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Now it's (really) official: Lollapalooza lineup, 2010

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As in years past, and much to the chagrin of Austin, TX-based promoters C3 Presents, the names of the top six main-stage acts at Lollapalooza all leaked to the press over the last few months. But the full "quantity beats quality" list for Chicago's musical Walmart on the Lake finally was made official today as the complete roster of 122 acts was formally announced for when the fest rolls into Grant Park from Aug. 6 to 8.

As reported earlier, the headliners are the reunited Seattle grunge merchants Soundgarden; long-running Broadway-bound pop-punks Green Day; avant-garde dance-pop phenom Lady Gaga; Canada's orchestral-pop heroes the Arcade Fire; New York guitar-rockers the Strokes, performing their first show in four years, and French synth-pop act Phoenix.

Soundgarden performed as part of the original day-long touring Lollapalooza in 1992 and '96, but it has not performed live since '97 when it split up so singer Chris Cornell could pursue a decidedly lousy solo career. Green Day and the Arcade Fire also are Lollapalooza veterans, as is the most surprising of the top acts, Lady Gaga, who was an almost unknown up-and-comer performing on one of the smallest stages in 2007, before taking the pop world by storm in a gonzo assault unrivaled since the rise of Madonna in the '80s.

Once again, the rest of the lineup is completed by an Old Country Buffet-style smorgasbord of established indie-rock buzz bands (Grizzly Bear, Spoon, the New Pornographers, Yeasayer, MGMT), a few older musical legends (Devo, Jimmy Cliff), a smattering of hard rock (Wolfmother), R&B (Erykah Badu, Raphael Saadiq), hip-hop (Cypress Hill) and jam bands (Gogol Bordello, Blues Traveler) and an entirely too-small sampling of great Chicago artists.

The best of the latter on the 2010 bill: soul and gospel legend Mavis Staples, whose music remains vital, vibrant and timely enough to deserve a main-stage headlining platform, as evidenced by her last album, "Live: Hope at the Hideout" in 2008.

Within the concert industry, experts have been talking for several years about "festival glut" as Lollapalooza competes with other national destination festivals including California's Coachella, Washington state's Sasquatch, Tennessee's Bonnaroo and others. Aside from a few top headliners, the lineups of many of these fests are becoming increasingly similar and predictable, and the giant concerts are struggling to find new ways to distinguish themselves.

New additions to Lollapalooza this year are an expanded electronic and dance music stage named for festival founder and corporate figurehead Perry Farrell, who has struggled for several years to overcome city officials' wariness of anything resembling a rave, and a promised "new and tastier Chow Town" food component overseen by Chicago celebrity chef and hardcore rock fan Graham Elliot Bowles.

As with all musical endeavors, there is an art to booking an exciting festival lineup, and Lollapalooza promoters haven't always gotten it right. Here is a look at the Top 50 acts on the 2010 bill graded on the Sun-Times four-star scale.

No, we're not prejudging performances that won't happen for four more months. We're considering these bookings on the criteria of their uniqueness; their suitability for the festival setting; their recent work on stage and on album and their just plain overall grooviness. (The rest of the list follows after the Top 50.)

1. Soundgarden: Though the Seattle grunge band packed an undeniable wallop in its day, that day is 13 years past, and this reunion clearly is a cash-grab desperation move. Doubt it? Go listen again to singer Chris Cornell's last solo album, "Scream" (2009). 1 and a halfstars

2. Green Day: As the Bay Area pop-punks have traded their invigorating basement snarl for hollow arena-rock poses and Broadway bombast, they've become more Billy Joel than Screeching Weasel, and that is a very a sad thing indeed. 1 and a halfstars

3. Lady Gaga: Love her or hate her, no one can deny that the dance-pop diva of the moment delivers an unparalleled spectacle, and she's sure to do something special given this high-profile platform and welcome departure from Lollapalooza-as-usual bookings. 4 stars

4. Arcade Fire: The Pitchfork favorites knocked it out of the park at Lollapalooza 2005, and their big ork-pop sound is made for festival settings, though they're docked half a notch here for a predictable return and for having no new music at the moment. 3 and a half stars

