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The 2009 Lollapalooza lineup (annotated)

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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.)

THE HEADLINERS

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.

THE REST

Atmosphere

Dan Auberbach

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.

Heartless Bastards

Gomez

Glasvegas

Federico Aubele

Dan Deacon - Brilliant Baltimore electronic musician likely to be overlooked amid all of the Lolla distractions.

Passion Pit

The Raveonettes

The Gaslight Anthem

The Airborne Toxic Event - U2's been dropping their name a lot.

White Lies

Ra Ra Riot

No Age

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.

Chairlift

Gang Gang Dance

The Virgins

Amazing Baby

Portugal. The Man

The Knux - Actual great modern hip-hop act that deserves to be much, much higher on this bill.

Ida Maria

Delta Spirit

Friendly Fires

Manchester Orchestra

Constantines

Ezra Furman & The Harpoons - From Chicago!

Hockey

Miike Snow

Alberta Cross

Hey Champ

Sam Roberts Band

The Henry Clay People

Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam

Cage the Elephant

Living Things

The Low Anthem

Blind Pilot

Langhorne Slim

Other Lives

The Builders and The Butchers

Eric Church

Joe Pug - Also from Chicago!

Kevin Devine

The Green Cards

Carney

Thenewno2

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:

Bassnectar

MSTRKRFT

Simian Mobile Disco

DeadMau5

Boys Noise

KiD CuDi

Crookers

A-Trak

Hercules and Love Affair (DJ Set)

The Bloody Beetroots (DJ Set)

LA Riots

Kaskade

The Glitch Mob

Hollywood Holt

Rye Rye

He Say, She Say

Car Stereo (Wars)

Dark Wave Disco

Moneypenny

Yello Fever

Animal Collective (DJ Set)

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48 Comments

What a disappointment. I finally have the money to go this year, but as much as I like many of the "second-tier" bands (how is Lou Reed 2nd Tier to anyone??), I definitely can't see making the trip out for this lineup.

Kings of Leon, Depeche Mode, and the Killers as headliners?
Terrible.

So Jim, when are you quitting the Sun Times and going to work for Pitchfork? Between the level of snark in your posts lately and all the "played Pitchfork" notes above, I'd say you're just about ready. Funny I didn't see the same "played Lollapalooza" notations in the Pitchfork lineup announcements for The National, Yeasayer, M83, Matt and Kim, Grizzly Bear, and the Black Lips.

Jim - you are losing your marbles here. It is clear someone at C3 rubbed you the wrong way. You are not being a biased reporter, and more of a disgruntled and annoyed teenager. This isn't Pitchfork - we already have a Pitchfork. You don't seem to accept that.

you suck Jim

TV on the Radio has not played Pitchfork fest.

Jim:

As usual very predictable coverage of the festival you love to hate....Lollapalooza.

My favorite part of continuing to read your dribble is that once again this year you go to great lengths to point out bands that have played Pitchfork. Do the bookers of either festival care that one of the bands they are booking have played on another festival? You seem to think that pointing this out makes Pitchfork superior to Lolla.

Furthermore I have seen little infuriation from anyone at C3 over the leakage of certain acts pre announcement, as all of the C's have clearly been quoted in the press the leaks have only probably helped them.

The chip you have on your shoulder for this festival is well documented, one need look no further than the image you have chosen above.

One of these days hopefully your editors will decide to take a look at this slanted and highly unenchanted pabulum that you continually deliver in covering Lolla.

I pray that you decide this year to abandon mealtime in the VIP hospitality areas that you go to great lengths to shred in your posts.

Paging Mark Guarino....The Sun Times is in need of a MUSIC critic to cover a MUSIC festival.

One of the reasons I moved to Chicago 12 years ago was primarily for the ability to see so many great artists in so many great small to mid size venues all in one great city.

This Lolla black hole for touring artists through Chicago during summertime really leaves a bad taste in my mouth.

I'm not sayin just saying....Suck!

So some of these bands are best known not for their music, but for playing at Pitchfork? Why not tell us which bands have also played at Coachella or Bonnaroo? Also, when did TVotR play Pitchfork?

This lineup is inspiration to keep my money in my bank account. This would be a great event if you are an alternative kid living in 1986. Once again, Chicago will host the worst festival in America this summer. How sad that the Second City's Second City 90 miles to the north puts on a better event.

Hey Jim:

Here is some fair and balanced coverage on bands that are playing this year's Pitchfork and their past participation playing Lolla.

