Infuriated that Chicago's newspapers dared to report news of last year's Lollapalooza lineup before they deigned to officially trumpet and hype it, this year, Austin, TX-based promoters C3 Presents tried to make sure that the roster of acts set to perform in Grant Park on Aug. 7 to 9 were more elusive than WMD in Iraq.
It didn't much matter: The Sun-Times, the Tribune and industrious local bloggers reported most of the big six headliners and many of the coolest acts in advance of the Monday night martini-bar unveiling and official early Tuesday announcement anyway.
Here is an annotated look at what C3 is trotting out this year--tickets on sale now, of course, at the current price point of $190 for "an advance three-day pass" via www.lollapalooza.com. (Lolla Lounge VIP access is once again available at $850 per person; private luxury cabanas also are being peddled at "email us to inquire" prices at the level beyond that.)
Depeche Mode - Inexplicably still popular, aging '80s arena masters of mope.
Tool - Undeniably impressive prog-metal for people who'd never admit they like Rush.
the Killers - Unbearably pretentious Las Vegas glam-rockers.
Jane's Addiction - Nepotism? In Chicago? Never! (Third of fourth go-round by Lollapalooza figurehead Perry Farrell's old band.)
the Beastie Boys - It would be a dream to see these pioneering hip-hoppers play all of the recently reissued "Paul's Boutique." We'll get a slightly updated version of recent arena jaunts, though.
Kings of Leon - Mediocre country-rock for people who'd never admit they like Lynyrd Skynyrd.
THE BEST OF THE SECOND TIER
Lou Reed - Venerable godfather of punk filling the role of Iggy Pop at this fest. It would be a dream to see him play all of the recently reissued "Berlin." We'll get a greatest-hits set, though.
Ben Harper - BOOB (Borrowed off of Bonnaroo; one for the jam heads)
Thievery Corporation - Coffee-shop electronica.
Snoop Dogg - Once edgy West Coast rapper long since become a friendly corporate shill.
Rise Against - Political punk band from Chicago compromising its ideals for a nice pay day.
Andrew Bird - Chicago muso with a big vocabulary and a fondness for whistling who just played two shows at the Civic Opera House.
TV on the Radio - Cool alternative rockers who'd have been better enjoyed at Pitchfork.
Vampire Weekend - Preppy alternative rockers who played Pitchfork.
the Decemberists - Jethro Tull for people who'd never admit they liked that band; this booking is stopping Chicago from getting the two theater shows they're playing at every other major city, with the first night dedicated to the new album in its entirety and the second a greatest-hits set.
Neko Case - Chicago's beloved alternative-country chanteuse; playing a theater gig this weekend.
STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) - Self-described "post-rock dance music."
Animal Collective - Cool hippie/psychedelic dance-rockers who played Pitchfork.
Band of Horses - Rootsy alternative-rock; could be sleep-inducing in the sun.
Of Montreal - Second-tier Elephant 6 band who played Pitchfork.
Arctic Monkeys - No longer hip but still fun high-energy Brit-pop.
Coheed and Cambria - Progressive-metal for people who DO admit that they like Rush.
Ben Folds - A piano man for women too young for Billy Joel.
Fleet Foxes - Cool folk-rockers who played Pitchfork.
Silversun Pickups - Indistinctive indie-rock.
Kaiser Chiefs - Unremarkable post-Brit Pop.
Crystal Castles - Canadian electronica.
Bon Iver - Sensitive sounds for sensitive souls.
Santigold - Genre-blurring dance-pop.
Cold War Kids
Deerhunter - Freaky psychedelic-pop that played Pitchfork.
Lykke Li - The new Bjork.
Robert Earl Keen
Peter Bjorn and John - Nordic pop band quickly growing tired after its one big hit. First Lollapalooza set was disastrous when the sound went out.
Dan Deacon - Brilliant Baltimore electronic musician likely to be overlooked amid all of the Lolla distractions.
The Gaslight Anthem
The Airborne Toxic Event - U2's been dropping their name a lot.
Ra Ra Riot
Asher Roth - Token modern hip-hopper (in more ways than one).
Los Campesinos! - Overly exuberant but moderately charming indie-rock.
Bat For Lashes - Wispy chanteuse who should not be seen in daylight.
Gang Gang Dance
Portugal. The Man
The Knux - Actual great modern hip-hop act that deserves to be much, much higher on this bill.
Ezra Furman & The Harpoons - From Chicago!
Sam Roberts Band
The Henry Clay People
Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
Cage the Elephant
The Low Anthem
The Builders and The Butchers
Joe Pug - Also from Chicago!
The Green Cards
AND: THE RETURN OF THE RAVE TENT!
Given the animosity of city officials toward electronic dance music (see: the infamous anti-rave ordinance of the mid-'90s), Lollapalooza trademark Perry Farrell was quashed in his attempts to sponsor a rave/dance tent at the earliest incarnations of the revamped Lollapalooza in Grant Park.
This year, the dance component finally has returned in a big way - though it's being billed in a low-key way as "Spinning at Perry's." The DJs are:
Simian Mobile Disco
Hercules and Love Affair (DJ Set)
The Bloody Beetroots (DJ Set)
The Glitch Mob
He Say, She Say
Car Stereo (Wars)
Dark Wave Disco
Animal Collective (DJ Set)