5. The Strokes: The New York minimalist masters have sadly been missing in action for the past four years as they've all indulged in often less than stellar solo projects. Sources in the know doubt that they'll play much new music from their allegedly forthcoming fourth album, but it will be fun to have them back nonetheless. 3 and a half stars

6. Phoenix: The French dance-pop had one of the feel-good albums of the summer with "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix." Of course, that was the summer of 2009, and their last performance in Chicago garnered mixed reviews when their drummer called in sick. 3 stars

7. Social Distortion: Here's a booking for everyone too old to go to the Warped Tour anymore but too young to really appreciate Bruce Springsteen. 2 and a half stars

8. MGMT: The Brooklyn electronic rockers have not been overly impressive on previous tours, but their forthcoming album "Congratulations" really kicks things up a notch, and we can hope the live show follows suit. 3 stars

9. Jimmy Cliff: Yes, he's a legend, without whom reggae as we know it would not exist. But like many legends, he can blow your mind in concert or barely rise to the level of phoning it in. Let's hope for the best. 2 and a half stars

10. Hot Chip: Pleasant enough on record, this English electro-pop band is underwhelming live. 2 and a half stars

11. The Black Keys: Fans worship this two-man Ohio blues-rock band, but there are easily half a dozen two-person combos on the current scene doing this sort of thing just as good or better. 2 stars

12. The National: Perfectly O.K. indie-rock from Brooklyn, ideally suited as background listening for a mid-afternoon corn dog. 2 and a half stars

13. Spoon: Always worth hearing on album, by this point, anyone who's loved any of those discs has seen Spoon be very, very good in concert or very, very mediocre. And the bigger setting, the worse the chance for an excellent gig. 2 and a half stars

14. Devo: Joining Cliff as this year's main-stage veteran legend act (the slot that's gone to Lou Reed and the Stooges in previous years) are the godfathers of synth-pop, whose appearance would be a lot more special if they hadn't already played in Chicago a couple of times over the last two years. 3 stars

15. Cypress Hill: Noticeably short on hip-hop in 2010, it's all the more surprising that the highest-placed act from that genre on the bill is one that was never very good in concert even when it was in its prime, and that prime is now a decade and a half in the past. 1 and a halfstars

16. Cut Copy: More synth-pop, this time from Australia, and with considerable buzz behind it as a live act. (Also playing a DJ set on Perry's Stage.) 3 and a half stars

17. The New Pornographers: You saw this Canadian pop supergroup at Lollapalooza 2006. You saw it at Pitchfork 2007. And now, um, you can see it again! 3 stars

18. Erykah Badu: Not only a welcome bid to diversify this year's R&B and hip-hop-shy lineup, Badu also is one of the most consistently rewarding live performers on this long, long list. 4 stars

19. Slightly Stoopid: Lame mid-tier ska-punk listed among the top 20 bands on the roster? Really? 1 star

20. Grizzly Bear: Occasionally sublime, more frequently monochromatic indie folk-rock that can be enchanting in a small club setting, but which seems destined to be lost to the wind off Lake Michigan and the chatter of the crowds in Grant Park. 2 and a half stars

21. Gogol Bordello: Lower East Side gypsy punk. "Eclectic" is not necessarily synonymous with "good." 1 star

22. Chromeo: Canadian electro-funk duo that makes much of it Arab/Jewish partnership. That is not necessarily synonymous with "good music," either. 1 star

23. Wolfmother: Stoner-rock crunch from Australia. Finally a reason for head-banging! 3 and a half stars

24. Yeasayer: The recent "Odd Blood" is one of the most impressive albums so far this year, and this psychedelic-pop combo is even better on concert, with the power to command a festival setting. 4 stars

25. X Japan: Extremely silly-looking Japanese metal with a sound that is only slightly less laughable. 1 and a halfstars

26. Mutemath: New Orleans Christian rockers who underscore why this should remain the Devil's Music. 1 and a halfstars

27. Metric: Toronto indie-pop band still riding high on last year's endearing "Fantasies." 3 and a half stars

28. Dirty Projectors: Much-loved genre-defying indie project for people who think the Fiery Furnaces are too linear and predictable. 1 star