Friday: Built to Spill (played Lolla), The Jesus Lizard, Yo La Tengo (played Lolla), Tortoise

Saturday: The National (played Lolla), Yeasayer (played Lolla), The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, F***ed Up, Plants and Animals, Matt and Kim (played Lolla), Wavves, Charles Hamilton, The Duchess and The Duke, Disappears

Sunday: The Flaming Lips (played Lolla), Grizzly Bear (played Lolla), M83 (played Lolla), The Walkmen (played Lolla), Pharoahe Monch, Blitzen Trapper, Black Lips (played Lolla), The Very Best, Mew, Vivian Girls, Japandroids, Women.

Looking at the list, most bands that have been together for the past 3-7 years have now played or will now play both festivals.


Jim- Lollapalooza paid the City of Chicago over 1 Million dollars, how much did Pitchfork contribute to the city ? You're an investigative reporter you should be able to figure this out. While you are at it see if you can find out how much Vampire Weekend/National/Of Montreal etc got paid for Pitchfork & Lollapalooza ? finally is the real issue of your coverage of Pitchfork Vs Lollapalooza a space issue as your squaty body has to choose either end of Lolla ?

KOL a "Mediocre country-rock"? Jim do you know anything about music? Where can I apply for your job? Once again Lolla....I am going have trouble seeing all the bands you have to offer, but I will do my best.

Pretty snarky annotations but aside from that Jim's right, this is a "meh" lineup.

I am very curious to see how this year's Lolla sells after last year's was the first to sell out. Without huge headliners like Radiohead and Kanye, I would be surprised if it did sell out. While this year's lineup may be lacking a certain something, there are some really good middle-level bands here worth checking out. I'm not familiar with a lot of them, but isn't that what festivals are about? Discovering new stuff as well as checking out what you already know and love?

Too bad Springsteen isn't playing there, Jim would be in heaven ripping him apart as well.

I cant wait!!!!!!

I'm going to the Crosby, Stills and Nash show at Charter One Pavilion in June. They have the best mosh pit. Carry on.

Jim,
As always, you are wrong. There was a dance tent last year and the first two years in Grant Park. Nobody went to them, but they were there in all their glow stick glory.

Kings of Leon - Two years ago, you referred to them as a Jam Band. This is a band that seldom plays a song over 5 minutes and does no "jamming" in their live set. In fact, their set was a highlight two years ago, but I doubt you actually heard it and if you did it was probably from the VIP section while you waited to stroke some overrated celebrity.

Now, this year, you call them country-rock? Have you listened to one of their albums all the way through, more than once? There is nothing country about them from sonics to song structure, but I am guessing instead of listening to them you just read their bio and made you decision based on where they are from and record.

When you make these comments about bands, you need to understand that there are a lot of sheep out there that might believe your opinion is valid. Just because the old, out of touch Sun Times editors think you are good at your job doesn't mean you are, look how good the paper is doing.

Who cares if the bands played Pitchfork? Is that supposed to mean they are good or bad? Does it in anyway tell us anything about them? Have you ever taken a journalism class?

I hope you go to Lolla and have a miserable time, so you can write more bland reviews and get paid for it. I can think of one quick way the Sun Times could save some money.

What a crappy line up. First of all, Tool is a overcomplicated band that is too selfritious to enjoy. These guys sing about wanting to "Watch it all go down". I am included in "all" and I take that as an insult. I'm sure there are many people out there who think they are an exception to this, but I bet Maynard was talking about them too. Also, that new "Schism" style they have is very square and lacks dynamics. Kings of leon have a great singer, but I wouldn't want to see them either. As far as the killers go, I would rather watch a camera pointed at the tv it's connected to. I would love to see Portishead, Soul Coughing, the Mars Volta, and The Roots, but that is not possible. I know that Soul Coughing broke up and the rest are too exclusive I guess. Oh well!

Jim:

Let's continue the "fair and balanced" discussion on the blog.

Please disclose to the readers of both this blog and the Chicago Sun Times the 2008 relationship between Chicago Sun Times contributor Anders Smith Lindall and Pitchfork Music Festival.

Also please clarify Anders reporting on the Lollapalooza Music Festival in relationship to your personal coverage.

To date, to be fair, here is what I have been able to discover:

1. Anders Lindall Smith was a "press representative" for Pitchfork Music Festival in 2008.

2. Two weeks later Anders was a contributing writer for the Chicago Sun Times at Lollapalooza and was responsible for most coverage emanating from the North end of the festival grounds.

