Lollapalooza‘s lineup is out and the anticipation for the summer bonanza of beats and good times is in full swing. So let’s look at 5 bands you can’t miss on this fest of fests. I demand it! I command it! Wow, I can’t stop the rhyme crime.
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Jack White: He’s one of the most impressive and engaging guitarists of our generation. This bearded dork was all googly eyed watching him a few years back at the Chicago Theate. That show was eclectic but not a forced sense of variety but a more organic cornucopia of blues driven rocking fun.
Artic Monkeys: They have so songs that sink into you like an audible tapeworm, which makes it a lot healthier than an actual tapeworm. Alex Turner graced the Lolla stage with his side act, the Last Shadow Puppets a while back but bringing over his main band is something we’ve been clamoring for some time.
CHVRCHES: This Scottish synth-flowing band has produced two of my favorite tracks of the year in ‘Get Out’ and ‘My Enemy’. The latter features Matt Berringer of the National in a duet with singer Lauren Mayberry that drives home the ‘Love is Dead’ concept of their upcoming album. They also know how to throw you curve ball cover song like Prince.
St. Vincent: After her magical lounge set, I was enchanted under the spell of this musical pixie who tells why there is a lot of sad people in LA. Watch the entire Lounge set here.
CATFISH & THE BOTTLEMEN: They opened for Green Day at Wrigley Field in October, and they kicked all sorts of butts at Piqniq (that is happening by the way, more info coming soon) and the Nights We Stole Christmas. So based on those shows, you know you got to highlight them in that big list of acts to see. AND…And they were delightful in the Lounge.
Yes, we are past 5 bands but when a group like Greta Van Fleet comes from out of nowhere with a Lounge set so powerful it’s more viewed on Youtube, well you know you can’t pass them up.