Lollapalooza 2014 Preview

Head to Grant Park in Chicago at the start of August, 1st through 3rd, Friday-to-Sunday, for three days of more music than anyone can handle at Lollapalooza....

Lollapalooza 2014 Preview

Lollapalooza. What began back in 1991 as Perry Farrell’s farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction (who are still around & touring – QRO live review) turned into a massive touring festival that was the epitome of nineties alternative music (and memorialized in the ‘Homerpalooza’ episode of The Simpsons). The nineties ended and so did it, and but the revival in 2003 saw it turn the next year into an even bigger event stationed in Chicago’s Grant Park every summer. It’s even spun off South American versions these last few years (and there’s word of a Canadian one next year). It’s one of, if not the, biggest music festivals in North America (QRO Festival Guide) – and you don’t have to camp.

So head to Grant Park at the start of August, 1st through 3rd, Friday-to-Sunday, for three days of more music than anyone can handle:



Bud Light Stage

Arctic Monkeys, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

If you’re unfamiliar with the Sheffield-native English rockers, you obviously were not paying much attention in 2006 when their much ballyhoo-ed debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I Am Not was being pumped out of every speaker and headphone either side of the Atlantic & more (QRO live review in Australia), thanks to an energetic MySpace fan base. Fast-forward eight years. MySpace is a shell of its former self, but the Arctic Monkeys (QRO photos at a festival) have put out four more studio albums, 2007’s Favorite Worst Nightmare (QRO review), 2009’s Humbug (QRO review), 2011’s Suck It and See (QRO review), and last year’s American breakthrough AM, and with a new media storm around them (QRO photos), playing Lollapalooza for a third time.
Arctic Monkeys
Lorde, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

It’s been fast and furious, the success of Lorde (QRO live review). The New Zealand songstress (QRO photos) is still in her teens, but blew up in a huge way last year behind Grammy-winning single “Royals” and last fall’s debut full-length, Pure Heroine. She even performed “All Apologies” with Dave Grohl & Kurt Novoselic at Nirvana’s induction at the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame! So catch the voice that’s turning heads around the world (QRO photos).
Interpol, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

When the Lower East Side music scene broke out at the beginning of this century/millennium, one of the biggest breakouts was neo-New Wave outfit Interpol (QRO live review) with Turn On the Bright Lights and Antics. Unfortunately, 2007 major label debut Our Love To Admire (QRO review) was a serious disappointment, leading to a hiatus (where singer/guitarist Paul Banks did his own solo thing as Julian Plenti – QRO European tour review). But 2010’s return to Matador Records Interpol (QRO review) was a return to form, and so was their live show (QRO photos), even on the festival circuit (QRO photos at a festival). Of course, the following year saw another hiatus (with Paul Banks going solo again, this time under his own name – QRO album review), but the band has returned once more, with El Pintor out the following month and coming back to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival).
J. Roddy Walston & The Business, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Roddy Walston brings the rock in his return to Lollapalooza, both as frontman for J. Roddy Walston & The Business (QRO photos outdoors) and solo.
J Roddy Walston & The Business
Temples, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Despite only starting two years ago, Temples (QRO live review) have received press attention in their native England after being called the best new band in Britain (QRO photos at a U.K. festival) by the likes of Noel Gallagher (QRO live review) and Johnny Marr (QRO live review). They come to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival) hot on the heels of that heat and February’s debut full-length, Sun Structures (QRO review).

Palladia Stage

Sander Kleinenberg, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

Dutch DJ Sander Kleinenberg is known for using digital video at his concerts, some come for the sounds, stay for the visuals.
Sander Kleinenberg
AFI, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Has it really been over twenty years for AFI (QRO photos at a festival)? The band has evolved from their early snot-punk Bay Area roots (full-length debut Answer That and Stay Fashionable was produced by Tim Armstrong of Rancid and featured “High School Football Hero” and “I Wanna Get a Mohawk (But Mom Won’t Let Me Get On)”) to hardcore and then post-hardcore, a dark romantic sound and style that saw them attain mainstream success. The band (QRO photos) comes back to Lollapalooza after last fall’s release of their ninth studio album, Burials.
Hozier, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

Ireland’s Andrew Hozier-Byrne comes to Lollapalooza off of breakthrough single “Take Me To the Church”, with debut full-length coming in September.
Lucius, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

The New York Times described Lucius as “The next Feist” (QRO live review) – even if you don’t believe everything The Grey Lady says, be sure to check them out (QRO photos at a festival).

