@AndyShore The fact that I am able to string more than a few words together at this point is nothing short of a miracle. All my brain can focus on right now is Lollapalooza. I will keep my explanations short. The videos I have chosen should do enough convincing (and hyping) on their own. Lolla. So. Soon. Cannot Wait. I haven’t been to a festival with (or seen) Zack in 10 months. I apologize to my Chicago friends in advance. My focus is on live music. I will not waste any time trying to meet up with you. I will be where I want to be, when I want to be there. Please don’t try and stop me. As Zack and I often say, “we’ve done this before.” Try and keep up!
10. Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: A four song set sans Nocturnals was merely a tease at Global Soul. Besides, I’d be lying to myself with any top 10 most anticipated list I write that doesn”t include Grace Potter.
9. Keller Williams: Only appears at the Kidzapalooza Stage this year at Lollapalooza. We saw Jeff Tweedy put on an excellent child appropriate set at Lolla a few years back. I look forward to seeing what Keller has in store for the kids big and small.
8. Gold Motel: We got the other half of the Hush Sound divorce out here in LA (Stamps showed how well they’re doing at a sold out show at the Roxy last week). I’m looking forward to my first chance to see Gold Motel. They released a new single this week in anticipation of Lolla and I’m a fan.
7. Smith Westerns: Their melodies are hard to ignore, but I may have to. They conflict with Grace Potter and Foster the People. A battle hard to win in my mind. I’ll have another shot at ACL next month.
6. Girl Talk: I haven’t seen Girl Talk since before I moved to California, and that’s been two years. I need my fix. I have seen both Muse and Coldplay since then. I do like both bands, but a festival dance party with Girl Talk is hard to resist.
5. OK Go: The last time I saw these guys was many years and innovative music videos ago. It was at a street festival in Chicago right after I graduated from high school. I’m pretty sure I was there to see Umphrey’s McGee. I’ll be here to see OK Go on purpose this time. This certainly isn’t their best video, but I’m a sucker for dogs and Ikea:
4. Fitz & the Tantrums: I am obviously not going to miss a funky soul band that I love and have never seen before. I’ve been a fan since seeing them on an episode oF Daryl’s House. They kick off a block of soul, with Mayer Hawthorne right after. This will be a great start to my Saturday.
3. Foster the People: I can’t stop listening to their debut album, Torches. “Pumped up Kicks” has gotten heavy play everywhere I go in LA and it seems everyone else too. I’m partial to “Helena Beat.”
2. Eminem: Not only is Eminem what all the kids were listening to when I was growing up, his last album, Recovery, was a massive hit (both with me and critically). I’ve never seen him. To say I am excited is an understatement. I’ll be one of the 70k white people trying to rap in the crowd.
1. Foo Fighters: Their set to close ACL 2008 is still one of my favorite shows of all time. Wasting Light proves that bands can endure and continue to put out songs that can excite you like the first time you heard them. Zack and I don’t get to festival together often enough anymore. I expect neither of us to have a voice by the end of this weekend, in no small part to this show. Phish will be lucky if I have any energy for their show the following night at the Hollywood Bowl.