If you haven’t already heard the 2011 Coachella line-up has been announced seemingly to the disappointment of many since Daft Punk, who was thought to be a “for sure” act, did not make the set list. There has also been a bit of disappointment in the overall artist selection. The 2010 line-up included heavy hitters like Jay-Z, Gorillaz, Muse, Phoenix, Kaskade, Miike Snow, MGMT, Tiesto and DeadMau5. And lets be honest it was going to be tough to beat that. In my opinion this year sounds promising. There are a lot of big name acts including: Kanye West, Arcade Fire, The Strokes, The Black Keys, Interpol, Animal Collective, Wiz Khalifa, Nas, Damien Marley and Kings of Leon. This also appears to be a great year for Electro with: 12th Planet, SKRILLEX, Jack Beats, Caspa and the Bloody Beetroots all on the roster. On the downside this year will include what appears to be a medley of obscure hipster bands, many of which were at FYF Fest, I won’t name names. However, what I find the most exciting are the many throw back artists such as: Ms. Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, She Wants Revenge, The Aquabats, Flogging Molly, Jimmy Eat World, Bright Eyes and Duran Duran. It’s an interesting choice but I think that it will work. One of the best parts about Coachella is seeing all the bands and artists you love but another great part about it is discovering new music or perhaps in this case re-discovering.
I’ll leave you with my favorite Animal Collective song.