As usual, there are hard choices to make at Lollapalooza. And unlike smaller festivals, it’s hard to run from end to end to catch multiple sets when bands are playing at the same time. Here are 10 time-slot conflicts and my resolution for each:
Passion Pit vs. the Shins: I saw the Shins a long time ago and I thought James Mercer was boring and pretentious. Passion Pit will change your life (not really but go see it).
Black Sabbath vs. Black Keys: Ozzy is an old wanker. Black Keys is a hot band. You gotta go with Black Keys.
Jeff the Brotherhood vs. Bear in Heaven: I like the new Bear in Heaven album but Jeff the Brotherhood is going to be a lot more fun to watch.
Tallest Man on Earth vs. Tune-Yards: This is another tough choice. Tallest Man on Earth wins by a whisker.
Twin Shadow vs. Bloc Party: Twin Shadow is really interesting but Bloc Party is going to put on a better show (if the band still has enough gas in the tank).
Santigold vs. Frank Ocean or the Red Hot Chili Peppers: I’m not feeling Frank Ocean. And the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Seriously? I’d love to hear Santigold perform her new songs.
Dum Dum Girls vs. the Walkmen: Uhm, uhm … Dum Dum Girls for sure.
Florence + the Machine vs. At the Drive-In: Don’t miss this At the Drive-In reunion.
Justice vs. Jack White: A Justice concert would be a good time, but Jack White is the only truly great headliner at this year’s fest.
The Shins just premiered a new song on Record Store Day’s website. September will be the b-side of a 7-inch release for Simple Song out next week. Check it out below.
Simple Song and September will appear on the band’s new album Port of Morrow, which is expected out next month.