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Posted at 9:50 AM ET, 01/19/2011

Coachella lineup announced

By David Malitz

robynRobyn isn't the biggest name, but expect her to give one of the most memorable performances at this year's Coachella. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP)

Kanye West, Arcade Fire, Kings of Leon, the Strokes and Animal Collective are the biggest names on the 2011 lineup for annual Coachella, the three-day mega-concert in the California desert that kicks off festival season in mid-April.

Other big names -- and there are always dozens upon dozens -- include PJ Harvey, the Black Keys, Robyn, Cee Lo, Bright Eyes, Duran Duran, the National, Lauryn Hill, Interpol, Chemical Brothers and Erykah Badu. View the full lineup here.

The much-anticipated announcement always offers a handful of hints as to how the concert year will play out. Big names that haven't been on the road for a while -- such as Kanye West, Animal Collective and the Strokes -- now become headline possibilities for every other festival (including our area's Virgin Mobile FreeFest). Smaller bands that have well-received sets at the festival become acts to watch over the rest of the year. We'll have more on the lineup later today and this week.

By David Malitz  | January 19, 2011; 9:50 AM ET
Categories:  News  | Tags:  Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Coachella, Kanye West, Robyn, The Strokes  
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Comments

a fantastic lineup if ever I saw one. That's as current as it gets folks, too bad it couldn't be any more opposite my current location.

Posted by: tylerjeffries | January 19, 2011 10:14 AM | Report abuse

and seriously, I'm not kidding when I say this: if the Post wants someone to cover the festival I'll do it so long as they pay my airfare. That's all I'll need help with. I can do it in real time too with a Verizon 3g hot spot and a laptop or something. I'm dead serious. Something to consider.

Posted by: tylerjeffries | January 19, 2011 10:34 AM | Report abuse

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