Every April, the disgustingly hot desert town of Coachella, California transforms for a single weekend from a sleepy, population-40,000 town just a bit outside of Palm Springs into a sprawling, sweaty mess of beards, trucker hats, ironic T-shirts, and terrible tattoos (i.e., the ultimate in mass hipsterdom).
This year's going to be no different, except the fact that now you can multiply that whole thing by two — this edition of the Coachella Music Festival extends over two weekends. (No doubt the old folks who thought they'd found the perfect town for a quiet retirement must be thrilled.) The thing is, it's not two different lineups on two different weekends. As the organizers behind Coachella made clear, "We will attempt to produce two identical festival weekends. That means same lineup, same art, same place, different people." And then they announced their usual amazing lineup.
The big headliners this year, continuing the festival's trend of mixing the most popular indie acts of today with still legit icons from old, are The Black Keys on the first day, followed by Radiohead and then closing out with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg. Other highlights from quickly scanning the lineup include Mazzy Star, M83, Cat Power, M. Ward, Bon Iver, Jeff Mangum, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, St. Vincent and, well, why am I typing this whole thing?
The entire roster's below. Buy your tickets at the official Coachella website (or your local Craigslist shady ticket broker!) when they go on sale.