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McCartney, Killers, Cure Headline Coachella 2009

That's right. Coachella posted the full line up earlier today. Of all the stellar bands slated to burn up Indio, Calif., April 17-19, two of the three acts chosen to headline the festivities–I'm blogging at you, Paul McCartney and Robert Smith–haven't made an album worth listening to since most Coachella attendees were in diapers. As for the Killers...meh.

While McCartney is likely to draw massive crowds on the 17th (Coachella tix are expensive, and baby-boomed Beatle freaks are more likely to have that cash than admirers of Greg Gillis' semi-illegal sonic pastiche), the 19th is full of must-see shows: sets by contemporary acts No Age, Vivian Girls, Lykke Li, Antony and the Johnsons, and the Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs go up against industry influencers My Bloody Valentine, X, and Public Enemy.

Oh, and it seems Shepard Fairey's determination to ride the coattails of Obamamania has carried him all the way to the desert, as he's also billed for the 19th. Here's hoping for a commemorative Coachella print featuring Flavor Flav.

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  • TomHandy

    I think McCartney's last album, Memory Almost Full, is certainly worth listening to.

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