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Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup (with mp3s)

Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza has announced its 2013 lineup and has already sold out of three-day passes, individual day passes, and VIP passes. I’ve gone every year since it settled in Chicago and have consistently had a good time. Some years have been more fun than other, but there are always bands I’m excited to see and there are always a few surprises.

It will be fun to see the Cure headline a big fest like this. I haven’t seen them since the Curiosa Festival came to Tinley Park. I’m also super excited about seeing Father John Misty, but — as always — it would probably be way better to see him in a smaller, darker venue. He’ll probably play at 2 o’clock as the sun beats us all into submission. But hey, that’s when the good stuff happens at Lollapalooza. Nobody goes to these things just to see the headliners, do they?

FRIDAY

The Killers
Nine Inch Nails
New Order (soundcloud)
Queens of the Stone Age (soundcloud)
Steve Aoki (soundcloud)
Thievery Corporation (mp3)
Lana Del Rey (mp3)
Flux Pavilion (soundcloud)
Band of Horses (mp3)
Hot Chip (mp3)
Crystal Castles (mp3)
Imagine Dragons
Frightened Rabbit (mp3)
Dillon Francis
Smith Westerns (mp3)
Disclosure (soundcloud)
Father John Misty (mp3)
Ghost B.C.
Modestep
Emeli Sande (soundcloud)
Jessie Ware (soundcloud)
Atlas Genius (soundcloud)
Timeflies (soundcloud)
Theophilus London (mp3)
Monsta (soundcloud)
IO Echo (soundcloud)
Icona Pop (soundcloud)
Chance the Rapper (mp3)
Lance Herbstrong
Robert DeLong (soundcloud)
Deap Vally (soundcloud)
Twenty One Pilots (soundcloud)
San Cisco (soundcloud)
Hey Marseilles (mp3)
Keys N Krates (soundcloud)
The Neighborhood (soundcloud)
Pacific Air (mp3)
American Authors (soundcloud)
Houndmouth (soundcloud)
Brick and Mortar (mp3)
D-Pryde
Brite Lite Brite (soundcloud)

SATURDAY

Mumford & Sons (soundcloud)
The Postal Service (mp3)
The National (mp3)
The Lumineers (soundcloud)
Kendrick Lamar (mp3)
Eric Church (soundcloud)
Steve Angello (soundcloud)
Ellie Goulding (mp3)
Azealia Banks (mp3)
Local Natives (mp3)
Dada Life (soundcloud)
Matt & Kim (mp3)
Foals (mp3)
Death Grips (mp3)
Court Yard Hounds (soundclouds)
Adventure Club
Ben Howard (mp3)
Griz (soundcloud)
Charles Bradley (mp3)
Heartless Bastards (mp3)
Baauer (soundcloud)
Haim (soundcloud)
Unknown Mortal Orchestra (mp3)
St. Lucia (mp3)
Shovels & Rope (soundcloud)
Little Green Cars (soundcloud)
Family of the Year (mp3)
360
The Bright Light Social Hour (soundcloud)
Reignwolf
Pujol (mp3)
Planet Hemp
Cole Plante (soundcloud)
Lukas Nelson & P.O.T.R. (soundcloud)
Blondfire (soundcloud)
Frontier Ruckus (soundcloud)
Wheeler Brothers (soundcloud)
The Dunwells (soundcloud)
Supreme Cuts (mp3)
Cherub
Wild Cub (mp3)
Brooke Waggoner (soundcloud)
Beast Patrol (soundcloud)

SUNDAY

The Cure
Phoenix (mp3)
Vampire Weekend (mp3)
Knife Party (soundcloud)
Grizzly Bear (mp3)
Major Lazer (mp3)
Dog Blood
Two Door Cinema Club (mp3)
Tegan and Sara (mp3)
Beach House (mp3)
Cat Power (mp3)
2 Chainz (soundcloud)
Alt-J (mp3)
The Vaccines (mp3)
DIIV (soundcloud)
Alex Clare (mp3)
Baroness (soundcloud)
Lianne La Havas (mp3)
Wild Nothing (mp3)
Angel Haze (mp3)
Wavves (mp3)
Alvin Risk (soundcloud)
Jake Bugg (soundcloud)
Wild Belle (mp3)
Art Department (soundcloud)
MS MR (soundcloud)
Guards (mp3)
Kill the Noise (mp3)
Skaters (soundcloud)
The Orwells (mp3)
Palma Violets
Astro (soundcloud)
Machines Are People Too (soundcloud)
Yawn (mp3)
Half Moon Run (soundcloud)
The Mowgli’s (mp3)
Wake Owl (mp3)
Bear Mountain (mp3)
O’ Brother (soundcloud)
Makeshift Prodigy (soundcloud)

Photo by Alan M. Paterson.

