I read the Pulp rumor got debunked and there actually never was an offer to begin with on the table, so don’t hold out on that happening.
The strongest rumors for headliners seem to revolve around Arcade Fire, Coldplay, Kings of Leon, but there’s still buzz around Kanye, White Stripes and Daft Punk. I personally think an AF/Coldplay/KOL headlining Coachella doesn’t seem to have enough diversity to it since AF is indie’s answer to arena rock, Coldplay is the UK’s answer to generic alternative arena rock and KOL is America’s generic alternative answer to arena rock. One should be switched out for a rap or electronic headliner to break everything up nicely, but a Stripes return would be enjoyable too.
Sargent House*, not Sargeant Group
Without a shadow of a doubt, I can tell you the following bands and musicians are confirmed whether it be by them, their agency, nearby tour dates or interviews:
- PJ Harvey (Agency confirmed, Amazon.com product description for Let England Shake oddly confirmed it as well until it was removed today)
- Interpol (Confirmed in interview)
- It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia LIVE! (Devito confirmed on Jimmy Kimmel)
- Glassjaw (Confirmed in magazine article)
- Bright Eyes (Playing the traditional pre-Coachella Glasshouse show in Pamona right before)
- Caifanes – (Confirmed on website)
Also, the Sargeant Group confirmed two of their acts to play this year but didn’t specify which. Educated guesses deduce it’s between Fang Island, HELLA and Boris.
Also, The Depreciation Guild broke up about 2 weeks ago. King Khan & The BBQ Show as well. R.I.P.
I’m happy Abe Vigoda came in where it did. I wasn’t even expecting it to make the Top 50 altogether since the score was just okay and they hadn’t made much a fuss over them lately.
Just curious to know where CocoRosie is in all this, Stereogum? You conjured up a huge dialogue over how Grey Oceans was critically panned but should not have been at one point this year, so I thought for sure you’d give it the nod you thought it deserved.
Either way, I love the list. You’re the only site who understands good music (even if you don’t post as much funny music gossip news anymore.)
Surprisingly I’m not as annoyed by their list as much as I expected to be. I think the Brits taste in indie this year shows a lot of love for good new bands that aren’t just about hype. Robyn’s Body Talk (complete) should have made the list and not just Part 1, though.
I think the album sums up current youth culture trendiness at its best/worst (depending on which side of the fence you sit on.) It definitely appeals to the faux-hipster crowd (which kind of makes you miss faux-emo) with Matt & Kim being the peppy American Apparel version of Brooklyn’s biggest cheerleaders but it also appeals to a broader pop audience because, and maybe it’s just me, but a lot of these songs sound like Matt & Kims song mashed together with that godawful “Shawtyz like a memory in my head that I can’t keep up with got me singing somethingsomethingsmething like my iPod stuck on replay. like my iPod stuck on replay..” song.
I’m really surprised the lead singer from Sharks didn’t make this list. I’d peg the band to be NME’s coolest “it” Brit punk band of the year, much like they named Frank of Gallows the coolest a few years back. Maybe next year?