By Simon Vozick-Levinson
April 16, 2010 at 02:00 PM EDT
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Image Credit: Ken McCoy/PR Photos; Solarpix/PR Photos; Robb D. Cohen/Retna ltdAs we speak, awesome musicians of all sorts are converging on a polo field in the Southern California desert for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. I’ll be there too, running frantically from stage to stage in an attempt to see as much as I can of every notable show over the next three days and nights. That means headliners like Jay-Z (tonight), Muse (Saturday), and Gorillaz (Sunday), plus worthies like LCD Soundsystem, Vampire Weekend, Thom Yorke/Atoms for Peace, and (OMG) the reunited Pavement, along with dozens more indie acts like Grizzly Bear, Yeasayer, and Deerhunter. You can peruse the full lineup at Coachella’s official site.

Check back here on the Music Mix this weekend for my full dispatches from each day of the festival. To help get into the spirit, read through Chuck/Gossip Girl/The O.C. creator Josh Schwartz’s piece on his fondest memories from Coachellas past. Then take a look, above, at the candid snapshot we nabbed of a top-secret Thursday night rehearsal jam featuring Jay-Z, Muse’s Matt Bellamy, Pavement’s Stephen Malkmus, and Russel and Murdoc from Gorillaz. (Just kidding. That is an photo department collage, sadly.)

Anyone else headed Coachella-ward this year? Which bands are you most excited to see?

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