The first few performances of each day are pretty great. Yeah Yeah Yeahs are solid performers; the band was joined by a gospel choir at Coachella. TV on the Radio, Deerhunter, Devendra Banhart (recently at the Crescent for Du Hot Club De Bizarre) and Toro Y Moi are all touring on new albums. We assessed the various Black Flag reunions, and while we still wonder if the idea of Black Flag is better than the band itself, FLAG is performing at the festival. This is the lineup featuring Keith Morris, Chuck Dukowski, Bill Stevenson, Dez Cadena, and Stephen Egerton, which has already proven itself to be better than Greg Ginn's version of Black Flag and its atrocious new material.
If Flag isn't your thing, The Breeders will perform Last Splash in its entirety. That's right, the Deal sisters will be on stage together to play "Cannonball."
The top-billed bands on Sunday include My Bloody Valentine, Beach House, Yo La Tengo, and Washed Out, making it a bit of a chill-out fest. MGMT and Holy Ghost! could inspire some dancing, and Les Savy Fav is a fairly random addition to the bill.
As for the rest of the lineup, both days lose momentum in a hurry after the third line. Ty Segall has played FYF before and put on one hell of a set. Dan Deacon is weird in the best possible way. Foxygen, Metz, and Waxahatchee all recently performed in Arizona and will probably receive a higher billing in the next couple years.
Sunday includes Glass Candy, who has also performed at the festival quite a few times in the past. Lemuria and Classixx are buried in the line up, but are worth checking out. Both days have a solid mix of punk and dance music, even though the list of comedians remains to be seen.
Plus, you'll probably get to hear this live. And it will be beautiful.