San Fermin, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PMQRO photos at a festival

San Fermin
The Grove

Phantogram, 8:45 PM – 9:45 PM

Saratoga Springs’ dancetronica act Phantogram (QRO photos at a festival) got notice less for their debut full-length Eyelid Movies (QRO review) than their enchanting live show (QRO photos at a festival) – which works outdoors (QRO photos outdoors at a festival), when in the evening (QRO photos at a festival). They come back to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival) behind their new Voices (QRO review).
The Kooks, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

With Inside In/Inside Out and “Naïve”, The Kooks (QRO live review) burst out of Brighton as alt-pop stars beloved by girls everywhere (QRO photos). 2008’s Konk (QRO review) kept that up, more or less, though 2011’s Junk of the Heart (QRO review) saw the band (QRO photos) get pretty simple (QRO live review), but they’ve got a new album up this fall, Listen.
The Kooks
Rudimental, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

A major hit in U.K. & Australia, London’s Rudimental (QRO photos in the U.K.) bring their liquid funk stateside at Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival).
Blood Orange, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Dev Hynes (QRO photos) first came up writing for others, such as on Chemical Brothers’ Grammy-winning We Are the Night (QRO review), before forming his own band, Lightspeed Champion (QRO photos), not to mention playing in the short-lived Test Icicles. In recent times, however, he’s focused on his electronic project Blood Orange (QRO live review), with last year’s well-received Cupid Deluxe.
Blood Orange
Jagwar Ma, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

Is the right time for the psych-dance of Jagwar Ma (QRO live review) early afternoon (QRO photos at a festival)?
Jagwar Ma
Courtney Barnett, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Melbourne’s Courtney Barnett won fans like Rolling Stone and The New York Times after her CMJ 2013 performance (QRO festival recap), with funny, rambling lyrics and a deadpan delivery.
Courtney Barnett

Into It. Over It., 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Roadkill Ghost Choir, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Roadkill Ghost Choir
BMI Stage

Royal Blood, 6:50 PM – 7:30 PM

Cash Cash, 5:40 PM – 6:20 PM

Bebe Rexha, 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM

Johnnyswim, 3:20 PM – 4:00 PM

DUGAS, 2:10 PM – 2:50 PM

of Verona, 1:10 PM – 1:50 PM

Highly Suspect, 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM

Royal Blood
Perry’s Stage

Zedd, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

German electro-house producer Zedd (real name: Anton Zaslavski) has been branching out into complextro & dubstep, as he’s become a festival regular (QRO photos at a festival), playing his second Lollapalooza in three years.
The Glitch Mob, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Electronic outfit The Glitch Mob (QRO photos at a festival) aren’t just button-pushers, but integrate their laptops & MIDIs into their live show, making them suitable for the club or the festival. They come to Lollapalooza for a third time, now behind this year’s charting Love Death Immortality (QRO review).
The Glitch Mob
Above & Beyond, 5:45 PM – 7:00 PM

Reaching above & beyond da club beats is Above & Beyond, who come to Lollapalooza for a second time.
Above & Beyond
Iggy Azalea, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Hailing from Australia, Iggy Azalea (QRO photos) has a flow like Yelawolf, the body of a model, and the attitude of Oakland’s Kreayshawn. Also, the beats she flows on would put some hip-hop producers from the south to shame.
Iggy Azalea

Perry/Etty vs. Joachim Garraud, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Brillz, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Jacob Plant, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Wrestlers, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Joachim Garraud
Lake Shore Stage

Lykke Li, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

In the wake of Peter Bjorn and John’s (QRO spotlight on) “Young Folks” success, the music industry was on the look out for the next Swedish sensation – preferably a comely lass from Scandinavia. And at CMJ ‘08 (QRO recap), she was found in Li Lykke Timotej Zachrisson, or Lykke Li (QRO photos) and her debut, Wounded Rhymes (QRO review). Since then, she’s gone on to outshine (QRO photos) almost every Swede since ABBA, with follow-ups Youth Novels (QRO review) and this year’s I Never Learn (QRO review). Lykke Li (QRO photos) comes to Lollapalooza for a third time.
Lykke Li
CHVRCHES, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Scottish electro-pop outfit CHVRCHES (QRO live review) have gotten very big very fast, before & after the release of debut full-length The Bones of What You Believe (QRO review) – but are fronted by the tiny Lauren Mayberry (QRO photos at a festival).
Warpaint, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

The experimental, even psychedelic rock of the four ladies that make up Warpaint (QRO photos) has taken a while to take hold, but is really starting to by now (QRO photos), and they come back to Lollapalooza (QRO photos) behind this year’s self-titled full-length.
Kodaline, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

While this year’s In a Perfect World (QRO review) might technically be the first full-length for Dublin folk-rockers Kodaline (QRO photos), fans of their music have been rocking along to them for years by now (QRO photos at a festival).
The So So Glos, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Show up early for the kick-ass punk rock of The So So Glos (QRO album review).

The So So Glos
Samsung Galaxy Stage

Eminem, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

When The Beatles reissues came out, it launched the band to #2 on the top-selling artists of this decade/century/millennium. Who’s #1? Eminem, a.k.a. Slim Shady, a.k.a. Marshall Bruce Mathers III. The ultra-famous rap star (QRO photos headlining a festival) has had the fastest-selling hip-hop album ever, tons of Grammys, even an Oscar (for his song his semi-autobiographical starring vehicle, 8 Mile). He took a musical hiatus for a few years, but came back in 2009 with Relapse and the following year’s self-admitted comeback, Recovery, before last year’s sequel to his best-known & -loved album in The Marshall Mathers LP 2. He’s also almost as famous for his celebrity lifestyle, including feuds with just about everyone (including his mother & now ex-wife, as well as Triumph, The Insult Comic Dog…).
Broken Bells, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

In the middle of the last decade, two of the biggest breakout artists were The Shins (QRO live review), thanks to being featured on the Garden State soundtrack, and Danger Mouse, thanks being part of Gnarls Barkley & multiple producer/contributor credits (The Rapture, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, Beck). The Shins followed up with Wincing the Night Away (QRO review), Gnarls Barkley with The Odd Couple, but then silence – until 2010, when main Shin James Mercer teamed up with Danger Mouse as Broken Bells. Unfortunately, their self-titled debut (QRO review) was rather underwhelming, albeit from high expectations, and Mercer returned to The Shins for Port of Morrow (QRO review), while Danger Mouse returned to producer (like Portugal. The Man’s Evil Friendssee right below).

