It’s hard to believe (especially for those of us that are getting a little long in the tooth) but Lollapalooza is turning 20 this weekend, meaning it’s now older than many of the young whippersnappers who will be in attendance. The internet is replete with timelines, reminiscences, and other assorted commentary tracing the festival’s evolution from a scrappy, grungy, nomadic underdog into one of America’s pre-eminent festivals, so we’ll skip that part and get down to what’s truly important – who should you see? Boasting an eclectic lineup of over 130 acts, including several of the biggest names in music, Perry Farrell and co. have once again made Chicago’s Grant Park the center of the musical universe. There’s something for every taste but navigating the list of artists can be daunting. We here at the Dailyrind are here to help with a few recommendations.
Los Angeles quintet Local Natives traffic in bucolic, yet complex and emotive indie pop full of lush melodies, tribal rhythms, and sunny harmonies. It’s a sound that’s tailor-made for summer and one that’s been favorably compared to Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, and Yeasayer. They’ve been on regular rotation in The Orchard’s offices since the release of their debut album Gorilla Manor [Frenchkiss Records] in 2010. We’re not the only ones. The album won raves from the Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork, The Onion’s A.V. Club, and BBC Music, among others, and earned a #11 spot on NPR’s “Best of 2010” reader’s poll. The band received the coveted ?uestlove nod of approval when they performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon in January, and they were invited to play a few dates with Arcade Fire in the spring. Don’t believe us, or ?uestlove, or some of the country’s most respected music critics? Check ’em out for yourself on the band’s Youtube page. Local Natives hit the Sony Stage on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. If you can’t wait that long, they’ll also be performing at the official Lollapalooza aftershow at Lincoln Hall on Friday night.
Seemingly everybody that’s gone to see a live performance by Spiderman-masked (ok Venom if you want to get technical) Italian electro-punkers The Bloody Beetroots has included the words “insane” and “party,” as well as dozens of exclamation points. The Dim Mak signees will be performing at Lolla as Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, meaning that the orginal duo will be joined by live drummer Jacopo Battaglia (aka Battle). Often compared stylistically to Justice, the band combines elements of hip-hop, punk, industrial rock, and noise rock. They’ve previously shared stages with M.I.A., N.E.R.D., and Spank Rock, and their music has been featured in video games Need For Speed Pro Street, FIFA 09, DJ Hero, and TV programs Skins[BBC], and CSI Miami. Earlier this year they released Best Of…Remixes featuring the group’s reworkings of tracks by Robyn, MSTRKRFT, The Chemical Brothers, The All American Rejects, and many others. They perform on Perry’s stage on Friday at 5:30. They’re also DJ’ing an afterparty at the Congress Theater on Sunday night alongside heavy hitters Crookers, Major Lazer, and Kid Cudi.
Other artists not to be missed include Brooklyn indie poppers and Local Natives labelmates The Drums, who you’ll be hearing a lot more about in this space as they get set to release their highly anticipated second Portamento on September 13th; local Chicagoans Maps & Atlases, whose brilliant 2010 debut album Perch Patchwork won raves from critics and fans alike (check out their latest video for “Israeli Caves” here); buzzy Saratoga, NY trio Phantogram, who recently earned a shoutout from Jay-Z on Twitter and the rapper’s Life & Times blog (they’re one of SPIN’s “Must Hear Bands” as well); and Young Man, another Chicago native whose debut full-length Ideas Of Distance drops September 27th on Frenchkiss (watch the video for “Enough” here).
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