Stop Hating on the 2013 Coachella Lineup
Each year, like many of you, I impatiently wait for the Coachella lineup to be announced. Sometimes it's disappointing (if Daft Punk says they're not touring, chances are they're not playing the festival), but there's always going be a few redeeming artists. At best the lineup will be amazing, and if not, you'll probably sell your tickets only to mope while your friends are having fun at the festival.
Nanette Gonzales Ladies at Coachella 2012.
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My point is, stop whining about Phoenix and Red Hot Chili Peppers headlining the festival and read the rest of the lineup. It's actually pretty good.
Don't be deceived by the flier; it takes a few reads to really get a feel for who is playing. After looking at the headliners, I skimmed through the rest of the poster and stopped to have a momentary freak out about Descendents and Violent Femmes playing on Saturday. It took another sweep to realize that Dinosaur Jr. was playing, and after seeing them at FYF last year, I am very excited that they're playing more shows.
Here's a breakdown by category of awesomeness:
The Comebacks/Major Players:
The Stone Roses may not be The Rolling Stones, but have you listened to "She Bangs The Drums"? It's a damn good song. It's a good year for britpop, as Blur coheadlines on Friday and New Order plays Saturday.
Plus, how many opportunities do you get to see Lou Reed or Johnny Marr? It may not be a Smiths reunion, but it beats having Morrissey play again. Plus, how cool would it be to hang out with both Lou Reed and Nick Cave?
The Postal Service already announced their appearance at the festival along with a reissue of Give Up. On the same day, they will be joined by the fellow genre defying act that errs on the side of dance music, The Faint. They probably won't play all of Danse Macabre, but it will still be pretty damn good. Moby should be more than enough to round out a solid non-Sahara tent dance line up.
Also, Violent Femmes and Jurassic 5 on the same lineup? Hell yes.
Each year seems to have a random ska band on the bill. Madness was great last year and The Selecter will probably follow suit.