29. AFI: Another nod to the Warped crowd. 1 and a halfstars

30. Mavis Staples: Chicago gospel/soul legend whose recent work is every bit as great as the music of her legendary past, and well-deserving of an even more high-profile slot than the one she's getting here. 4 stars

31. Matt & Kim: Hey, just for variety's sake, let's book another dance-pop band from Brooklyn that happens to be another duo! 1 and a halfstars

32. The xx: Much- (much-, much-) buzzed English dream-pop band; the one booking this year guaranteed to have made the Pitchfork Music Festival envious. 3 and a half stars

33. Drive-By Truckers: Cornpone, for sure, but predictably raucous good-time country-punk. 3 stars

34. Blues Traveler: Really? Again? Why? (Oh, that's right: The band is managed by C3 Presents. Nepotism will get you everywhere.) (no stars)

35. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: Another indie-in-name-only offering from Vagrant Records. 2 stars

36. The Temper Trap: Say, there are quite a few Australian bands on this year's bill. Was there a sale in airline tickets, or is C3 branching out down under? 2 stars

37. Jamie Lidell: An English soul man who does the Jon Bryan tape-loop thing. 2 and a half stars

38. Frightened Rabbit: The Scottish indie-rock band certainly has its charms, singing winsomely of love lost, but its subtle songs are ill-suited for a festival, and would be best appreciated in a room no bigger than Schubas. 2 and a half stars

39. F**k Buttons: English electro-pop with a real edge on stage. 3 and a half stars

40. Deer Tick: Another in the series of indie-folk acts liable to be swallowed whole by Grant Park. 1 and a halfstars

41. Blitzen Trapper: Uneven indie-rock band from Portland. 2 stars

42. Stars: Alright! More unextraordinary indie-pop from Canada! 2 stars

43. Raphael Saadiq: Now here's a surprise, buried pretty far down the list and deserving of a much higher spot--a master of old-school R&B whose work is more timeless than retro. 4 stars

44. The Cribs: U.K. soccer-hooligan rock. 2 and a half stars

45. Minus the Bear: Cool Seattle experimental/ambient/indie-pop. 3 and a half stars

46. Switchfoot: Generic San Diego alt-rock. 1 and a halfstars

47. The Walkmen: Indie buzz band of the early 2000s quickly fading into irrelevance, as evidenced by their slot at No. 47. 2 stars

48. Mumford & Sons: Twee English indie-folk. 1 and a halfstars

49. Wild Beasts: Among the (much) lesser lights on the U.K.'s Domino Records label. 1 and a halfstars

50. Rogue Wave: Indie rockers who aren't nearly as smart or unique as they think they are. 1 and a halfstars

(Average star rating for the Top 50 acts: 2.3 STARS)

AND NOW FOR THE REST

(Particularly worthy acts in the second and third tiers have been marked ***)

51. Los Amigos Invisibles

52. The Big Pink ***

53. The Dodos

54. Hockey

55. Cymbals Eat Guitars

56. B.o.B

57. Dawes

58. Warpaint

59. The Antlers

60. The Soft Pack

61. Rebelution

62. Balkan Beat Box

63. Wavves

64. American Bang

65. The Ike Reilly Assassination

66. Company of Thieves ***

67. Nneka

68. Harlem

69. The Constellations

70. Miniature Tigers

71. Mimicking Birds

72. The Kissaway Trail

73. Health

74. Javelin

75. The Morning Benders

76. Foxy Shazam

77. Violent Soho

78. Royal Bangs

79. Neon Trees

80. Freelance Whales

81. Semi Precious Weapons

82. Dan Black ***

83. The Band of Heathens

84. Dragonette

85. My Dear Disco

86. Shawn Fisher

87. Neon Hitch

88. Skybox

89. The Ettes

90. Jukebox the Ghost

91. These United States

92. MyNameIsJohnMichael

AND, ON PERRY'S STAGE:

93. 2ManyDJs

94. Empire of the Sun

95. Digitalism

96. Perry Farrell

97. Tiga

98. Felix da Housecat ***

99. Rusko

100. Erol Alkan

101. Kaskade

102. Flosstradamus ***

103. Wolfgang Gartner

104. Joachim Garraud

105. Mexican Institute of Sound

106. Caspa

107. Peanut Butter Wolf

108. Dirty South

109. Nervo

110. Beats Antique ***

111. Steve Porter

112. Didi Gutman of Brazilian Girls ***

113. Ancient Astronauts

114. Ana Sia

115. Team Bayside High

116. Dani Deahl

117. FreeSol

118. DJ Mel

119. BBU

120. Vonnegutt

121. Only Children

122. Lance Herbstrong

Three-day passes are on sale now via www.lollapalooza.com for $215. Three-day VIP passes are $850.

