Ten Hot, Sweaty, Silly Coachella Dances, In GIF Form

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Rebecca Haithcoat
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Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Moves

By Rebecca Haitchcoat

During Coachella's second weekend, temperatures topped 100 degrees every day. Yet somehow folks were dancing even crazy-er!

Most just stripped down and let the sweat flow. Here are the ten funkiest, silliest Coachella dancers we saw, in GIF form!

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Best of Coachella Weekend Two: Sunday, April 22

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Timothy Norris
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By the third day of Coachella's second weekend -- the sixth and final day of this year's festival -- folks had more or less learned to ignore the dust and the heat. Here are our intrepid writers' favorite things about the final hours of the 2012 event.

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Bon Iver - Coachella 2012 - 4/21/12

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Timothy Norris
Bon Iver
Bon Iver
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April 21, 2012

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Better than...trying to dance off your sunburn.

Flickering strands of glowing balloons swayed gently over the polo fields as the crowd drew in for Bon Iver's set on the main stage yesterday evening. Sunburnt and spent, these half-naked revelers came to be calmed by Justin Vernon's falsetto after a long hard day of dancing. It's not easy frolicking in 100 degree temperatures all day in nothing but gauzy underclothes and dusty flip flops, Fortunately, then, Bon Iver was just the ticket. A huge crowd sprawled out on the grass studded with cigarette butts, water bottles, and the occasional pile of god-knows-what under a ceiling of search lights.


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Best of Coachella: Saturday, April 21

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Meranda Carter
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Saturday at Coachella meant tributes, tributes, tributes. From Levon Helms to Biggie, everyone got a shout-out. In between all that, some nasty partying and a little recreational drug use. Read our highly-trained writers as they tell you the the best things they saw on Saturday, April 21 at Coachella.


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Azealia Banks - Coachella - 4/21/12

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Meranda Carter
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By Rebecca Haithcoat

One assumes that thousands of people shouting, "I guess that cunt getting eaten" in unison has never happened at Coachella before. Yet you could hear just that yesterday during Azealia Banks' set; it was afternoon, and most of us weren't even drunk yet.

Last September, the Harlem rapper broke out with the video to her song "212." And it was with good reason: in cutoff jean shorts, a Mickey Mouse sweater and braided pigtails, the 20-year-old is the picture of innocence -- until she caps her first verse with the above chant. In the following months, she's pushed boundaries and found a fan in Kanye West.


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James' Tim Booth On Why Coachella Kicks (The Old) Lollapalooza's Ass

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Meranda Carter
Over the past 30 years, alternative Britpop rockers James have been one of the most underrated bands to come from Manchester. Having toured across the globe and played some of the biggest festivals in the world, frontman Tim Booth knows a thing or two about what makes a show great, which is why he loves Coachella. "Some places you play, you just aren't in the zone," Booth explained. "But not here. It's a great place to get going and play a terrific show."

Unlike Friday afternoon's show in the over 100-degree heat, James had a horrible experience playing at the final touring version of Lollapalooza. We caught up with Booth who gave us his reasons why Coachella kicks serious ass and why Lollapalooza sucked.

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Coachella 2012 4/20: Let's Talk About Weed

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Molly Bergen
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Yesterday was 4/20. It was also Coachella. And so, the percentage of festival-goers who were stoned rose from a paltry 75 percent to a full 98 percent. (These estimates come courtesy of LA Weekly music editor, Ben Westhoff, who did a small survey with a margin of error of plus or minus 45 percent.)

Believe it or not, folks were also wearing marijuana garb! We talked to some of them about, you know, music and life and music and stuff.

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Best of Coachella 2012: Friday, April 20

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Timothy Norris
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The first weekend of Coachella: cold, damp, and wet. The second weekend of Coachella: hot, sultry, and steamy. Here are our scribes' picks for the best of what they saw on Friday, April 20 at Coachella.

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Considering that before Coachella the Jarvis Cocker-fronted outfit Pulp hadn't played L.A. since the freaking '90s, their twilight performance yesterday was quite anticipated. Having re-formed in 2011 after a nine-year hiatus, Pulp showed no signs of rust; they were on fire throughout their 45-minute set, which featured a surprise appearance by former member Antony Genn, now the bassist for The Hours. Mark Webber's incredible guitar solo during "Sunrise" was the musical highlight of the night, leaving thousands of people gasping, believe it or not. If that wasn't enough, a badass version of "Common People" closed out the set, converting anyone who wasn't already a fan. --Daniel Kohn


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Coachella: What The Hell Is That Giant Flower?

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Gabrielle Canon
Giant Flower at Coachella
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By Gabrielle Canon

Coachella-goers arrived to the festival Sunday to find a giant 100 foot tall lotus flower on the grounds near the Gobi tent. Trippy!

The crazy thing was that the flower swooped up and down; half construction crane, half psychedelic creature from another realm. Folks walking by seemed mesmerized, perplexed; the thing had popped up out of nowhere. "It's terrifying" said someone named Jack. "It looks like something from Mario Brothers," said a guy named Mike from L.A. "I keep worrying it is going to eat me." So, what's the deal?


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Top Ten Awkward Coachella Dance Move GIFs

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See also: The Best of Coachella Sunday, April 15, 2012

By Ben Westhoff

At Coachella, folks come from all over the world to lose themselves in the music. They'll employ almost anything in this quest -- but mostly drugs. Some of the folks below have taken too many, some are badly in need of a buzz, but all are our favorite awkward Coachella dancers. We're not trying to diss; people like them make the experience so much fun. Three cheers to Nanette Gonzales and Taylor Hamby, who helped put this post together, and the dubstep at the Do LaB stage, without which most of these moves would not be possible.

10. Touch the Sky, Touch the Floor
It almost looks like the ladies above spent a few minutes rehearsing these power moves beforehand, but then were like,"Nah, we'll just do what comes natural."


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