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Coachella: Festival Stress Syndrome

January 25th, 2013

I've experienced this many times. Multiple trips to Bonnaroo and South By Southwest will do that to you. Cold sweat, trembling hands.... The overwhelming feeling that at any given moment you're missing something cool. These feelings are very real and normal. You feel them because you are missing something. With Coachella rolling out their line up this morning festival goers will be faced with multiple musical Sophie's Choices. The only ones immune are celebrities making the scene to sop up some cred.

Friday 4/12 and 4/19

Stone Roses, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed.... Ok I'll stop right there. I saw Lou at Lollapalooza in 2009. He played "Waves Of Fear." It's an obscure track from his brilliant 1982 record "The Blue Mask." I never dreamed he'd pluck this one from his vast catalog.

To continue.... Grinderman (Nick Cave side project), How To Destroy Angels (Trent Reznor and wife), Of Monsters And Men, Divine Fits, Metric, Japandroids, Johnny Marr, Alt J... I could go on.

Saturday 4/13 and 4/20

Phoenix, The XX, Postal Service, New Order, Hot Chip, Moby, The Descendents! Holy crap I love The Descendents. One of So. Cal punk's greatest albums "Milo Goes To College" came from them. The title was inspired by front man Milo Aukerman.... going to college. (That's an understatement. Aukerman joins Bad Religion's Greg Graffin as the only two punk rock singers I can think of with Phd's.)

Violent Femmes! This should be interesting, and perhaps awkward. The band fizzled after bass player Brian Ritchie sued Gordon Gano when the latter allowed "Blister In The Sun" to be used in a commercial. Coachella marks their first show in over five years.

One of my favorite bands Spiritualized are playing Saturday as well. Their 1992 debut "Lazer Guided Melodies" is one of my favorite records. Found this amazing piece of history on You Tube.

Sunday 4/14-4/21

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Social Distortion, Tame Impala, Lumineers, Dead Can Dance (reunited the past couple of years now, but few American shows) Dinosaur Jr. with original bass player and Sebadoh leader Lou Barlow back in the fold, and the band I've already written about today The Three O'Clock.

Well there you have it. For more information hit Coachella's website.