3. This relationship was never disclosed in print or online.

The point of this argument, that has been discussed and corroborated by other Chicago-based journalists, is that it can pale your ability to objectively cover Lollapalooza. Anders (who personally I think did a great job in his coverage of Lolla) allows you the privilege of only doing 50% of the work covering the festival.

Am I accusing you of bias as a result of these activities ?? No. Am I saying that it could help with an explanation towards your bias both against Lollapalooza and C3 Presents ? Yes.

This is not the first time I have asked you to make your readers aware of this past situation as a possible source of the bias you have against Lolla.

In the spirit of fairness I hope that you post this.

Keep it up Jim! These "Headliners" are all geezer acts from the 80's/90's. Buy the greatest hits albums and take your kids to a cheap chicago street fest to see new music. By the way, Perry SOLD the rights to Lolla to C3, Perry is just a talking head that they use to get more publicity he does not book the shows. Dero is correct that Lolla takes the best acts from Pitchfork and then puts them on a cramped side stage every year for hipster credits. Some of us in our late 30's still try to fight the good fight

Well spoken Jim

The one year I just might have enough money to pay for Lollapalooza, all the headline bands just have to suck. I hate all of them. Tool and Depeche Mode have always been terrible bands, the Beastie Boys need to hang it up, and The Killers just aren't worthy of Lolla. Why aren't Ben Folds and Lou Reed headliners? I do want to see a lot of the smaller bands like Ida Maria, Vampire Weekend, and Feet Foxes but I just don't know if I'm willing to pay the 200 or so dollars. Thumbs down, Lolla.

Your snarky comment on the decemberists is wrong. They aren't playing two nights in every city. They are doing 2 sets part of the same show.

Lollapalooza has never been about the headliners, although last year's were very special. It is about the bands lower on the bill who get exposure that is hard to get slogging through town after town in front of 50 people per night. It is about catering to the music lover who has a real job, and cannot spend 4 late nights a week in clubs checking out bands that critics they used to respect (like Jim DeRogatis) have recommended. It is about bringing new music to a mass of music fans in an efficient way that allows the band to give a taste of what they offer, and maybe sell a few more records and a few more tickets to their next show when they come through town next time.
And yes, it is about making money. Welcome to the real world, Jim. Corporate sponsorships help to allow these bands to make a decent living - I know you prefer the myth of the selfless artist who only cares about his or her art, not the filthy lucre. But, I don't for a minute begrudge any working musician from making money from their art. Any musician whose art is compromised by a corporate sponsorship was done for anyway. I can think of no artist I ever respected who I felt had their art destroyed by commerce. Drugs, ego, and running out of ideas - yes.
Finally, it is one thing not to like bands on this year's bill (I am with you on Depeche Mode and why Ben Harper again, I say!), but to call Kings of Leon either a jam band or a country-rock band (apparently just because they are from the South) is just plain lazy.

Jim,

What's the deal with you're comments on these bands.

It's really simplistic and dismissive. Some of these bands are good, but isn't it really just one's opinion?

Oh well, I like Greg better.

:-(

Adam

Jim- thanks for the article and the comments. Although I don't agree with all of your opinions (for example, I think Of Montreal is amongst the TOP tier of Elephant Six bands- currently touring, anyway...) I appreciate your overall perspective of the music scene and the business behind it.

A lot of the comments here seems suspiciously similar in criticizing you for noting bands who previously played the Pitchfork Festival. What I got out of these notes was: if you want to see who will be playing Lollapalooza next year, go to Pitchfork THIS year, and pay less for all three days in Union Park than you would for one day in Grant.

Now I'm not a Lollapalooza hater, I just don't have the disposable income to pay for this year's lineup. I paid for two days two years ago, and had a fine time, but not great enough to pay that again. Last year, I enjoyed a wonderful evening listening to Radiohead at Lolla- but across the street, for free, and without the sweaty shoulder-to-shoulder grind inside the gates. This year, I don't even see any acts worth sitting across the street for.

Man ... that is really a horrible lineup. Wow. Depeche Mode? OMG, if I were Lolla, I'd be embarrassed ...

Second post. I like Pitchfork as much as anyone, but comparing it to Lolla is sad. It is like comparing a major league and minor league baseball game. They are both fun, but totally different experiences.

More importantly, back to Kings of Leon. You obviously, for reasons I don't understand, think it is worthy to share that U2 like The Airborne Toxic Event. Don't you think it is worth noting that KoL is also one of Bono's favorite bands and that they have even opened shows for them (inlcuding a few nights here in Chicago). I am sure you reviewed these by purchasing the DVD a few months later.

