18 January 2011

Coachella 2011 Lineup: Instant Reaction!

{ The Coachella 2011 lineup is here and so are my off-the-cuff reactions. }


Kings Of Leon:

Lame. If this was Kings of Leon from 2003 or 2004, I'd feel differently about it.

The Black Keys:

I'm ashamed to say I don't know enough about them. I have enjoyed what I've heard, though.


They haven't been as strong since their first album but I'm looking forward to seeing them in a big festival setting.

The Chemical Bros.:

This set is going to be amazing. Hands down.


Don't know them.


Sure. Her new stuff is pretty solid.

Sasha: This is going to be a stellar set.

Ms. Lauryn Hill: Will she go crazy? Only time will tell.

Brandon Flowers: Killers without the Killers? No thanks.

Crystal Castles: The poster says "Crystal Castlest." Dear Goldenvoice, I'll take VIP passes to proof your posters. Love, Pet Bear Sounds. (Irony will prove that I have typos in this blog post).

Magnetic Man: Who?

Erick Morillo: Solid.

Cee-Lo Green: I just want to hear thousands of people yell "Fuck you."

Cut Copy: If you haven't jumped on the Cut Copy train, well, you need to.

Cold War Kids: Okay.

Sleigh Bells: Sure.

Boyz Noize: I don't know these boys.

The rest of Friday is rounded out by some solid acts: Warpaint, Tame Impala, !!!, Sander Kleinenberg, and the Klaxons. Pretty darn good.


Arcade Fire:

If their recent live shows are any indication, their headlining set will be absolutely amazing. They're on top of their game.

Animal Collective:

I'm not terribly familiar with their catalog. I hear they're neat.

Mumford & Sons:

Lack of exposure. I should learn more.

Bright Eyes:


Empire Of The Sun: Love it.

Big Audio Dynamite: Who?

Steve Angello: Who?

The Kills: Okay.

The London Suede: This is the first "OMG" sort of moment of the lineup.

Broken Social Scene: I can't wait. I only just got into them in the past couple years and I haven't had a chance to see them in concert.

One Day As A Lion: Who?

Erykah Badu: I was surprised at myself at how interested I was about seeing her.

Paul van Dyk: My early-2000s raver-self is loving this.

Fedde Le Grand: Who?

There are some really solid acts on Saturday night. New Pornographers, Cage The Elephant, Elbow, Delta Spirit, Two Door Cinema Club, The Radio Dept., Raphael Saadiq, The Henry Clay People.

The undercard on Saturday night is pretty amazing, actually.


Kanye West:

Love it.

The Strokes:

My initial thought is that I'll likely never see Kanye West on his own headlining tour but I'll probably see The Strokes on their headlining tour. I'll probably go with Kanye.

Duran Duran:

My New-Wave-'80s self is loving this right now.

The National:

Very nice.

PJ Harvey: My mid-'90s self is wishing that I got into PJ Harvey.

Death From Above 1979:

Sorta surprised that they are so high up on the bill. But I guess I never really got into them.

Wiz Khalifa: Who?

Ratatat: Nice.

Nas & Damien Marley: I feel like they play every Coachella.

Jimmy Eat World: Nice!

Axwell: This will be a fun dance party.

Sven Vath: Who?

Bloody Beatroots...: Okay...

Chromeo: Good times.

Duck Sauce: No sauce, thanks.

Neon Trees: I think these guys are good... I don't know them, though.

The Presets: Nice!

Leftfield: Sweet!

I'm not as familiar with most of the undercard on Sunday but Best Coast jumps out at me as well as Yelle and Phantogram.

Thoughts ...

Initially speaking, it appears as if Saturday is going to be the best day for me. Mostly because of Suede. For most, Suede will do nothing for them but for me, it will be a brit-pop dream.

Now we'll just have to wait for some surprise additions (per Coachella tradition) and then the long wait to mid-April.

Pulp reunited and I'm crossing everything possible in hopes that they'll be a late addition to Coachella.

I'm going for the first time and I'm incredibly excited. There will be more Coachella posts in the forthcoming weeks.

Get pumped. Get your tickets. And I'll see you there. I look like a bear in headphones.