Somewhat dubious headliners mix it up with a genuinely inspired batch of 2nd tier acts.
By Fred Mills
Although mutterings along the line of “finally jumped the shark” are already being heard in regards to this year’s decidedly minstream slate of Lollapalooza headliners – Coldplay, Eminem, Muse, and Foo Fighters – punters can rest assured that the annual event remains typically eclectic and forward-thinking, based on the rest of the performers. Among them:
My Morning Jacket, Beirut, Crystal Castles, Girl Talk, Bright Eyes, Arctic Monkeys, Death From Above 1979, Lykke Li, Sleigh Bells, Cults, Best Coast, Atmosphere, the Kills, Local
Natives, the Mountain Goats, Smith Westerns, Explosions in the Sky,
Cee-Lo, Big Audio Dynamite, the Drums, Black Lips, the Pains of Being
Pure at Heart, Dom, Friendly Fires, Tennis, Wye Oak, Modeselektor, Jay
Electronica, Titus Andronicus, Nas and Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.
Head over to the official Lolla site for al lthe details. It’s the festival’s 20th anniversary of the Perry Farrell-founded event, and this year there will also be a 15,000-capacity dance tent featuring the likes of Farrell, Girl Talk, Pretty Lights and Kid Cudi. It all happens Aug. 5-7 in Chicago.