But Broken Bells have returned this year, with the interesting, retro-futuristic After the Disco (QRO review). Their live show was too dark – literally not enough lighting (QRO photos at a festival), but hopefully that, at least, can be fixed by playing during the day, under the Chicago sun (QRO photos outdoors at a festival).
Broken Bells
Portugal. The Man, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

This West Coast draws from far up its shore with Alaska’s Portugal. The Man (QRO photos at a festival). The rambling grunge outfit garnered new fans with 2007 sophomore release Church Mouth (QRO review), and its unhinged alt-rock (QRO live review), though slipped somewhat since then, even while finally playing Europe (QRO photos at a European festival) and becoming a festival favorite (QRO photos at a festival) – this is their third time at Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival). Their major label debut In the Mountain In the Cloud (QRO review) was more psych-lite, but they still bring it live (QRO live review), and even went Down Under (QRO photos at a festival) after last year’s release of follow-up Evil Friends (QRO review), hitting both the festival circuit (QRO photos at a 2013 festival) and live gigs (QRO 2013 live review).
Portugal. The Man
Bombay Bicycle Club, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

One of a growing stable of ‘club’ bands (see Two Door Cinema Club QRO live review – Tokyo Police Club – QRO spotlight on), Crouch End’s Bombay Bicycle Club (QRO photos) alt-folk/rock got hot early on with “Evening/Morning” and debut LP I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose in 2009, but have already followed it up with Flaws in 2010, A Different Kind of Fix (QRO review) , and this year’s So Long, See You Tomorrow (QRO review). The BBC come to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival) for the second time in three years.


Francisco Valenzuela, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

Bombay Bicycle Club

School of Rock, 3:50 PM – 4:30 PM

Pretty Little Demons, 3:00 PM – 3:25 PM

Portugal. The Man, 2:05 PM – 2:30 PM

Chicago Kindie All Stars, 1:30 PM – 1:55 PM

Play Date, 12:30 PM – 12:55 PM

School of Rock, 11:30 AM – 11:55 AM
Portugal. The ManSchool of Rock




Bud Light Stage

Calvin Harris, 8:45 PM – 10:00 PM

Scottish big-name DJ Calvin Harris (QRO photos at a festival) Created Disco (QRO review), has been Ready For the Weekend for 18 Months.
Calvin Harris
Spoon, 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM

As The Tick would shout, “Spoon!!!” Austin’s Spoon (QRO live review outdoors) has been turning heads in the indie-sphere for a while with their trademark indie-rock, but with 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (QRO review) & 2010’s Transference (QRO review), the group (QRO photos at a festival) has launched into the stratosphere, including headlining at New York’s own ultra-upscale Radio City Music Hall (QRO live review). A festival veteran (QRO photos at a festival), including headlining fests (QRO photos headlining a festival), they come to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival this summer) for a fourth time, now behind this fall’s release of They Want My Soul. Three cheers for “The Underdog” (QRO video)!
Grouplove, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

In 2012 rock collective Grouplove (QRO spotlight on) have had two of the most enjoyable recent hits, “Tongue Tied” (QRO video) and “Colours” (QRO review) from the debut Never Trust a Happy Song (QRO photos at a festival). Live, they take it to another level (QRO live review), with a massive spectacle (QRO photos outdoors at a festival), and can even persevere in the rain (QRO live review in the rain) or on television (QRO live review at TV taping). The band (QRO interview) comes back to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival) on tour (QRO live review on this tour) behind last year’s follow-up, Spreading Rumors (QRO review), and singles like “I’m With You” and “Shark Attack” (QRO review).
Kate Nash, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

Lollapalooza recruits That Grrl, west London’s Kate Nash (QRO spotlight on). The singer/songwriter (QRO interview) plays an indie-pop (QRO live review) that’s more than just charming, charting in both the U.S. and the U.K. with her first two records, debut Made of Bricks (QRO review) and follow-up My Best Friend Is You (QRO review), and singles such as “Foundations” and “Pumpkin Soup” (QRO video). Last year saw Nash (QRO photos) channel her inner Riot Grrl with Girl Talk (QRO review) and a correspondingly louder live show (QRO live review). Chicago may not be “Paris” (QRO video), but the artist is sure to shine (QRO photos).
Kate Nash
Vance Joy, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

From the other side of the world, Melbourne’s Vance Joy is the rare footballer (that’s soccer to you yanks) turned singer.

