Lollapa...who'za 2012?

Lollapa...who'za 2012?

Late Monday night, my buddy dropped me a Facebook message with one of the many blog posts that "supposedly" had the leak for this years Lollapalooza lineup and said "I better not see you complain about this on your blog like you always do".

As I was hoping to not have to do that and that this leak with all the others were completely wrong, I was sadly disappointed when I got the official email from Lollapalooza.com with the artists late last night.

I'll be the first one to say that if your big on the indie or DJ scenes, you're probably plenty happy this morning, but for someone like me that is oblivious to the Florance + The Machine's or The Shins of the lineup, it's tough to get excited about a handful of bands out of the 200+ scheduled to play during the three day event.

My personal highlights only go as far as catching an aging Black Sabbath, a few years past their prime Red Hot Chili Peppers, a reunited At The Drive-In, and The Gaslight Anthem.

As I agree with my friends that I always end up meeting up with (luckily I find a way to work the festival every year and don't have to throw down the $200+ bucks), that it's as much about the environment and ambiance of having it in Downtown Chicago/Grant Park as it is about who is actually playing on the stage.

Maybe I'll just have to make an effort to check out some of the artists on this years bill between now and Friday, August 3rd?

I will say I dig the poster for this year though!

Thoughts about the lineup...

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  • Oh, Grandpa McNutt. Expand your tastes. Florence + the Machine is fantastic; Childish Gambino, Metric, Santigold, Die Antwood, Little Dragon, White Rabbits, Doomtree, The Sheepdogs, Anamanaguchi, Of Monsters and Men, and Fun. are all worth the time. Plus the headliners you mentioned. For my money, it's one of the more generally good lineups I remember. Admittedly, there's no one on the bill that's an "OMG I HAVE TO SEE THEM!" and ATDI is probably the only "rare" performance. Lolla has never tried to be a "hard rock" festival (that's why Mayhem, Rock on the Range, Gigantour, Orion Fest, etc. exist), but instead caters to the "indie rock", electronic and hip-hop scenes. For those genres, this is a solid bill. Fire up your Spotify or Rdio or whatever and give these bands a fair listen. I promise you'll find something to like.

  • I'm so pumped for this years lineup! Ive attended for 10 years straight and I've gotta say the past two years have been the best. I was really looking forward to seeing The Red Hot Chili Peppers until I found out I wouldn't be able to go :( Especially after already paying for my ticket. So I decided to give my wristbands to a lucky person who I feel deserves it the most. If you're interested I setup a small site with some more info:

    http://www.lollapalooza.deviousdog.com

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