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gaypalmsprings
01-20-2011, 06:59 AM
Coachella music fest lineup seems oddly familiar

11:17 PM, Jan. 19, 2011 The Desert Sun
Written by Bruce Fessier

At first glance, the 2011 Coachella lineup looks familiar.

Arcade Fire, Kanye West, Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Ozomatli, Paul Van Dyk, the New Pornographers

Is it 2007 all over again?

All that's missing is the 2007 headliners: Bjork, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a reunion of Rage Against the Machine.

The digital world is buzzing over Tuesday's announcement of the April 15-17 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Club in Indio. There are threads on the Coachella website titled, “Line up (sic) sucks, guys,” and “Coachella has officially sold out.”

But there are also threads titled, “OMGZ Coachellaz linez upz rulez” and “Your top 10 must see acts of '11,” which includes more than 10 acts scheduled to play Coachella.

A writer for Esquire magazine gripes that “Every single one of this year's headliners (all three) has already played Coachella. So have most of the sub-headliners.”

Breaking the lineup down, he notes that this will be the sixth time The Chemical Brothers have played since helping to launch the festival in 1999.

It will be the fourth time The Black Keys, Ozomatli and Conor Oberst have performed, including Oberst's appearances as Bright Eyes and his one set with the Mystic Valley Band.

This will be the third appearance by Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Gogol Bordello and Interpol.

Even so, 2007 was one of the best events in Coachella's 11-year history.

Arcade Fire, whose 2004 Coachella set was ranked as one of the 50 greatest concerts of all time by Rolling Stone, moved to the main stage in 2007 and arguably gave an even more spectacular performance.

Its rendition of “Funeral” rivaled Paul McCartney's “Hey Jude” as a massive audience participation moment.

West performed just before sundown in 2007 and got his wilted audience dancing in triple-digit heat.

Kings of Leon was just beginning its maturation into a super group in 2007 and by last year even its members were tired of hearing songs from their 2008 monster album, “Only By the Night.”

The group took a different, less dynamic direction with its 2010 CD, “Come Around Sundown,” but the single, “Pyro,” should be another crowd pleaser.

Blues-rock act The Black Keys have grown so significantly, the duo is approaching the Kings of Leon's 2008 appeal with four Grammy nominations for their 2010 CD, “Brothers.”

There also are many less obvious gems in the lineup.

The National, which has been around since 1999, performed in one of the tents at the 2008 Coachella.

The group is an example of how Goldenvoice nurtures artists and motivates them to return as they get bigger.

The National's last CD, “High Violet,” received a Q award for Best Album of 2010.

Brandon Flowers is another example.

The vocalist began singing in a tent with The Killers in 2004.

Goldenvoice elevated them to headline status in 2009 and Flowers will do a solo set on opening night of this festival.

The lineup also features acclaimed new artists.

The English folk rock band Mumford & Sons, the third- billed artist on Saturday after Arcade Fire and Animal Collective, received Grammy nominations last year for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song for “Little Lion Man.”

Freelance Whales, a band from Queens, N.Y., featuring a glockenspiel, was named an NPR Band to Watch.

The UK band Shpongle was at the top of a wish list of neo-psychedelic fans even though the name wasn't familiar to the leader of Los Angeles' popular neo-psychedelic group Spindrift.

Ratatat, a guitar and keyboard duo that plays mostly instrumental music, is another band that will attract a coterie of devoted fans to the tents.

Meanwhile, the urban or contemporary R&B lineup may be stronger than ever with the presence of Grammy Award winners Ms. Lauryn Hill and Erykah Badu on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

This is the first lineup in several years that hasn't featured a baby boomer star, although MTV pioneers Duran Duran have been around since 1978.

The lineup doesn't include a desert rock band, but PJ Harvey has recorded in Joshua Tree on Josh Homme's “Desert Sessions” CDs and Homme says Harvey has an appreciation of the desert sound.

Desert rock leader Mario Lalli, executive producer of the Desert Rock at the Indio Performing Arts Series, said he was happy to see DJ Alf Alpha on the lineup.

Alpha is a leader of the Coachella Valley art scene that frequently gathers at the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs.

He also performed in October at the Indio Performing Arts Center.

“The line up is very much based in modern pop (with) a strong presence of R&B and neo soul,” Lalli said. “I am happy to see PJ Harvey on the bill and our local rep DJ Alf Alpha. The Black Keys will be great!”

crombrenner
01-20-2011, 07:04 AM
Arcade Fire was in 2005 dipshit. Also, I never knew they had a song called Funeral. Who knew? Horrible article.

PlayaDelWes
01-20-2011, 07:05 AM
I would love to find one, just one newspaper who has 100% of the facts right. I guess if it's a blog, or an opinion, or an annoucement you can make shit up or just not validate your ideas with facts.

(The National, not in a tent)

J~$$$$
01-20-2011, 07:18 AM
Bruce Fessier is a fucking moron.

doggie3343
01-20-2011, 07:29 AM
2007 and 2011 performers

Arcade fire
KOL
Interpol
Gogol Bordello
Jenny Lewis (Watson Twins 07 Johnny 11)
CSS
!!!
Paul Van Dyke
The Black Keys
New Pornographers
Klaxons
Ozomatli
Ratatat
Zack de la Rocha (RATM 07 One day as a Lion 11)
Jesse F. Keeler (MSTRKRFT 07 Death from Above 1979 11)

Neighborhood Creep
01-20-2011, 07:35 AM
They name dropped by 'Top 10 of '11" thread.