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You seriously did not rate Lady Caca ahead of rock legends Soundgarden and Green day. This is why middle aged white guys who know nothing about music should never post about it.

Chris Cornell wants to go back to his roots after stepping out of his comfort zone, and it's automatically a cash-grab? Cornell sounded in fine form at the recent Pearl Jam show in LA. I'm not following your logic here, Jim.

Mr. DeRogatis,
I am a loyal fan of your columns and always respect one's opinion as I believe it is their entitlement but I feel strongly about disagreeing with you today. With regards to Chris Cornell's solo career, granted "Scream" wasn't his best work but "Carry On" was something magical I would like to believe. I urge you STRONGLY to listen to THAT cd and then write a follow-up column as I think you will find it is appealing to the senses. And as a closing argument, I can't wait for Lollapalooza in August as I'm predicting Soundgarden will be the best live band there. Cheers and have a great day Jimmy....
-Tony Vivirito

Jim,

You are an embarrassment to music journalists. Musically uneducated and out of the loop. Some of your so called "one star" ratings show the pure lack of depth in your musical views.

Hang it up and let someone more qualified be heard.

"47. The Walkmen: Indie buzz band of the early 2000s quickly fading into irrelevance, as evidenced by their slot at No. 47."

The Walkmen just sold out Schubas and then back to back nights at Lincoln Hall. That doesn't seem like a fading band, Lolla just gave them a low spot, The Cribs show at Lincoln Hall didn't sell out until the day of the show and they are at slot 44.

"Fans worship this two-man Ohio blues-rock band, but there are easily half a dozen two-person combos on the current scene doing this sort of thing just as good or better" like who ??

you are a complete plank .

go swing on laddie gagas sack

So... who are these other "better than the Black Keys" acts, or have you reviewed them in other columns?

I'd like to see the list of the 2 man bands that do it as good if not better than the Black Keys. Lady Gaga gets 4 stars and the Black Keys get 2? It must be tough to write a music column without any taste in music. Good luck with that...next stop, obituaries.

Nice to see Chicago's Only Children in the mix, even if they'll probably get a lousy slot. They really need to have more Chicago bands playing this festival.

God, you are a hack. i can't believe you even try to pass yourself off as knowledgeable about music...

Please enlighten us as to who these half a dozen other combos are that are currently doing it better or as WELL as The Black Keys??? I can't think of one.
I'm curious, do you actually take the time to listen to music from the bands you have listed here. The Black Keys. as you said, are worshipped by fans...for a reason. Their music is unique and just f---ing touches the soul! 2 stars is a mockery.

Your assessment of 2 british bands here makes me think you definately don't listen to any of their music before you write this stuff. "The Cribs: U.K. soccer-hooligan rock" - are you f---ing serious. What about their music is "soccer-hooligan"?? Idiot!!
"Mumford & Sons: Twee English indie-folk" - this band is AMAZING, and seriously I almost hope you havent heard their stuff because if you have and this is all you can say about them then I seriously question why YOU get to judge all of these bands.
It's a serious slap in the face that you basically just dismiss them, next.

How can someone who praises Jesus Lizard rate Lady Gaga five stars ? I have now lost all faith in humanity. And two stars to the Black Keys man ? More stars for the strokes than Soundgarden ? For the love of all that is good man please edit this rating or take it out. It's an embarrassment.

Jim:
I appreciate you have no (or little) love for Lolla for various reasons. Every year the list comes out and, with a few exceptions, you crap all over it. Truth be told, I think this year's lineup is a little weak when compared to prior years and to some of the other festivals this year (Coachella, Sasquatch and Pitchfork all have really strong lineups, at least for my taste). But I'd be curious to know, if you were booking this, who would you book keeping in mind you're trying to get 80,000(?) people through the gate per day?

