If we’re to use Coachella as a barometer for the health and popularity of rock music, things look pretty dire in 2019.
The festival has been moving away from its original rock-based focus (I examine that here) into a realm featuring more pop, hip-hop, and R&B. Why? Owners Golden Voice
Fine. But I do have a couple of questions.
- Exactly how many rock acts can you count? HINT: Get a magnifying glass so you can read the small font. Once you get beyond Weezer, your eyes start to blur.
- Since when is Tame Impala a headliner?
- Remember when Coachella used to be known for spectacular reunions? Not anymore.
- There seems to be a lot of acts known for a couple of singles rather than a body of work consisting of albums. That tells us a lot about the current state of music, doesn’ tit?
- Note the appearance of people like Billie Eilish who achieved stardom via YouTube and other social media.
- The generation gap between the late Gen Xers/early Millennials who went to the early incarnations of Coachella and the kind of fan who attends today.
- There are those who really, really, really love this year’s lineup.