The mad scientists behind one of our country's best music fests just made quite the earth-shaking announcement: Coachella 2012 will take place over the course of two weekends in April. It'll give rabid fans who got shafted this year, due to insanely fast ticket sales, a better chance at scoring tickets and experiencing the festival in all its sweaty, dirty glory.

The weirdest part about the announcement? Three-day passes go on sale in two days, a good chunk of the year before they usually reveal the lineup. They're the same price as always ($269 plus fees), but would you drop that kind of dough on a lineup that likely hasn't even materialized in the brains of Coachella's organizers yet?

Hopefully the new scheme will minimize scamming and scalping by spreading the ticket love around. Regardless, whip out those calendars and start planning. The weekends slated for the annual desert pilgrimage are April 13-15 and 20-22, 2012. More details are to be announced in the coming months, so stay tuned.