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Coachella 2011’s underwhelm-athon

19th Jan 11 (Wed) Leave a comment

Goldenvoice just revealed the full details for the 2011 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.

The 12th annual Coachella Festival is set for Friday, April 15, Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA and the 2011 line-up includes headlining performances from Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Kings Of Leon. While music serves as the centerpiece for Coachella, this year’s festival will feature an expanded commitment to art, culture and community via a unique partnership with The Creators Project, a global initiative that supports leading and emerging artists.

The 2011 lineup of bands also features: Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Best Coast, Big Audio Dynamite, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Bomba Estereo, Brandon Flowers, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Cage The Elephant, Cee-Lo Green, Chromeo, Cold Cave, Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles, CSS, Cut Copy, Daedelus, Death From Above 1979, Delta Sprirt, Duran Duran, Elbow, Empire Of The Sun, Erykah Badu, Fistful Of Mercy, Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, Good Old War, Health, Interpol, Jack’s Mannequin, Jenny And Johnny, Jimmy Eat World, Kele, Klaxons, Leftfield, Mariachi El Bronx, Marina And The Diamonds, Menomena, Moving Units, Lauryn Hill, Mumford & Sons, Nas & Damian Marley, Neon Trees, OFF!, Omar Rodríguez López, One Day As A Lion, Ozomatli, Paul Van Dyk, PJ Harvey, Raphael Saadiq, Ratatat, Robyn, Rye Rye, Scissor Sisters, She Wants Revenge, Tame Impala, The Aquabats, The Black Keys, The Chemical Brothers, The Henry Clay People, The Joy Formidable, The Kills, The Morning Benders, The National, The New Pornographers, The Pains Of Being Pure at Heart, The Presets, The Strokes, The Swell Season, Titus Andronicus, Wiz Khalifa, !!!, and a bunch more.

I know… many of you will say how can that line-up be underwhelming?  Well, outside of a few acts that would pique my interest, it’s just underwhelming to me.

~Dan – np: No-ManHousewives Hooked on Heroin EP

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they’re taking over

21st Jun 08 (Sat) 1 comment

I don’t mean to make this a Sigur Rós-centric blog, but here’s Stereogum‘s great report from Bonnaroo 2008:

They (i.e. Barbara Streisand) say people who need people are the luckiest people. But you know who really are the luckiest people? People who have a ticket to see Sigur Rós this summer. It’s not that I haven’t seen ’em before, but it’s been 24 hours and I’m still paralyzed from the 1AM bliss fest of their set Saturday night in That Tent. Here’s why you should sell all your possessions to secure a ticket to see them right now:

  1. The current setlist is a catalog-spanning beast, showcasing hallmark moments from each of the band’s style shifts, from the dark and dank Ágætis byrjun, to the slowest-of-core unpronounceabilites of the ( ) stuff, to the triumphant Takkisms. (Saturday brought “Svefn-g-englar” [the “it’s you-oooo” song], “Njósnavélin” [the “yu-silo” song], “Olsen Olsen,” “Hoppípolla,” “Glósóli,” and non-album crowd fave “Hafsól” [the drumstick-on-the-bass song]).
  2. The Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust stuff crushes it live, comes with lots of horns, ups the band’s overall joy quotient, and really seems to have loosened them up, as people, even more. Last night these included “Inni Mer Syngur Vitleysingur,” “Godan Daginn,” “Vid Spilum Endalaust,” “Festival,” “All Alright” (the one in English!) and of course “Gobbledigook.”
  3. Umm, “Gobbledigook.” Which winds up having 12 people on stage (fully clothed, sorry), a drumline powered by amiina, confetti guns, and, most notably, a wildly grinning Jonsi.
  4. The mariachi band that parades the stage during “Sé Lest” has a pretty great outfit.
  5. They are the best band in the world.

Read the entire Stereogum Bonnaroo entry **HERE**, plus check out some YouTube videos from the show there as well…

~Dan – np: Marc Ribot’s Ceramic DogParty Intellectuals

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