You are exactly what is wrong with critics and analysts. You are not held accountable for anything. If you were, your lazy, dismissive approach would never be tolerated.

Sure the sound is better to see Neko Case at the Chicago Theater for $30 (plus $10 in TicketBastard charges). For $180 you can spend THREE STRAIGHT DAYS seeing some bands you love, some you have never heards of, and some you wish you had missed. But that is what makes it fun.

I saw the Blakes at the Cobra Lounge, House of Blues and Lolla last year. I had a great time at all three, they are all different experiences. I had never even heard of the Foals before, now I am a fan. To say that Lolla is only corporate sellouts is ridiculous. If you go to a concert to fight the "man", you are going for the wrong reasons. You should be going because the music makes you happy or sad, or both. Lollapalooza puts a silly grin on my face constantly over the weekend, whether it is Son Volt in the morning or Pearl Jam at night. Other bands that I bought into from hearing them at Lolla include, Electric Six, Tokyo Police Club, Ghostland Observatory, Louis IX... TPC had not even released a full length when they played at Lolla.

Now, since you are so lazy, I will list the bands at Pitchfork this year that have previously played Lolla. It is called full disclosure, journalists used to capable of it.

Built to Spill, Yo La Tengo, Yeasayer, Matt & Kim, The Flaming Lips, The Black Lips, The National. I am probably missing a couple. You can use this for your Pitchfork lineup review, since I know you wouldn't look it up on your own. Have fun watching the View and Maury Povich today.


Jim,

Some of your shots at Lolla I think are fair; some not. I appreciate you want the best festival for the city, as do I and many others. Your photo selection above and snarky one-liners do seem a bit much, but I get it, you are a "critic" not just a reporter and you should take a stand. We are free to to disagree and that sometimes leads to lively discussion. Fine.

So would you do away with Lolla altogether? What would YOUR line-up look like? Turn it instead into three Pitchforks? Keep in mind you have budget restraints, need to make some profit, and need to attempt the impossible task of attracting and pleasing a diverse set of intense and not-so-intense musical tastes. Not so easy is it?

It's funny - most of this discussion is pretty respectful of the opinions posted. What this is really about is not the opinions themselves, but the piss poor journalism happening. Most blogs are better than this, and most of them make little to none off of what they are writing. You have fallen off slowly and solidly, Jim. What happened?

the thing that irks me about C3 and Lolla is that nearly ALL of these bands would be planning a show in Chicago at one of the many great, albeit smaller, venues. From Empty Bottle and Schuba's to Vic, Reggie's and Logan Square Auditorium, the summer would be filled with single act shows that make the music scene more vibrant throughout the Summer. Because of the contract these bands sign, they can't play around Chicago in the 3-4 months leading up to Lolla.

That said, I'll be there for 12 hours a day Fri-Sun, at the all-you-can-eat musical buffet, but wish the restrictions placed on these bands playing area shows were more fan friendly.

Maybe we can have Wilco, Sonic Youth and Flaming Lips play every stage, all day. Would that make you happy Jim? It is amazing to me your absolute disregard for all of the bands on this lineup. It is a massive festival that caters to a broader cross-section of people, not just elitist critics.

@Brothermopsy

funny that you say "Tool is a overcomplicated band" yet you offer The Mars Volta as an alternative. ever seen them live?

Jim,

I fail to see the problem with corporate sponsorship. Last year I was able to see bands that would have cost me around $1,000 to see separately for $200. If I have to see a corporate logo in exchange for reasonable prices it is a sacrifice I am ready to make.

The lineup this year is not as strong as last year, but last year Lollapalooza had the strongest group of headliners by a long shot. I am actually seeing the Decemberists, Animal Collective and Neko Case in Milwaukee this spring and the tickets for those three shows cost more than my Lollapalooza ticket. At Lollapalooza I will see anouther 10-15 bands I like with no additional charge and pehaps find a new band to like.

If you want to see a bland corporate event come up and cover Summerfest in Milwaukee. We have bands like Chicago, Bon Jovi, No Doubt, The Fray and Kid Rock in headlining spots. While admission to Summerfest is cheap you have to keep in mind that you pay a separate charge for the headliners. The bands included with the price of admission are the likes of Joan Jett.

Nice article, Jim. I'm not a Lolla hater, but to me Pitchfork is just a better music-listening experience.

