Lollapalooza 2012 Preview: Eight Bands to Check Out ... Or Else
It's time for the 2012 edition of Lollapalooza and the schedule, as always, is a pain in the ass. As of now, there are about 30 bands I'd to see, but I can't be in two places at once, I haven't factored in any time for food, I'll need to reapply my SPF 110 at least once or twice out there, and I'm sure I'll end up in that wine area, because I need to stay hydrated. That said, I will definitely be at the following performances, and I think you should go to there too. So here are eight -- why eight? I don't know -- recommendations for bands you should check out at Lollapalooza this weekend.
Ease into the three-day festival with the British singer's gentle-yet-entrancing soul tunes. You'll be smiling for hours after, no matter how long the bathroom lines get.
Friday, 1:30, Playstation Stage
Sharon Van Etten
The Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter's third album Tramp is one of our favorites of the year. Her three-piece band helps bring that record to life, leading to a heart-stopping performance that Van Etten will often pepper with her unique sense of humor (like calling a bandmate a jagoff).
Friday, 3PM, Playstation Stage
Watch Sharon Van Etten Perform "Life of His Own" on The Interface
We told you to watch this Minneapolis hip-hop collective at the beginning of the year. Then we brought them in for a studio taping. If you need further proof of their excellence, check out their live show, which features not only their group songs but cuts from each member's solo outings. It's an early set,