Monday, January 22, 2007

Coachella Lineup

Going to Coachella has never been anything that I've wanted to do. For one thing, it's all the way on the other side of the country, which means it would cost me a small fortune to go. Plus, spending a weekend in the sweltering desert surrounded by elitist hipsters doesn't sound like that great of a time. While I may be elitist when it comes to film, music is a different story. As someone who really got into the jamband scene, Coachella was and for the most part still is the complete opposite of the spectrum. But over the past few years, I've begun to listen and enjoy more diverse ("indie) groups. My biggest problem with the hardcore fans on both sides (including jamband fans) is that they outright dismiss or look down anything that they don't consider their base.

That's pretty much beside the point I meant to make. I have to say that Coachella's lineup this year is the most intriguing I've seen. It still stays pretty close to the template they've laid down but this is the first time that there's been more than a handful of bands I would have wanted to see:

Rage Against the Machine (so I can remember what I listened to in high school)
The Arcade Fire
Willie Nelson
Manu Chao
The Decemberists
Sonic Youth
Kings of Leon
Grizzly Bear
The Black Keys
Damien Rice
Nickel Creek
The Avett Brothers
The New Pornographers
Regina Spektor
Explosions In the Sky
Of Montreal
Amos Lee
Fountains of Wayne
Gillian Welch
Plus a lot of others. Even though that's pretty good, tickets are too much ($250!!) and I'd still rather go to Bonnaroo. I hope some of these artists head to Tennessee too.

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