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Vegoose Is Here - Who We're Excited To See

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Vegoooooooseeeeeeeee is here! LAist is representing in Vegas! We got in last night and put $10 on black, a tradition. Life is good.

We've been tackling exactly who we want to see and in what matrix we want to wander around, because let's be honest - one of the most exciting parts of a music festival is the preparation and debate amongst friends on what band is the most important. Inevitably, you miss someone you thought you really wanted to see, or get your socks blown off by a band you hadn't expected much from. This is one of the best parts about music festivals, the music ideas you come home with and can't wait to buy/download and listen to! LAist has to be careful though, sometimes we get caught up in the moment and end up sneaking somewhere we shouldn't, in which case, as happened at Coachella, when we snuck backstage for Atmosphere, we decided we had to stay through She Wants Revenge. Which otherwise would not have been on our list, but five feet away from a band can really shoot your little "matrix" plan to hell.

So here are the top 5 bands we're excited to see today.

1) The Black Crowes - They are going to shake their money maker from here to next Tuesday

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2) Medeski Martin Wood with Maceo Parker - Separate, I could see both of these bands 1,000 times. (You can webcast this Vegoose performance from MMW's website.) We're going to see Maceo Parker tonight at House of Blues (rumor Prince is going to jump in!) but together, these two acts on the same stage are sure to electrify.

3) The Killers - They surprise me live. I want to hate them but they put on a good show. So let's see how they do with the new album. Plus outside the LA-cynic belt, these hippies are going to eat themselves up some Mr. Flowers.

4) Yonder Mountain String Band - Secret. I love bluegrass. And in LA, well, my options are limited. So to get to see these legends, well if you don't get it, fuck you. I'm holding my ground on this one.

5) The Keller Williams Incident - I've seen Jurassic 5 in a room the size of your bedroom and in huge arenas. They have great energy and same with Damien Marley. The Mars Volta and Raconteurs fucking rock out every time. But the one band I've never seen, and in my quest to see and know all (insert evil wicked laugh here) is The Keller Williams Incident. Which, ironically, they are playing with Yonder Mountain String Band for a New Year's concert in Denver.