This past week, the line-ups for two important music festivals were announced. Hippie Bonnarooites cursed its indie line-up, while Coachella fans were equally disappointed by its list of bands. In order to decide which expensive extravaganza you should attend, here's some background on the two festivals.


An alt-country, jam-bandy Southern experience. The basic premise: four days of good beer, long lines at the porta-potty, nonstop rocking and most likely, more weed than you'll ever remember smoking. Ever.


Radiohead, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Beck, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Death Cab for Cutie, Bright Eyes, Ben Folds, Nickel Creek, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Rusted Root, Devendra Banhart Band

WHERE: Manchester, TN

DATES: Fri, June 16 - Sun, June 18

TICKETS: $169.50, on sale this Saturday at 10 a.m.


BOTTOM LINE: Indie rock meets Southern comfort.


It's a little '80s, a little electronica, a lot of indie-rock and more than a thousand kids rocking out with their side bangs and Chuck Taylors.


Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, Common, TV on the Radio, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Animal Collective, Tool, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party, Wolf Parade, The Go! Team, Mates of State

WHERE: Indio, CA

DATES: Sat, April 29 - Sun, April 30

TICKETS: One-day pass: $86, two-day pass: $167, on sale now


BOTTOM LINE: Indie rock meets SoCal sunstroke.


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