The Festival lineup is very diverse this year and it seems like there was a conscious effort to book a handful of bands who became big a decade or more ago. Here are our picks, including some of those bands and also more current acts we are excited to see.
The Stone Roses – If you don’t know The Stone Roses, make it a point to get familiar. They came out of Manchester pre-Oasis, and while there are similarities in the music, The Stone Roses sound has more of a psychedelic and house music influence. Start with “Fool’s Gold” and “Waterfall”.
Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes released their debut and most successful album in the mid 80’s, but the sound is much different than what you would consider classic 80’s music They fit right in with 90’s alternative and include classics like “Blister In The Sun”, “Kiss Off” and “Add It Up”.
Dinosaur Jr. -What more can be said about this legendary indie band? When Guitar Hero first debuted, most of us in the know thought it was about the adventures of singer/guitarist J. Mascis (well, it should have been). You’ve seen him in Portlandia, but now it’s time to see him live—which is how Dinosaur Jr. was meant to be heard.
The Postal Service – When you put out just one album 10 years ago that became an instant classic and haven’t toured since, you’re bound to generate some excitement. This is a rare opportunity we suggest you don’t miss. There are other dates this summer but no indication of anything afterward.
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Speaking of 10-year anniversaries, these L.A. natives first headlined Coachella back in 2003 (and again in 2007). They have the headline spot Sunday night to close out the festival. Flea recently partnered with Thom Yorke to form Atoms For Peace, so we have to wonder… surprise guest?
Alt-J –One of the more—if not most!—buzzed about new bands. The unique blend of post-rock, folk and electronic elements doesn’t sound quite like anything else… and maybe that’s why it’s so addictive.
Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend release their third album, Modern Vampires of the City, about a month after Coachella. We are excited to get an early listen to the material, in addition to all the great tracks from Contra and their self-titled debut album. If the rest of the album sounds anything like killer single “Diane Young”, we’re in for a treat.
Hanni El Khatib –Another artist touring in support of a sophomore album. Head In The Dirt takes all the rawness and energy from Hanni El Khatib’s first album but is maybe a bit more polished. This one has been in heavy rotation at AE—check out the remix of single “Penny” by DJ duo Classixx at http://www.ae.com/classixx.
Whether you’re here to see bands you’ve loved for decades or are stoked to discover new tunes, this music festival has a killer lineup that will satisfy any music connoisseur’s craving. For those of you going, safe travels and see you soon at a festival that you will never forget!