Thursday, August 01, 2013

My Lolla

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I’m supposed to complain about how corporate-driven Lollapalooza is. I’m supposed to hate it and love Riot Fest. I shouldn’t have as much fun as I do every year, but whatever, I do have fun and honestly that’s all that really matters at Lollapalooza. Seriously, that’s it. So here’s the schedule that I think would yield the highest fun return.

Friday

12:45pm
IO Echo
Bud Light

I caught this band at SXSW, but only a song. I think they deserve my attention for a full set this time around.

1:45pm
Icona Pop
Lake Shore

Don’t you want to see everybody go crazy for “I Love It”? I sure do.

3:15pm
Jessie Ware
Petrillo

If anything will class up this fest, it’s Jessie Ware.

4:30pm
Pacific Air
BMI

This is my buzz band of the fest. They seem to have the pop sensibility of Coldplay without sounding like a rip-off. Throw in some whistling and synth swells, it’s some of the catchier stuff at the fest all weekend.

6:15pm
New Order
Red Bull Sound Select

Does this count as a nostalgia trip? Whatever, I’ll dance around to “Bizarre Love Triangle,” I don’t care.

7:25pm
Hot Chip
Lake Shore

Just coming from New Order, the dancing shoes will be worn in and this should be the indie dance party of the weekend.

8:15pm
Nine Inch Nails
Bud Light

I’m secretly hoping for a live play-through of “The Social Network” soundtrack.

Saturday

1pm
Pujol
The Grove

My rule: always start the day with something electronic.

2:45pm
Charles Bradley
Bud Light

There are only a couple chances to get my funk on at Lolla this year, so Charles Bradley is can’t-miss.

3:30pm
Haim
The Grove

These girls toured with Vampire Weekend already, and hit the road with Phoenix next. I’m eager to see what all the hype is about.

4:45pm
Ellie Goulding
Bud Light

One of the few pop stars at Lolla I feel comfortable showing my face at, because “Anything Could Happen.”

6pm
The National
Red Bull Sound Select

I know exactly what I’m going to get at a National show, so I’ll go get it.

7:45pm
Supreme Cuts
Petrillo

Chicago’s very own producers of gloomy hip-hop beats, Supreme Cuts could catch fire at any second. After “Yeezus,” ears are ready for this darkly arresting music for occult meetings. It’s not witchy, it’s ominous. Postal Service will sound like Matt & Kim after Supreme Cuts’ set.

8:30pm
The Postal Service
Bud Light

A nostalgia trip is inevitable at Lollapalooza, might as well take this one, right?

Sunday

12:15pm
Yawn
Petrillo

Our own local Animal Collective.

1pm
The Orwells
The Grove

One of the many young rock bands in Chicago who love distorted guitars. They’ll have fun.

1:30pm
Wild Belle
Lake Shore

The jazzy sax of NOMO, a sultry female vocalist, and reggae. Yeah, man.

2:15pm
Wild Nothing
Red Bull Sound Select

One of my favorite singles of 2013 is “A Dancing Shell,” which gives me reason enough to check out Wild Nothing’s set.

3:30pm
MS MR
The Grove

A band I’m skeptical of, but will form my final opinion on after I see them live.

4pm
Tegan and Sara
Red Bull Sound Select

Mostly because I’ve never seen Tegan and Sara, I want to see if they’re still playing “Walking With A Ghost.”

6pm
DIIV
The Grove

DIIV played my favorite show at SXSW, but have since been acting curmudgeonly. I’ll be at this one just to see if there’s an on-stage meltdown.

7:15pm
Major Lazer
Perry’s

Because “Bubble Butt.” Duh.

8:30pm
Phoenix
Bud Light

Easily my most anticipated show of the fest. I’m giddy like a kid on Christmas Eve just thinking about bringing a sweaty, disgusting, dirty Lollapalooza weekend to a climax with a nighttime set outside in Chicago with one of the best bands in the world. They can play anything they want, new songs or old, and I’ll be singing along to every one of them. But I sure hope they end with “Long Distance Call.