January 20, 2010

Oh my GAWD!! I am excited. I was excited even before they announce the lineup today and now I’m REALLY excited 😀

For those who don’t know, I’m referring to the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, which is basically the pinnacle of my year. It’s set for April 16-18 this year. They always announce the lineup around this time in January and I always get so eager to know what wonders it will hold, then they announce it and I get all excited and start investigating all the acts I have never heard of, and basically my anticipation ramps up all the way until the festival itself which is THE BEST. THING. EVER. and then in the afterglow I start thinking to myself, “jesus I cannot WAIT for next year” haha. Then the cycle starts all over again!

Anyway, here’s the poster with all the announced bands so far. (click to enlarge)


For the last few years, I’ve definitely been more interested in a lot of the smaller bands than the main acts, but this year a lot of the main acts are like OMG YESSS. Especially the freaking Gorillaz to close out Day 3… AHHH!! Sooo exciting.

Anyway, I’m sure I will ramble on at length as times goes by and I investigate more of these bands and find things that are particularly great or especially terrible, haha. I like to keep track of what I’ve already checked out or am interested in and update it as I go, so I will do that here. Bolded are things I’m planning to (or hoping to) see, italic are things I’m familiar with or have already checked out that I don’t really care about.

FRIDAY APRIL 16: Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Deadmau5, Public Image Limited, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Benny Benassi, Fever Ray, Grace Jones, She & Him, Erol Alkan, The Avett Brothers, Calle 13, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Cribs, La Roux, Yeasayer, Lucero, DJ Lance Rock, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Proxy, Ra Ra Riot, Deer Tick, Wolfgang Gartner, Aeroplane, Iglu & Hartly, Sleigh Bells, P.O.S., Baroness, Hockey, Little Dragon, White Rabbits, Wale, Kate Miller-Heidke, As Tall as Lions, Jets Overhead, Alana Grace, Pablo Hassan.

SATURDAY, APRIL 17: Muse, Faith No More, Tiësto, MGMT, David Guetta, The Dead Weather, Hot Chip, Devo, Coheed and Cambria, Kaskade, 2Many DJ’s, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors, Gossip, Z-Trip, The xx, John Waters, Les Claypool, The Raveonettes, Mew, Sia, Camera Obscura, Tokyo Police Club, Porcupine Tree, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aterciopalados, Bassnectar, Frightened Rabbit, Dirty South, Flying Lotus, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pretty Lights, Shooter Jennings, RX Bandits, The Almighty Defenders, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Craze & Klever, Zoe, The Temper Trap, Portugal. The Man, Band of Skulls, Girls, Beach House, Steel Train, Frank Turner.

SUNDAY, APRIL 18: Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Plastikman, Gary Numan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, MUTEMATH, Deerhunter, Infected Mushroom, Club 75, Matt & Kim, The Big Pink, Gil Scott-Heron, King Khan and the Shrines, Florence and the Machine, Yann Tiersen, Little Boots, Miike Snow, Talvin Singh, Ceu, B.o.B., Babasonicos, Owen Pallett, The Glitch Mob, Mayer Hawthorne, Local Natives, Rusko, The Middle East, Hadouken!, The Soft Pack, Kevin Devine, Paparazzi, Delphic, One EskimO.

Man! It’s hard to even say which day is the best… I think they did a really good job of spreading out awesome acts (well, to me) across all three days. Day 2 is probably the best though: Muse, Dead Weather, Hot Chip, Devo, and Gossip?? That’s pretty much a festival right there. I also think the lineup is really exciting because I’ve hardly seen any of these acts live already (usually there are some repeats, which isnt to say they aren’t awesome repeats).

Right now I think I’m most excited about 1. Gorillaz, 2. La Roux, 3. Gossip, 4. Devo, 5. oooh. Tie between Hot Chip and Yeasayer (seen HC before but still excited for it again). This ranking is subject to change but probably won’t, haha.


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