Posted in music on July 31, 2013

Ghost BC @ MHOW last week (more by Vladislav Grach)

Kendrick Lamar @ Bonnaroo 2013 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)

New Order at Williamsburg Park last week (more by PSquared Photography)
New Order

Lollapalooza 2013 happens this weekend (August 2 - 4) in Chicago's Grant Park (and some of it will stream online). We'll be there watching bands on all the stages and hosting them in the Soundwave Tent every day from 1 PM - 3 PM (and from 12:40 on Saturday).

The Lolla line-up is pretty great this year, full of big names with a lot of choices (and the occasional tough decision to be made between competing stages). Here are thirteen bands (plus a few more) we don't want to miss....



New Order - Back together again, sort of, and even though we wish Peter Hook was still in the band, Bernard Sumner, Gillian Gilbert and Steven Morris seem to be having a great time giving the crowd what they want (the hits).

Queens of the Stone Age - Sometimes you have to make the tough decisions. But the big, glammy riffs made by Josh Homme and co make a good argument for missing New Order (who play at the same time).

Ghost BC - We partially just want to see what those costumes look like in the light (at 2:15 pm on the Bud Light Stage Friday). You can also find out at 1pm the same day with us in the Soundave tent.

Baroness - The closest thing we're getting to metal all weekend (sorry Ghost)... not counting the BrooklynVegan afterparties at Ultra Lounge, of course.

Chance the Rapper - The up-and-coming Chicago rapper is having an amazing year and his BMI stage-headlining set at 6:50 PM on Friday should be a celebration.

Kendrick Lamar - No longer up and coming, Kendrick put out one of the greatest and most acclaimed hip hop albums of the past year and for those familiar with it, his live show can be equally orgasmic.

Angel Haze - She might not have big hits like some of the other rappers playing Lollapalooza (Kendrick Lamar, Azealia Banks), but even if you're less familiar with Angel Haze, her live show will impress. She's promising a debut album too, and what we've heard from it is all sounding pretty great.

HAIM - While the sisterly trio have yet to release their debut album, their canny mix of Fleetwood Mac and '90s pop (and big hooks) is ready-made for festivals.

Father John Misty - Funny, talented, good looking, and one hell of a showman. Joshua Tillman has it all!

Disclosure - Though we'd rather see this English electronic duo at midnight in a club, the songs are undeniable and stuck in our head. So, it'll be a Friday 6pm dance party at The Grove, and we're counting on fellow Londoner Jessie Ware who plays 3 hours earlier on Petrillo to show up and sing her part.

The Postal Service - Ben Gibbard, Jimmy Tamborello, Jenny Lewis and company are are bringing us one of the biggest, most exciting and sweet sounding reunions of the year.

The Cure - Much like New Order ("very much, New Order ," New Order might argue), The Cure know how to play to a festival crowd and will deliver their biggest songs to an adoring (if somewhat mopey) crowd.

Nine Inch Nails - Trent Reznor and crew are back with new album Hesitation Marks. This will be a good chance to hear those songs a month before the album's release. And "Head Like a Hole" and "Closer," and "The Day the World Went Away," of course.

Honorable Mentions:

Deap Vally - these ladies rock hard (in their underwear).

School of Rock - performing every day at Kidzapalooza, these are some truly talented minors and the undiscovered rock stars of the future.

Local Natives - bring on the harmonies.

Beach House - pure bliss.

Crystal Castles - pure mayhem.


For a more in depth look at who is playing the fest on Friday, head to BV Chicago (and stay tuned for Saturday and Sunday previews as well)




Comments (25)

fuck Haim

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 4:56 PM

What time is daft punk playing?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 4:59 PM

The 13 newest hummus blends many of us are excited about:

-sabra extra dill
-Mamouns new creamy side order
-Tribe roasted garlic 16oz
-whole foods spicy 8oz
-trader joes family size party pack
-sabra onion and pickle blend
-wakim's original blend (new recipe)
-whole foods 40 spices
-sabra fire roasted tomato blend
-Bobbi's organic chickpea hummus
-Tribe with pine nuts
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-sabra extra large 32 oz size

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 4:59 PM

Sabra with jalapeno is good. I just finished mine.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 5:13 PM

^ damn. That jalapeño blend is good. I remember when that blend came out back in 2006. I saved the original container as a collecter piece.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 5:23 PM

I hope the BV tent in Chicago is made out of kevlar

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 5:27 PM

BV is this a joke? Shouldn't this list focus more on groups that are less well-known so that people can actually check out new (and local) music?

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 5:30 PM

I hope the bv tent in chicago is made out of hummus. I'm gonna shovel the tent into my mouth.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 5:32 PM

deap valley sucks shit

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 5:37 PM

A tent made out of hummus is something I dream about.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 5:38 PM

5:32 that doesn't even make sense

But good show on working hummus into the comments section here. I've been waiting for someone to post a comment about hummus on this site, it being "vegan" and all.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 5:41 PM


Your girlfriend just called. She said "hummus you".

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 5:45 PM

illinois is a state

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 5:47 PM

Hummus withdrawl is a bad state of mind.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 5:50 PM

i went to lollapalooza once, i saw modest mouse, cold war kids, !!!, interpol i think, the late amy winehouse, iggy poop, yeah yeah yeahs, among others, then i went and saw tom glavine earn the 300th win of his career against the chicago cubs

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 5:51 PM

5:51 - I went that year was 2007. But how could you forget the best part??? Daft Punk headlined a night. Not mentioning that on this blog is a travesty.

Posted by Anonymous | July 31, 2013 7:07 PM

Esse kra pintado parece o capeta!

Posted by Redes de proteção em apartamentos | August 1, 2013 8:48 AM

Derp Vally

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 9:19 AM

707, I wasnt there on Friday so I missed daft punk's set, i also saw apostle of hustle, some of kings of leon, some spoon but it was raining during spoon

Posted by Anonymous | August 1, 2013 12:29 PM

illinois is a state

Posted by E3lanat | August 3, 2013 7:10 AM

If only they didnt change there name and if only the second album and the new ep were as good as the first album.They need to get back to METAL instead of this rock pop crap.

Posted by Hannah | February 26, 2014 7:04 AM

next year if i can deal without the whole "my girlfriend cheated on me at lolla and i was there throughout all of it" i might enjoy it a little better.
Postal Service was real good though haha

Posted by Taylor | March 19, 2014 3:19 PM

pretty amazing that they went back in time and got Stephen hawking as a kid in the video.

Posted by Nathanael | May 15, 2014 3:26 AM

someone played the Confide version of Such Great Heights today, thought, "I know these lyrics, wtf? where do i know these words from?" because it was so out of context, OF COURSE! haven't heard these guys in a LONG time, glad to be back ^~^

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