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Eminem, Outkast top 2014 Lollapalooza lineup

Eminem and Outkast will headline a diverse lineup of more than 130 acts at this year’s three-day Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago, Jane’s Addiction lead singer and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell announced Wednesday.

The lineup also includes recent Grammy darling Lorde, rockers Kings of Leon and Arctic Monkeys and electronic dance music stars Calvin Harris and Skrillex.

“Every year you’re shooting to have just an incredible bill that people will look at and say, `I’m there,’” Farrell said in an interview. “The music is going to entertain them and do wonders for their heart and so is the city.”

This year marks the festival’s 10-year anniversary in Chicago’s lakefront Grant Park. This year acts will perform on eight stages from Aug. 1-3. The full lineup is available on Lollapalooza’s website.

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Lollapalooza 2013 Day 3: The Cure charm, Phoenix finish strong, and Baroness and Palma Violets burn the rest to the ground

If the first day of Lollapalooza was all about connecting past and future, and the second was a referendum on country in rock, the theme of Sunday was, “Man, there certainly was a lot of music this weekend.” Freed from the confines of a vague narrative (either constructed by the producers or grafted upon it by media types), the third and final day in Chicago’s Grant Park  was simply about finding something to be passionate about and then leaving it all on the field.

A great deal of that passion was reserved for the Cure, who served up a lovely two hours of throwback sadness as one of Sunday night’s headliners. Though his band has already been alt royalty for decades, frontman Robert Smith still draws his charisma from outsider weirdness. And though the Cure’s setlist was aggressively familiar (if you can think of a Cure song right now, they probably played it), it still lent many of their jams some freshness—even Smith himself still seems alarmed at just how sinister the bassline is that lurks underneath “Lullaby.”

He’s charmingly expressive too—during “Friday I’m In Love,” he made a stink face every time the lyrics came around to “Thursday,” as though that part of the week committed some still-unforgivable sin. And though he himself is showing signs of age, his voice remains as powerfully delicate as it did back when he recorded “Boys Don’t Cry,” the band’s first hit and still their encore-closing number.

At the opposite end of the festival grounds, Phoenix provided a Euro alt-dance party for anybody who wasn’t an aging goth romantic. READ FULL STORY

Lollapalooza 2013 Day 2: Mumford & Sons set the tone, Kendrick Lamar ascends, and Postal Service run a victory lap

Most of the time, Lollapalooza’s scheduling seems left to the whims of fate, the daily lineup strung together seemingly at random so that indie poppers bump up against metal acts and soul throwbacks open for folky singer-songwriters. It makes for some wildly jarring juxtapositions, with occasional stumbles into transcendence.

Saturday was different, at least at the south end of Chicago’s Grant Park. The ascendance of headliners Mumford & Sons rippled all the way into the afternoon, where banjo-friendly arrangements and country twang informed the bulk of the performances: Court Yard Hounds brought their pop-friendly version of crossover bluegrass, Eric Church stomped through a set of outlaw Southern rock, and twee Irish strummers Little Green Cars crafted colorful tapestries out of all manner of acoustic thread. (The National, sandwiched in between Church and semi-main eventers the Lumineers, must have been deeply confused by all the headband-wearing sunflower girls hanging around, as they’re used to playing for broodier types. Still, they did dedicate “England” to Mumford & Sons.)

It all led up to a triumphant turn by Mumford & Sons, who drew a massive throng of folk-hungry youth to sing along with Marcus Mumford’s every bellow and wail. There wasn’t a single tune across Mumford’s nearly two-hour set that wasn’t greeted as a massive hit, though the gathering masses reserved extra glee for “Little Lion Man,” “I Will Wait,” and “Lover of the Light.”

Mumford & Sons are not showmen, and their performance was free of both bells and whistles, but their songs clearly resonate across a wide spectrum, and they’re savvy enough to get out of the way of their trainload of sing-alongs.

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Lollapalooza 2013 Day 1: The Killers and New Order bridge the gap, Nine Inch Nails challenges, Imagine Dragons blow up, and Icona Pop make it rain

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In the video for New Order’s “Crystal”—which opened the veteran Manchester dance-rockers’ twilight set on the first day of Lollapalooza—there is a fake band called the Killers that inspired the name of the real band known as the Killers, who headlined the southernmost stage in Chicago’s Grant Park on Friday night. Those who spent the evening parked in front of that stage were treated to four hours of blissful, rhythmic, guitar-based pop that tapped into Lollapalooza’s spirit of eclecticism and brotherhood.

Even in their first-album youth, the Killers have always played the role of a big rock band—they seem custom-built for festival headlining slots. They did not disappoint; their 90-minute Friday finale was a gimmick-free charge through their impressive, hook-filled back catalog.Frontman Brandon Flowers worked the tens of thousands in front of him like a Vegas lounge revue, strutting and pounding through neutron bombs like “Mr. Brightside” and “Somebody Told Me,” and in a charming bit of hero worship that brought the evening back around for a resolution, he welcomed New Order frontman Bernard Sumner to join the Killers for a cover of Joy Division’s “Shadowplay,” which they turned into a spry, jittery singalong.

