Festival season has officially begun.
Coachella organizers released the 2013 festival lineup taking place over two consecutive weekends April 12-14 and April 19-21, with headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, the Stone Roses and Phoenix all set to perform. (Listen to every artist on the bill on our Spotify playlist.)
While anyone who went to a festival last year probably saw the Chilis, UK britpop vets Blur and Stone Roses have been more elusive. Last year, Blur's headlining set at the Olympic Closing Celebration was rumored to be their last-ever show, but that's why they're called rumors. Manchester's the Stone Roses' 1989 eponymous debut is often regarded as one of the best rock albums in the history of ever according to your British friend. French pop band Phoenix recently announced their first shows in more than two years.
As usual, the lineup is an eclectic mix of reliable veterans and hipster-approved buzz acts, with dance, hip hop and indie rock all represented fully on the bill. Classic rock fans will sadly lament the final confirmation that no, the Rolling Stones' rumored appearance is now 100% definitely no-question not happening. (Coachella organizers tweeted out this and are probably laughing at us as we speak.) At least you have Lou Reed, who will, spoiler, presumably appear on Metric's set if last year's Radio City show was any hint.
Indie electronic fans will soon be going bananas over the reunion of the Postal Service, the collaboration between Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard and DNTEL's Jimmy Tamborello, who have finally returned a decade after their sole album was released.
The EDM boom means a glut of artists will be spinning from giant heads and tossing out confetti come April, including Bassnectar, Wolfgang Gartner, Benny Benassi, Eric Prydz and drum 'n bass pioneer Roni Size.
Hip-hop may be the most encompassing genre on the bill, with reunited Los Angeles collective Jurassic 5 (who haven't hit a stage together since 2007) and Wu-Tang Clan performing alongside Aesop Rock, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, Danny Brown, Pusha T and El-P.
But you really just want the full lineup to fight over, complain about and rejoice. Have at it.
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