So it's come to this, Coachella? The first name on the poster for the "hippest" music festival in the country is ... Jack Johnson? What in the name of Daft Punk is going on? The ninth edition of the massive gathering of hipsters in the California desert doesn't at all look like a concert worth traveling from the East Coast for, and that's before considering the fact that we'll have a handful of similarly massive festivals of our own this summer.
The nine Coachella headliners - the three bands with the biggest print on the poster (below) each day - just don't inspire any excitement. Coachella headliners are usually reunion/nostalgia acts and this year is no different. But is anyone really all that psyched for the Verve, Portishead or Love and Rockets? I have those Verve and Portishead albums, and they still sound pretty excellent (no comment on Love and Rockets), but are they really headline material? As for Roger Waters performing "Dark Side of the Moon" ... it will probably be the last performance of the entire festival, and attendees will probably want to, um, save a little of their stash for the end, because I suspect they'll need it to make that enjoyable.
With around 100 acts over the three days there are, of course, plenty of bands worth seeing. Sharon Jones, Spank Rock, the Breeders (there's a reunion I'm psyched for!), Jens Lekman, Black Lips, Professor Murder, M.I.A., Stephen Malkmus, Spiritualized, Black Mountain, Animal Collective - those are all quality acts. But is seeing them - which involves figuring out what stage they are playing on, when they are playing, etc. - in 100 degree heat with 100,000 of your closest friends the ideal way to see them? Especially when you can probably just wait and see them at the 9:30 Club or Black Cat, or your local equivalent?
In years past people booked their Coachella plans before the lineup was even announced. If folks did that this year, they might have some regrets. Or maybe I'm in the minority in thinking the lineup is lackluster. Thoughts?
By David Malitz |
January 22, 2008; 12:31 PM ET
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