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I should probably preface this by noting that this is not a joke. I generally steer clear of the pop culture snark here in the virtual pages of The Rock Father™ Magazine (most of the time, but not always), but there's times when these things practically write themselves. Each year, I think that the folks behind the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival could not possibly create a more "anti-me" lineup for their much buzzed-about two weekend event. Still, Goldenvoice manages to surprise me, and this year just might be the most anti-Rock Father™ edition of Coachella yet! Sure, they've had some fantastic artists play (Faith No More in 2010 being the pinnacle, but others such as Guns N Roses, Depeche Mode, Oasis, and Paul McCartney have played), but they consistently manage to package a lineup of artists so devoid of anything remotely interesting to me, I still manage to find surprise in how boring it is. It wasn't always this way, either. The early lineups were good, in many ways picking up the torch for Lollapalooza in the years were Lolla went dark*. But since about 2011 it's been downhill, with very little exception. Here's a look at 2018...

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When it comes to music festivals, my "Old Crankypants" alter-ego tends to come out. The April arrival of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is essentially the start of festival season here in the U.S., and for the most part, the most high-profile fest in the country holds little interest for me. Sure, they score a few sweet headliners like GUNS 'N ROSES this year, and the mighty FAITH NO MORE a few years back, but the running joke of the dozens of bands slapped on the poster in an increasingly smaller font is just that - a joke. Then we have Lollapalooza here in Chicago, a fest I still haven't attended since it planted its flag on Illinois soil for a permanent run - preferring to remember it as a traveling carnival of awesome from the 90s. In fact, the only fest locally that I've been known to support 100% is RIOT FEST, but I will say that the upcoming Chicago Open Air has my attention (needs some Product of Hate, though). Cranky business in lineups aside, the amount of press releases that I receive each year about the culture surrounding Coachella is fascinating. There's usually two things being pitched - "VIP" packages that would be unaffordable for most ($25K-$50K), and fashion. A lot of fashion. On the latter note, I really have no gripes, which is why it's actually sort of cool to see that MGA Entertainment has issued a new series of "Music Festival Vibes" BRATZ dolls... though "Old Crankypants" does come back when it comes to BRATZ.

gnr125By now, you've no doubt seen the news that GUNS N' ROSES would be headlining the annual COACHELLA Music & Arts Festival - something 100% confirmed when all the related social media accounts posted the full lineup and GNR-centric artwork yesterday. What we didn't have was confirmation on exactly who would be in the 2016 GUNS N' ROSES lineup, and technically - we still don't know the entire thing. What we do know is that AXL ROSE, SLASH and DUFF McKAGAN are together again, and the official press release hit my inbox earlier this evening. Here's what they sent out...

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It's time to step into what my wife calls my "Old Crankypants" mode...

Coachella. The buzzed-about festival that's now spread into a two-weekend affair of duplicate entertainment in the California desert has unveiled their 2015 lineup, and as usual - it's not enough to sell me on a trip out there for it. In fact, the only time I ever truly considered a trip to the Empire Polo Grounds was when FAITH NO MORE made an appearance there back in 2010, but even an appearance by my favorite band of all-time couldn't lure me to the West Coast for a weekend. As this year's announcement rolled out, I heard more than a few folks on the radio say the same thing today "I don't know who these people are, they must be new bands" - aside from the obvious ones, like AC/DC. But if you work in music and truly claim to not know anyone else on the list, I find that very hard to believe since the other headliners include JACK WHITE and DRAKE, and the second-liners have folks like STEELY DAN and FLORENCE + THE MACHINE on there. For me, the problem with Coachella is something that's infected other festivals like our own, now-local Lollapalooza - I personally just don't care about 90% of the lineup. So who actually matters at Coachella 2015? I'll give you my picks below, followed by the full lineup to see what your thoughts are...

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From the Official Press Release: Lock up your livestock. BORGORE—bass culture’s enfant terrible—has returned to terrorize speakers and stages yet again with a new release and tour. The man who claims he ''ruined dubstep'' will release FLEX, his fifth EP of original material, February 28 on his own Buygore label and will then will follow up with a massive 37-date headlining tour that includes stops at Ultra Music Festival and Coachella. Tickets are on sale now at borgore.wantickets.com.

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