Looking back at Lollapalooza 2012

Lollapalooza: the great granddaddy of music festivals. Or would that be Woodstock? Or Monterrey? Or Newport? Maybe Lolla is just the weird uncle of music fests. Who’s not even that weird anymore. Lolla is your uncle whose basement used to smell funny, but now he’s just a regular old guy who wears golf shirts.

Or something.

I went to the first two Lollas back in its original incarnation as a touring freak show, and I’ve been to all of them since it settled down in Chicago as a dest-fest in 2005. So I’m a seasoned expert at this shit. An OG (old grump).

People always complain about the headliners. It’s what we do. But this year it was particularly bad. Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, and Jack White are the only bands on the lineup to get the “extra big” font size. Avicii and Justice headlined the other two “main stage” slots but they don’t warrant the extra big font because apparently nobody cares about them. There were eight other bands with the “not quite as big” font size and six of those were scheduled to play before 6:30. Sigur Ros played at 4:00.

But usually it’s the undercard bands with the tiny font size that make Lollapalooza worth the hassle of sweaty bros and sweltering heat. For me this year there wasn’t even much of that, but I went in full of optimism because every year I always stumble across something unexpectedly great. In the past, I’ve been turned on to Saul Williams, Deerhunter, Matt & Kim, and lots of other interesting stuff. That’s what makes a big fest potentially exciting.

Friday

If I still lived in Chicago I would’ve totally showed up on time to see First Aid Kid, but they were playing at noon on Friday and I had to drive from Michigan, so I missed them. I got there in time to see Sharon Van Etten who was charming and gracious. It seems that Lolla has finally solved its stage bleed issue that has plagued most fests where more than one band is playing at a time. Except for the quiet moments where you could hear the bass from Perry’s stage from just about anywhere in the Loop.

Once again, Perry’s stage with its DJs and EDM artists made all the white dudes with guitars seem irrelevant. This was most pronounced when walking from Porter Robinson to the Head and the Heart. You go from Robinson’s audience who are all young and dancing and half naked and glittery to the Head and the Heart where everybody’s sitting on blankets or standing with their arms crossed as some beardo plucks the strings of his acoustic guitar and warbles a little folk ditty. It’s pretty clear who’s having more fun.

But there comes a point when you need to chill out on a blanket in the afternoon sun, and the Shins are a fine soundtrack for that. I had completely forgotten that I had seen the Shins the last time they played Lollapalooza in 2006 with their original lineup. This set was more rock and less Garden State, but Mercer cannot even come close to hitting the high notes in a live setting. I enjoyed it, but I wonder if in six years I’ll remember it at all.

I’ve seen Dawes a couple of times in the past couple of years (including at 2010’s Lolla), and although I love their albums, they hadn’t won me over in concert. This was going to be their third strike for me. But we ended up right up front and they played enthusiastically and engaged the crowd and put on a great show. Taylor Goldsmith still makes ridiculous “L.A. guitar guy” faces when he plays his solos, but he’s self-effacing enough to get away with it. Plus his lyrics are just so damn good.

I wasn’t expecting much from Black Sabbath. I assumed Ozzy would be propped up like a marionette and forced to lip-sync to a pre-recorded vocal track. And I was grouchy about Sharon fucking over original drummer Bill Ward, who was replaced by some kid. But I’ll be damned if they didn’t pummel me into submission. They sounded way better than anybody had any right to expect.

Whenever I started to get tired or bored or grumpy a stroll past Perry’s stage would recharge my festival batteries. I certainly wasn’t going to spend all day there, but five or ten minutes of standing on the edge and looking in at the mayhem and debauchery does your soul a lot of good. Bassnectar blew my mind for a couple minutes when I need it most.

I know that the Black Keys play every festival and that lots of annoying people really love them, but I’d never seen them before (that I can remember) and I like several of the songs I’ve heard from their recent albums. So I ventured down into the sea of bros to experience it first hand. We ended up standing next to shirtless Canadian boy who kept shouting, “WOOOOOO! THE BLOOOOOOOOZE!” every 15 seconds. Normally this would drive me nuts, but something about him made me chuckle instead. When a huge orange moon rose over Lake Michigan, my wonderful wife thought she should tell the bro to check it out. “OH MY GOD, I THOUGHT IT WAS THE LIGHTS. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR POINTING IT OUT TO ME. SERIOUSLY: THANK YOU!” It was a moment. And I’m happy we got to share with that guy.

