@AndyShore One of the first things every festival is judged on is their headliners. Zack and I both agree Lollapalooza did a great job this year. We’ve already argued who’s headliners were better between Outside Lands and Lolla. I picked Lolla, even before Coldplay, My Morning Jacket and Deadmau5 were announced. Now it’s a landslide victory. The rest of a lineup is what defines a festival. I’m gonna look at a few bands you might not know yet, and clue you in. Then you’ll see just how great Lolla 2011 will be.
Skylar Grey: You know who this is without knowing it. She’s been featured with almost every big name in hip hop lately. Diddy, Lupe Fiasco, Dr. Dre and Eminem are just a few of the names that Grey has collaborated with. She penned “Love the Way You Lie” too. If you watched the Grammys, Grey was the mystery voice that didn’t get any spotlight onstage with Em and Rihanna. I’m pretty sure it was in Ri Ri’s contract that another woman on the stage couldn’t be seen.
Gold Motel: This is the new band from Greta from the Hush Sound. Their summery tunes will be perfect for an afternoon set at Lolla. Make sure you get up close enough to see how purdy Eric Hehr’s Rickenbocker shines in the Chicago sun.
Mayer Hawthorne & the County: If this is new to you, don’t call yourself my friend. It means you haven’t been reading Festival Crashers or paying attention to anything Zack or I have said in the last two years. For those newbies to the site and people who would like to get back in my good graces, get to know this “funky Jewish boy with soul.”
Smith Westerns: Any of my “music friends” will laugh at calling these guys a lesser known band. The rest of you will know them soon enough. The catchy riffs of Dye it Blonde have seen heavy play from me the last couple months. Excited to see them for a first time.
Delta Spirit: Fun stuff. We’re getting higher up on the bill now, but I’m sure many of you aren’t aware of Delta Spirit yet. At least some of the kids I’ve been talking to today about the Lolla lineup weren’t. If you don’t know, now you…can watch this video: