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Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 01/19/2011

Riffs: Coachella 2011, decoded

By Allison Stewart


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

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 EspaƱol legends Caifanes

(Great rumors that turned out to be true, and others that didn't, after the jump.)

duran duranDuran Duran comes closest to filling the token old-timers slot on this year's Coachella lineup. (Universal Music Group)

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.

By Allison Stewart  | 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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B.A.D. sweet!!!!!!

Posted by: johnnycomelately1 | January 19, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

Big Audio Dynamite might have only had one hit in the USA but the importance of the band can't be overstated. Add to that Suede on the same day makes this one of the more upside down headline days in Coachella history...Arcade Fire can sit, watch and learn.

Posted by: TheClashBlog | January 19, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Mick Jones cannot die. He just keeps innovating. There's something to be said for watching royalty do their thing.

Posted by: info_stuporhighway | January 20, 2011 12:53 AM | Report abuse

I'm not as excited about this lineup as past years, but interesting to see Lauren Hill on there. Same with Jimmy Eat these days too.

Posted by: tempbase | January 20, 2011 8:23 AM | Report abuse

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