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Coachella's 2011 Lineup: How it looks 15 hours later

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    coachella real 2011 2 Coachella's 2011 Lineup: How it looks 15 hours later

    So here we are. A little more then 15 hours after the 2011 lineup for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was released. How’d you sleep? At least that four hour nap kicked off the right way, what with a Strokes album title? Anyhow, this is the part of the show/day when we evaluate the lineup that woke us out of bed at 12:02 AM EST on the east coast and had us pause American Idol out west. By now, you’ve fully digested it, combed your way through each day, and checked and doubled checked to make sure Daft Punk really isn’t playing. Now’s the part where we accept what we got, analyze the shit out of it, and then officially declare what we like, what surprised us, what they forgot, and who we should learn more about. FYI, Coachella is 86 days away.

    The 5 Biggest Highlights

    The Strokes

    Unlike when they headlined Lolla and Outside Lands in 2010, Casablancas and co. will come armed with new material. And according to Rolling Stone, the forthcoming Angles is “the best album the Strokes have made since Is This It.” Anticipation in every which way.

    Kanye West

    You don’t have to like Kanye West to enjoy a Kanye West performance. Especially one that marks his first North American public performance in support of the CoS Top Star-earned My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. Expect “seventies-centric pantsuits, cutaway coats, and gilded jeans,” plus loads of guests.

    PJ Harvey

    Dude, it’s PJ fucking Harvey. Need we say more?

    Duran Duran

    Excuse the pun, but we’re hungry like the wolf for this one. No, we’re not screaming to hear their new material, but you can’t argue they don’t have quite the back catalog. Take the setting into consideration, too. Nothing screams decadent like skinny Silver Lake hipsters, all dancing to “Rio”. Could you imagine hearing “Come Undone” or “Ordinary World” as the raging desert turns to night? Too much to pass up.

    The Chemical Brothers

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    It’s not Daft Punk, but the acclaimed UK duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons is obviously the next best thing. They’ll also serve as an amazing alternative when Kings of Leon hit the stage.

    The 5 Biggest Surprises

    Death From Above 1979

    Okay, so we’re still licking our wounds that Pulp wasn’t on the bill. But, what a surprise this was. Yes, the Toronto outfit only have a handful of EPs and a studio album, but isn’t that enough for a solid hour? Let’s just say this was the necessary left jab that every Coachella lineup should have. Kudos to them for striking us once more.

    Big Audio Dynamite

    Mick Jones must love the stage… or Coachella. After last year’s stint with Gorillaz, he returns again. We’re pretty stoked about this one. It might not appeal to the younger crowd, but veterans should be pleasantly thrilled. If anything, it’ll be nice to hear “E=MC2″ live. That’s for sure.

    Lauryn Hill

    She’s getting around these days. We should have expected this, but we didn’t. Whatever. Friday’s a bit cluttered, but Hill makes for a pleasant “must see”. Then again, what if she’s this year’s Sly Stone?

    The London Suede

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    Remember The Chase? The pre-hooker days of Charlie Sheen? (Who are we kidding?) Well, The London Suede had a killer song in it (“The Next Life”). Actually, so killer that our writer David Buchanan wants it played at his funeral. Maybe if he’s lucky, he can catch it on a webcast. Bottom line: Want to see something rare? See this band.

    The Swell Season

    Aren’t they supposed to be retired on hiatus?

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