Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Coachella 2006 Lineup Announced

The lineup for this year's Coachella Festival was announced today and though it's not as strong as the lineups of the last two years, it is still quite good. Highlights are as follows:

Saturday, April 29th
Depeche Mode
Franz Ferdinand
Sigur Ros
Common
My Morning Jacket
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
Ladytron
Cat Power
Animal Collective
Devendra Banhart
The Walkmen
The Juan Maclean
Deerhoof
Editors
Stellastarr

Sunday, April 30th
Tool
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Bloc Party
Scissor Sisters
Mogwai
TV on the Radio
Sleater-Kinney
Phoenix
Wolf Parade
The Go! Team
Metric
Art Brut
Dungen
The Magic Numbers
Imogen Heap

If you'd like to see last year's full lineup, check it out here: http://mattstarr.blogspot.com/2005/04/coachella-breakdown.html

Unfortunately, I do not think I will be able to attend this year due to a trip to Europe in June, but I feel like there is one thing missing from this year's lineup: there aren't any big reunions or unique performances this time around. Last year we had reunions from Bauhaus and Gang of Four, not to mention several groups who made Coachella one of, if not their only US dates like New Order, The Prodigy and Black Star. Two years ago was the massive Pixies reunion plus Radiohead's only US date of the last three years. This time around, many of the bands are either currently on tour or were on tour in the last year. The only band who is at all unique is Tool, who likely have a new album coming out and will tour it following the Coachella performance. There were rumors of a Smashing Pumpkins reunion as well as Massive Attack and Portishead, but none of them came to fruition. It's a good lineup, but even if I wasn't going to Europe, I'm not sure that it's one that I'd spend all that money to go see this year.

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