LOL - the little blurb on this page that describes Derogaine-itis says that he covers "pop music". I guess that might explain why The Black Keys get a lower rating - they just walk out with a guitar and drums, not a computer, an audio track, and a dance troupe like real pop music stars do. Surprisingly, Justin Bieber is missing from the Lollapalooza list which has really got to make the author upset.

Jim,

Do you actually like Wolfmother?

It's truly amazing how you insist on keeping your head firmly lodged in your butt.
The day that a bunch of poseurs like Green Day sound anything even remotely like an artist as musically ingenious as Billy Joel will be the day the earth stood still.

The day that a bunch of poseurs like Green Day come anywhere close to sounding like someone as gifted as Billy Joel will be the day the earth stood still. You've still got your head up your butt.

Check out Cornell singing one of the songs from that "lousy solo career" at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZrvbZ7_CSk just a few weeks back, Jim. He sounds right on top of his game & has been touring nonstop the last few years. Meanwhile, Cameron has a great day job with Pearl Jam. So if this is a cash grab, difficult to see how or why, unless it's all really a fundraising benefit for Kim Thayil...?

First (and last) time to read your work Jim. You clearly need to find a different subject matter to write about. You are out of touch with music and way too subjective to be writing about it.

really hate DeRo

Why do we all keep reading him if he's so hated?

You have le schiesse take mr. dero

Love the corndog comment because I can just see you pounding down a bunch of those.

Thanks for stupid comment about X Japan. Your comment made me laugh more than you think. You should study their music and history more before you comment. They might silly-looking when they started, but don't forget, without them Japanese Visual-kei would never happen. X Japan started Visual-kei. They have grown up now. They had ditched that costumes loooooong time ago. Most of their musics went back nearly 20 years ago. Their musics are still good. Keep eye on X Japan from now. This event will be their US debut. But X Japan is already big in Japan. I hope few of you would like X Japan's music.

Thanks for the roundup, Jim. I was actually pretty content when I heard about the headliners (I think I'd be at least entertained by any of them except Soundgarden), but most of the lower-tier lineup is just "meh." How much generic and/or unremarkable indie rock-pop-folk can one handle over the course of a weekend? And some of the names on the list are just groan-worthy. Does ANYONE really want to see Blues Traveler at Lollapalooza again? Did anyone really want to see them the first time? Wasn't Jamie Lidell there in 2008? Is round two really necessary? That's what really frustrates me, when there's so many amazing bands who haven't yet played the fest.

Seems like a lot of people beat me to the punch here about walkmen and black keys. well said everyone.

the only thing you maybe got right here Jim, was yeasayer. they are great live and actually sound better than their recordings.

not sure where you get the right to bash green day or soundgarden. as lollapalooza has showcased pearl jam, red hot chili peppers, nine inch nails, and others from that era, it only makes sense that either of these two bands show up in the lineup at some point. just cause they counter it with the different, newer, more current lady gaga, doesn't mean you have to choose sides so obviously.

i will add that your DJ analysis, Jim, is also sub-par. you skip over 2manydj's, empire of the sun and digitalism to highlight felix da housecat?? i've seen the 2manydj's show and if you bothered to research it at all, you would know it will blow people away. empire of the sun will also be very highly anticipated and will be fresh to the states after releasing some great stuff and touring in australia. felix is a chicago native sure, but he's nothing all too new.

you are also very wrong about hot chip, which makes me wonder if you've seen them at all or just walked by a live show from 100yds away. on the flip side, there is cut copy whose collection of songs i love, but after seeing them live several times i feel that they haven't quite live up to their recorded music.

you had a chance to give hockey some credit too as a new buzz band and failed.

i'm also not sure how the national and grizzly bear can get lost in the wind, but the xx won't. i guess you read some buzz about the xx, and although they're talented and i like their album, i've seen them live and i can absolutely see them being a little monotonous and slow in a festival setting.

all in all, it's quite obvious most people commenting here have seen more of these live acts than you have.

to get some credit here maybe you should actually bother to get up close for the national's "mr. november" or "abel" or "mistaken for strangers" and be careful not to choke on that corndog!

better luck next time.