We walked back to catch the end of Black Sabbath, and I was shocked that Ozzy was still upright after an hour and a half. They played “Paranoid” for an encore and everybody went home happy.

Saturday

I made it down in time for JEFF the Brotherhood because I’ve heard a couple of their songs and they remind me of early Weezer. Had no idea they were a two piece until I got there. Spent a good amount of time trying to figure out whether the main guy was playing a guitar or a bass before I realized that — either way — they were terrible. They earned that 1:30 slot, I guess. Yikes. Just a shambles. And when there’s only two of you, at least one of you has to keep it together. Oh well.

Got some food and listened to a little Aloe Blacc who was soulful and nice. Met up with pals who wanted to watch Neon Indian, so we did. They played pleasant synth-pop for a half hour until an announcer came on and told us there was a big storm coming and we’d all have to leave. Everyone had to evacuate the park. That’s it.

So we startled shuffling out with no idea whether that was it for Lollapalooza or what. It wasn’t even raining at that point but the skies looked ominous. We passed Perry’s stage on the way out where we heard a similar announcement. Everybody had to leave the park. For our own safety. We asked some of the security guys what’s up but they couldn’t give us any additional info. All they knew was that we all had to leave the park.

I couldn’t get an internet connection until I ended up at an Anthropologie that had wi-fi. That’s when I saw Lolla’s claim on their website that “Festival-goers are being directed by staff and the Chicago Police Department to pre-established underground evacuation and shelter sites.” That was 100% bullshit. Nobody mentioned anything about underground evacuation and shelter sites. Nobody. And we asked. Later, I even talked to some kids who tried to stick it out inside the park for as long as they could. When they finally got hustled out, nobody mentioned underground evacuation and shelter sites to them either.

I was annoyed by the clusterfuck of the evacuation, but I wasn’t angry about it until I read the lies. I got even grouchier when I couldn’t find my friends and had to go without beer for an additional two hours. The little grill we ended up at had two waitresses on staff, which is more than enough for the typical Saturday afternoon in the Loop. But when you’ve got 100,000 Lollapalooza refugees demanding beer and french fries, it gets a little overwhelming.

Eventually we saw a tweet that they were letting people back in. The schedule was all fucked up and it was hard to figure out what was going on, but we found out FUN was playing right now. We made it over there in time to hear them do the summer song of 2012 and they seemed to be effectively washing away the bad vibes from the past couple of hours. It’s hard to be cynical when a whole field of wet kids are shouting, “WE ARE YOUNG. SO LET’S SET THE NIGHT ON FIRE!”

Next up in the newly compressed schedule was Franz Ferdinand. We got pretty close and ended up having a great time. As far as I’m aware, those Scots haven’t done anything since 2005, but seeing them gave me the same feeling I got from the Strokes a couple years ago after my Lady Gaga disappointment. It’s only rock and roll but they do it well and I like it. By the end of their set I was in a great mood.

A stroll past Perry’s stage made it even better. Calvin Harris was playing (or whatever he does) and there were thousands of muddy kids going crazy. Not just kind of muddy, but like mud-bath-at-the-spa muddy. Head to toe, covered in mud. I was nervous they were going to touch me but we got up pretty close for Santigold. Young couples were making out and grinding all around us. Glad to see the kids are doing ecstasy again.

Probably should have gone over to see a bit of Frank Ocean, but we got lazy and ended up splitting. We had an aftershow to go to.

Saturday Night at the Aragon

I already told you I’m a Lollapalooza OG. I get super nostalgic about Jane’s Addiction. So when I heard that Jane’s was doing an aftershow on Saturday, I had to go. The last time they played Lolla I had a horrible experience. The band was great, everything I could’ve hoped for, especially with original bassist Eric Avery, but there was a guy standing next to us at that show who had brought his six-year-old son along with him and got way up front where it was very loud. The kid didn’t have earplugs and was getting upset. I gave the dad some earplugs for his kid, but the kid didn’t like them in his ears. He was starting to cry, and we told his dad to get his kid out of there. Then we found out the guy we were talking to wasn’t the kid’s dad; the dad was laying on the ground, tripping his balls off, leaving his kid to be taken care of by strangers. Long story short: we got the dad up off the ground, dragged him to the medical tent, while my social worker wife tried to explain to security what to do with the little boy. Needless to say, that ruined our night and we went home disturbed and depressed. Which sucked because Jane’s Addiction was playing a hell of a show.

I love loud concerts. And I love drugs. And I love kids. But you’ve got to be a real asshole to mix all three together at once.

