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April 9, 2012 | By Mick Swasko, RedEye
The Lolla lineup is set to be officially released in less than 48 hours, but an allegedly leaked internal memo may have already spelled it out. The poorly photo copied picture making its rounds confirms most of the acts that have been hinted on the CTA for weeks--Jack White, Bloc Party and The Weeknd among them. If it's to be believed, August will also bring the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys and Black Sabbath to Grant Park.  Sure, this isn't the first purported leak of the lineup.
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January 14, 2014 | By Ernest Wilkins @ErnestWilkins and RedEye
Now that we know legendary duo Outkast will play at 40-plus festivals this spring and summer, we can reasonably guess that the likelihood we'll be seeing Lucious Left Foot and 3 Stacks in Chicago is high. Now, the only pertinent question that matters at this point is: Will Andre 3000 and Big Boi play Lollapalooza or Pitchfork? Both have their appeal, but let's break down the good and bad of both fests: AUDIENCE When it comes to audience, Pitchfork definitely is a more appealing option to catch a 'Kast show.
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March 19, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
In alphabetical order … Arkells The Canadians released one of 2012's most consistent albums, “Michigan Left.”   Chance the Rapper The local MC's rising fast, and Lolla's a perfect place to showcase why.   The Delta Saints Badass blues from Nashville, which didn't stop them from titling a song “Chicago.”   Paloma Faith The pop-soul singer's huge in Britain. She deserves to be big here.   The Knife The Swedish electronic act returns this year with “Shaking the Habitual.”   Laura Marling The upcoming “Once I Was An Eagle” will likely be...
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September 24, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
***1/2 (out of four) I don't believe in hyperbole. I don't go around saying so-and-so is the best thing ever. Without a spectrum of quality, reviews are pointless. So it was not insignificant that I raved and raved and raved about Haim, a pop/folk/R&B band I knew was good, after their Lolla set showed me they were extraordinary. All contributing vocals and impressive musicianship, L.A. sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim (and a touring drummer) put on the kind of creative, blistering, weekend-topping show you hope to have at any festival and rarely expect from a band without a...
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July 17, 2012 | RedEye
You've got your Lolla T-shirts and your Lolla posters and your Lolla bandanas and soon you can have your Lolla cupcake. Magnolia Bakery, never one to shy away from themed cupcakes, has whipped up a special treat in honor of Chicago's biggest music festival. The cupcake, available at Magnolia during the festival Aug. 3-5, is available in vanilla or chocolate and features a blue-and-orange swirl of buttercream icing. It can be yours for $3.50, with $1 of that going to Rock for Kids, a non-profit that provides music education to underserved Chicago children.
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August 5, 2012 | By RedEye Sound Board
Best Jack White, 8:15 p.m. at Red Bull sound stage Since this is a family paper, I can't really describe Jack White's show properly. Just consider the rest of this review a series of expletives and me losing my mind. - Dana Moran Oberhofer, 1 p.m. at Bud Light stage I'm as surprised as you may be. I've listened to and enjoyed the band's debut "Time Capsules II" a few times but wasn't prepared for Oberhofer's large crowd and constantly exciting set, incorporating a wide range of creative arrangements for which the members could not have been better prepared.
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August 14, 2012 | By Mick Swasko and RedEye
The mud people were alive and well again this year at Lollapalooza, but the cost to clean up after the three-day fest won't be as steep. The total cost of improvements to Grant Park total about $150,000 this year, down from more than $1 million after 2011. A spokesperson representing C3 stated that several precautionary measures--like roping off some areas of grass and using steel paneling on areas leading to stages--kept the costs lower. "Before the festival began, we took several preventative steps to protect sensitive areas of the park and limit the...
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May 30, 2012 | RedEye
The just-announced Wood Star Music Festival represents roughly the 4,567th bash of the sort in Chicago this summer. Would there ever reach a point at which it feels like overkill and the events seem less special, or will live music during Chicago summers always be the more the merrier? The more the merrier Know what's annoying? The same people decrying that Chicago gets passed over for big festivals and tours are now bellyaching that there's now too many fests.
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May 9, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
The question prompted by this year's remarkably underwhelming array of (repeat) Lolla headliners (including The Killers, Vampire Weekend and Mumford and Sons) was, “Where are all the headliner-caliber rock bands that have never played Lolla and, you know, are actually good?” At Thursday's sold-out Chicago Theatre show, Paramore had the answer. Tiny Hayley Williams is leading a giant revolution, shooting sweet darts into the hearts and lungs of fans that belt out every cathartic word.
