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Lollapalooza 2012 picks: SUNDAY

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Plucking some must-sees from this year's Lollapalooza lineup (see the full schedule and maps here):


Sunday's headline -- though not a headliner -- is the presence of this revered Icelandic enigma, on the road for the first time since 2008. The band, led by singer-guitarist Jonsi Birgisson, has survived its hurricane of hipster hype by delivering powerful, versatile, mysterious music for nearly 20 years.
4-5 p.m. Aug. 5 on the Red Bull Soundstage

This couple from Mali (both blind) plays some of the most vibrant, compelling pop on the globe. They played Lolla in 2008, and their new album features players from TV on the Radio and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
5:15-6:15 p.m. Aug. 5 on the PlayStation Stage

Part of this year's Swedish invasion, this trio of pop producers (two of them helmed Britney Spears' "Toxic" and won a Grammy for it) creates warm, good-natured synth-pop with focused beats and broad appeal.

7:15-8:15 p.m. Aug. 5 on the Sony Stage

A Kate Bush for the millennials, Florence Mary Leontine Welch and her musical machine have garnered wide acclaim with sweeping, ornate pop singles like "Dog Days Are Over." Welch suffered a vocal injury two weeks ago, but the band's tour started on schedule.
6:15-7:30 Aug. 5 on the Bud Light Stage

Another clear choice tonight, starting with another act, the Paris dance duo Justice, escaped from the Perry's stage lineup for another north field rave. Meanwhile, sitcom star Donald Glover ("Community") continues convincing us that his hip-hop alter-ego, Childish Gambino, is serious business. But the action is with Jack White, a dependable performer whose solo debut, "Blunderbuss," earlier this year proved that traditional rock tropes can still foster immense creative potential.

Jack White: 8:15-10 p.m. Aug. 5 on the Red Bull Soundstage
Justice: 8:30-10 p.m. Aug. 5 on the Bud Light Stage
Childish Gambino: 8:45-9:45 p.m. Aug. 5 on the Google Play Stage

This Swedish quartet should confound the ravers at Perry's -- but in a good way. Together for more than 15 years, Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano has applied her cool, detached voice to the dance mixes of other artists from DJ Shadow to the upcoming next Big Boi album. Returning to Chicago after a set at last year's North Coast festival, this band's deeply soulful minimalism has enough bleeps and beats to hold down the tent but also a sense of live cool that stage doesn't get much of and should thoroughly enjoy.

3:15-4:15 Aug. 5 at Perry's Stage

-- See Friday's picks and Saturday's picks

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No love for At th Drive In? They're like, half of why I'm going.

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