Lollapalooza Lineup Breakdown/Festival Precap

Well the last lineup of the years major festivals was announced this week, and boy is it a doozy. Years ago, Lollapalooza began as a traveling music festival and was a real grunge-fest hosting such headliners as Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction (naturally because Perry Ferrell is in fact a founder of the festival) and Smashing Pumpkins. Lollapalooza in recent years has become somewhat of a stink-fest, hosting acts such headliners as Lady Gaga, Foo Fighters, and Coldplay. Nonetheless, this year they pulled it together and spat out quite a spectacular lineup. Let’s break it down:

Reasons to Go:

Jack White– Performing with two separate backing bands and has no limit to the entire Jack White catalogue (i.e. White Stripes, Raconteurs, Dead Weather, and Jacks solo material will all be played).





Sigur Ros- Rarely tour, among the greatest living live acts, and have new material. ‘Nuff said.






At the Drive-In-If you miss them at Coachella, see them now, because it may be never before you see them again. Reunited for 2 scheduled dates, and are not recording new material. Watching Omar wig out on guitar is what I can only assume taking speed, coke, and LSD at the same time would be like if you lived through it.




Reasons to Stay:

tUnE-yArDs– Get ready for Merrill’s Magic Show. You will be pleasantly surprised with the tricks she has up her sleeve, not to mention her booming, bombastic, spastic voice.





Tame Impala- They will fit in better than anything for a mid-summer day groove. Classic sounds, fun feels, and trippy vibes.






Franz Ferdinand- Old news you say? … well then you clearly haven’t seen them live. Bring your dancin’ shoes.






Reasons to go to the Beer Tent Instead:

Passion Pit– I am fan of PP on MP3, but when you get this guy live onstage, he stinks like a skunk. Not only does he not even come close to replicating his own voice (realistically, how could you), but his backing band appears to be having less fun the audience that is listening to Michael attempt to sing. Maybe over the years he has gained some confidence in his voice. For the attendees sake, I hope so.




The Shins– Their music has become dull and boring, and from what I hear, their live performance sounds strikingly similar.






Red Hot Chili Peppers– I hate to say this one, because when I saw them live they exceeded my expectations tremendously. Nonetheless, they lost their bread & butter, and without Frusciante, I am afraid this set would simply consist of Anthony Kiedis performing karate moves during some very spastic/awesome Flea bass riffs … on 2nd thought, that might be awesome … at the very least it’d still be a step up from suffering through Dave Navarro acting like he can contribute to music.



Reasons to Arouse Your Curious-Cat:

The Weekend– I imagine this to just be a massive orgy in the middle of Grant Park. At least that’s what it should be.






M83– We all love their music, but can they replicate it live. I’ve heard good things about their live shows and if they are half as much fun live as they are to listen to, it will be one helluva show.





Polica– I heard Justin Vernon likes them … Justin Vernon is the new Jesus right?





Reasons to Black Out (or not):

The Black Keys– From 0-60 in 2 years. Last time I was at Lolla they were playing a noon show. Now they are headlining, which proves very rare for modern bands to do that these days. Good for them.





Black Sabbath– If they actually hobble up to stage they should do the right thing and just blast Paranoid through the speakers. I can’t imagine Ozzy not just looking and sounding like a total vegetable on stage at this point.





The Black Angels– I don’t know them, they just fit the bill for this category.





Reasons to Get Folked Up:

The Tallest Man on Earth– The closest thing to Bob Dylan we have anymore.




First Aid Kit– Sound pretty and Jack White likes them.






The Head & the Heart–They wrote a song and named it after my friend Josh McBride …. It’s called “Josh McBride”.





^Josh McBride

Reasons to Getcho Dance On:

Justice– D.A.N.C.E.






The White Panda– Don’t ask Austin to try and recall the show, but trust us, it was fun!






Star Slinger– I imagine him to be the underdog of the DJ sets this year, and could very well come out on top. I’m pulling for him anyway.





Reasons to Feel like You Might Actually Be at Woodstock:

Alabama Shakes– Sounds like Janis Joplin, and their causing quite the stir lately. More to come on them Monday.






Dr. Dog– The Beatles weren’t even scheduled to play Woodstock, so this reference doesn’t make a lick of sense.






Wale– He can take the place of the notorious storm delay since he won’t show up (Coachella 2010 goers will understand this one).






Reasons to Love Lolla:

Downtown Chicago and Lollapalooza 2012Downtown Chi-Town-
Great setting in one of my favorite cities.






Layout– The layout of this festival is supreme. Stage spacing is great, layout is symmetrical, very easy to get used to … familiarity can be key when trying to race from one act to the next.



Pass Outs– It can be a wonderful thing to pull the ole In-n-Out at Lolla. Helps to avoid paying higher prices for getting the goods inside the venue. By this of course I just mean food and drink.





Reasons to Loathe Lolla:

Set Times– Average of 40 minutes. That’s still better than Coachella, but far worse than Bonnaroo.






Curfews– Again, a reoccurring problem with most festivals other than Bonnaroo. Being in downtown Chicgao, the sounds go down at midnight.





Perry Farrell– He’s such a douche.






Well there is my breakdown. Inevitably, lot’s of bands didn’t make the breakdown, which means you shouldn’t bother with them … just kidding. It just means I couldn’t find a way to make some lame joke about them. Overall, Lollapalooza still reigns as one of my favorite festivals, and years like this could be why. Next year may be back to acts like Fergie (that’s a thing right?) and Nickelback, so we better act now and seize the day while we can!

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7 thoughts on “Lollapalooza Lineup Breakdown/Festival Precap”

  1. I’m sorry but I can only agree to about 10% of this post. But everybody’s taste in music is different :)

    1. Are you an anti-Lolla type of person or would you just rather see a different lineup? If it’s the lineup, who would you rather see there?

  2. I don’t know if The Black Angels are any good live but I’ve heard 2 of their albums and enjoyed both. You might too if you’re not put off by psychedelic rock

  3. For anyone that is a fan of electronic music, Madeon is a can’t miss set at Lolla this year. Go look up “Pop Culture” by Madeon on Youtube and see what I mean.

  4. So much love for Tame Impala, they deserve far more exposure than they get! Jealous of the festivals you guys have over the pond.

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