Riffs: Coachella 2011, decoded
The just-announced lineup for this year's Coachella festival serves up few OMG-Pavement-is-getting-back-together-type surprises, relying instead on a predictably solid mix of indie, dance and hipster-approved soul acts
Passes for the fest, which go on sale Friday morning, will set you back a wallet-busting $269, plus service charges. More details can be found at Coachella.com.
Meanwhile, Click Track has compiled an early look at the lineup's more notable offerings:
The act everybody is already complaining about: Kanye West, the bane of Bonnaroo 2008
This year's recipient of the Amy Winehouse Will She Or Won't She Show Up Award: The time-challenged Lauryn Hill
Surprising billing choice: Mumford & Sons are billed ahead of Bright Eyes?
Why aren't more people excited about: Suede (billed as London Suede), who haven't played the U.S. in eons?
You may never have heard of them, but you won't want to miss: Rock en Español legends Caifanes
(Great rumors that turned out to be true, and others that didn't, after the jump.)
The great rumor that turned out to be true: The Arcade Fire as Saturday night headliners. Love them or hate them, they're arena rockers at heart, which can't necessarily be said about many of their down-ticket counterparts.
The great rumor that turned out not to be true: The Smiths won't be reuniting. No Daft Punk this year, either.
This year's Roger Waters/McCartney Lovable Old-Timer slot: For the first time in many lineups, no one fits the bill, though Duran Duran comes closest.
The reunion everyone will be excited about:Tempestuous Canadian noise punk duo Death From Above 1979, who broke up in 2006.
The reunion we're inexplicably excited about: Big Audio Dynamite! They really only had that one hit, but it was awesome.
| January 19, 2011; 12:30 PM ET
Categories: Riffs | Tags: Big Audio Dynamite, Bright Eyes, Caifanes, Coachella, Death From Above 1979, Duran Duran, Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, London Suede, Mumford & Sons, Suede, The Arcade Fire
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