Trunk Space: 20 Favorite Shows From the Last Decade
The Real Coachella 2009
Every single Real Coachella that has happened there has been really, really special and memorable and has had something really bizarre happen. In 2009, Eli Kluger's band, The Slackers Agenda, had eight or nine people performing with him, which was really weird. I don't think they practiced at all. It was very, very strange and janky.
And on top of that, when they performed the song "Fight the Devil," he had a friend of his dress like the devil on top of the roof of the Trunk Space but nobody knew that he was up there and he climbed down the side of the building and started fighting him. That was real weird. And strange. -- Ryan Avery
I loved seeing Wizwars from California, who dons a GameBoy as his primary instrument. We were set to play with Japanther from Brooklyn, who couldn't make it. So we just partied our asses off anywho! It was a no-holds-barred nerdfest that only a venue like Trunk Space could facilitate. -- Phil Buckman
Kicking things off at 11:45 pm with "A More Perfect Union" -- which was the most sublime way to get things going, if you ask me -- Titus Andronicus quickly established their pace and presence, ripping through the song's first chorus to get to the amazingly satisfying line, belted by lead singer Patrick Stickles, "I never wanted to change the world / But I'm looking for a new New Jersey / 'Cause tramps like us / Baby we were born to diiiie." Springsteen he ain't, and Stickles knows this -- but he, and the rest of the crowd, can take umbrage in that nod to Stickles' fellow Garden statesman.
So it went, for the rest of the night -- the band quickly disposed of "A More Perfect Union" for "Titus Andronicus Forever, " screaming, with an all-too-real relish, "The enemy is everywhere," perhaps a too astute observation given Arizona's recent political adventures, if you will. However, the focus was not on politics, thank god, and if that were the case, Stickles & co. would have preferred you read between the lines for that. The rollicking, catchy-chorused "Richard II" and the stoutly declarative "No Future Part Three: Escape From No Future" highlighted a set that decidedly Monitor-heavy. -- Michael Lopez