@AndyShore Coachella is finally here. It’s been just over six months since Zack, Caitlin and I were festival-ing together at ACL. My last festival as well. That all ends this weekend. I can’t remember (and am to lazy to look) if I made some preposterous claim that this was the best lineup in our history of Festival Crashers. It’s near the top, if it’s not the peak. The top of my list hasn’t changed since we first discussed it on the PodCrash. The news Zack linked me to earlier tonight only strengthens that choice.
10. Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: I just love Afrobeat. I caught his brother Femi at Rothbury a few years back. He’s fronting his father’s band (and falls under my Legends Rule). Sure to be a great time.
8/9. GIRLS/Real Estate: Two bands that are perfect for California sunshine. I’m hoping for early afternoon sets to ease into our day. Beach House did this well a couple years ago.
7. Afrojack/Swedish House Mafia/AVICII/David Guetta: All I know about these four, is that they make great music to workout and/or dance party to (I have a problem with forgetting I’m in public sometimes). I’m hoping to catch parts of all three and could be swayed to stay at any of them.
6. The Black Keys: It is rare that I turn on a sporting event these days and don’t hear a Black Keys song blasting over the PA. We’ve seen these guys at festivals for years. They’re in the midst of their first stadium tour, and I can’t wait to see what they bring to a headlining slot. I never really thought they’d make it that far, but I’m sure excited they did.
5. Kaskade: The last time I saw Kaskade was in Las Vegas at the Marquee Club with my brother, cousin, a friend, a bunch of cougars and Lloyd from Entourage. I had a great time. Coachella with Zack and Caitlin is basically the same thing, right?
4. Kendrick Lamar: Section.80 is another album that has gotten heavy play from me since its release. I put “No Make-Up (Her Vice)” on my Coachella Spotify playlist that I work out to after discovering “A.D.H.D.” on Pitchfork’s Best of 2011 Playlist on Spotify. He may not by on your radar yet, and Coachella is a great time to fix that.
3. Radiohead: Can’t really put them any lower and still have this list hold any credibility. Atoms For Peace was one of my favorite shows of my last Coachella. It’s been years since my first (and only) Radiohead show at Lollapalooza 2008. Will certainly be a special show.
2. Justice: I know I’m supposed to say Radiohead here…or even at #1. That’s just not me. I played Audio, Video, Disco for months upon its release. I still can’t get enough of that album. There’s a lot of opportunity for dance parties with this lineup, but this is where I will boogie my hardest.
1. Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg: Rolling Stone reports that Eminem, Warren G and Wiz Khalifa will join this duo onstage. Em was my favorite show of Lollapalooza 2011, and he’s a guest. I’m hoping Dre can knock the rust of and treat the hometown crowd to something to remember.
Honorable Mention: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals (always always always), Florence & the Machine, M83, Miike Snow and Girl Talk.