Bri Blahg… Lollapalooza 2009 Schedule Out

18 06 2009

by Brian Phillips (@brianblahg)


Passion Pit @ Bonnaroo 2009 photo by Brian Phillips

Passion Pit “The Reeling”

Hard to believe Bonnaroo started a week ago already. For one guy it ended. Apparently clean up crews found a body on Tuesday…. almost 48 hours after the festival ended. Damn. Didn’t anyone wonder where he went?

“Hey where’s Bill?”

“I think he went to get a burrito or something.”

“When was that?”

“Um, like two days ago during Phish.”

Let’s try to do better at Lollapalooza people. Have a buddy system.

The Lollapalooza performance schedule is out. Let’s lace up the combat boots and stomp right in and see if we can find anything to do the first full weekend of August in Chicago’s Grant Park. Here’s some things I’m looking forward to.



11:30am/Vitamin Water Stage: Henry Clay People. Folks don’t believe they come from LA. I get that, HCP are loose and play with geeky abandon.

Noon/Citi Stage: The spine tingly good Other Lives will log a half hour set Friday. All too brief.

12:15pm/Budweiser Stage: I saw Manchester Orchestra in New York back in March. It was way more of a rock show than I expected. Almost Nirvana meets southern rock. Highly recommended.

1:00pm/Citi Stage: The Knux. We lent them a Flip Camera at Bonnaroo to do a video diary and they haven’t given it back. Can you ask them nicely for it?

1:00pm/Vitamin Water Stage: Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears are a hard soul band you might expect to find in Memphis… about 45 years ago. They’re from Austin, and pretty young actually.

2:00pm/South Stage: Gaslight Anthem. Jersey boys with a Bruce jones. You might call them Punk Springsteen. I wouldn’t though, that’s dumb. You can if you want.

2:15pm/Citi Stage: Amazing Baby sound like My Bloody Valentine playing Sgt. Peppers. I dig it.

3:00pm/BMI Stage: Kevin Devine looks like a good boy, and he is. That said his music has a bite to it.

3:00pm/Vitamin Water Stage: Ohio’s Heartless Bastards live and die on Erika Wennerstrom. When you meet her she’s so shy and unassuming, like she works in a yarn store or something. Then she sings…. Magic.

3:00pm and 5:00pm/Playstation Stage: Bon Iver followed by Fleet Foxes. Let the bearded guy music commence.

4:00pm/Budweiser Stage: Ben Folds always shines the brightest at festivals.

6:00/Budweiser Stage: The Decemberists are worth watching even though they repeatedly ignore our interview requests. What do you have to hide Colin Meloy?

7:00pm/Vitamin Water Stage: Of Montreal will surely do something glittery if that’s your thing.

8:15pm/Budweiser Stage: Kings Of Leon. Good to see they are finally getting the recognition in this country that alluded them.

9:25pm/Perry’s Stage: What is it about rappers where they feel they have to announce their retirement all the time. Kid Cudi did a few months ago, then signed a major label deal. We love you Kid and these days no one can afford to retire anyway.


11:45am/Playstation Stage: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons are Dylanesque with some good ole British pub rock energy. A great way to start day two.

Noon/Vitamin Water Stage: The Low Anthem are very mellow so if you have a hangover from Friday this might be a better idea.

12:45pm/South Stage: I don’t understand why Living Things aren’t rock stars.

1:00pm/Citi Stage: Remember The Guess Who? Yeah a lot of people have forgotten them, they did that song “American Woman.” Constantines remind me of a Detroit punk version of The Guess Who. That’s a compliment.

2:15pm/Citi Stage: Who’s not a church burning Norweigan black metal band…. Ida Maria that’s who.

3:30/Vitaminwater Stage: I’ve never seen Gomez do a bad show ever.

5:00/Citi Stage: I went back and looked. In January I said the 2008 album of the year was No Age’s “Nouns.” I stand by that.

5:30/Playstation Stage: Santigold is sexy cool.

6:30/South Stage: Rise Against are playing. That’s enough for me.

6:30/Budweiser Stage: The problem for me is that TV On The Radio will never be as good as the first time I saw them. It’s not their fault, they just make a killer initial impression. Hopefully it’s your first time.

7:30/Playstation Stage: An Hour doesn’t seem nearly enough for Ben Harper & The Relentless 7.

8:30/South Stage: Anytime we can get Maynard off his vineyard it’s a good night. I pick Tool over the Beastie Boys.


11:45am/Vitamin Water Stage: Alberta Cross make church music for sad people.

12:30pm/South Stage: Ra Ra Riot are subtle. Nothing wrong with that.

1:30pm/Vitamin Water Stage: If this festival had a don’t miss show it’s probably Bat For Lashes.

1:30pm/Playstation Stage: That said, if Bat For Lashes are a bit too precious for you, a nice alternative would be Alaskan rockers Portugal The Man.

1:45pm/BMI Stage: Austin’s Greencards bring some class to the proceedings.

2:15pm/Citi Stage: I’m glad everyone is talking about Cage The Elephant. It means manic, saliva spraying punk rock is coming back in style.

2:30pm/Budweiser Stage: It’s not like I’m a freak about them or anything, but it just seems like I should see Kaiser Chiefs, at least for a few minutes.

3:30pm/Playstation Stage: The Raveonottes. Damn they’re cool.

4:30pm/Budweiser Stage: I missed Neko Case at Bonnaroo because I needed to fix my van. There is an emptiness inside me as a result.

5:00pm/Citi Stage: At Bonnaroo I finally saw what all the brew-ha-ha was on Passion Pit. Prepare for there to be a mob at this set.

5:30pm/Playstation Stage: Dan Auerbach’s solo album came out many weeks ago. This could be his final solo show for awhile. Black Keys fans won’t be put off, it’s great stuff.

6:30pm/ We’ll call this the hour of frustration. Who’s idea was it to put Lou Reed , Deerhunter , and Snoop Dogg against each other? There’s gotta be more people than just me who want to see all three of these right?

7:30pm/Playstation Stage: Band Of Horses look like a motorcycle gang, but man their music is so pretty. There’s nothing wrong with stuff being pretty.

8:30pm/Budweiser Stage: Janes Addiction. I saw them on the first Lollapalooza tour. Sunday at Lollapalooza it could be their final live appearance. Besides it’s not like you want to see The Killers right?

Hey this is nothing more than a rough outline of stuff I’d like to see. Don’t get all pissed off if I didn’t put your favorite band on here, unless of course you’re a fan of Crystal Castles. They stink.




One response

21 06 2009

I had no clue Lalapalooza was still around. That is insane. Cool, but insane.

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