There is no festival that defines the weaving of art, life and music within American culture like Lallapalooza does. Fresh, young generations may argue for others, and there are some good ones, yet, Perry Farrell’s creation has preceded them all and continues to bring in acts that very few are able to match combining superstars and up-and-comers alike year in and year out. This year’s event scheduled for Aug. 3-5 in Chicago’s Grant Park, is unsurprisingly sold out, but, due to the fantastic job the people at www.lollapalooza.com have done, you don’t have to miss out entirely. I cannot speak highly enough of this website. Every artist featured in the festival has a page dedicated to them under the line up section and includes not only short bios, but a select few tracks and at least one video. I’m still in the process of discovery, so much fun. Below, I have selected just a few scheduled artists to allow you a taste before proceeding. But, I implore, I beseech you to continue on to the official website. This tidbit just does not do it justice.
Band of Skulls – Sweet Sour
The kids in this video dare you to take your eyes off them. They will win. Oh, and Band of Skulls is a rockin’ good time, too.
M83 – Midnight City
Such a sweet track within another video featuring powerful children, capturing you. Feels like it could be a promo for a television series.
Alabama Shakes – You Ain’t Alone
A group that will take you back, I promise you,even if you are challenged in years. Alabama Shakes just has that ‘it’ vibe. You like Janis Joplin? You like Brittany Howard. Yes, you do.
The Walkmen– Four Provinces
I love The Walkmen. I blame the lack of honest quality radio for them not being on everyone’s lips. Plus, this video has gorgeous time-lapse photography of where I believe to be Nepal. And, yes, more children.