After days of delays that made the already-nutso message board posters fake even more lineups than usual (prompting a “Chill, guys” statement from festival organizer Paul Tollett), the roster of who will be playing those infamous Coachella desert stages this April finally arrived for reals this morning: Paul McCartney headlining Friday night, with the Killers on Saturday and the Cure on Sunday, plus a strong undercard of acts like Leonard Cohen (even older than McCartney!), Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Amy Winehouse (sure, okay), My Bloody Valentine, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The press release also included this keeper of a statement from McCartney: “I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I’m really excited to get out there and rock!” Well, gosh.
Anyway, it seems like they’re courting a certain genre of music fan over all three days this year — none of that odd Jack Johnson/Prince dissonance that made 2008 so schizophrenic — and (Macca aside) that music fan might be a little mopier than your festival correspondent. But looking past the guyliner acts, I’m finding things to be excited about on every day: M. Ward, The Hold Steady, and Los Campesinos! on Friday; Antony & the Johnsons, Public Enemy, The Knux, and Vivian Girls on Sunday; and scads of awesomeness sandwiched on Saturday. (Henry Rollins! Hercules and Love Affair!)
What’s catching your eye right now, PopWatchers? Full lineup after the jump…
FRIDAY APRIL 17: Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Beirut, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, The Ting Tings, The Crystal Method, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, The Airborne Toxic Event, We Are Scientists, N.A.S.A., Patton & Rahzel, M. Ward, The Presets, The Hold Steady, A Place to Bury Strangers, Felix da Housecat, Buraka Som Sistema, Ryan Bingham, Bajofondo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Noah & the Whale, White Lies, The Bug, Alberta Cross, Los Campesinos!, Craze & Klever, Molotov, Switch, Gui Boratto, Steve Aoki, The Aggrolites, People Under the Stairs, The Courteeners, Cage the Elephant, Dear and the Headlights.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18: The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Atmosphere, Mastodon, TRAV$DJ-AM, Henry Rollins, Crookers, Turbonegro, Hercules and Love Affair, Superchunk, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Booker T & the DBT’s, Amanda Palmer, The Bloody Beetroots, Surkin, Para One (Live), Calexico, Liars, Bob Mould Band, Zane Lowe, Electric Touch, Blitzen Trapper, James Morrison, Drop the Lime, Glass Candy, Thenewno2, Gang Gang Dance, Billy Talent, Ida Maria, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Zizek, Cloud Cult, Tinariwen.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Throbbing Gristle, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Weller, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Antony & the Johnsons, Roni Size, Public Enemy, Jenny Lewis, Groove Armada, Paolo Nutini, Christopher Lawrence, Lykke Li, The Kills, Okkervil River, M.A.N.D.Y., Clipse, Sebastien Tellier, F*cked Up, Perry Farrell, The Horrors, Late of the Pier, K’naan, Junior Boys, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Supermayer, No Age, Vivian Girls, Shepard Fairey, Themselves, Gaslight Anthem, The Knux, Mexican Institute of Sound, The Night Marchers, Marshall Barnes.