In fact, the transformation of Joy Division songs might have been the highlight of Friday’s festivities. New Order finished their performance with three nods to the band they used to be, ripping through “Atmosphere,” “Transmission,” and “Love Will Tear Us Apart” as a tribute to late JD frontman Ian Curtis. In a remarkable bit of alchemy, Sumner (with a healthy assist from a game audience) turned “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” a downer of a song written by a guy who hanged himself, into a (pardon the pun) joyous anthem. Maybe that’s just the power of New Order, who ripped through a hit-filled set of effervescent synth-powered janglers like the dreamy “The Perfect Kiss” and a thudding “Blue Monday.” READ FULL STORY

Lollapalooza 2013 Day 0: Queens of the Stone Age start the weekend early

The official start of Lollapalooza 2013 was set for 11:30 AM on Friday, when the School of Rock tykes unleash the weekend’s first notes on the Kidzapalooza stage. And though his band wasn’t set to kick off their Lolla performance until Friday evening, Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme had already started the party.

“I’m way high right now,” Homme told the sweaty crowd at the Metro on Thursday night during a raucous pre-Lollapalooza show. “Way higher than I look.”

He had clearly figured out the correct chemical cocktail for himself, as Homme and his gang of desert-rock ruffians plowed through nearly two hours of blistering riffs and druggy singalongs. READ FULL STORY

YouTube to stream Lollapalooza live all weekend: Watch it here

As music citizens of the world are well aware, the always epic Lollapalooza kicks of today in Chicago. Those lucky enough to make it out to Grant Park will be treated to three days of the likes of New Order, Kendrick Lamar, Ellie Goulding, Nine Inch Nails, the Postal Service,  the Cure, and too many other acts to name here. (Among those attendees: our own Kyle Anderson, who’ll be delivering breaking news and festival recaps on Music Mix all weekend.)

But if you’d rather take it all in without leaving your air-conditioned laptop perch, you’re covered too: Lollapalooza will be streaming live on YouTube all weekend. Dubbed “#Lazypalooza,” the online event will begin today at 3:30pm ET, when Icona Pop kicks off the festival with a set that will surely include “I Love It,” and it won’t stop until festival headliners the Cure says it does on Sunday night.

In other words, you have no excuse to show up to work Monday not knowing that [insert crazy thing that will happen] happened. And to make things even easier for you, we’ve embedded the videos (one for each day) for you below. Enjoy responsibly: READ FULL STORY

Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails to headline Lollapalooza

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Mumford & Sons, The Killers, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, The Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, The Lumineers and The National are officially set to rock Lollapalooza when the festival hits Chicago’s Grant Park August 2-4, organizers announced today.

Looks like that leaked image of the festival lineup was the real deal.

Other big names set for the fest include Kendrick Lamar, Eric Church, Ellie Goulding, Grizzly Bear, Imagine Dragons, Lana Del Ray, Band of Horses, Hot Chip, Azealia Banks, Local Natives, Major Lazer and Two Door Cinema Club.

Check out the entire 130-artist-strong lineup below.

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Rumored Lollapalooza lineup leaked: The Cure, Nine Inch Nails, more expected

What do the Cure, Mumford and Sons, and Nine Inch Nails all have in common? According to a leaked image of this year’s Lollapalooza lineup, they’ll all be taking the stage at Chicago’s Grant Park this summer.

The lineup — gleaned from a full-page Lollapalooza ad reportedly set to run in a magazine — also includes a host of previously announced acts like the Killers, the Postal Service, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, and the National.

And so much more, of course. Take a look at the list below:

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On the scene at Lollapalooza Day 3: Florence and the Machine, J. Cole, Childish Gambino and more

Below, a few quick takes on some of the most memorable sets from the final day of the festival:

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE
There’s no higher praise at Lollapalooza than the Mayor himself, Rahm Emanuel, coming to check out your set. Rightfully, Florence + the Machine seemed like the act to watch early Sunday evening, drawing an impressive crowd at the festival’s north end. Florence Welch emerged appropriately majestic in a flowing red dress, looking like a celestial Gryffindor princess and stretching her arms out like she was trying to control the weather (a gift we could have used during Saturday’s stormapalooza).

Running in front of the stage with surprising agility — festival security could barely keep up — the English siren put her soaring voice to good use on highlight “Shake It Out.” She switched up the fan favorite by adding a rave-y remixed finale, but the booming addition was actually her most commanding performance — so much so that the rest of her setlist, including “Cosmic Love,” “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up),” “No Light No Light” and Machine signature “Dog Days Are Over,” almost paled in comparison.
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Backstage at Lollapalooza: Of Monsters and Men overcome by dancing, seduced by koalas

It would be hard to find a group of people more whimsical than the members of Of Monsters and Men (and that’s saying something, considering they’re from Iceland, the land of Bjork).

Despite the fact that they’ve logged countless hours flying all around the world to deliver their particular brand of chamber folk that the kids all seem to love these days, they were ready to party at their first Lollapalooza.

“At these festivals, we always try to have as much power as we can,” explained singer Nanna Bryndís Hilmarsdóttir. “So we take the songs that have the most oomph.” READ FULL STORY

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