Coachella 2013 Takes It Back to the '90s

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Coachella, the Only Music Festival That Matters (or so we're told), announced its 2013 lineup late Thursday night, no holograms or Rolling Stones included.

Instead, two beloved '90s UK acts whose popularity in the U.S. is spotty at best, Blur and the Stone Roses, headline the first night of the two-weekend Southern California festival. French electro-pop group Phoenix closes out Saturday over a reunited Postal Service, Hot Chip and New Order, and lone U.S. headliners the Red Hot Chili Peppers take over Sunday with Vampire Weekend, Social Distortion and the Wu-Tang Clan, the biggest hip-hop act at the festival this year.

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Joining Blur and the Stone Roses Friday are a pair of major indie-rock bands who have been dormant for a while, Modest Mouse and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. The rest of the card is dominated by indie (Beach House, Local Natives, Cloud Nothings, Passion Pit, Yeasayer) and EDM (Bassnectar, Benny Benassi, Pretty Lights, Eric Prydz), with scattered R&B and hip-hop acts like Earl Sweatshirt, Janelle Monae and 2 Chainz thrown in for good measure. It must think the Lumineers count as this year's "country" quotient.

Older fans might be interested to see that Lou Reed, Johnny Marr, Jello Biafra's Guantanamo School of Medicine, Dinosaur Jr., OMD, the Descendents, Spiritualized, Dead Can Dance(!) and DJ elders Moby, Richie Hawtin and Paul Oakenfold will be on hand. It's also a good weekend to be a Nick Cave fan, as the Aussie rocker will appear with both the Bad Seeds Sunday and Friday with his marginally more abrasive group Grinderman.

As usual, Texas-based artists are in short supply. Spoon's Britt Daniel will appear with his new band Divine Fits, but that's about it. Several Coachella artists including the xx, Tame Impala, Knife Party, Grizzly Bear and Sigur Ros have made Houston part of their pre-festival schedules, many for the first time.

What do you think? Even with closer festivals like SXSW and Austin City Limits, and with the rodeo looming and even Jazzfest a few hours away, should Texas be suffering from Coachella envy?

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True story, I bought my last car based on how great Sparks' "Angst In My Pants" sounded inside it.

Robert Medlin
Robert Medlin

There's a 70% chance they'll play ACL. Sparks, though...


I'd hop on a plane to see Spiritualized, Stone Roses, New Order, and the Nick Cave appearances.   Everything else would be distractions.

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