This morning, the folks at Coachella released the full three day lineup for 2011’s installment of their annual desert blowout, which will take place April 15-17. While three-day passes will still cost an arm and a leg (no official price has been set, but it will likely be in the range of the $269 price tag from last year), this year’s lineup looks to be just as solid as it was last year, with several surprises thrown in for good measure.

Many of the bands responsible for some of the best albums of 2010 will be present, including headlining sets by Arcade Fire and Kanye West, Robyn, Sleigh Bells, Titus Andronicus, The National, Foals, Best Coast, The Tallest Man on Earth, Warpaint, The Drums, and Twin Shadow to name a few. There are also several groups who will be riding on the tails of their newly released albums by the time the festival begins, such as The Strokes, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Cut Copy, and Elbow. Along with indie festival standbys like Animal Collective, Interpol, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, and The New Pornographers, it should make for a weekend full of great music and some interesting schedule conflicts.

To me, the biggest news comes in the form of Death From Above 1979 being included in the lineup. If you remember, I did a feature back in June that profiled them as a one-album wonder who had little to no chance of getting back together, as their 2006 breakup seemed to indicate Jesse F. Keeler and Sebastian Grainger were eager to go in completely different directions. Though it’s not clear whether their Coachella set will be a one-off reunion show or part of a full on tour with the possibility of new material, I am nonetheless excited to see them back in action. They are one of the original indie power duos, responsible for an album that still stands to this day as a crowning achievement. The possibility of getting to see them again six years later if they come to Austin excites me to no end.

Like Austin City Limits and several other extravaganzas, Coachella has a radius clause in their contract that dictates that the bands can’t play in the Los Angeles area for several months after the festival. The good news is that this means there’s a good possibility many of these bands will come through Texas on their way back home or just out of the goodness of their hearts. But for those with the means to both get to LA and stay there (not to mention handle the price of admission), Coachella remains the ultimate destination to see a bunch of great bands in one place before summer festival season kicks into high gear.


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