Vance Joy
Palladia Stage

Joachim Garraud, 8:00 PM – 8:45 PM

French DJ Joachim Garraud has produced for the likes of David Bowie and Kylie Minogue, and comes to Lollapalooza for a third time.
Joachim Garraud
Nas, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

One of the most consistently strong rappers for more years than you realize has been Nas (QRO photos at a festival). His 1994 debut Illmatic has been consistently ranked as one of the greatest hip-hop albums of all time, and follow-up It Was Written made him internationally famous (as did a ten-year feud with Jay-Z). More recently, he and Damien Marley of reggae fame & family collaborated both on record & live (QRO photos together at a festival), donating all the royalties to African charities, and in 2012 Nas put out his tenth studio album, Life Is Good. Yes it is for Nas, who comes to Lollapalooza behind the twentieth anniversary of Illmatic.
John Butler Trio, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

California-born, Australian-bred roots man John Butler got his start busking in the streets down under. Now, over a decade-and-a-half later, he’s the face of the chart topping, multi-platinum selling Trio that took his name (QRO live review), and comes to Lollapalooza for a second time (QRO photos).
John Butler Trio
Parquet Courts, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

Bringing grunge back has been the active Parquet Courts (QRO photos at a festival), who come to Lollapalooza off of this year’s critical & commercial hit, Sunbathing Animal.
Parquet Courts

PAPA, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PMQRO photos

The Grove

Cut Copy, 9:00 PM – 10:00 PM

The international electro-dance scene has seriously touched Down Under, and one of the biggest acts coming out of Australia these days is Melbourne’s Cut Copy (QRO live review). Breaking through in 2007 with the acclaimed In Ghost Colours (QRO review), Cut Copy (QRO photos outdoors) followed that up in 2011 with Zonoscope (QRO review). While some think it was a step down, no one can argue that their live show is anything less than electric (QRO live review). They come back to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s Free Your Mind.
Cut Copy
Jenny Lewis, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

If you like alternative music in the twenty-first century, chances are you already know Jenny Lewis (QRO photos). The former child star came to the music scene co-fronting Los Angeles’ Rilo Kiley (QRO album review) in the prior decade (QRO photos), before going solo with Rabbit Fur Coat and 2008’s Acid Tongue (QRO review). In 2010 she teamed up with boyfriend Jonathan Rice as Jenny & Johnny (QRO photos at a festival) for I’m Having Fun Now (QRO review). Last year, she reprised one of her many guest vocalist roles (others have included with Elvis Costello & Conor Oberst – QRO live review together) on the reunion tour of indietronica all-stars Postal Service (QRO photos – with Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie) behind the tenth anniversary edition of the ultra-acclaimed Give Up (QRO review). For Lollapalooza, however, she comes to shine all on her own (QRO photos solo at a festival), with new solo album The Voyager.
Jenny Lewis
Typhoon, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Oregon’s eleven-member alt-folk collective Typhoon (QRO live review) stay on the festival circuit (QRO photos at a ’14 festival) and come back to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s White Lighter.
Smallpools, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Smallpools (QRO photos at a festival) only started last year at Brooklyn Bowl (QRO venue review), and yet have already signed to RCA and made it to Lollapalooza.
Rich Homie Quan, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Atlanta’s Rich Homie Quan has bounced from baseball to burglary to hip-hop.
Rich Homie Quan
Meg Myers, 2:50 PM – 3:30 PM

At Lollapalooza catch the next up-and-coming raw songstress, Meg Myers.
Meg Myers
Ratking, 1:50 PM – 2:30 PM

Harlem hip-hop act Ratking (QRO photos at a festival) come to Lollapalooza behind April debut So It Goes.

Benjamin Booker, 12:50 PM – 1:30 PMQRO photos at a festival

Jon Batiste & Stay Human, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PMQRO photos outdoors

Benjamin BookerJon Batiste & Stay Human
BMI Stage

Vic Mensa, 6:50 PM – 7:30 PM

Chicago’s own Vic Mensa throws down rhymes to close down the BMI Stage on Saturday night.
Vic Mensa

Joywave, 5:40 PM – 6:20 PM

Wallpaper., 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM

The Last Internationale, 3:20 PM – 4:00 PMQRO photos

Desert Noises, 2:10 PM – 2:50 PM

Charlie Hirsch, 1:10 PM – 1:50 PM

Rocky Business, 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM

Wallpaper.The Last InternationaleDesert Noises
Perry’s Stage

Krewella, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

Kris ‘Rain Man’ Trindi teams up with sisters Jahan & Yasmine Yousaf – all graduates of the high school made famous by John Hughes & Ferris Bueller – as Krewella.
Chase & Status, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM

Electronic music duo Saul Milton & Will Kennard – a.k.a. Chase & Status – broke through in the last few years, rising to be one of the U.K.’s top electronic acts. They’re also much in demand on the festival circuit, with the kind of full-fledged live show that so many in electronica don’t bring.
Chase & Status
Martin Garrix, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

At just eighteen years of age, Amsterdam’s Martin Garrix is already a major up-and-coming DJ.
Martin Garrix
Gramatik, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Gramatik (QRO live review) comes all the way from Slovenia (the best part of the former Yugoslavia).
Duke Dumont, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

