Lollapalooza’s 2012 Lineup: One Day Later


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    Lollapalooza’s 2012 lineup is officially one day old and that means it’s time for some post-reveal analysis. In the pages that follow, we run through the biggest highlights and surprises appearing on this year’s bill, in addition to the most glaring omissions. We also highlight five names worth knowing as you prepare for your summer vacay in the 312.


    At-the Drive In

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    Not only is this the hottest reunion act of 2012, but Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez have yet to appear at Lollapalooza. Believe or not, The Mars Volta have never appeared at the festival (though, Sparta did in 2006). So, to make up for all that lost time with Cedric and Omar, the festival did one better and booked their old act. Based on videos from their first performance this past week, we should be in for one hell of a show. Odds are a few us close-to-thirtysomethings will lose our shit during “Arc Arsenal”. -Michael Roffman

    Jack White

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    Have you read the reviews from his live gigs yet? Mr. White hasn’t just performed material off of his forthcoming solo LP, Blunderbuss, but he’s also been digging into his archives – all of his archives. He’ll knock out White Stripes tracks, ice off The Raconteurs’ stuff, and even give the ol’ Dead Weather material another go around. Throw in a couple of covers and you’ve got yourself a fucking combo meal a la Jack White. When you think of it like that, there’s little reason to go elsewhere. -Michael Roffman

    Sigur Rós

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    Don’t do this, but you can if you want: Scroll through the years of “wish list” posts on the Lollapalooza Message Board. Odds are you’ll see Sigur Rós pop up in every other entry. It happens each year. Finally, it’s a reality, and now it’s sort of surreal to think about seeing the Icelandic export in Grant Park. One has to hope they perform near dark, or at dusk, and not under the scorching hot summer sun that attacks everyone every August in Chicago. Seriously, it would just be awful to hear “Untitled 4” at three o’clock in the afternoon. -Michael Roffman

    The Weeknd

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    You know what they say: the second time’s a charm, and this is The Weeknd’s second U.S. festival appearance (if he hadn’t just announced a tour, it would be his second U.S. appearance, period). From the bootleg recordings we’ve seen of his limited overseas performances, Abel Tesfaye’s otherworldly voice and nasty lyrics hit just as hard live as they do recorded. And if he can make hundreds of people sing along, can you imagine what Lolla’s thousands will sound like? -Harley Brown

    Frank Ocean

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    Like The Weeknd, Odd Future R&B wunderkind Frank Ocean will play his first Lollapalooza and second U.S. festival performance following limited live performances in support of his standout solo mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra. It’s the perfect strategy to build hype for his forthcoming debut LP, especially since plans for a physical Nostalgia, Lite have been abandoned. Between producing an official album, playing Coachella and Lolla, and opening for Coldplay overseas, 2012 is going to be a good year for Frank Ocean. -Harley Brown


    Black Sabbath

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    Once word broke of Black Sabbath’s reunion last year, the heavy metal legends became a fixture atop nearly every fake lineup poster that found its way online. Headlines over the past few months put out those flames, however. Between a reportedly booked Coachella appearance that never came to fruition, Tony Iommi’s diagnosis with lymphoma, and a canceled European tour, Black Sabbath didn’t seem likely at any festival. Consider it a nice surprise then to see Sabbath headlining Lollapalooza, making this the band’s first gig on American soil since Ozzfest 2005. Sorry, Download Festival, looks like you’ll have to share the Sabbath with us. -Möhammad Choudhery

    The Afghan Whigs

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    What was the bright flame for All Tomorrow’s Parties has now spread to Lollapalooza’s torch, as well. Set to reunite at ATP’s Ill Be Your Mirror Festival in London come May, The Afghan Whigs will perform together for the first time since 2001, which makes their appearance at Lolla a little special. For Americans, it’ll be the first chance to see them; that is, if they don’t announce a tour or something beforehand. Granted, they’ll also be playing at ATP’s Ill Be Your Mirror series in Asbury Park, NJ, but that’s a whole month later. Quite a grab, Lolla. -Michael Roffman

    Frank Ocean

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    Sure, he’s at Coachella, he’s opening for Coldplay, and he’s attached to a slew of European festivals – but, did you really peg him for Lollapalooza? -Michael Roffman

    Red Hot Chili Peppers

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    Six years ago, Red Hot Chili Peppers headlined Lollapalooza; at the time, they were on the heels of a double-album, which would go on to be certified double platinum and nab five Grammys. This time around, they’re supporting a nearly year-old album (2011’s I’m With You) and with a new guitarist in tow (Josh Klinghoffer) – not exactly the most exciting prospects. What’s weirder is that the Chili Peppers have an arena show set next month at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Sort of hard to get jazzed for a top-billed headliner when they’re playing in a matter of weeks. Here’s hoping it’s hot enough in August that they’ll want to revisit their penis socks. -Nick Freed