Overall spot on analysis Jim. Soundgarden and Green Day are both terrible headliner choices, I think I fell asleep at the National set at pitchfork last year, and booking Blues Traveler is straight-up embarrassing. You're spot on with picking Felix da Housecat from the DJ lineup. Overall this festival (and all the other festivals of its ilk) has become an easy skip every summer.

Oh, and the Black Keys are awful.

Okay, how much time did you invest into "researching" each of this bands? 5 seconds?
Especially your comment about X Japan caught my eye. Seriously, while MY researches I came across some other guy's blog post about them for the people who'll go to lolla... Maybe nice for having a second look?

http://midnightinaperfectworld.wordpress.com/2010/04/04/the-x-japan-guide-for-lollapalooza/

The Ike Reilly Assassination is going to rock!!!

I like the line "musical Wal-Mart on the lake," but I disagree. It's poorly tailored and overpriced. It's a musical Urban Outfitters on the lake.

I've got to say, I'm counting 33 or 34 bands I'm going to make an effort to see at Lolla this year, all depending on the schedule as always. I think you're being pretty generous with MGMT and Wolfmother, other that that, you're mostly right.

Stars don't like you either.

I just read a personal ad... 'Single, overweight, middle aged, white, music critic seeks Lady Gaga fan. I like long walks on the beach, buttery chardonnays, and listing to Kylie Minogue's Greatest Hits album (that I made myself because one doesn't exist.) No rockers, I hate loud, distorted rifs, and bands that bang on their instruments.' ...dude, you serious have issues if you rate The Black Keys, Green Day, and Soundgarden 2 Stars or less. Did you go to school with them and are still pissed that they didn't let you into their parties? Guess what Jim? You're still a joke and you just proved it.

You may be an even bigger douche bag than Jay Mariotti. It's still amazing where these news papers find their critics? Every paper in Chicago has lame, piss-poor music critics who wouldn't know good music if it kicked them in the ass. I'm embarrassed to know that you live in Chicago.

I think that Diz is really Jim posting under a different name. How anyone could agree with him is beyond me. I am by no means a big Green Day fan, but they are a good headliner choice. Blues Traveler is a good band (I realize they aren't for everyone, but those people can go listen to the DJs that I have no interest in at all) that puts on a good show. I am also at a loss for trying to figure out the rationale behind saying The Black Keys are awful, they are one of the best, most original bands out there. Yes they do cover songs and their style is similar to other bands, but if you want original go listen to Lady GaGa (who I'm not interested in at all either, but I won't go so far as to say anyone is awful) and be happy with that.

dude do you even know music. X-japan is one of the greatest bands in the world with more tallent than any other band ont this roster put together. dude you suck a disgrace. why are you working for sun times they should fire you. have you even listened to there music or read about them no you just a regular racist american who sees japanese and atomaticly hates them. X-JAPAN IS THE BEST BAND ON THIS LIST. GET ANOTHER JOB

Ha ha ha ha! Love the kvetching here, it's way more entertaining, way cheaper, and thankfully much shorter than the actual Lolla. Why anyone would attend is beyond me. Even Pitchfork is a mostly a snooze except for CAVE and Smith Westerns. Best music series this summer are the Downtown Sound [for the local bands] and Music Without Borders [for the as-far-away-from-local-as-you-can-get bands], both at the Pritzker. A once in a lifetime chance to see Orchestre Poly-Rhytmo de Cotonou! And for free, natch. Lolla and P4k are for those with more money than sense.

Thoroughly disagree with most of this article. I assume most of it was written based on:

1)Look at lineup
2)Paste name in YouTube
3)Opinions after 30 seconds of video.

"U.K. soccer-hooligan rock"
"Extremely silly-looking Japanese metal"

I seriously question how much research was put into this awful article.

"11. The Black Keys: Fans worship this two-man Ohio blues-rock band, but there are easily half a dozen two-person combos on the current scene doing this sort of thing just as good or better." -- You Sir are an idiot.

actually seems pretty dead-on to me. sorry frat boys but jim dero knows what's up.
i'd also add *** to soft pack, dragonette and health if it was up to me.
hopefully it's nice weather and they put all the terrible mainstream crap like green day on one side of the park and leave the rest of grant park to actual music fans.
i thought gg allin was confirmed for kidapalooza? such a sweet young man.

