Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know by now that the lineup for the Coachella Music & Arts Festival was announced Wednesday night. As usual, there are dozens of acts playing the festival's two weekends, April 11-13 and April 18-20, at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif. To help you navigate it all, we're offering a quick guide to the nine acts you definitely won't want to miss.
1. OutKast -- Reunited ... and we're guessing it will feel so good when Big Boi and Andre 3000 take the stage together to headline Coachella's opening nights. It's their first major appearance together since 2006's "Idlewild" film and soundtrack. Their popularity and influence has only seemed to have grown while they've been apart. Even Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala have paid tribute to them with a recent cover of "Prototype."
2. The Replacements -- Legendary '80s alt-rockers reunited for their first shows in 22 years over the summer with a trio of performances at the Riot Fest in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver, which, by most accounts, were a welcome return. Although the band is basically frontman Paul Westerberg and bassist (and Guns N' Roses member) Tommy Stinson plus a few hired guns, we're betting you'll be colored impressed. They play on Fridays.
3. Haim -- Our favorite Valley girl Jewish sisters are bringing their sweet harmonies and bass faces to the fest on Fridays.
4. Jon Spencer Blues Explosion -- This '90s alt-rawk trio reunited in 2012 for an appearance at All Tomorrow's Parties and a new album, Meat and Bone. We're guessing they'll bring it on Fridays.
5. Muse -- This Brit trio has brought '70s style and Queen-like bombast to arenas across the U.S. over the last several years. Who knows what will happen when they're let loose on the Polo Field on Saturday nights?
6. Queens of the Stone Age -- Also on Saturdays, these hard-rocking desert rats will be right at home at Coachella. Although the festival is in spring, don't be surprised if they crank out their "Feel Good Hit of the Summer."
7. Pharrell Williams -- Interesting to see the one-time N.E.R.D. boy listed as a solo act, but he's undoubtedly due for a big breakout considering he was on two of 2013's biggest singles, Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines," both of which have earned Grammy nominations for Record of the Year.
8. Arcade Fire -- This Canadian co-ed combo is known for their celebratory live performances and, on the heels of the dance-oriented album Reflektor, they'll likely turn the festival into a huge party with their Sunday headlining sets.
9. Beck -- Mr. Hansen has been relatively low-profile in the last few years, but he's back with a new album on the way and his genre-hopping always keeps the freaks guessing, as it will with his Sunday night sets.
And dozens of others -- Promoters Goldenvoice have a keen ear for talent. At Coachella, you'll likely see the bands you love, and fall in love with an act you'd never heard of before.
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