At the Aragon this year, there were no abandoned children to distract me. And Perry Farrell is the consummate entertainer. Dude understands show business. Strippers on swings, monsters on stilts, stag flicks on screens, I mean come on. They put on a show!

And the music sounds like it did twenty years ago, which is all we could ask for. Right? “Mountain Song” and “Ted, Just Admit It” are massive songs. They will always bring me back to my sophomore year of college, getting wasted with pals, and expanding my mind. The fact that this band represents everything I loath about Los Angeles isn’t really their fault. You can’t blame Dave Navarro for the fact that he’s become the “model” for every Hollywood casting call of “edgy rocker.” Just look at every backing band that plays behind a “rock chick” pop princess on Saturday Night Live or American Idol. It’s embarrassing and everybody involved should be ashamed of themselves. But that’s what happens when you pass off the alternative to the mainstream. They co-opt the weird shit and make it silly. So maybe we can blame Jane’s Addiction after all. Oh well. Whatever…

Sunday

The Dum Dum Girls were fun. They’d be better in a club, of course, but instead they played in the bright light of the afternoon. The weather was perfect on Sunday. Sunny with a cool breeze. Not hot enough to dry up all the mud. But that’s okay. Just watch your step.

I spent most of the Gaslight Anthem’s set standing by the medical tent watching various kids get wheeled in and out on gurneys. Nothing gruesome. Just a bunch of exhausted party people who don’t understand the value of sunscreen and an occasional sip of water. The music veered back and forth between sounding like rootsy punk and awful current alt-rock a la Nickleback. Do these guys have two songwriters in the band, one cool and one terrible? Or is that just what it takes to cross over these days? Should’ve gone to see Sigur Ros; I heard it was cool.

My wife likes Florence + the Machine so we got up close for that. People around us seemed to think Florence is weird and freaky, apparently because she makes cosmic hand gestures. Other than that she seemed like a normal singer in the vein of Sinead O’Connor or Sarah McLachlan. She channeled a little Yoko when she told everybody to turn to the person standing next to them and hug them. (Now that I think about it, maybe she is weird.) And then she encouraged everybody to put a girl up on their shoulders, which a lot of wimpy dudes actually attempted. “More dancing! More girls on shoulders!” That’s actually a pretty good rule for concerts in general. But the corollary to that rule is that if you’re going to sit on someone’s shoulders, you have to take your shirt off. That’s the way it worked in the 70s and I don’t see why, in this liberated era, we should take a step backwards toward Puritanism. Or is that just me?

In general, there wasn’t enough genuine weirdness this year. Maybe it’s time to bring back the Jim Rose Circus. Or better yet, the Emergency Broadcast Network.

We tromped across the park to get in place for Jack White. While we were waiting we watched a wasted teenager stumble around and get ditched by his friends. He ended up passing out in on his back in front of us. Medics and security eventually dragged him away. Jack came out with his male band and then brought out his female band. They both sounded great, and it was cool to hear the oldies performed by a full-band lineup. The countrified “Hotel Yorba” worked particularly well with its new arrangement. I miss Meg though.

Overall, it was a weird year for Lollapalooza. The fact that most of the excitement was centered around Perry’s stage leaves old guys like me feeling a little out of touch. That’s okay, of course. That’s the way it should be. Kids deserve to have their own scenes without a bunch of hairy old weirdos falling all over themselves trying to prove how cool and “with it” they still are.

As the music I personally connect with gets further relegated to the side stages and crappy time slots, I’ll just have to adjust my schedule to get down there at noon and leave early. Which is fine. I get tired. Or maybe I’ll skip the fest entirely and just start going to aftershows. Not anytime soon though. I’m still optimistic for the unexpected. You never know.

More Photos

First Aid Kit
Sharon Van Etten
Metric

Bassnectar

Neon Indian

Franz Ferdinand

Santigold
Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction
Jane's Addiction
The Walkmen
Sigur Ros

Florence and the Machine
Jack White

Photos by Alan M. Paterson.

Ten Questions We Ask Lollapalooza Performers: Animal Kingdom

Lollapalooza is coming up. As always, Glorious Noise will have a posse roaming Grant Park in search of warm felafels and cold beer. Along the way we try to stumble across some good music. There are a lot of bands on the line-up that we don’t know much about. So we threw out some questions to help us all get to know the Lollapalooza line-up.

These are from Hamish from Animal Kingdom.

1. What’s the best part of playing festivals?

The whole thing is a buzz, from meeting your heroes back stage to getting up and performing in front of thousands of people.

