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Coachella lines up 
younger headliners

LOS ANGELES — The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will bring a youth movement to California's low desert this year. After several years of gray-bearded headliners, the phenomenally popular festival, which draws music lovers from around the globe, is going back to the future with younger acts.

Gorillaz, Muse, Jay-Z, Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke, MGMT, Hot Chip, Spoon, Vampire Weekend and LCD Soundsystem top the bill for the three-day concert starting April 16 in Indio.

There are some flashback acts, including Woodstock icon Sly and the Family Stone, 1980s alt-rock outfit Echo and the Bunnymen, and reconstituted college-rock outfit Pavement, but they're not leading the bill as Paul McCartney, Prince and Roger Waters were in past years.

Rap superstar Jay-Z will close out the opening night of the fest Friday, when other performers will be LCD Soundsystem, rock supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, Echo and the Bunnymen, the Specials and John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols experimental outfit Public Image Ltd.

Saturday night will be headlined by Muse, Faith No More, DJs Tiesto and David Guetta, synth rockers MGMT, Hot Chip and Jack White's The Dead Weather.

Sunday will close with Damon Albarn's adventurous electronic-rock outfit Gorillaz, Yorke, Spoon, Parisian electronic rockers Phoenix and dance veterans Orbital.