FRIDAY, APRIL 25: Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, The Breeders, Fatboy Slim, Tegan and Sara, Madness, The Swell Season, The National, Animal Collective, Slightly Stoopid, Mum, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Stars, Battles, Aesop Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, Does it Offend you, Yeah?, Minus the Bear, Spank Rock, dan le sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Diplo, Adam Freeland, Santo Gold, Jens Lekman, John Butler Trio, Vampire Weekend, Dan Deacon, Architecture in Helsinki, Sandra Collins, Busy P, Cut Copy, Black Lips, Datarock, Professor Murder, Reverend and the Makers, The Bees, Porter, Rogue Wave, Modeselektor, American Bang, Lucky I Am.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26: Portishead, Kraftwerk, Death Cab for Cutie, Cafe Tacuba, Sasha & Digweed, Rilo Kiley, Dwight Yoakam, M.I.A., Hot Chip, Cold War Kids, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, DeVotchKa, Flogging Molly, Mark Ronson, Turbonegro, Scars on Broadway, Islands, Enter Shikari, Calvin Harris, Boyz Noize, Junkie XL, Cinematic Orchestra, Jamie T, The Teenagers, VHS or Beta, Carbon/silicon, Erol Alkan, Yo Majesty!, Little Brother, Bonde Do Role, St. Vincent, Akron Family, MGMT, Institubes DJs (Surkin, Para One and Orgasmic), James Zabiela, Sebastian, Kavinsky, Dredg, The Bird and the Bee, Grand Ole Party, New Young Pony Club, 120 Days, Yoav, Electric Touch, Uffie
SUNDAY, APRIL 27: Roger Waters (“Dark Side of the Moon”), Love & Rockets, My Morning Jacket, Spiritualized, Justice, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, The Streets, Metric, Danny Tenaglia, Simian Mobile Disco, Booka Shade, Murs, Dmitri from Paris, Autolux, The Field, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Les Savy Fav, The Cool Kids, Sons & Daughters, Sia, Holy Fuck, Black Kids, Black Mountain, The Annuals, Kid Sister w/A-Trak, Man Man, Duffy, I’m from Barcelona, Manchester Orchestra, Deadmau5, The Horrors, Austin TV, Shout Out Louds, Plastiscines, Brett Dennen
To the immediate ‘meh’ of publish happy bloggers who don’t spellcheck…I declare that you should give this some second thought. There are some gems here…especially if you haven’t seen many shows lately.
Friday: Jack Johnson should only be experienced in a festival setting. And his upcoming ‘darker’ album might be interesting. Perfect for the first night when you’re all blissed and mad festival syndrome hasn’t yet set in. The rest of the line up is full of overhyped up and coming acts (Vampire Weekend, Dan Deacon, datarock), some good acts that will be weird at a festival (Battles, Aesop Rock), and some not exciting mid range acts (Tegan and Sara, Midnight Juggernauts). And then there’s Jack White’s Raconteurs, who will probably be worth watching…mainly because of the absence of Meg White and her concert canceling anxiety issues.
Saturday: Portishead would probably be the act that made me buy the ticket…but I’ll hold out for an SF show. Is it weird that one of the best acts I see on this list is Dwight Yoakum? I guess it’s my inner Texan…but, seriously, he is one of the best performers you’ll see. There are several festival saturation bands on here…didn’t you guys just do the circuit last year (M.I.A., Death Cab, Sebastian & Kavinsky)? MGMT will probably be good in this environment- perhaps you won’t catch a whiff of them on stage like I did. Cold War Kids, Turbonegro, and New Young Pony Club will also be worth checking out. VHS or Beta will hopefully fare better here than when I saw them.
Sunday: The collective masses at Coachella will do a synchronized acid drop for this one….Dark Side of the Moon. Ooohhh. Have fun getting home on Monday after that. The rest of the list are fun acts that, luckily, I have already seen recently in my much preferred club setting, but will be worth checking out (Justice, My Morning Jacket (if you’re into that, which I’m kinda not), The Streets, Autolux, The Cool Kids, Holy Fuck, Kid Sister/A-Trak, Sia). Gogol Bordello and Black Mountain are two I missed that I would catch here.
Wawaweewa. If you’ve seen half the bands on the roster…does this mean you’re ahead of the curve?
Tickets go on sale on Friday @ 10am