Dates for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival have been set (www.coachella.com). This is a "must" for any music fan in the States (or anywhere else for that matter).
Year in and year out, Coachella rocks the music scene with arguably the best festival line-up you'll find. And while you can never argue with the headliners (RHCP, The Pixies, Iggy & the Stooges, Beasties, Coldplay, NIN, Radiohead to name a few), the real accomplishment is how they fill out all five stages with incredible new and diverse talent.
Getting invited to Coachella is like getting a "stamp of approval" from the music nazis...and once you're in...you're in (although I will say that when I saw The Music two years ago I thought for sure they would be the next big thing and they just never took off..and I found their second album, Welcome to the North to be over-produced).
So, rather than follow what the other Trend sites have been doing, showing lists of top bands/albums of the last year or what they think will be hot in 2006...I'm throwing out my wish list for Coachella 2006.
I'm leaving out some obvious choices (My Morning Jacket, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire) as they have already been there or will for sure be at the top of Goldenvoice's list.
So, for the undercard, in no particular order:
1. Chad Vangaalen (www.flemisheye.com/chad.php)
2. American Minor (www.americanminormusic.com)
3. Silverspun Pickups (www.dangerbirdrecords.com)
4. Orange Park (www.orangeparkmusic.com)
5. The Sun (www.thesunwebsite.com)
6. Tom Fite (www.anti.com)
7. Idlewild (www.idlewild.co.uk)
8. The Long Winters (www.thelongwinters.com)
9. The Vacancies (www.thevacanciesmusic.com)
10. Wolf Parade (www.wolfparade.cjb.net)
11. The Double (www.thedoublethedouble.com)
There are quite a few other deserving bands...Sigur Ros, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Spoon, etc. that rocked this year...but the above is a list of new comers that will make my trip to Indio worth the heat.