At the annual Lollapalooza cattle call over the weekend, 140 acts will perform on eight stages in Chicago's beautiful Grant Park. As always, it's a lot to choose from. Here are some notes for SUNDAY -- some surprises, some best bets and the run-down on each night's headliners ...
Lord Huron's early set should be a fine kick-off today, featuring the organic, upbeat world-pop of Michigan's Ben Schneider. Well-traveled, from France to Bali and now based in L.A., Schneider incorporates polyrhythms and the occasional sitar into his otherwise Laurel Canyon-leaning pop.
Noon @ Sony stage
Movin' on up
New Jersey's Titus Andronicus quotes Springsteen and inverts it, crying hoarsely, "Baby, we were born to die!" They play indie-rock like they're already booked at arenas, with hammering refrains, ambitious songwriting and occasional whiffs of Celtic folk traditions underneath the distorted guitar barrage. Last year, they shredded an afternoon set at the Pitchfork Music Festival; their matriculation to Grant Park this year should be a needed blast of bare-knuckled rock and roll on Lolla's final afternoon.
12:45 @ Music Unlimited stage
Old new wave
Last year's proud 1980s trinket at Lolla was Devo. This year, the reunited Cars park their hasn't-missed-a-beat new material and quirky old favorites in the middle of Sunday afternoon. Ric Ocasek is definitely not a high-energy performer, but the catalog is hard to beat. Whether it's just a victory lap or a jumpstart toward more work as a band (pretty please!), enjoy this ride.
4 p.m. @ Music Unlimited stage
Young at heart
I always suggest stopping by Kidzapalooza, the stage for young'uns of all ages. Festival acts sometimes drop by for special kiddie sets, and the lineup is sometimes more diverse than you might expect. Today you can catch Keller Williams, the wild one-man jam band, not the realty group (2:30 p.m.), Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell himself (3:45 p.m.) and the Chicago-born children's music sensation Ralph's World (4:05 p.m.).
Can't go wrong
Britain's Arctic Monkeys started out five years ago in a flurry of hype, which they not only survived but justified with several swaggering, sweaty rock records, including this summer's '70s-laced "Suck It and See." As the Gallagher brothers trundle off into the sunset, this is the British band to catch up to for a lasting legacy.
6 p.m. @ Music Unlimited stage
Headliners: Foo and who?
Sunday evening's programming seems to be aware of a certain inevitability: Not many people will be crazy enough to skip the Foo Fighters (8 p.m. @ Music Unlimited stage). Having wasted no effort on "Wasted Light," the group's strongest album in years, Dave Grohl & Co. are riding a creative high that promises the best bang for the festival buck.
There's fine music elsewhere tonight -- the rootsy and expansive Cold War Kids (8:30 p.m. @ Google+ stage) are really worth seeing, Kid Cudi has become a singular force along the border of rap and electronica (9 p.m. @ Perry's) and Deadmau5 is enjoying both a cultural and creative peak as a DJ (8:30 p.m. @ Bud Light stage) -- but you'd be a foo' to miss the Foo.