/I still suck at life lol

Stickjohn
01-20-2011, 07:39 AM
and speling llo

Neighborhood Creep
01-20-2011, 07:43 AM
font is small from my sell fone

concertgoer
01-20-2011, 08:04 AM
Some one should tell that idiot reporter that Kanye played in 06

Stickjohn
01-20-2011, 08:09 AM
Use this moment to reflect on how you let media influence your opinions.

Boourns
01-20-2011, 10:19 AM
He forgot 2009:
Black Keys
Chemical Brothers
B-Flow's other band
Crystal Castles
Ariel Pink
Conor Obert's other band
The Kills
Cage the Elephant
Jenny Lewis solo
Jesse F. Keeler (MSTRKRFT)
The Bloody Beetroots
The Presets

And "Funeral" is Arcade Fire's best song. Only us longtime fans know about it.

LunaVC
01-20-2011, 10:21 AM
ha ha ha they quoted my thread title

apparently a line up is queueing up in Walmart

and a line-up is a schedule of bands

sorry America

my bad

I feel terrible about it

citizenerased
01-20-2011, 10:25 AM
lol the song Funeral rivaled Hey Jude.

thefrush
01-20-2011, 10:25 AM
I love that he bases the first half of his article off of message board content. Idiot.

fatbastard
01-20-2011, 10:27 AM
Blah blah blah.

HandBanana
01-20-2011, 10:27 AM
My favorite Arcade Fire song is "The Arcade Fire" from the album Arcade Fire by The Arcade Fire.

LunaVC
01-20-2011, 10:27 AM
someone should tell that guy to not take me seriously

unless it's TomAZ or GuyInTucson writing the article

those guys think everything I say is gospel

must be an Arizona thing eh?

the desert punks don't like me cos I'm from the concrete kingdom

GuyInTucson
01-20-2011, 12:28 PM
someone should tell that guy to not take me seriously

unless it's TomAZ or GuyInTucson writing the article

those guys think everything I say is gospel

must be an Arizona thing eh?

the desert punks don't like me cos I'm from the concrete kingdom

For the record, half my family is from either Banbury(a town about 30 minutes from Oxford), Oxford, or Manchester. Just sayin'....

Vic Viper
01-20-2011, 12:46 PM
is there some kind of rule that says musical festivals should never repeat artists?

he also forgot high contrast. as far as i'm concerned this is High Contrast Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Workingmenrises
01-20-2011, 01:02 PM
Anyone complaining about how similar this line-up is to 2007 is blowing it, 2007 was a beautiful year and a wonderful time for music

Mr.Nipples
01-20-2011, 01:04 PM
every bruce i've known has been a stupendous prick. i know bruce will eventually read this post so eat shit and die bruno...

TomAz
01-20-2011, 01:05 PM
someone should tell that guy to not take me seriously

unless it's TomAZ or GuyInTucson writing the article

those guys think everything I say is gospel

must be an Arizona thing eh?

the desert punks don't like me cos I'm from the concrete kingdom

no, we don't like you because you're dumb.

btw that's a calif paper.

matsuolost
01-20-2011, 01:16 PM
he got all the years wrong. AF = 05.
kanye = 06

and wow, The National played the outdoor dumbass

menikmati
01-20-2011, 01:20 PM
Once again, shitty journalism. If someone is gonna make a history report of Coachella, they should be told to visit a site that at least documents and stores all that info....

sbessiso
01-20-2011, 01:21 PM
SHAMELESS

JelloPuddingChat
01-20-2011, 01:27 PM
I forgot that the national played the transparent tent in 08.

CrimesceneCookie
01-20-2011, 01:27 PM
The UK band Shpongle was at the top of a wish list of neo-psychedelic fans even though the name wasn't familiar to the leader of Los Angeles' popular neo-psychedelic group Spindrift.

who the fuck is Spindrift and why is it relevant if they know who Shpongle is?

tigermilkboy
01-20-2011, 01:28 PM
But if the writer did some fact checking it would have ruined a good story!

faxman75
01-20-2011, 01:31 PM
I forgot that the national played the transparent tent in 08.

lol right? damn idiots. I missed that set but I walked by it and it was definitely not in a tent.

Gribbz
01-20-2011, 01:32 PM
I was unaware that Coachella has repeating acts. I thought this was the first year!

JelloPuddingChat
01-20-2011, 01:35 PM
They should really just do a musicians fantasy draft just to sell more tickets and create 180 brand new bands. I think the lightning bolt drummer would be a huge sleeper pick .

invisiblerobots
01-20-2011, 01:39 PM
Late Add Request: Spindrift

LunaVC
01-20-2011, 02:03 PM
is there some kind of rule that says musical festivals should never repeat artists?

he also forgot high contrast. as far as i'm concerned this is High Contrast Valley Music and Arts Festival.

i dunno man

does anyone need to see Gogol Bordello more than once?

one trick pony

anonimouse
01-20-2011, 06:13 PM
He forgot 2009:
Black Keys
Chemical Brothers
B-Flow's other band
Crystal Castles
Ariel Pink
Conor Obert's other band
The Kills
Cage the Elephant
Jenny Lewis solo
Jesse F. Keeler (MSTRKRFT)
The Bloody Beetroots
The Presets

And "Funeral" is Arcade Fire's best song. Only us longtime fans know about it.

this

when i first saw the lineup i thought of 2009 before any other year. not complaining one bit. besides after 11(-1) years its kinda hard to find groups that havent played before, theres always gonna be some repeats

liquidsnake28
01-20-2011, 06:23 PM
“The line up is very much based in modern pop (with) a strong presence of R&B and neo soul,” Lalli said.

:lool :lool :lool

Brad Groux
01-20-2011, 06:40 PM
This is Pulitzer Prize reporting.