"Indio in April" sounds like a ballad that could have been recorded by some poolside-living Rat Packer back in the midcentury years. And it is a song, in a way, but one made by dozens of acts and major artists with about as much variation as the word "variation" will permit.
So. A goodly amount.
That particular song will play over the April 15-17 weekend at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, which is, you might have heard, one of the planet's largest rock-it-out parties. And on Tuesday, Jan. 18, the fest's organizers hit "send" on the spread-the-word tweet on just who exactly is going to come assist in the rocking-it-out.
The oversized bold names, by date: Kings of Leon on April 15, Arcade Fire on April 16, and Kanye West and The Strokes on April 17. Other acts over the three days include The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Chemical Brothers, PJ Harvey, Duran Duran.
Surely, in all corners of the internet, discussions are going down on who might have returned but didn't and who exactly is making a surprise and welcome showing. But isn't that half of what Coachella is, at least ahead of the weekend itself? The chitchatter? The rumors zipping hither and yon? It adds to the Coachellaness of it all, in a good way.
Best follow this tweetery for updates and ticket info. Only three months to get that tent lined up, or that one friend's cousin's house near that one place. Chitchat away, Coachellans, but best start getting organized, too.
The full lineups:
Friday, April 15
!!!, 12th Planet, Afrojack, Aquabats, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, A-Trak, Beardyman, Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears, Black Keys, Boys Noize, Brandon Flowers, Brandt Brauer Frick, Breakage, Caifanes, Cee Lo Green, Chemical Brothers, Clare Maguire, Cold Cave, Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles, Cut Copy, Emicida, Erick Morillo, Excision, Flogging Molly, Glasser, Gypsy and the Cat, Here We Go Magic, Hurts, Interpol, Jakes, Kele, Kings of Leon, Klaxons, Kyle Hall, Magnetic Man, Marina and the Diamonds, Monarchy, Morning Benders, Mount Kimbie, Moving Units, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Nosaj Thing, OFWGKTA, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Ozomatli, Robyn, Sander Kleinenberg, Sasha, Scala & Kolacny Bros., Skrillex, Sleigh Bells, Tame Impala, The Drums, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Titus Andronicus and
Saturday, April 16
Alf Alpha, Andy C, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Big Audio Dymamite, Bomba Estereo, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Cage the Elephant, Chuckie, Cults, Daedelus, Delta Spirit, DJ Hype, DJ Marky, EE, Elbow, Electric Touch, Empire of the Sun, Erykah Badu, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Fedde Le Grand, Foals, Francis and the Lights, Freelance Whales, Gayngs, Gogol Bordello, Jenny and Johnny, Joachim Garraud, Laidback Luke, Lil B’ and the Based Gods, Mariachi El Bronx, Mary Anne Hobbs, Mumford & Sons, One Day as a Lion, Paul van Dyk, Phosphorescent, Raphael Saadiq, SBTRKT, Scissor Sisters, Shpongle, Steve Angello, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, the Felice Brothers, the Henry Clay People, the Joy Formidable, the London Suede, the Kills, the Love Language, the New Pornographers, the Radio Dept., the Swell Season, the Tallest Man on Earth, the Twelves, Trampled by Turtles, Two Door Cinema Club, Wire and Yacht
Sunday, April 17
Angus and Julia Stone, Axwell, Best Coast, Bloody Beetroots, Caspa, Chromeo, City and Colour, CSS, Death From Above 1979, Delorean, DJ Zinc, Duck Sauce, Duran Duran, Eliza Doolittle, Ellie Goulding, Fistful of Mercy, Foster the People, Fun, Good Old War, Gord Downie, Green Velvet, HEALTH, High Contrast, Jack Beats, Jack’s Mannequin, Jimmy Eat World, Joy Orbison, Kanye West, Leftfield, Lightning Bolt, Los Bunkers, MEN, Menomena, Nas & Damian Marley, Neon Trees, New Pants, OFF!, Phantogram, PJ Harvey, Plan B, Ratatat, Riva Starr, She Wants Revenge, Sven Vath, the National, the Presets, the Strokes, Thunderball, Trentemoller, Tinie Tempah, Tokimonsta, Twin Shadow, Wiz Khalifa and Yelle