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Live at the 2012 Voodoo Fest

Neil Young, Metallica, Toots and the Maytals and more hit City Park in New Orleans for the annual festival

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Cool, crisp weather didn't deter those getting a jump on Halloween, along with fans of Neil Young and Crazy Horse, Metallica, Justice and more, from coming to City Park in New Orleans for this year's Voodoo Experience.

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Voodoo Experience, Die Antwoord

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Die Antwoord

Ninja of South African hip-hop group Die Antwoord put himself in the hands of his fans Friday afternoon at The Voodoo Experience's Le Plur/The Red Bulletin Stage.

Voodoo Experience, Gary Clark Jr.

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Gary Clark Jr.

Gary Clark Jr. made his third festival appearance of the year in New Orleans on Friday afternoon at Voodoo.

Voodoo Experience, Bootsy Collins

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Bootsy Collins

Friday night at Voodoo top-billed legends Neil Young on Le Ritual Stage and funk hero Bootsy Collins on the WWOZ/Bud Light Stage.

Voodoo Experience, The Avett Brothers

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The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers played an animated set of arena folk that drew heavily from their recent album, The Carpenter, Friday night at Voodoo.

Voodoo Experience, Neil Young and Crazy Horse

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Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Poncho Sampedro, Billy Talbot and Neil Young assumed the Crazy Horse jamming stance for a show that previewed much of their upcoming Psychedelic Pill Friday night.

Voodoo Experience, Seth Avett

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Seth Avett

Seth Avett played and sang with a punk rock sense of abandon Friday night during the Avett Brothers' set at Voodoo.

Voodoo Experience, Edward "Kidd" Jordan

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Edward ‘Kidd’ Jordan

New Orleans avant-garde sax legend Kidd Jordan closed the Preservation Hall Stage Friday night with an all-star band that included the Meters' bassist George Porter Jr. and two-thirds of the Dead Kenny G's, saxophonist Skerik and percussionist Mike Dillon.

Voodoo Experience, Big Cheif Monk Boudreaux

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Big Chief Monk Boudreaux

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux of the Golden Eagles Mardi Gras Indian gang performed as part of a set of Indian-oriented funk with 101 Runners Friday.

Voodoo Experience, Little Freddie King

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Little Freddie King

Well-dressed New Orleans blues great Little Freddie King shared the Preservation Hall Stage Friday with Guitar Lightnin' Lee, who has role this season on HBO's Treme.

Voodoo Experience, The Vettes

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The Vettes

New Orleans' new wave band the Vettes pose backstage at Voodoo outside Tad Gormley Stadium before closing the Le Carnival Stage Saturday night.

Voodoo Experience, Metallica

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Metallica

"We're Green Day except taller," James Hetfield announced Saturday night when Metallica played Voodoo in place of Green Day.

Voodoo Experience, Robert Trujillo

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Robert Trujillo

Robert Trujillo of Metallica stalked Voodoo's Le Ritual Stage Saturday night as part of a show that leaned heavily on the band's classics.

Voodoo Experience, Carl Dufrane and Monk Boudreaux

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Carl Dufrane and Monk Boudreaux

Big Chief Monk Boudreaux returned to Voodoo Saturday to perform with New Orleans bluesmen Anders Osborne, Johnny Sansone and their bassist Carl Dufrene.

Voodoo Experience, Frederick "Toots" Hibbert

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Toots Hibbert

Reggae legend Toots Hibbert led Toots and the Maytals in a set of classic reggae and ska Saturday evening at Voodoo.

Voodoo Experience, Silversun Pickups

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Silversun Pickups

Brian Aubert and Silversun Pickups played Voodoo Saturday night with bassist Sarah Negahdari instead of Nikki Monniger, who Aubert described as "very pregnant" with twins.

Voodoo Experience, The Soul Rebels Brass Band And Dave Stewart

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The Soul Rebels Brass Band and Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart and violin player Ann Marie Calhoun were joined for the finale of "Sweet Dreams (are Made of This)" by New Orleans brass band the Soul Rebels, who recorded a brass version of the Eurythmics' classic earlier this year.

Voodoo Experience, Justice

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Justice

French EDM duo Justice inspired the same sort of religious fervor in their fans at Voodoo's Le Plur/The Red Bulletin Stage as Metallica received playing at the same time on the Le Ritual Stage.

Voodoo Experience, The Gaslamp Killer

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The Gaslamp Killer

The Gaslamp Killer recently released his debut album, The Breakthrough, before appearing at Voodoo on its Le Plur/The Red Bulletin dance music stage.

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Borgore

Dubstep DJ Borgore performed in the wooded grove in City Park that housed the Le Plur/The Red Bulletin Stage during The Voodoo Experience Sunday.

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Coheed and Cambria

Claudio Sanchez and Coheed and Cambria continued their adventures in sci-fi art metal Sunday afternoon on the main stage at The Voodoo Experience.

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Katey Red

Long-time bounce rapper Katey Red was just part of the high-energy New Orleans bounce "asstravaganza" along with Big Freedia and Cheeky Blakk Sunday afternoon at The Voodoo Experience. 

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Kid Koala

Preservation Hall has broadened its vision of New Orleans music beyond traditional jazz, and nowhere was that clearer than Kid Koala's set closing its stage at Voodoo Sunday.

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Modestep

Josh Friend of Modestep led one of the few bands to play on the Le Plur/The Red Bulletin Stage all weekend, Sunday playing on a bill that included Borgore and Skrillex at The Voodoo Experience.

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Nas

Nas connected Hurricane Katrina to Hurricane Sandy and worried about his people at home in New York during his set on the main stage at The Voodoo Experience.

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Royal Teeth

Gary Larsen and Nora Patterson led New Orleans rock band Royal Teeth in a set of bubbly pop that included a strong cover of Queen's "Under Pressure" early Sunday afternoon at Voodoo.

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Skrillex

Skrillex had more smoke and pyro for his Sunday night set than Metallica did the night before, energizing the packed Le Plur/The Red Bulletin Stage crowd.

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Tangiers Blues Band

King from the Tangiers Blues Band let down his hair to sing a roadhouse blues cover of The Beastie Boys' "Fight for Your Right to Party" with rock photographer Danny Clinch on harmonica during the set Sunday on the Preservation Hall Stage.

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Lost Bayou Ramblers

Tao Rodriguez-Seeger, grandson of Pete Seeger, strapped on a gold Les Paul to join Louisiana's Lost Bayou Ramblers in a Cajun-rock version of The Who's "My Generation," sung in French.

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The Givers and Preservation Hall Jazz Band

GIVERS' Tiffany Lamson and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band drummer Joseph Lastie Jr. shared a percussion rig when they joined The Lost Bayou Ramblers Sunday at The Voodoo Experience.

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Vintage Trouble

Ty Taylor led the sharp-dressed R&B and soul band Vintage Trouble through a high energy set Sunday to open the Voodoo main stage.