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What Bands That Played At Coachella Did When They Weren't At Coachella

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You might have noticed that it's hard to catch your favorite band playing at Coachella anywhere but Coachella in the months leading up to the big festival. That's because of a radius clause by the festival's promoter, Goldenvoice, that is intended to make Coachella as exclusive as possible for attendees.

But this year marked the first time the festival duplicated itself on two back-to-back weekends. So just what did artists do with their valuable time in Southern California between weekends?

Some bands played by the rules. In lieu of performing, the Black Lips chose to book studio time in Los Angeles, NPR noted, while many bands played Goldenvoice-sanctioned shows around town.

Other artists, however, chose to reward internet-savvy fans with secret performances. Many promoters and sponsors hosted exclusive parties at various spots around the desert. Unsuspecting fans were able to catch a few secret (and a few not-so-secret) performances from Santigold, Thom Yorke, Florence Welch, M. Ward, Fying Lotus, Gaslamp Killer and Carrie Brownstein. While some of us enthusiastically stalked Pulp-frontman Jarvis Cocker (to no avail), we were happy to catch the ear of other Coachella performers performing away from the festival grounds.

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Thom Yorke (and his ponytail) along with Flying Lotus and Gaslamp Killer were special guests at the Brainfeeder party at the Ace Hotel where unsuspecting party-goers were surprised with a day-time DJ set on April 20th.

Florence Welch of Florence + the Machine performed a last-minute secret show hosted by Luv Luv Luv records and Desert Gold also at the Ace Hotel after her Sunday night performance on April 22nd. Below is a video of her cover of the Green Day classic "Hitchin a Ride."

NY pop-star Santigold performed to a sold-out crowd on Thursday night, 4/19, at the pre-opening of Transmission LA at the Geffen Contemporary.

Other stuff we heard went down: Singer-songwriter M. Ward performed on Record Store Day (4/21) at Long Beach's Fingerprints Records and Carrie Brownstein of Wild Flag performed "Portlandia" live with Fred Armisen at the Ace Hotel 4/17.

Were there any Tupac sightings throughout the week? We heard rumors he was seen driving on the 101 freeway, but that cannot be confirmed. Which secret mansion/pool parties did you attend? Who played? Let us know in the comments.