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I’m actually curious as to why Pearl Jam or Green Day has never headlined a Coachella. I know there would be a ton of outcry from the Coachella snobs (their message board is insufferable) but I think it would work quite well for both those bands.
I echo the sentiments of many and really enjoyed reading this. My music nerd friends and I have always wondered who will be able to headline festivals in, say, 2025. Phoenix is one of those bands that I still don’t feel will REALLY cross over to arena-status across the country (unlike, say, Black Keys and Muse). Sure, they’re great and living in NYC city, I seem to think everyone loves them but as you probably know, this city isn’t always a very accurate depiction of the coutnry’s tastes (something that the SNL bookers might out of think about as well). I think you nailed it when you essentially said that many of these festivals are now a brand themselves. I know so many people who “REALLY want” to go to Coachella yet could probably only recognize 2-3 bands on the lineup. It’s about the experience which is also the reason I feel the NYC-area (and, basically, Northeast) has yet to build up a successful festival. Each one of them just feel like a generic all day concert with no special vibe about them. Governor’s Ball might be the one to break the mold (3-day passes are sold out) but Randalls Island here just isn’t the same as it probably is seeing festivals in other areas.
No “Terrible Love” = NOT INTERESTED in this list.
So…can we get a Depeche Mode one of these soon?
I wasn’t aware I was not supposed to like Mumford? Oh well, seeing them in Brooklyn (of all places next week). They write much, much better songs than those dorks in Wavves, Girls, etc.
I loved this record because Tom Morello actually plays some rippin solos. Nowadays, whenever there’s a guitar break in a song, he usually just goes “Alright, guess I’ll step on the whammy pedal and flip the toggle switch back and forth a bit while palm muting some open notes.”
I think you got lost and meant to post that in the Grimes thread. This song is fun.
Lyte Funky Ones (too soon?)
I’m also pretty sure a double-album from Passion Pit would be a bad idea.
Whatever Stereogum….this album is great. Totally fun and what I wanted.
I might be in the minority but I think both sides were correct (Wilco and said major label). It’s their best work but I think you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who listened to it in 2002 who could find any potential “hits”.
Crazy that most of the bands on this list are still actively touring (and draw crowds). In fact, in 1997, I wouldn’t have believed anyone who said “Hey man, so in 15 years, Third Eye Blind, Smash Mouth, Marcy Playground and Sugar Ray will still be touring. Oasis? Not a fucking chance.”
Not sure why the homophobia is necessary though.
I heard they’re doing a secret show at the HOB AC the night before where they will play Load AND Re-Load in their entirety. Stoked!
Gotta say, Metals grows more and more enjoyable each time I listen to it. Looking forward to seeing her again at Radio City. Totally fine that she doesn’t play “1,2,3,4″ anymore as well.
No Razorblade Suitcase? What the shit kinda list if this?
the Wavves EP, are you fucking kidding me? THAT makes this list. Also, if the King Of Limbs was done by a band not named Radiohead, it wouldn’t be on ANY year-end lists.
What is nonsense like Cults doing on here. That is music for nap time.