2. What’s the worst part of playing festivals?

The mud at some of the UK festivals is crazy some years – you feel like you are in a war zone.

3. Have you ever attended a music festival as a fan?

Yeah, loads of times. First festival was when I was 15 back in England. I loved it and then started going to multiple festivals every year since.

4. Other act(s) you’re most looking forward to seeing?

Neil Young, Tame Impala, Jack White, White Denim, SBTRK…the list goes on…

5. Who is the worst band/entourage member to sit next to on the van/bus?

We have had a couple of nasty crew members in the past but everyone packs their toothpaste these days.

6. What’s the last music purchase you paid for with your own money?

I bought a 2 Bears remix of Disparate Youth by Santigold. It’s pretty fantastic.

7. What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

I studied at U of I in Champaign-Urbana so spent a year around Chicago. I love the history and the beaches around Lake Michigan in the summer.

8. How has Lollapalooza’s radius clause (no shows within 300 miles six months before and three months after) affected your touring schedule?

I think they might have let us off as we’re not quite at the stage of harming their ticket sales yet!

9. Got anything to say to fans in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio who can’t make it to Lollapalooza?

We’ll be playing Michigan, staying in Wisconsin, unfortunately missing Iowa and Indiana this time and playing in Columbus, Ohio on the way, so hopefully we’ll get to see some of you!

10. Finish this sentence: Perry Farrell is ______

A genius. I grew up listening to Jane’s Addiction. At least three of his records are stone cold classics.

Animal Kingdom: Web, Twitter

Playing Friday, August 3 at 12:00 PM on the Google Play stage

Ten Questions We Ask Lollapalooza Performers: The Dunwells

The Dunwells

Lollapalooza is coming up. As always, Glorious Noise will have a posse roaming Grant Park in search of warm felafels and cold beer. Along the way we try to stumble across some good music. There are a lot of bands on the line-up that we don’t know much about. So we threw out some questions to help us all get to know the Lollapalooza line-up.

The Dunwells responded.

1. What’s the best part of playing festivals?

Playing to large crowds of people that may not have heard our music before. Also being part of the festival experience – it’s like a big party.

2. What’s the worst part of playing festivals?

Portaloos – especially on the last day!

3. Have you ever attended a music festival as a fan?

We get some great festivals in the UK and between us we’ve been to lots of them including Leeds festival (in our home town), Glastonbury (the year it was a mud bath!), Distortion festival and Isle of Wight.

4. Other act(s) you’re most looking forward to seeing at Lollapalooza?

At the drive in – Rob’s choice, Gary Clark Jnr – Dave H’s choice, Justice – Joe’s choice, Dave D – Florence and the machine, Jonny – Sigur Ros.

5. Who is the worst band/entourage member to sit next to on the van/bus?

Either Joe who has a habit of spilling drinks everywhere, or Jonny who likes to spread out so you always seem to get his feet in your face.

6. What’s the last music purchase you paid for with your own money?

Dave H – I just downloaded Joe Bonamassa’s new album and some remastered John Mayall albums. Rob – Brand New album called Daisy. Jonny – Hed PE Broke. Joe bought the latest Elbow album. Dave D – I just downloaded Michael Kiwanuka and the Ben Howard album.

7. What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

We’ve never been to Chicago so we are excited to see the city. We’ve heard it is an amazing place!

8. How has Lollapalooza’s radius clause (no shows within 300 miles six months before and three months after) affected your touring schedule?

It hasn’t really affected us as we’ve only just begun our US tour and head to Colorado straight after the festival. [According to a press release received this morning, they’re actually playing Milwaukee, Madison, and Minneapolis before Colorado -Ed.]

9. Got anything to say to fans in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio who can’t make it to Lollapalooza?

We hope to see you at a show local to you later this year!

10. Finish this sentence: Perry Farrell is a…

massive fan of the Dunwells!

The Dunwells: Web, Twitter.

Playing Saturday, August 4 at 4:30 PM on the BMI stage

Ten Questions We Ask Lollapalooza Performers: thenewno2

Lollapalooza is coming up. As always, Glorious Noise will have a posse roaming Grant Park in search of warm felafels and cold beer. Along the way we try to stumble across some good music. There are a lot of bands on the line-up that we don’t know much about. So we threw out some questions to help us all get to know the Lollapalooza line-up.

Answers by Jonathan Sadoff.

1. What’s the best part of playing festivals?

Getting to see the same people every year is fun. You make friends through the years and it becomes kind of like summer camp or something.