Freelance whales smoked it at Shubas Sundays. Five part harmony.

I am so happy you wrote this preview of Lolla. LOL at the Green Day commentary and at anyone who thinks that band is relevant. Maybe they were relevant at the release of Dookie, but 'rock legends'?

I'm excited about Mavis Staples, and Lady Gaga deserves all those stars.

I can't believe the person who wrote this is allowed to write in public. Lord have mercy. Must be a kid or something?

I really don't think this author even listens to the music he speaks of. He is clearly uninformed with only a cursory knowledge of the music he ranks on. Chris Cornell's solo career is always changing. He likes to experiment and branch out. His voice is still in TOP form. Soundgarden reuniting is a long awaited event. They are doing it because people have never stopped asking for it and the time is obviously right. Don't think it has anything to do with $$$. Get a clue!

Jim,

I appreciate this review a lot. I think some of these bands don't deserve an "in-depth" review as someone on here said.

I wrote on my Facebook page today "Lollapalooza 2010 Lineup gets a 5.4 out of 10" which was a poke at Pitchfork, because they really do have the WORST reviews, whoever said YOU don't know what you're talking about is wrong... they probably are Pitchfork Fans or something.

I loved the stars... except only giving Stars 2 stars, they should get 4, only because I really love them.

Also, I give you some major credit for publishing these heavily "Anti-DeRogatis" comments that some of your "fans" write on your wall.

Anyway, I won't be making the trip to Lolla this year mainly because of the headliners... I've either seen them or don't care.

Adam

Jim,
Do you mean the Jon Brion tape-loop thing?

*yawn*
This shtick that Jim passes off as "reviews" and "journalism" has become tiresome. This, like a lot of his columns, is standard, vanilla fare where by he takes the oh-so-risque approach of slagging off bands that either:

a. Are too big
b. Are too small
c. Are too old
d. Are too young
e. Aren't Lester Bangs
f. All of the above

Writing columns with such a modicum of actual value, Jim is the real like Jeff Albertson (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_Book_Guy) who will continue to provide antagonistic reviews and writings simply for his own mental masturbatory purposes. And perhaps for his messianic ego whereby he thinks he's "holier than thou".

What a profundly idiotic take on Lollapalooza. You are a disgrace. No wonder why none of these bands actually talk to you

BLACK KEYS rock! No doubt. But see:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jYuir1ew6Y0

Thanks for posting Jim. As another -middle aged white guy- I like lists like this to get me started in listening to bands I'm not very familiar with so I can plan out the fest. Because when you become a -middle aged white guy- you have a lot more things in life you have/want to do than listed to music 24/7.

Great job Jim.

Time to hang it up, Jim. Your reviews and critiques are much more predictable than the music you bash and just as tasteless as the music you applaud.
Clearly you are a frustrated, no talent wannabe. Or neverwas.

So apparently Grizzly Bear and Wild Beasts (quite simply the best band to come out of Britain in a long time) aren't worth someone's Lolla time while Lady Gaga and Wolfmother are? I remembered this guy had questionable taste from reading some of his stuff from about a decade ago but it seems it's gotten even worse with time. Way to go promoting quality music mister.

nice call on the Black Keys Jim. I hope they pummel you with a 10AM Automatic.

Thanks Jim!!! That is just hilarious! I totally agree with most of the stuff listed here. Lolla is just a big corporate joke. It always was and still is. sorry frat boys!

One star for Dirty Projectors? The band that produced the best album of 2009? Two stars for the Walkmen? America's finest touring act? DeRo really effing sucks.

You suck and the bands you like suck.

Me too.

-- MrJM

OK, Jim:

I can see you wanting to teach, but why wouldn't you keep your SunTimes job too?

I mean, since you're still going to be covering music anyway, why not do it here?

I see another lame and metal-less line-up, but at least DeRo digs it, which is little suprise!!

You gave Chromeo 1 star, Blues Traveler no stars, Green Day 1.5 stars, Social D 2.5 stars...but game Lady Gaga 4 stars?!

Turn in your critic credentials...now. You obviously HATE music.

IS this a joke?

Arcade Fire "no new music"? ??????

They've got the newest music of all!

Suburbs released Tuesday.

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