English DJ & remixer Duke Dumont arrives in Chicago behind hit U.K. single “Need U (100%)”.
Duke Dumont
Z-Trip, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

One of the most sought-after DJs out there, the Phoenix native Z-Trip (QRO photos) has even played for the troops at Camp Buehring in Kuwait!


heRobust, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Anna Lunoe, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Lake Shore Stage

The Head and The Heart, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Fairly recently, things have been seriously booming for The Head and The Heart (QRO live review). The Seattle alt-folk/pop band (QRO photos outdoors) was signed by Sub Pop (QRO photos outdoors), named their city’s best new band by Seattle Weekly, opened for everybody from Dave Matthews (QRO live review) to Death Cab for Cutie (QRO album review). They’ve since graduated to headlining status (QRO live review) behind last year’s sweet Let’s Be Still (QRO review) – though their crowds won’t (QRO photos at a festival).
The Head and The Heart
Manchester Orchestra, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

From Atlanta, not New or Old England, Manchester Orchestra (QRO live review) were more rock than alt- on debut I’m Like a Virgin Losing a Child (QRO review), and moved firmly into the rock camp with 2009’s Mean Everything To Nothing (QRO review), 2011’s Simple Math (QRO review), and this year’s Cope (QRO review). However, the outfit does it well (QRO live review) and big (QRO photos) – and plays Lollapalooza for a fifth time (QRO photos at a festival).
Manchester Orchestra
The Temper Trap, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

From Melbourne, Australia comes The Temper Trap (QRO photos), who have broken out there & elsewhere (QRO live review) thanks to 2009’s Conditions (QRO review) and 2012’s The Temper Trap (QRO review), which channels the great eighties of John Hughes movies. They’ve already seriously moved up in terms of venue size (QRO photos) for their regular shows (QRO live review), so catch ‘em at Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival), which they play for the third even year in a row.
The Temper Trap

Wildcat! Wildcat!, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PMQRO photos at a festival

The Districts, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PMQRO photos at a festival

Wildcat! Wildcat!The Districts
Samsung Galaxy Stage

OutKast, 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM

You know OutKast (QRO photos at a festival). Oh yes, you know OutKast. André ‘André 3000’ Benjamin and Antwan ‘Big Boi’ Patton basically brought the Hotlanta sound to break up the East Coast vs. West Coast hip-hop duopoly. Speakerboxx/The Love Below and especially ubiquitous single “Hey Ya!” were all over the airwaves (and introduced a post-film, pre-Instagram generation to the Polaroid picture). After soundtracking Idlewild in 2006, the duo went on an indefinite hiatus (QRO photos of Big Boi solo at a festival), only to make the biggest reunion of 2014. They’re playing seemingly every festival out there, including Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival).
Foster the People, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

Los Angeles’ Foster the People (QRO photos at a festival) came out of nowhere in 2010 with viral hit “Pumped Up Kicks”, followed that up with the Top Ten debut Torches (QRO review). Their listener- and dancer-friendly electronic sounds (QRO photos at a festival) aren’t exactly revelatory, but are sure to set the crowd on fire (QRO live review). They come back to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival) behind this year’s release of Torches follow-up, Supermodel (QRO review).
Foster the People
Fitz & The Tantrums, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

While acts like Brooklyn’s Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings (QRO live review) revive the soul sound, Los Angeles’ Fitz & The Tantrums (QRO photos) are reinventing it with an indie-pop twist (QRO photos at a festival) – and their own amazing live show (QRO live review).
Fitz & The Tantrums
Phosphorescent, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Alt-country/indie-folk has been booming, especially on the festival circuit, so there’s gonna be a slot for Athens, Georgia-by-way-of-Brooklyn, NY (QRO photos outdoors at a festival in Brooklyn) Phosphorescent (QRO photos outdoors). After playing Europe (QRO European tour review) & America last year behind the Muchacho, they’re less jam & more touch than their contemporaries, and love to play outdoors (QRO photos outdoors) and at festivals (QRO photos at a festival).


Jungle, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM


Brady Rymer, 4:05 PM – 4:30 PM

Ryan Beatty, 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

The Q Brothers, 3:15 PM – 3:40 PM

Play Date, 2:30 PM – 2:55 PM

School of Rock, 1:30 PM – 1:55 PM

Chicago Kindie All Stars, 12:30 PM – 12:55 PM

School of Rock, 11:30 AM – 11:55 AM
The Q BrothersSchool of Rock




Bud Light Stage

Skrillex, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Originally frontman for L.A. post-hardcore outfit From First to Last, Sonny Moore – a.k.a. Skrillex (QRO photos) – has since reinvented himself as the electro-house/dubstep DJ (QRO photos), headlining all sorts of festivals (QRO photos headlining a festival), such as Lollapalooza ’11, and even been impersonated on Saturday Night Live.
Childish Gambino, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

The world is littered with rappers trying their hand at acting, and actors trying their hand at rapping (to say nothing of sports stars trying both) – with usually poor results. Standing out from that crowd is Childish Gambino (QRO photos), a.k.a. Donald Glover (QRO photos at a festival) of NBC’s great (but sadly cancelled) Community. Joel McHale ain’t the only one with a second job – but will Danny Pudi (QRO photo) or Alison Brie (QRO live review) be there for Troy’s return to Lollapalooza (QRO photos at a festival)?
Childish Gambino
Chromeo, 4:45 PM – 5:45 PM

