Spring is three months away and for music lovers that can mean only one thing: time to start planning for Coachella.
The famed music and arts bash in the SoCal desert has unveiled the headliners for its 13th edition, for the first time taking place over two weekends—April 13-15 and April 20-22. And does it promise to be a doozy, first and foremost with the much heralded return of festival vets Radiohead.
So who else is joining the alt-rockers in Indio, Calif.? Here are our picks for the acts fest-goers need to see:
1. The Black Keys: The Akron, Ohio, duo of singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer-producer Patrick Carney are at a career zenith right now with the plaudits they received for their latest, El Camino, which has spawned the hit "Lonely Boy." The Keys will rock the main stage on Friday, April 13, and Friday, April 20, following sets by Swedish House Mafia, Pulp, Refused, Arctic Monkeys, Amon Tobin and Cat Power, among others.
2. Radiohead: The British quintet return to Coachella for the first time as a group since 2004 in a rare outdoor gig in support of the 2011 album The King of Limbs, for which the band is about to embark on an arena tour next month. Thom Yorke and company have told fans they'll play new cuts drawn from that along with material culled from 2007's In Rainbows, though don't rule out an encore of "Paranoid Android" or the ever-elusive "Creep." They'll headline Saturday, April 14, and Saturday, April 20.
3. Bon Iver: Preceeding Radiohead on the main stage will be the Grammy-nominated folk band fronted by Justin Vernon, which has exploded in popularity following 2011's self-titled LP and 2008's debut For Emma, Forever Ago. In its short history, the Wisconsinites have already played Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo so Coachella completes the big-time U.S. festival trifecta. They'll be joined on the bill for those days by the likes of the Shins, David Guetta, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Andrew Bird and Feist.
4. Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre: Guess who's back indeed. The Doggfather (barring any more arrests) and the legendary rapper-producer, two of hip-hop's most enduring icons, are joining forces for the headlining slots on Sunday, April 15, and the festival's final day, Sunday April 22. The vibes (and second-hand smoke) should be plentiful.
5. Florence + the Machine: Warming up the crowd for the rap titans earlier in the day will be the London pop outfit founded by Florence Welch, hot off their second album, Ceremonials. Other artists slated for the finale include At the Drive In, Justice, La Roux, Weekend, Modeselektor and the Hives.
Tickets for Coachella go on sale this Friday at 1 p.m. ET and range between $285 for a basic weekend pass to $665 for the full VIP treatment. For a complete list of performers visit coachella.com.