I have to admit that I’m not jazzed by Lollapalooza’s headliners, Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and Muse.
As usual, there are bright spots but it’s hard to plan your Lolla outing until the schedules are up. I think mashup king Girl Talk is a fun edition this year.
Among the other ATYP-approved bands playing this year’s big tilt: Titus Andronicus, Death from Above, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the Joy Formidable, Wye Oak, Smith Westerns, Delta Spirit, the Kills, Portugal. The Man, Local Natives, Tennis, Best Coast, Disappears, the Mountain Goats, the Drums and I’m probably overlooking one or two more.
See? I can actually say something positive about Lollapalooza.
Gregg Gillis, aka Girl Talk, played Lolla in 2008.
Have a listen to this remix for Weekend’s Coma Summer. It’s the B-side for a 7-inch release of the single, End Times, out next month.
Weekend’s album Sports, released in November, will appeal to fans of Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine and A Place to Bury Strangers. The Coma Summer remix gets the Krautrock treatment (think of the beginning of Wilco’s Spiders (Kidsmoke).
Whatever you do, don’t talk during his set.
Check out this new video for Wild Beasts’ song Albatross. The band’s new album, Smother, is set for release next month.
Who says folk singers can’t rock? At least a little? The Cave Singers are touring the compelling new album, No Witch (not a rock album but it has its moments).
Catch the band tonight at Lincoln Hall. Lia Ices opens.
Che Smith, aka Rhymefest, forced a runoff election with veteran Chicago pol Willie Cochran in an aldermanic race. But it looks like the rapper and Kanye collaborator fell short Tuesday in his bid to upset Cochran for a seat on the city council.
Mascis is touring a mostly acoustic album, Several Shades of Why, while Vile is promoting his newest, Smoke Ring for My Halo.