I Loved LCD Soundsystem at Coachella, But The Crowd Was Bringing Me Down

I Loved LCD Soundsystem at Coachella, But The Crowd Was Bringing Me Down

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I'm not ashamed to admit it: I was wrong about LCD Soundsystem's headlining performance at Coachella. Well, half-wrong, at least. So, in a way, I was half-right, too.

You see, I'm a card-carrying LCD Soundsystem hater. I've long found their sound derivative and lyrics preening, their legacy overhyped and influence overstated. Their farewell run in 2011 felt mawkish back then, and their return exactly five years later appears extremely calculated. They have some very good songs ("Daft Punk Is Playing at My House," "I Can Change," "Movement") and some very embarrassing songs ("North American Scum," "Drunk Girls"). As for James Murphy... look, he seems like a perfectly interesting fellow, but I've never been entranced by his grizzled mystique.

When LCD announced its official comeback in January, I wasn't shocked; when multiple major festivals booked the band as a headliner for this summer, however, I was floored. LCD Soundsystem, headlining not just Coachella (a fest known for taking chances on indie-leaning headliners) but also Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza and Outside Lands, among others? My personal hater-ation aside, I had no idea how this niche group with zero radio hits and zero big-selling albums was going to attract enough of an audience at each of these festivals to justify being called a headliner. I felt like I was missing something, and doubted that Coachella was going to provide a clear answer.

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