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The Valley and Arts wrapped up its second weekend of two on April 18th through 20th, 2014. Check out my coverage thus far including my Top 15 Photos and my Top Ten Moments from the weekend.

Hordes of eager young masses flocked to Indio, CA to see of all genres. Decked out in their sunflower prints, crop tops, and “denim panties,” the majority of attendees have gained a reputation of being not the most genuine of lovers. All in all, the still had much to offer by way of a great , fantastic food choices, and a laundry list of side activities to keep even the most die-hard of music festival purists entertained and distracted. Read on for my photo recaps of each day:

Friday, April 18th

Friday started out muggy in the mid-80s and turned windy and chilly as the evening progressed. The sky threatened to rain, but held it together and the dark clouds soon passed. Despite the not-so-sunny weather, I was glad to be spared the dust storm of the weekend prior. opened the day on the Outdoor Stage, bringing their blend of gangsta rap and lyrics like, “I don’t give a s***, ’cause ignorance is bliss.” At one point, perhaps in homage to the 20 year anniversary of , they played “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the crowd went buck-wild. It was great to see a rap crowd so thoroughly loving the rock reference. Soulful and her band rang in the afternoon in the Mojave Tent.

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Dum Dum win the award for most see-through outfits of the weekend, as each of the three front- had their own version of covering up while still being quite revealing. One rocked a poncho made of fringe, another wore a high-waisted striped see-through skirt over darker layers and a crop top, and the third, and most eye-catching, wore a mesh bodysuit only very small shorts and black pasties. Casual passerby stopped in their tracks at the sight of what looked like nipples on the jumbo-trons. Once captivated by the sight, viewers stayed for the sounds.

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The day’s gangsta rap continued , the badass rock continued with , and more sounds came from . The night turned electronic as , , , and got people dancing. takes the for guest for Friday night, bringing up greats as , , , and . Next were with their new project/album, Shaking the Habitual, featuring about 20 synchronized dancers and an array of unique instruments. The headliner was , on their second weekend performing since 2007 (more info on that in my Top Ten Moments post). Closing out the night in the small Gobi Tent were , still going strong, commanding circle pits and educating the masses about our government.

See below for photos of the above mentioned bands, as well as , , The , and .


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Originally from San Francisco, CA, Victoria lives in Seattle, WA, and completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography at Seattle University. Her passion is making live music look as great as it sounds. She is the sole Seattle contributor for Live Music Blog, and her work has been featured in Seattle Music Insider, The Stranger, and Seattle Weekly. Her 2012 BFA thesis, "Seattle DIY: Live Music," has been displayed at various venues in the Seattle area. For a behind the scenes look at music, she shoots in-studio performances at local radio station KEXP.