date. Then they all broke into a "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" sing-along.

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Dave Driscoll
The Drunk and Horny Orchestra

Drunk and Horny Orchestra was a seven-piece band conducted by Ryan Avery that included, in addition to more conventional instrumentation, some members who held signs that read "meow, meow, meow" and others who would hide in the crowd and, when no one was expecting it, cause the band to begin screaming by pulling out a cardboard cut-out of Elvis.

At one point, Avery used his conductor's baton to signal for a flute solo, and then addressed the room: "Isn't that pretty? Don't you wish your band had a flute?"

The flute player stopped playing, and the room got quiet. Avery laughed, and asked her why she stopped, and then the full orchestra played on. They were loud and ridiculous but in sync, and if you looked around the room, everyone in the crowd and on stage was smiling. That's exactly why everyone keeps coming back to The Real Coachella.

Critic's Notebook:

Last Night: The Real Coachella at Trunk Space

Personal Bias: I love the Trunk Space

Overheard in the Crowd: "What the fuck?"

The Crowd: Mostly high school age kids until later in the night, when Drunk and Horny Orchestra and Supa Joint came on.

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