    The Missing Headliner

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    Glance at the poster for this year’s lineup: How many rock acts do you see? Traditionally, at least if previous years are to be considered, Lollapalooza sports some variety. Right now, four rock ‘n’ roll juggernauts top the bill: Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, and Jack White. Solid names, no doubt, but hardly eclectic. Where’s the pop? Where’s the hip-hop? Arguably, we’ve got Florence + the Machine, Justice, and Avicii floating nearby, but in recent years, it’s been far more varied or fleshed out. Also, on a somewhat related sidenote, when will Jay-Z finally add his footprint into Lollapalooza history? Or, hell, even Madonna? -Michael Roffman

    Odd Future

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    With Odd Future’s meteoric rise to fame over the last two years, it seemed natural that Lolla would book the notoriously raucous Wolf Gang crew and have them mix it up with a big festival crowd. Perhaps Perry was wary of Jim DeRogatis’ campaign against their lyrical content/intent, one that led to some protestest at last year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. It may not be a glaring omission in and of itself, but it speaks to the dearth of hip-hop across the whole lineup, and even if Perry was trying to focus more on some jumbo-sized rawk sounds for Lolla, OFWGKTA could bring the noise as good as if not better than any act there. -Jeremy D. Larson


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    Seemed like a perfect fit: ’90s favorite returns to the scene, releases a new album, and hits the road touring. What better place to stop than Lollapalooza? All signs pointed to Garbage. Quite a surprise that they weren’t on there. Now who acts as the festival’s legacy headliner? Oh, right, Black Sabbath. Still! -Michael Roffman

    The Cure


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    Where’s the love(song), Robert Smith? The Cure are scheduled to play 20 festivals in Europe this summer, but they’ve never played Lollapalooza and it’s been a while since the last time they played the U.S. at all. Whether they’re actively eschewing this side of the pond or not, their conspicuous absence from any American festivals- or venues, period- feels an awful lot like a snub, especially since in light of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. -Harley Brown

    Bon Iver

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    Bon Iver is already playing Coachella, Bonnaroo, and Sasquatch!, so why not just go the extra hundred-something miles to his Midwest homestead? Fortunately, he’s excused, since he’ll actually be somewhere between Austria and Finland at that point. Still, he’s only performed at Lollapalooza once (way back in 2009), though now he would have been the perfect sub-headliner, especially in light of his recent Grammy Award. -Harley Brown

    Who to Know

    Imaginary Cities

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    Lately, a good number of these festival “who to knows” are from the northern confines of Canada (see: Sasquatch!). Well, Imaginary Cities is another Canuck to add to the list. Similarly enough, this Polaris Prize-nominated export also crafts a delectable brand of indie-pop, only there’s just two of them making it. Pretty impressive. So, if you enjoyed our recent premiere of “Ride This Out” (see below), then be sure to check out the rest of their college-friendly debut LP, Temporary Resident, and then add them to your Lolla schedule. -Michael Roffman


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    South by Southwest has been a breeding ground for some pretty fantastic talents over the years, and this year was especially kind to the big voiced whistling phenom, Laura Pergolizzi, or LP. With her debut live EP coming from Warner Bros. at the end of the month and a full-length due later in the year, the New Yorker turned LA songstress is poised to crack wide open. No doubt she’ll soar higher over summer, so be sure to take part in the sweaty dance party this August, when she charms thousands with just a ukulele and her voice. -Nick Freed


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    If trip-hop had more muscle or if R&B had more had more psychedelia, then perhaps you could better classify the Minneapolis quartet. But often Polica seep through the cracks of categorization, especially when you consider their live show. The band builds out the rhythmic groundwork laid by the dual drummers and layers on slinky bass and sultry vocals with just a dash of auto-tune. It all stretches and breathes on stage, and when the band locks into a groove for that extra minute, you’ll know you’re in the right place. -Jeremy D. Larson

    The Jezabels

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    This Australian outfit shares a label with Andrew Bird and Sleigh Bels (ahem, Mom+Pop), and last year won the Australian Music Prize for their debut LP, Prisoner. Okay, so the Aussies love ’em, but what about you? Well, Hayley Mary’s vocals are quite irresistible, but so is the sweeping underbelly behind each track. If you’re lacking an afternoon discovery, pencil this one in. Actually, use a pen. -Michael Roffman

    Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs

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    Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs is the UK-based recording and performing moniker of Orlando Higginbottom (real name), a DJ, producer, and member of Damon Albarn’s collective DRC Music. Nestled in atmospheric space and time organized around techno lite, Higginbottom’s wistful vocals recall other British dance crossover acts like Two Door Cinema Club or Jai Paul. Since he doesn’t play the U.S. often, TEED’s Lolla performance will be one you won’t want to miss. -Harley Brown

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