2. What’s the worst part of playing festivals?

If it doesn’t rain it’s a dustbowl, and if it rains it’s a mudslide. Kind of a no-win, but you get used to it.

3. Have you ever attended a music festival as a fan?

Definitely. Over the years I’ve attended Coachella and Lollapalooza as a fan. Chicago is my hometown so it’s a good excuse to go home and see friends, and Coachella is basically a mass Los Angeles exodus to the desert.

4. Other act(s) you’re most looking forward to seeing at Lollapalooza?

The Shins, Justice, Miike Snow. Stoked to see Sabbath of course!

5. Who is the worst band/entourage member to sit next to on the van/bus?

Dhani, because he gets pukey on the bus.

6. What’s the last music purchase you paid for with your own money?

Well, I pay a monthly subscription to Spotify so that’s typically how I get new music, however, I’ve been buying up a bunch of old records. I think the last one I bought was “Toto IV.”

7. What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

I was born and raised in Chicago so I have a very special place in my heart for the city. I am still a pretty big Cubs fan, so going to Wrigley Field in the summer is just about the best thing in the world.

8. How has Lollapalooza’s radius clause (no shows within 300 miles six months before and three months after) affected your touring schedule?

We’re just getting started with touring on this record, cause it’s just now coming out. The past 6 months we’ve been in the studio so it’s been fine so far. I do hope we make it back to Chicago before the end of the year, so hopefully the 3-month thing won’t mess that up.

9. Got anything to say to fans in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio who can’t make it to Lollapalooza?

We hope we can get to you guys soon, we’re planning on touring the US whether it’s this year or next…we haven’t forgotten about you!!

10. Finish this sentence: Perry Farrell is a _________.

Really promising young singer. I think he’s got a real shot at making it!

thenewno2: Web, Twitter

Playing Friday, August 3 at 5:40 PM on the BMI stage

Ten Questions We Ask Lollapalooza Performers: Chancellor Warhol

Lollapalooza is coming up. As always, Glorious Noise will have a posse roaming Grant Park in search of warm felafels and cold beer. Along the way we try to stumble across some good music. There are a lot of bands on the line-up that we don’t know much about. So we threw out some questions to help us all get to know the Lollapalooza line-up.

Chancellor Warhol responded.

1. What’s the best part of playing festivals?

Getting to play with marquee artist in front of people who may or may not have heard your music. Oh yeah, and free stuff.

2. What’s the worst part of playing festivals?

Wack free stuff. No bueno.

3. Have you ever attended a music festival as a fan?

I get the best of both worlds, because I am a fan who gets to play music festivals.

4. Other act(s) you’re most looking forward to seeing at Lollapalooza?

Calvin Harris, Little Dragon, Frank Ocean, M83, and Justice…but really this list could go on.

5. Who is the worst band/entourage member to sit next to on the van/bus?

Boss of Nova…he gets a little moody and says YOLO a lot. I think he wants to be a rapper.

6. What’s the last music purchase you paid for with your own money?

I just bought Frank Ocean “Channel Orange” & Rick Ross “God Forgives, I Don’t”

7. What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

Touching down in Chicago, everything. I’ve been a Bulls fan since I was a kid and I feel like Chicago is the best dressed city in America.

8. How has Lollapalooza’s radius clause (no shows within 300 miles six months before and three months after) affected your touring schedule?

Um this is new to me, guess I gotta cancel that show on Mars.

9. Got anything to say to fans in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio who can’t make it to Lollapalooza?

Yeah…I’m coming to infiltrate your city next. Thanks to all of my supporters in those states. Y’all hold me down for real.

10. Finish this sentence: Perry Farrell is a _________.

top person on my drinking buddy list – right after Bill Murray and before Miles Davis. True story.

Chancellor Warhol: Web, Twitter

Playing Saturday, August 4 at 1:10 PM on the BMI stage

Ten Questions We Ask Lollapalooza Performers: Dry The River

Lollapalooza is coming up. As always, Glorious Noise will have a posse roaming Grant Park in search of warm felafels and cold beer. Along the way we try to stumble across some good music. There are a lot of bands on the line-up that we don’t know much about. So we threw out some questions to help us all get to know the Lollapalooza line-up.

From Matt of Dry The River:

1. What’s the best part of playing festivals?

Sunshine. You cant get that in England. Especially not indoors.

2. What’s the worst part of playing festivals?

Trenchfoot. Losing money in floods. Presumably this doesn’t happen at Lollapalooza.

3. Have you ever attended a music festival as a fan?

Of course I have. I saw Hendrix in ’69!

