Friday and Saturday, all anyone could talk about was if Daft Punk was going to show up during Phoenix's set. Why? Because we were fucking teased. On the main stage before the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, a long commercial for their new album played, and then we found out that members of the duo were in attendance. Yeah sure the group denied they would perform this year, but it seemed at the time to be one of those winking denials. Now it just seems like they were trying to hype their album. As our pal Andrea Domanick put it: "Shouting Daft Punk at Coachella is like shouting fire in a crowded movie theater." -Daniel Kohn
Kai Flanders The Crowd at the 2Chainz Show
Guy Peeing In the Corner On Saturday we were relaxing by the drinks tent in the VIP section, like the very important people we are. One of the benefits of said section is that there are usually no lines for the bathroom, as was the case when a dude in a white t-shirt pulled up to a spot of grass only about 20 feet from us -- and started peeing. When he was done, we pointed at the nearby toilet trailer and asked what was up. "It feels more human," to go on the ground, he replied. "Closer to nature." Gee whiz. Dude probably doesn't pick up his dog's poop either. -Ben Westhoff
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The Fucking Wind Never did we think we'd be complaining about less-than-scorching temperatures in Indio, but a mid-afternoon wind storm Sunday cast a grey blanket over the polo fields. Sure, the dust is always bad at Coachella, but with the mounting gustiness swiping an assortment of hats, props and blow up dolls, we wondered if we'd see a repeat of the madness caused by wind problems at EDC. Either way, it forced us to close our eyes and walk blindly in whatever direction sounded like the band we were going to see. Thankfully Mike Ness's voice is pretty distinct. -Nate Jackson
Leaving early Was it just us, or did everyone leave hella early this year? Granted, the headliners weren't quite as exciting as some years past, but it felt weird to see so many people hitting the bricks before midnight. -Daniel Kohn
Timothy Norris There is a light and it sometimes goes out