I’m going to this sweet-ass rock festival this weekend. It’s called Coachella, and the lineup is so hip that it includes bands I hadn’t heard of six months ago. (Actually, many of the bands I haven’t heard of, period.) Some that you may have heard of include:
The Flaming Lips
Belle & Sebastian
…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead
Did you enjoy reading that list of band names? Then you can imagine how much I’ll enjoy seeing them. (Wilco was going to come, but Jeff Tweedy’s in rehab right now.) I’m going with my much-more-indie-savvy friends Joe, Pat, and Mia, who (along with Drew a couple years back) introduced me to a lot of these bands. I’m kind of glad not to be ultra-knowledgeable, actually, since there are only so many shows you can fit into a two-day span; Joe and Pat have had some hard choices to make. Is it a privileged position to agonize about whether to see Q and Not U or Hieroglyphics?
Anyway, we’re leaving tomorrow and camping out there. So far this year I’ve been to spring training, a conference on weblogs (and comic books and sci-fi movies), and now an indie rock festival. There aren’t many more nerd pilgrimages for me to take.
Any bands people want pictures/reports of?