There are combos and then there are combos: Montreal’s Chromeo (QRO live review) are the electro-funk duo of Dave 1 (David Macklovitch) and P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) has been best friends since childhood (QRO live review), billing themselves as, “The only successful Arab/Jewish collaboration since the beginning of time” (but what is their stance on Québécois independence?…). And their electronica works outdoors (QRO photos outdoors), day or night (QRO live review), even at a festival (QRO photos at a festival). They come back to Lollapalooza (QRO photos from April) for a third time (QRO live review), now after the release of their new White Women (QRO review).
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, 2:45 PM – 3:45 PM

From down the Mississippi in New Orleans, Trombone Shorty (QRO photos) doesn’t just toot his horn but also integrates more modern funk and rap into his jazz.


Bomba Estéreo, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Palladia Stage

Kausea, 7:45 PM – 8:30 PM

When originally booked, nobody seemed to exactly know who “Kausea” is – rumors went up to the likes of Metallica, Arcade Fire, or, of course, Daft Punk.  In fact, it’s the side-project of one-half of Crystal Castles (QRO live review), Ethan Kath.
Rebelution, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

Bringing some reggae to Lollapalooza is Santa Barbara’s Rebelution (QRO photos in Santa Barbara), who’ve been all over the festival circuit – and recently had an over-packed Big Apple show shut down by the FDNY!
Run the Jewels, 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

El-P blew up the Brooklyn rap scene with last year’s Cancer 4 Cure (QRO review of release party), and brought about his team-up with Killer Mike (QRO photos at a festival) for 2012’s ‘Into the Wild’ tour. Mike & P have deepened that connection, working together as Run the Jewels (QRO photos at a festival).
Run the Jewels
Delta Rae, 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM

The latest female-led folk-rock outfit to capture wider notice has been Durham’s Delta Rae (QRO photos at a festival), behind 2012’s Carry the Fire and word of a new album this year.


Kongos, 12:15 PM – 1:00 PM

Delta Rae
The Grove

Darkside, 8:45 PM – 9:45 PM

Electronic musician Nicolas Jaar & multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington (QRO photos) combine as Darkside.
Flume, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Bringing electronics from halfway around the world is Sydney’s Harley Streten – a.k.a. Flume (QRO photos at a festival).
The Airborne Toxic Event, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

Mixing rock and orchestral is the über-grand is the ensemble The Airborne Toxic Event (QRO photos), who can hew towards the overwrought, but also know how to perform outdoors (QRO live review outdoors), like at Lollapalooza ‘09.
Airborne Toxic Event
The 1975, 4:45 PM – 5:30 PM

Manchester’s The 1975 (QRO photos at a festival) turned heads with their Sex EP in 2012, even though it wasn’t very good (QRO review), and have kept that up with last year’s self-titled debut full-length.
The 1975

RAC, 3:30 PM – 4:15 PM

NONONO, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PMQRO photos at a festival

Gemini Club, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Shy Girls, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

NONONOGemini Club
BMI Stage

Bronze Radio Return, 6:50 PM – 7:30 PMQRO photos at a festival

Betty Who, 5:40 PM – 6:20 PM

Cardiknox, 4:30 PM – 5:10 PM

Crass Mammoth, 3:20 PM – 4:00 PM

Fly Golden Eagle, 2:10 PM – 2:50 PM

Space Capone, 1:10 PM – 1:50 PM

Plastic Visions, 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM

Bronze Radio ReturnBetty Who
Perry’s Stage

Chance the Rapper, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

Two mixtapes, 2012’s 10 Day and last year’s Acid Rap, have launched Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper (QRO photos at a festival) into the big time (his Chicago-sponsored South-by-Southwest showcase was shut down due to massive overcrowding – QRO recap). He plays his hometown festival for the second year in a row (QRO photos at a festival).
Chance the Rapper
Sebastian Ingrosso, 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM

One-third of EDM collective Swedish House Mafia (QRO photos at a festival), Sebastian Ingrosso (QRO photos at a festival) can more than spin on his own.
Sebastian Ingrosso
Flosstradamus, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Chicago-based DJs J2K and Autobot are Flosstradamus (QRO photos), and while they’re best known for touring with such similar techtronica acts as Chromeo (see above), they’ve also shared the stage with indie groups like Matt & Kim (QRO spotlight on) on more than one occasion (QRO photos, again on the bill with Matt & Kim). They play their hometown festival for a fourth time.

