Coachella 2010 ready to kick off

Also one of my favorite 2010 artists, Beach House whose album Teen Dream has dominated the college radio charts for much of the early year, will be performing Saturday afternoon.

You also have some golden oldie alternative bands such as Public Image Ltd., Echo and the Bunnymen and Devo performing.  Also Gary Numan.  And Faith No More, the San Francisco based rockers who were huge in the late 1980's with "Epic," that seemed to be played ubiquitously in 1990.

Coachella began in 1999 and has quickly become of the most popular festivals in the country.  Held on the polo fields outside of Palm Springs in a town called Indio.  Originally a two day festival, it was extended to three days in 2007.

This reporter attended for the first time last year, purchasing individual tickets for the Saturday and Sunday shows.  This year, however, Coachella sold only three day passes to the event.  And they stunned some fans who were contemplating going when they announced Monday night that no tickets are available any longer.

No doubt I'm missing other bands I'm looking forward to seeing.  And of course, it's always exciting to see groups you discover for the first time.

The American music festival season kicks off in earnest this Friday in Southern California when the 2010 Coachella Music Festival begins.  Along with Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, Coachella is considered to be among the biggest and best of such festivals that take place in the country.

The headliner on Friday night is Jay-Z, trying to show that hip-hop can work in a rock festival setting (If you'll recall, his appearance at Glastonbury in England in 2008 caused a mini-controversy, at least with one of the dudes in Oasis).

Along with other major headliners like Gorillaz, Muse and the return of 1990's indie rock stars Pavement, the festival will feature the vanguard of alternative bands, many who hit it big in 2009 will be performing, such as Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, MGMT, and Girls.

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