4. Other act(s) you’re most looking forward to seeing at Lollapalooza?

We’re the same day as Sabbath so that’ll be cool. I’m also gonna try and get to Dr Dog and Sharon Van Etten that day. I really want to see Frank Ocean too.

5. Who is the worst band/entourage member to sit next to on the van/bus?

Our tour manager makes bad smells. Everyone else has headphones in and sleeps so they’re alright. Definitely Simon the TM. Absolutely disgusting.

6. What’s the last music purchase you paid for with your own money?

I bought an EP by Gallops and by Tall Ships, two British bands. I try and support small labels by buying their stuff. If you’re on RCA forget it. Actually I just bought the new Antlers EP too. Love an EP.

7. What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

The sunshine and the nice friendly people that come to our shows there. We were really pleasantly surprised by the turnout the last time we played. Lame answer? Don’t care. Michael Jordan.

8. How has Lollapalooza’s radius clause (no shows within 300 miles six months before and three months after) affected your touring schedule?

9. Got anything to say to fans in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio who can’t make it to Lollapalooza?

Too bad suckers! But see you soon! Then maybe a smiley face or a x

10. Finish this sentence: Perry Farrell is a…

Colin Farrell tribute show.

Dry The River: Web, Twitter

Playing Friday, August 3 at 3:20 PM on the BMI stage

Ten Questions We Ask Lollapalooza Performers: The Jezabels

Lollapalooza is coming up. As always, Glorious Noise will have a posse roaming Grant Park in search of warm felafels and cold beer. Along the way we try to stumble across some good music. There are a lot of bands on the line-up that we don’t know much about. So we threw out some questions to help us all get to know the Lollapalooza line-up.

Answers from Nik of The Jezabels below…

1. What’s the best part of playing festivals?

At a festival, everyone seems to be up for anything! The prospect of playing to people who have never heard of your band is always very exciting for us. When you’ve finished your set, you can run around the festival and watch other bands that you’ve never seen before. It’s essentially an awesome musical orgy.

2. What’s the worst part of playing festivals?

From the bands perspective, it’s always very nerve racking to play any show without a proper line check. You always have limited amount of time to get your gear set up and plugged in, then BOOM, you’re off. If something’s not working – too bad! Figure it out while you’re playing, it’s a bloody festival!

3. Have you ever attended a music festival as a fan?

Plenty! It’s a pleasure to watch other bands without the stress of knowing you’ll have to go on stage and perform too. I watched Modest Mouse at the Governor’s Ball in NYC as a fan – I squeezed my way up front and got well rowdy. It was great fun.

4. Other act(s) you’re most looking forward to seeing at Lollapalooza?

Well, we’re up against Florence and the Machine as well as At the Drive In – if no one comes to our stage when we play maybe we can cut the show short and watch them!

5. Who is the worst band/entourage member to sit next to on the van/bus?

In our own group? Probably me, I love eating sunflower seeds in the van and everyone is rightfully annoyed by the little shells that end up in our van. Outside our band? Once I sat next to the lead singer from Interpol on a festival shuttle bus and tried to start a conversation… I don’t think he was interested in talking to me! (fair enough, it was an early start!)

6. What’s the last music purchase you paid for with your own money?

Just recently I purchased, the new Smashing Pumpkings record, Oceania, Disintegration by The Cure, and The Bends by Radiohead. I’ve loved The Bends for a long time but somehow lost the music and the CD, it was time for a re purchase and a re discovery of one of the great alternative rock albums of the 90s.

7. What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

The architecture I think – it really feels like you’re in a comic book when you’re walking around the city! Also, I love so many bands that hail from Chicago, like Braid (actually from Champaign, IL but close enough!), and anything the Kinsella’s have done, especially Make Believe – that band is incredible.

8. How has Lollapalooza’s radius clause (no shows within 300 miles six months before and three months after) affected your touring schedule?

It doesn’t seem to have affected us too badly – honestly, it seems a bit funny for that rule to be applied to a band like us, we’re not really big enough to draw people away from the festival with out own show! We have European dates lined up after this North American run, like Dockville (Germany), Puckle-Pop (Belgium) and Frequency (Austria). As far as groogle maps indicates they’re over 300 miles away from Chicago!

9. Got anything to say to fans in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio who can’t make it to Lollapalooza?

Get more creative! Sell your shoes for a ticket and hitch hike to Lollapalooza! No excuses!

10. Finish this sentence: Perry Farrell is a _________.

person who wears flashy pants.