Gesaffelstein, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

GTA, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Crizzly, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PMQRO photos at a festival

Lindsay Lowend, 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Oyinda, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

Lake Shore Stage

Young the Giant, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

These Irvine natives toiled for years as The Jakes, but when they changed their name to Young the Giant (QRO photos at a festival), things finally took off (QRO photos at a festival), with their self-(new) titled album & TV performances, including at MTV’s Video Music Awards. They’ve since been gracing bigger (QRO photos) and bigger (QRO photos) stages & shows (QRO live review), including festivals (QRO photos at a festival) like Lollapalooza. YtG (QRO photos) come back to Lollapalooza behind this year’s Mind over Matter (QRO review).
Young the Giant
Glen Hansard, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Glen Hansard came to international prominence when he started in the much-beloved Once, which brought the Irish street performer to a whole new level. He teamed up with Once co-star & then-girlfriend Markéta Irglová as The Swell Season (QRO photos outdoors), but since their break-up has made his own solo name.
Glen Hansard
London Grammar, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Actually from Nottingham (QRO photos at a northern U.K. festival), London Grammar (QRO photos at a festival) jumped to the top of the U.K. charts with their winning electronic pop on last year’s full-length debut, If You Wait.
London Grammar
Bleachers, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Jack Antonoff of fun. (QRO live review) recently launched his own indie-pop side-project, Bleachers.
Bear Hands, 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM

At Lollapalooza is friend-of-the-Q Bear Hands (QRO spotlight on). Their alt-punk is more skilled than most in the genre (or the borough – QRO photos in Brooklyn), as seen in 2010’s great full-length debut, Burning Bush Supper Club (QRO review). Fronted by the engaging Val Lopez & Dylan Rau (QRO interview with both), and Ted Feldman & TJ Orscher (QRO interview with Rau & Orscher), they play well at festivals (QRO photos at a festival), including U.K.’s Leeds (QRO live review), and outdoors like Prospect Park in Brooklyn (QRO photos in Prospect Park). Coming to Lollapalooza after this year’s new Distraction (QRO review),look for the great new material from the band (QRO photos)– even improvised songs (QRO video) – as well as old like “Vietnam” (QRO video) and newer like “Crime Pays” (QRO video) and “Giants” (QRO review).

Bear Hands
Samsung Galaxy Stage

Kings of Leon, 8:15 PM – 10:00 PM

Kings of Leon (QRO photos) are back! Kings of Leon (QRO photos outdoors) are finally back! The Tennessee brothers & a cousin Followill emerged amidst the revival of indie-rock early in this century/millennium, with critics calling them the ‘Southern Strokes’ and hailing the return of Confederate alt-rock with 2007’s excellent Because of the Times (QRO review). The following year’s Only by the Night (QRO review) didn’t hit the same high critically, but saw them hit major highs commercially – as well as in the Grammys.

Unfortunately, in rock music the highs often come with some lows. 2010 follow-up Come Around Sundown (QRO review) still found commercial success, but the rock ‘n’ roll life seemed to catch up with singer/frontman Caleb Followill, who rambled off stage at a concert, never to return. The rest of the tour was cancelled, and a six-month hiatus was announced in late 2011 – but only now is the band back on the road. Of course, they’re still headlining fests from coast to coast (QRO photos headlining a festival), and the songs are still strong on last year’s new release (QRO review), Mechanical Bull (QRO photos of Kings of Leon at Mechanical Bull listening party).
Kings of Leon
The Avett Brothers, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

One of the bigger – and better – hits of today’s new Americana (QRO photos at a festival), The Avett Brothers (QRO photos) won a wide audience with 2009’s fine country of I and Love and You (QRO review), including playing on The Grammys with Bob Dylan, and now come to Hangout (QRO photos at a festival), with 2012’s follow-up The Carpenter (QRO review). Their country can even fit in the big city (QRO photos at a festival).
The Avett Brothers
Cage the Elephant, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

With hardly a full-length album to their name, Kentucky’s Cage the Elephant (QRO photos) were snatched up by EMI Records at a low-key SXSW showcase. Following some impressive U.K. airplay, the band packed up and moved to London, where they released their first studio album in 2008. The following two years were a haze of international touring, late night TV shows, festival appearances (QRO photos at a festival), and preparation for 2011’s Thank You, Happy Birthday, following that up last year with the more indie-influenced Melophobia. As their blues-y rock infused live show will prove (QRO photos), elephants were never meant to be caged (QRO photos days before).
Cage the Elephant
White Denim, 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM

Out of Austin’s psychedelic rock scene comes White Denim (QRO live review at home in Austin), but they’re more accessible than most psych-rock (QRO photos), if also correspondingly less inspired (QRO photos at a festival).


jhené aiko, 12:45 PM – 1:30 PM

White Denim

Pretty Little Demons, 4:05 PM – 4:30 PM

Glen Hansard, 3:45 PM – 4:00 PM

Peter DiStefano & Tor, 3:15 PM – 3:40 PM

School of Rock, 2:30 PM – 2:55 PM

Brady Rymer, 1:30 PM – 1:55 PM

The Q Brothers, 12:30 PM – 12:55 PM

School of Rock, 11:30 AM – 11:55 AM
Glen HansardSchool of Rock




Wednesday, July 30th
Nelarusky, with Twin Shadow, Sylvan Esso, and Santah @ Metro, 6:00 PM
Interpol, with Strand of Oaks @ House of Blues, 8:00 PM
Twin ShadowCourtney Barnett, with Varsity @ Schubas, 8:00 PM

