The headliners are obvious. Yes, we’re all going to see LCD Soundsystem on Sunday night. No disrespect to the Ellie Goulding and Die Antwoord fans, but I’m guessing that most folks clicking on this post will be with James and the gang to close out the longest Lollapalooza in history. So, we all know who the headliners are and we can name all of their albums in order, right? Well, most of ’em in the case of RHCP. Seriously, name the pre-Mother’s Milk records without looking them up. See what I’m saying?
The Thursday/Friday pre-5pm picks are here, now on to Saturday/Sunday…
Baio – Saturday, 1:50, Pepsi
This is Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend and after listening to his solo debut from last year, The Names, you begin to realize just how insanely talented Vampire Weekend is. Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij have been described as the main songwriters in the band, but with Rostam’s recent departure fans shouldn’t fret. Chris has proven that he can write some fun, catchy songs himself. They’ll be just fine.
Nothing – Saturday, 4:30, BMI
Just a band that’s responsible for one of my favorite albums of 2016. If you happen to be attending either of the Jane’s Addiction Metro pre/aftershows know that this band is on the bill as well, so don’t goof around next door at the G-Man doing shots until the headliners take the stage. Get in there early and see what these guys can do.
Classixx – Sunday, 1:45, Petrillo Music Shell
These guys have been on my radar since I discovered their excellent remix of “Lisztomania” way back in the late ’00s. The new record features a ton of special guests (Passion Pit, Holy Ghost, T-Pain, How to Dress Well, among others) and is just loaded with excellent warm-weather jams that will be right at home on a summer festival stage.
FIDLAR – Sunday, 2:45, Bud Light
If you need to do some rockin’ out with the bros, this is the place to be. How to describe this band’s sound to someone that’s never heard ’em? Maybe if Cage the Elephant were, like, more punk and more fun?