Another year, another desert blowout. And this one's actually for the kids.
After leaning heavily on some relative geezers for the last few go-rounds, organizers of the 2010 edition of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival are going back to the future, tapping a host of modern acts for an eclectic slate that includes Jay-Z, Muse, Thom Yorke, Gorillaz, LCD Soundsystem and a reunited Pavement, and still manages a few blasts from the past, Sly and the Family Stone, Devo and Echo and the Bunnymen among them.
The biggest musical gathering west of the Mississippi, Coachella is set to take place April 16-18 at its usual haunt, the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Calif.
But with the inclusion in the lineup of such youth-oriented acts as Hot Chip, Spoon, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Dirty Projectors, Orbital and Jack White's latest side project, Dead Weather, the annual music bash is back to its roots as a promoter of cutting-edge indie rock and electronica.
Aside from Sly and the Family Stone, Echo and the Bunnymen, and Devo, Sex Pistols vocalist John Lydon will represent with his Public Image Ltd. And of course there's the return of Pavement, the Stephen Malkmus-led indie alt-rockers that garnered a cult following in the '90s before their acrimonious split at the end of the decade.
Jay-Z will emcee the first night's festivities on Friday along with the likes of LCD Soundsystem and Them Crooked Vultures. Resistance is futile on Saturday as Muse brings its operatic rock to a bill that also features Tiësto, The Raveonettes and Faith No More, who will resurrect their classic '80s Epic sound. Gorillaz, Pavement and Yorke will close out Sunday along with De La Soul, Gary "Cars" Numan and French chanteuse Charlotte Gainsbourg.
For a complete list of performers visit Coachella.com.
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