Thursday, July 31st
Shepard Fairey, with Retna, Swoons, and more @ Block 37, 10:00 AM
RAC @ W Chicago, 7:00 PM (invite-only)
Cold War Kids @ Concord Music Hall, 7:00 PM – RSVP
Grouplove, with Joywave @ Metro, 8:00 PM
Broken Bells, with Wild Cub @ House of Blues, 8:00 PM
CHVRCHES, with Panama @ The Vic Theatre, 8:00 PM
The Kooks, with CLARA-NOVA @ Park West, 8:00 PM
J. Roddy Walston & The Business, with PUJOL @ Schubas, 8:00 PM
Portugal. The Man, with Royal Blood and Crass Mammoth @ Lincoln Hall, 8:00 PM
Temples, with Drenge @ Subterranean, 8:00 PM
Jarekus Singleton, with Selma Birchwood @ SPACE, 8:00 PM
Blood Orange, with Ratking @ Empty Bottle, 8:30 PM
CHVRCHES (DJ set) @ Berlin, 9:00 PM
Interpol, with Gemini Club and Wildcat! Wildcat! @ Thalia Hall, 9:00 PM – RSVP
Cash Cash, with Gus Karas, Gordo and Torio @ The Mid, 10:00 PM

Friday, August 1st
Parquet Courts, with Running @ Empty Bottle, 9:00 PM
Disclosure, with Julio Bashmore and Wrestlers @ Aragon Ballroom, 9:30 PM
Spoon, with Wildcat! Wildcat! @ Metro, 10:00 PM
The Head and The Heart, with Vance Joy @ House of Blues, 10:00 PM
Phosphorescent, with PAPA @ Double Door, 10:00 PM
Jenny Lewis, with The Apache Relay @ Park West, 10:00 PM
Cut Copy, with Bomba Estereo @ The Vic Theatre, 10:00 PM
Kodaline, with Split Single @ Schubas, 10:00 PM
Typhoon, with Desert Noise @ Lincoln Hall, 10:00 PM
The Glitch Mob (DJ set), with Zebo @ The Mid, 10:00 PM
Gramatik, with HeRobust, Russ Liquid, and Gibbz @ Concord Music Hall, 10:00 PM
Bombay Bicycle Club, with Bear Hands @ Bottom Lounge, 10:00 PM
Deltron 3030Kate Nash, with Meg Myers @ City Winery, 10:00 PM
Savemoney @ Reggie’s, 10:00 PM
Iggy Azalea @ Studio Paris, 10:00 PM
Black Box, with Noelle Scaggs (DJ set), JC Brooks (DJ set), M-80 & Jill Strange, Bridget Marie and Def Cut Don @ Bellwether, 10:00 PM – RSVP to [email protected]
Ivy Levan, with DJ Mom Jeans (Danny Masterson) @ RockIt Bar & Grill, 10:00 PM – RSVP to [email protected]

Saturday, August 2nd
White Denim, with Roadkill Ghost Choir @ Empty Bottle, 8:30 PM
The Weeks @ The Promontory, 9:00 PM – RSVP
Deltron 3030, with Shepard Fairey (DJ set) @ Block 37, 9:00 PM
Martin Garrix, with Chromeo (DJ set) @ Aragon Ballroom, 9:30 PM
Glen Hansard, with The Districts @ Metro, 10:00 PM
Young the Giant, with The So So Glos @ House of Blues, 10:00 PM
Run the Jewels, with Ratking @ Double Dour, 10:00 PM
Cage the Elephant, with Bear Hands @ The Vic Theatre, 10:00 PM
The 1975, with Gemini Club @ Park West, 10:00 PM
San Fermin, with Hollow and Akimbo @ Schubas, 10:00 PM
Lucius, with Bronze Radio Return @ Lincoln Hall, 10:00 PM
Rudimental, with Kidnap Kid and My Nu Leng @ Evilove, 10:00 PM
Flume, with Duke Dumant and Anna Lunoe @ Concord Music Hall, 10:00 PM
RAC (DJ set), with Lindsay Lowend @ Subterranean, 10:00 PM
Rebelution, with DJ Mel @ Bottom Lounge, 10:00 PM
Jhene Aiko, with Shy Girls @ Reggie’s, 10:00 PM
Calvin Harris @ Studio Paris, 10:00 PM
Wolfgang Gartner @ The Mid, 10:00 PM
DJ White Shadow, with Kid Koala & Juan Alderte, Blackbox, M-80 & Jill Strange, Ricky Freezer, Dat Boy Champ, Bridget Marie, and Def Cut Don @ Bellwether, 10:00 PM – RSVP to [email protected]
The Knocks (DJ set), with Ryan Cabrera (DJ set) @ RockIt Bar & Grill, 10:00 PM – RSVP to [email protected]

Sunday, August 3rd
Imelda May @ Park West, 7:00 PM
Trombone Short & Orleans Avenue, with Space Capone @ The Vic Theatre, 7:00 PM
Fitz & The Tantrums, with Fly Golden Eagle @ Metro, 10:00 PM
Imelda MayNas, with Vic Mensa and Taylor Bennett @ House of Blues, 10:00 PM
Bleachers, with Cardiknox @ Lincoln Hall, 10:00 PM
Skrillex, with Gesaffelstein @ Concord Music Hall, 10:00 PM
Crizzly, with Hexas and PHNM @ The Mid, 10:00 PM



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