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September 24, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye music editor
***1/2 (out of four) I don't believe in hyperbole. I don't go around saying so-and-so is the best thing ever. Without a spectrum of quality, reviews are pointless. So it was not insignificant that I raved and raved and raved about Haim, a pop/folk/R&B band I knew was good, after their Lolla set showed me they were extraordinary. All contributing vocals and impressive musicianship, L.A. sisters Este, Danielle and Alana Haim (and a touring drummer) put on the kind of creative, blistering, weekend-topping show you hope to have at any festival and...
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August 19, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts, @JuliaBorcherts and For RedEye
With summer's biggest three-day music fests, Lolla and Pitchfork, behind us, it's time to clear your calendar for a new three-day adventure. Welcome to A Jangleheart Circus, which kicks off Thursday with 95 acts and more than 400 performers playing on three stages simultaneously, music festival-style. Its creators - Alex Honnet, Walt Delaney and Caitlin Stephan - have been producing small-scale shows in Upstairs Gallery, their Andersonville space, since 2010. "We wanted to just take all those people who are so talented and so driven and so creative and put it on a bigger...
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August 5, 2013 | RedEye
An underwhelming lineup on paper provided a lot of highs in person--and several lows. These are the best and worst shows we saw this weekend. Best The Postal Service Second-to-last show EVER??? How can you say no? The crowd was smaller than expected at this show, but every person there knew every word. Pure magic. --Dana Moran Chance the Rapper This is bittersweet: the local's major fest debut basically cemented his status as one of Chicago's few through-and-through, naturally talented artists on the rise,...
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July 31, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Hold up, hold up. It's AUGUST, dudes. Where did July go? Hopefully in the midst of cookouts, patio partying and bags tournaments, you remembered to score some Lollapalooza tickets before they sold out. This year's lineup is a buffet of diverse musical acts, from The Cure to Lana Del Rey to Nine Inch Nails. And speaking of food, two words: Chow. Town. But if you missed the boat on Lolla passes, don't sweat it. Wrigleyville Summerfest, Edge Fest and Festival Cubano offer plenty of counterprogramming without all the madness of 250,000-plus hot bodies trying to crowdsurf.
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July 31, 2013 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
EAT First Anniversary Specials Two 1132 W. Grand Ave. 312-624-8363 Chef Tom Van Lente smokes two suckling pigs from Swan Creek Farms for a special pulled pork dish served on honey-butter biscuits with a candy onion vinaigrette ($10). And since the best celebrations include a liquid component, all cocktails, ciders and craft beers are half-price with food purchase. 5-10 p.m. Through Sunday. DRINK Lollapalooza Kickoff Party Vertigo Sky Lounge 2 W. Erie St. 773-598-0852 Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation and...
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July 30, 2013 | By RedEye Sound Board
So many bands! So many decisions! Before you panic, we're here to help. Here's some must-see (and missable) picks from our music crew to help you plot out your weekend. And even we can't agree on everything! (Except for Chance the Rapper, that is.)   Andy Downing Friday     Absolute must-see: Father John Misty (3:15-4:15 p.m., Lake Shore stage). The former Fleet Fox writes songs that can bust your gut or break your heart. Absolute must-not see: Lance Herbstrong (7:30-8:15 p.m., Petrillo stage)
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July 29, 2013 | By Andy Downing, Adam Lukach, Dana Moran, Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
So many bands! So many decisions! Before you panic, we're here to help. Andy Downing Friday Absolute must-see: Father John Misty (3:15-4:15 p.m. at Lake Shore stage). The former Fleet Fox writes songs that can bust your gut or break your heart. Absolute must-not see: Lance Herbstrong (7:30-8:15 p.m. at Petrillo stage). Because the only thing worse than the awful, awful name is the music. Hardest decision: Queens of the Stone Age (6:15-7:30 p.m. at Bud Light stage)
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May 14, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
The silver lining of a down year for Lolla (Aug. 2-4) is fewer tough decisions. When the schedule's stacked, there are a lot more conflicts between great artists that either require your willingness to sprint across Grant Park at 80 m.p.h. or miss someone entirely. Still, there are a few bummers in the 2013 Lolla sked, announced Tuesday. Here are some thinkers with my suggestions. Fri. Queens of the Stone Age (6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) vs. Chance the Rapper (6:50 p.m.-7:30 p.m.)
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May 9, 2013 | By Matt Pais and RedEye Sound Board
The question prompted by this year's remarkably underwhelming array of (repeat) Lolla headliners (including The Killers, Vampire Weekend and Mumford and Sons) was, “Where are all the headliner-caliber rock bands that have never played Lolla and, you know, are actually good?” At Thursday's sold-out Chicago Theatre show, Paramore had the answer. Tiny Hayley Williams is leading a giant revolution, shooting sweet darts into the hearts and lungs of fans that belt out every cathartic word.
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