Coachella - arguably the king of American music festivals - has grown so big they've added a second weekend with an identical lineup. Headliners for the big California concert in 2012 include The Black Keys, Radiohead, and Dr. Dre with Snoop Dogg. A handful of bands we just hosted at Next Big Thing 2011 share the bill (Grouplove, AWOLNATION, Manchester Orchestra, and Sleeper Agent) with dozens of other buzzworthy performers like Florence + The Machine, Gotye, The Shins, and festival veterans Arctic Monkeys, The Hives, and Justice to name a few. Several recently-reunited second-tier old-school alternative acts are included as well - Mazzy Star, At The Drive In, Refused, Pulp, and Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum. Coachella 2012 runs April 13 through 15 and will repeat the following weekend. More details can be found on Coachella's Facebook page.
Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger responded to The Black Keys diss in a recent Rolling Stone interview. Keys' drummer Patrick Carney certainly isn't the first person to call Nickelback both "the biggest band in the world" and "watered-down, post-grunge crap." Kroeger tweeted, "Thanks to the drummer in the Black Keys calling us the Biggest Band in the World in Rolling Stone. Hehe." Every time someone disses this band, it's always Nickelback laughing their way to the bank.
The Black Keys, meanwhile, may appear to have come out of nowhere over the past two years. Did you know that they've been around for over a decade and El Camino is actually their 7th album? Here's how they did it.