Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Lolla Lolla Lolla Get Your Lineup Here

As mentioned yesterday, the Lollapalooza detailed schedule has finally been released. And it's looking pretty darn sweet. Check it out here. Let's take a look at what we have to work with and any quandaries we need to tackle.

Friday
Honestly, I don't need to see anything until Rogue Wave at 1:15. I may even work a half day. Friday features some difficult calls all afternoon. It may be a situation where you have to bounce from one stage to the next and check out partial shows.
Friday plan at this moment:
1:15 - Rogue Wave
2:15 - Yeasayer vs. The Go! Team (leaning Yeasayer)
3:15 - Louis XIV (but maybe checking out what else is on)
4:15 - Gogol Bordello (sorry, Black Keys, you can't compete in this race)
5:15 - Mates of State
5:45 - Grizzly Bear (unless Mates are really wowing me)
6:15 - Bloc Party
7:15 - CSS (maybe)
8:00 - Radiohead headlines alone. Might go a little something like this:

Also on Friday, afterparties: Black Lips @ Empty Bottle, Brand New @ HOB, Gogol Bordello w/ Ting Gings @ Metro, Mates of State w/ MGMT @ Double Door (FREE!), Rogue Wave & Dr. Dog @ Schubas, Whigs @ Hob Back Porch. Black Keys performs at Metro on Thursday night.

Saturday
Honestly, I can wait to arrive on Saturday until 3:30 for MGMT. It would easily be my latest arrival at Lolla. But nothing before that is very compelling. There is really only one major decision to make. Broken Social Scene, Battles, and Lupe Fiasco all play at the same time. It's irritating, but not that tough a call. BSS was so captivating two years ago, I wouldn't dare miss them this year.
Saturday plan at this moment:
3:30 - MGMT
4:30 - Explosions in the Sky
5:30 - Okkervil River
6:30 - Broken Social Scene
7:30 - Toadies or maybe a much-deserved break
8:30 - Rage Against the Machine trumps Wilco. Might go a little something like this:

Saturday afterparties: Battles w/ Foals @ Double Door, Broken Social Scene @ Metro, Bloc Party @ HOB, Flogging Molly w/ Black Joe Lewis @ Congress Theater, Margo & the Nuclear So and So's @ Empty Bottle, Okkervil River w/ Octopus Project @ Schubas. How on earth do you choose just one of these? Maybe based on who plays the best at the festival?

Sunday
Honestly, there's nobody I'm dying to see until nearly 5pm. After an afterparty, a leisurely morning might be a good idea. I can't believe I'm saying this. Clearly, there is more research to be done on all these acts, and I may want to check some of them out. Once again, everything is subject to change. But on Sunday, we have no horrendous conflicts as of right now.
Sunday plan at this moment:
3:30 - Black Kids
4:15 - Iron and Wine
5:00 - Saul Willaims
5:15 - Flogging Molly (unless Saul locks me down - very possible)
6:15 - Gnarls Barkley
6:30 - Girl Talk (maybe - depends on Gnarls)
7:15 - The National (the calm before the storm...)
8:15 - NIN. Here is what a recent practice session looked and sounded like:

Did you get all that? You are not leaving this show early. Without question, they will bring the house down. Sunday afterparty: Poison, Dokken, Sebastian Bach @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheater (just kidding, they're on at the same time...).

So, all those thoughts of how sturdy the lineup is this year are now steeled as the schedule breaks extremely well. No Stooges vs. Kings of Leon type problems. Honestly, this weekend may kill me, but it will do so blissfully. Anyone have other ideas? Other unmentioned bands worth checking out? Other quandaries? Which afterparty are we hitting? Leaning towards Double Door both nights, but BSS may get me out to Metro on Saturday. See you there!

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