I already posted these over at the LAist, but in case you missed them.....the first post really seemed to anger a lot of people. If you already have tickets, go and have a good time. I just feel the bookers took advantage of the name Coachella this year and didn't put enough effort/money into the lineup.
Is anybody driving three hours to the desert for this? Two day passes ($167 + $23 in fees) and Saturday tickets ($86 + $15 in fees) are still available. Most of the rock bands have played LA clubs in the past few months. Otherwise you better really like DJs and house music……
Depeche Mode (about 16 years past their prime), Daft Punk (five years past their prime), Franz Ferdinand (the last album sounded like b-sides, but he does have stage presence), Sigur Ros (usually great but will it translate in a field in the desert), Damian Jr Gong Marley (Bob’s youngest son), Common (rapper), Atmosphere (rapper, at the Glass House on 4/25), Carl Cox (DJ/Producer) , My Morning Jacket (great live band), TV on the Radio (solid), Ladytron (at the El Rey on 5/2), Clap Your Hands Say Yeah (indie rock with very little stage presence), Tosca (trip-hop), Cat Power (terrible stage presence), Animal Collective (eccentric indie rock), Derrick Carter (DJ/Producer), Devendra Banhart (eccentric freak folk), She Wants Revenge (Fred Durst’s favorite dance-rock band), The Walkmen, The Juan Maclean (DFA artist appearing for free at the Echo on 4/30), Imogen Heap (at the Glasshouse 5/2), Audio Bullys (British electronica), Lady Sovereign (British garage rap), Deerhoof (noise rock), The Duke Spirit (bluesy indie rock), Eagles of Death Metal (trashy hard rock), Lyrics Born (backpack rap), Matt Costa (Jack Johnson signed him), The New Amsterdams (Get Up Kids offshoot, at the Troub on 5/27), The Zutons, Platinum Pied Pipers (underground R&B), White Rose Movement (?), Colette (DJ), Joey Beltram (club music), Hybrid (more club music), The Rakes (post-punk revivalists), Living Things (hard rockers live at the Troub 4/24), Wolfmother (Blue Cheer revivalists played Cinespace and Spaceland in January), The Like (local industry girls), Nine Black Alps (British grunge revivalists), Celebration, The Section Quartet (string covers), Head Automatica (Dan the Automator project), Shy FX & T Power (drum and bass), Infusion (electronic), Rob Dickinson (at the Whiskey on 4/25)
We have many fond memories from Coachellas past, but right now we're totally jealous of that Lollapalooza lineup. Sunday tickets are sold out. You'll either have to buy a two-day pass or take your chances in the secondary market.
Tool (loads of pent up demand, but we haven’t thought about them in twelve years), Massive Attack (influential trip hop), Madonna (ugh), Yeah Yeah Yeahs (double ugh), Bloc Party (guilty pleasure, fun live show), Paul Oakenfold (hooray! a button presser), Scissor Sisters (look at us we’re androgynous!), Matisyahu (look at me, I’m a Hasidic Jew and I like reggae!), James Blunt (maybe he’ll smoke a blunt, pass out, and save you the boredom of sitting through his set), Sleater-Kinney (respect), Mogwai (great live band), Coheed and Cambria (What about the voice of Claudio Sanchez? How did it get so high?), Wolf Parade (overrated), Gnarls Barkley (Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse; kudos), Phoenix (wannabe crossover electronica), Coldcut (somebody at Goldenvoice really likes trip-hop), Digable Planets (are they considered old school yet?), Amadou & Mariam (Tim Robbins’ character in High Fidelity would be happy), Louie Vega (DJ), Mylo (DJ Set), Seu Jorge (solid, the Life Aquatic guy), Ted Leo & Pharmacists (good choice), The Go! Team (good fun stuff), Kaskade (DJ), Metric (they’ve played so many LA shows since their last album), Editors (was Interpol busy?), Art Brut (overrated, but understandable), Dungen (cool band, hopefully their live show has improved), The Dears (The Blands), Jamie Lidell (Beck’s favorite blue eyed soul singer), The Magic Numbers (overrated KCRW faves), Los Amigos Invisibles (really? more worldbeat?), Jazzanova (trip-hop). stellastarr (was Interpol busy?), Michael Mayer (club music), Murs featuring 9th wonder (hip-hop), Mates of State (miss last month's show at the Troub?), Gilles Peterson (DJ), Infadels (at the Key Club on 5/3), Gabriel & Dresden (club music), Minus the Bear (miss last month’s show @ Spaceland?), OneRepublic (they got a night off from the Key Club?), Be Your Own Pet (Thurston Moore’s favorite teens; @ the Troub on 6/27), Chris Liberator (DJ), Youth Group (did you miss their eight recent local appearances?), Giant Drag (good for them; she’s funny), Kristina Sky (putting photos of you DJ'ing CDs on your website is lame), The Octopus Project (their booker obviously deserves a raise)