The Jezabels: Web, Twitter

Playing Sunday, August 5 at 6:50 PM on the BMI stage

Ten Questions We Ask Lollapalooza Performers: Kopecky Family Band

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Lollapalooza is coming up. As always, Glorious Noise will have a posse roaming Grant Park in search of warm felafels and cold beer. Along the way we try to stumble across some good music. There are a lot of bands on the line-up that we don’t know much about. So we threw out some questions to help us all get to know the Lollapalooza line-up.

Here are Kopecky Family Band’s answers.

1. What’s the best part of playing festivals?

The best part of playing festivals is getting to explore the other stages and stumble upon new music that we haven’t heard of. As strange as it sounds, we don’t get to see very much new music when we’re touring, so festivals are the best way to see something new and refreshing that will inspire us.

2. What’s the worst part of playing festivals?

We are usually pretty busy at festivals with sound checks, taking care of our gear and interviews. As a result, it’s pretty difficult to know that we’re missing out on some amazing music.

3. Have you ever attended a music festival as a fan?

I went to Bonnaroo this year and a few years ago as a fan. The experience is totally different. When you go as a fan, you have to fight for shade, places to relax and getting close to watch shows. I have a lot of respect for festival goers because it’s such a commitment.

4. Other act(s) you’re most looking forward to seeing at Lollapalooza?

At The Drive In, Justice, Frank Ocean, Die Antwoord, Franz Ferdinand, and our pals in GIVERS

5. Who is the worst band/entourage member to sit next to on the van/bus?

It depends on what the band members ate that day.

6. What’s the last music purchase you paid for with your own money?

The other day I bought a used box set of Motown singles that has been treating me very well.

7. What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

Chicago has amazing, interesting people and fantastic food. Last time we were in Chicago we had a day off and went to see our friends in Family of the Year play at Lincoln Hall. We had some time to kill before the show, so we stopped by a bar down the street called Rose’s Bar. A Macedonian lady well into her 70s (who we later discovered was the owner, Rose) welcomed us and treated us as if we were her own grandchildren. What we expected to be a quick stop for one drink turned into about three hours of getting to know Rose and her son. Every few minutes, Rose would call out to us, “I love you” with complete sincerity. Needless to say, we will be visiting Rose before our Lollapalooza after party show at Lincoln Hall.

8. How has Lollapalooza’s radius clause (no shows within 300 miles six months before and three months after) affected your touring schedule?

The clause hasn’t affected us, but I can definitely see how that would be frustrating, more so for the local concert goers.

9. Got anything to say to fans in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio who can’t make it to Lollapalooza?

We have shows coming up in Green Bay and Madison, Wisconsin. We plan on hitting the road hard, so keep an eye out if we don’t already have a show in your area.

10. Finish this sentence: Perry Farrell is..

an enigma.

Kopecky Family Band: Web, Twitter

Playing Saturday, August 4 at 12:00 PM on the Google Play stage

Ten Questions We Ask Lollapalooza Performers: JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound

Lollapalooza is coming up. As always, Glorious Noise will have a posse roaming Grant Park in search of warm felafels and cold beer. Along the way we try to stumble across some good music. There are a lot of bands on the line-up that we don’t know much about. So we threw out some questions to help us all get to know the Lollapalooza line-up.

Below are the answers from JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound. The answers were a group effort completed while in the tour van traveling across the country.

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1. What’s the best part of playing festivals?

Guys with ponytails and see-thru tiger shirts. I.e., Ever been to Florida?
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2. What’s the worst part of playing festivals?

Sweating through your 600 dollar underwear. I mean 6 dollar underwear.

3. Have you ever attended a music festival as a fan?

Hell yeah! 1998 Evanston Rotary Club Native American Jamboree with parents. It was sick bro!

4. Other act(s) you’re most looking forward to seeing at Lollapalooza?

Frank Ocean. Frank Ocean. Frank Ocean.

5. Who is the worst band/entourage member to sit next to on the van/bus?

Our coffee maker/make up artist Beans.

6. What’s the last music purchase you paid for with your own money?

James Blake. I paid him to come to my apartment, sit cross legged before me, and seduce me with his ultra repetitive slow jams.

7. What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

8. How has Lollapalooza’s radius clause (no shows within 300 miles six months before and three months after) affected your touring schedule?

Well we had to cancel our co-headline Tour of The Dells with Aerosmith.

9. Got anything to say to fans in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio who can’t make it to Lollapalooza?

Rise up and crush your oppressor!

10. Finish this sentence: Perry Farrell is a…

man lacking in pony tails and see through tiger shirts.

JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound: Web, Twitter

Playing Saturday, August 4 at 12:00 PM on the Sony stage