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Coachella's 2017 lineup reflects America and refracts its troubles

Coachella's 2017 lineup reflects America and refracts its troubles

The lineup for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was surely booked months ago. But there’s a prescience in its choice of headliners: Two radical, inventive black artists at the peak of their powers and influence, as well as an English rock band devoted to re-invention and melancholy.

Private pain, public resilience and music that feels necessary and new: This is the Coachella lineup we all need right now. 

It may not feel like an especially progressive move to book Beyoncé — she...

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