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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Sun, Water and Rock n Roll— Coachella 2007

posted by on April 26 at 1:14 AM

This year Iíll be attending my first Coachella Festival, which means three days in the California desert watching the likes of headliners Bjork, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Rage Against the Machine, but also the more hip of college and indie radio, including The Black Keys, Of Montreal, Rodrigo y Gabriela, The Roots, Amy Winehouse, Peaches and Kings of Leon.

A few things strike me as a make last minute preparations for the trip. 1) No band looks cool once youíve wandered through their MySpaceóreading the Kings of Leon MySpace, for example, makes me think that theyíre trying to psyche up for a forthcoming high school reunion. 2) Didnít we need Rage Against the Machine in 2004? Explaining their reunion, Tom Morello told NME that ď”It occurred to all of us that the times were right to see if we can knock the Bush administration out in one fell swoop, and we hope to do that job well.Ē 3) In a few hours, Iíll be watching bands Iíve been listening to for years, (through albums, not, mercifully, their MySpace pages), but Iíll be seeing these icons in the unforgiving California sun while lining up for bottled water. Thereís something geeky and pure in that.

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have a blast! i have been 3 times and wouldn't trade any sweltering day of it! the people are all cool, the desert is gorgeous and bjork is going to blow your mind out there! you are lucky. take it all in for me, my friend! enjoy!

Posted by k | April 26, 2007 10:08 AM

Enjoy! I went in 2004 and it was HOT AS HELL, well over 100 degrees. But I think the average temp is more like 90, still f*cking hot. This years lineup looks amazing although I have to say none of the headliners interest me besides Bjork. 2004 had The Pixies, Radiohead, The Cure, The Flaming Lips. Seeing The Pixies as the sun went down over the desert will probably end up being the best festival experience of my life....

Posted by bradlesb | April 26, 2007 12:49 PM

I leave for Sea-Tac in T-minus 1 hour.


Posted by Colin | April 26, 2007 4:36 PM

I also went in 2004 and have one tip: Pay attention to where you park.

Other than that, it was crowded, sweltering and amazing. Ration your water, though. They ran out by the Cure... dehydrating goths wandered aimlessly...

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