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North Coast Music Festival Fri Sep 04 2015

The Friday Night North Coast Twitter All-Star Lineup

I'm really happy that Julian Ramirez and Abigail Covington have the preview coverage for North Coast Music Festival locked down, because in all honesty electronic music isn't quite my cup of tea. It's one of those genres where I have a healthy appreciation for the talent of the artists and the work they put into their music, but I just can't get into the songs or the associated culture. I know North Coast won't exclusively feature electronic music, but the balance leans heavily that way.

That said, I'd feel bad not contributing anything to Transmission's coverage of the festival. Perhaps the aspect of EDM I appreciate the most is the artists' zany personas, and there's no better place to express those zany personas than the Twitterverse. So instead of telling you about the music you'll hear in Union Park, I'll show you the craziest tweets I found whilst trawling the Twitter accounts of every single artist who will be performing tonight. Because this is the Internet, and this is what the Internet does.

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Widespread Panic likes to live tweet their sets using emojis, so that anyone who can't jam with them can queue up the songs from home and get the concert experience without the other people, the stage, or the band members! How thoughtful! They even thought of bear diversity and included the oft-overlooked koalas. No word yet on how the polar bears are taking this slight.

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Does anyone doubt that Kanye would actually do this if he had the chance? I wonder what Kim Davis would say to a man who wanted to marry another man if the two men were actually the same man, except one had a woman's body. Where would that even fall on her spectrum?
Anyways, kudos to The Glitch Mob for taking advantage of others' fame and grotesque imagery.

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Knife Party gets it, man. They GET it.

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Slow Magic Cat Man Twitter

In my experience, attracting TSA attention is never a good thing. At best, it's an awkward conversation with someone who's about to look at your underwear pattern through your worst, you end up alone in a painfully bright room as your flight and your freedom soar away. So why on earth would Slow Magic WANT to stand out in an airport by wearing this?

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This is the only explanation I can think of for why he'd be called "Cat Man" or "Technology Boy" by TSA personnel. Talk about method acting.

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Let's see...Outkast...Lil Jon...Ying Yang Twins...Dem Franchize Boyz...Laffy Taffy...oh god flashbacks...FLASHBACKS...NO NOT THE MID 2000S CRUNK! ANYTHING BUT THE MID 2000S CRUNK! I SWEAR I'M A BETTER DANCER NOW! I CAN DO MORE THAN SNAP MY FANGERS AND DO MY STEEEEEEEEEEP--
Thanks, Salva, for reminding me of my inadequate eighth grade music tastes.

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A helpful reminder from Otto that EDM is a worldwide movement and that SHE LIKES TO WALK ALONE DOWN THE STREET! DON'T TRY TO HOLD HER HAND BOY, SHE'S A STRONG INDEPENDENT WOMAN WHO DON'T NEED NO MAN! Otto, you're a good man and a smart man for humoring her.

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I wonder how long it took RAC to make back the approximately $1.17 he put down for this. On one hand, 21 people favorited this tweet...on the other, favorites are worth nothing. #HashtagActivism

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Either Select Inverse is lying to us all, or he took a bunch of pictures of words he typed out and posted all the word-images to his Twitter. I can't really tell, though, my mouth is watering from those delicious-looking hyperlinks and all the #pizza and #pasta!

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Dream big, Gold Panda.

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But beware of when dreams become obsession. Especially when that obsession smacks of an Oedipal complex once removed.

Wow. What an assortment of zany personas! North Coast should be a blast tonight!

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