Classic Bands and New Favorites at Coachella 2013

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The annual Coachella Festival is once again making headlines with its eclectic lineup of bands old and new. Headliners for the three-day festival include the reunited Blur and Stone Roses, the French band Phoenix, and Los Angeles-based rock legends, the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Where last year’s show made headlines for showcasing a reincarnated via hologram Tupac Shakur, this year’s Coachella seems to be making similar headway by bringing back long-dead bands.

Coachella has been an annual festival since 1999, growing into one of the preeminent concert experiences of the year. It has morphed into a two weekend festival, with each weekend featuring the same acts throughout. Many of the world’s top musical acts frequent the festival, with the run-up to the lineup’s announcement being one filled with rumor and gossip. This year was no exception, with whisperings of the Rolling Stones being one of the headliners. While that rumor ended up being the Stone Roses, it still stoke the imagination of those hoping to see the classic group.

Still, Coachella has once again managed to bring in some of the best musicians from around the world. Besides the aforementioned headliners, concertgoers will be able to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lou Reed, Modest Mouse and Nick Cave along with his Bad Seeds and the garage-rock infused Grinderman. There’s even the reunited Postal Service, featuring Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard, Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel, and Jenny Lewis.

It’s not just the Indie world that’s well represented in this desert festival. The ’80s are well represented with appearances by New Order, the Violent Femmes, Social Distortion, and the Descendents. Hip-hop aficionados will even find a band or two to see with the Wu-Tang Clan and Jurassic 5 making appearances at the concert. The mix of old favorites is sure to make the crowd one of the more diverse groups of people to hit Coachella yet.

Of course, there’s something for the new generation of music fans too. From Tegan and Sara to James Blake, there’s plenty here to sing and dance to. Rockers the Gaslight Anthem play near folkers the Lumineers while Tame Impala has a chance to blow your mind with its intriguing sound.

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