This week Brandon will pack his sunscreen and I will not because brown skin has its privileges occasionally, and we will fly to the desert, once more, for this year’s Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival. You already know the originally announced lineup is up an M.I.A. and down an H&LA, but now you can get even more specific: the official timetable and the Coachooser thingy are ready. Mostly we’re impressed at how few conflicts Goldenvoice has built into the schedule for people like us, which means most of us will be rubbing sweaty elbows all weekend:
If Switch at noon is too early on Friday, you can take a few hours to get used to the environs and all the Heidi Montag sightings before you get going at 4:20PM with Los Campesions or the Hold Steady, M. Ward (4:55), the Black Keys (or Buraka Som Sistema), Conor Oberst, and Franz Ferdinand. Then just settle into the old-timer rock block of Leonard Cohen, Morrissey, and Macca. End your day with Genghis Tron because that is the right way to end your day. Friday’s big losers: everyone that goes up against Moz (sorry, Beirut and Girl Talk).
Saturday starts with a 2:30PM set from Liars, which may sound early for Liars, but years of experience (P4K Fest, Øya) have taught us that Angus is even more dominant in the sun and sweat. There’s a showdown between Blitzen Trapper and Drive-By Truckers (3:40PM), but resolve that and you can follow it with Superchunk (4:55), then TV On The Radio (or Tinariwen, who are worthy), then Fleet Foxes before the next pile up at 8:40ish (Band Of Horses, M.I.A., and Junior Boys all start within 15 minutes of each other, but of course M.I.A.’s main stage debut will be the biggest party). The Killers headline that night, although our headliners hit the Gobi Tent at 11:15 in the form of Gang Gang Dance.
Start your Sunday early at the Mojave tent for a triple shot of Vivian Girls, No Age, and Fucked Up from 12:45PM to 4ish (you’ll miss Okkervil River this way, sadly), then hit Lykke Li (4:05PM) before either PB&J or Antony. After that, just camp out for the convenient triple header closing out the Main Stage: Yeah Yeah Yeahs, My Bloody Valentine, and the Cure. (Although you have time between MBV and Robert Smith for Public Enemy or the Kills.) Wrap your Sunday with Throbbing Gristle because you owe that to yourself.
Remarkably few clashes! Guess we’ll all be seeing each other all weekend.