The last time I was at Lolla, 2 years ago, there were some great bands, but between the heat, the crowds, and the spacious Grant Park layout, the weekend ended up turning into a bit of a grind.

Pitchfork is just easier to deal with all around, and the acts are far more interesting - much more bang for your buck. The bands seem to be picked by actual music fans instead of record company marketers. I mean, seriously, SNOOP DOGG? Come ON, Lolla...! Pitchfork's Friday night lineup (Built to Spill, Jesus Lizard, Yo La Tengo, and Tortoise) is as solid a bill as one is going to get anywhere in alternative rock.

This year will be my fourth attending Pitchfork (or fifth, if I count the Intonation was around), and I really like how it's grown and become a Chicago staple. If they can get the sound system on the north stage to consistently work, they'll be legendary!

I have been to all every Lolla, Intonation & pitchfork since they launched in 2005 and its really an apples to oranges argument. Pitchfork has a lower ticket price because the bands are smaller. there is exactly one band playing Pitchfork that could potentially sell out the Aragon (4500 capacity) The Flaming Lips. Lollapalooza has at least 8 bands that are bigger than the Aragon..Tool, Janes A, Beasties,Killers,Kings of Leon, Depeche Mode,Lou Reed & Theivery Corp. Chicago has 2 great weekend destination festivals and that is great far a music fan

Guys, give Jim a break. It's not his fault Lollapalooza is more about brand names than talent. He's still a better read than the chronic malcontent known as Greg Kot.

That said, I'm only going to spend money for next week's Franz Ferdinand show. Maybe their brand isn't as big as it used to be, but at least I'll be happier.

Jim-

Can I get your press badge since I assume you won't be using it at Lollapalooza?

Thanks.

Someone pulled on his bitch-pants before writing this post. :-)

I'd love to hear your opinion of Other Lives (which escaped the snark-fest above). I downloaded their single courtesy of the coffee-shop-that-dare-not-speak-its-name, and I absolutely fell in love with it. Bought the album and like it just as much. I love discovering new music -- that's why I pay attention to you guys.

Listened to the podcast this morning talking about The She Creatures. Must. . . download. . .

I am proud to say I went to the first Lollapalooza tour and have always seen it as a mix of the bands I know and am really excited to see and those I wouldn't know or likely see on their own. A TON of great bands have first played mass audiences on the Lollapalooza tour and since it has found a home in Chicago. I have to admit that I don't know too much in advance about a lot of the bands that some people are excited about and most of the only bands at Pitchfork that I know are the ones I've seen at Lollapalooza. Passion Pit? Portugal. The Man? These are new ones on me. I work full time and have two kids and don't get to 15-20 shows a year like I used to. It's more like 5-10 if I'm luck. I count on Q101 and this column to introduce me to new music until Lollapalooza announces its lineup and then I start checking out the bands on the bill once it's announced. The ramp up to Lollapalooza and the festival itself has introduced me to bands like Does it Offend You, Yeah, the Ting Tings, Gnarls Barkley (although they got pretty big before the played), the Flaming Lips, the Fratellis, Yeasayer, Gogol Bordello, LCD Soundsystem, MGMT, Nicole Atkins, Flogging Molly, and tons of others. Also, I probably wouldn't get to see the Pixies, Billy Idol, Iggy Pop or Lou Reed without Lollapalooza. Yes, Lollapalooza is corporate as heck with lots of signage to remind us of that fact. But where does their corporate sponsorship money go? To sign more/better acts? I'm okay with that. To keep the cost of my ticket down? I'm okay with that. To make sure that the City of Chicago makes money on the festival every year? I'm okay with that.

The festival is three beautiful days, spent outside, listening to tons of fantastic music, walking miles each day and it's all set against a beautiful downtown Chicago backdrop.


As for the radius clause and all the bands that don't get booked here during the summer, I understand the frustration, but Lollapalooza brings some FANTASTIC aftershows in the clubs all over town and probably drives traffic to these bands' shows when they return to town in the fall.

Rock on! And Jim, try to enjoy the show!

You come off as such a miserable man in this article. Just miserable.

You're absolutely right, Jim.

I'd much rather see The Decemberists alone at, say, Chicago Theatre.

I'll go anyway, but only because it's my only option to see TV on the Radio and The Decemberists this summer. Thanks, Perry.

Also, Bon Iver played Pitchfork last year.

Kings of Leon...what else is there to say. These guys rock. Id pay just to see these guys play. The best s--t out there these days.

jim is an undercover FBI agent who lacks judgement and gives really bad music reviews.

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