Uncommon music criticized by the common man. (Or, exercises in futility masquerading as critical thought.)

Friday, April 01, 2005

It appears that Lollapalooza is attempting to resurrect itself yet again. After the tour was brought back, then canceled before it began last year, I figured it was gone for good. It turns out I was wrong. Adopting the more popular weekend format instead of being a traveling circus, Lollapalooza will be taking place in Grant Park in Chicago this summer. It will be interesting to see what the make-up will be. I'm guessing it will be pretty much like Coachella, featuring mostly rock-pop-rap-electronic music of the indie persuasion, with some "bigger" name headliners to pull more folks in. No official lineup has been announced, and I'm too lazy to look for rumors, but a quick guess of the bigger names they will try to showcase includes Jane's Addiction (unless Perry Ferrell isn't even involved with this one), Wilco, Sonic Youth (unless they get lynched by the clueless Trustafarian jackasses at UPenn), The Flaming Lips, Beck, Kanye West, etc. "Second tier" acts I would expect to see are Interpol, Franz Ferdinand, Mike Watt, Tortoise, Will Oldham (in some incarnation, possibly with Tortoise), Kasabian, M.I.A., Slint (if they stay together that long), and perhaps The Mars Volta. A jam band or two could even sneak into the mix, given the success of Bonnaroo. Of course, with 70 bands, they could really create something super-diverse, though I wouldn't count on anything too leftfield. This ain't All Tomorrow's Parties or No Fun Fest. Still, the ticket price seems right, and there's always a chance that they could surprise with some out-of-nowhere choices (not that there's anything wrong with a lineup consisting of the above), so it's definitely worth consideration.

And if you're not down with that scene, you could always try to catch Ozzfest. With Sabbath, Maiden, plus a mystery headliner on the main stage, with Arch Enemy, The Blach Dahlia Murder, Mastodon and Soilwork kicking ass on the second stage, it should be a blast.