April 3, 2014
No need to dig around Grant Park, we got you
By Bizzy Emerson
For most Chicago teens, Lollapalooza is a rite of passage. The three-day music festival has become a summer staple with its big-name artists, flower crowns and boxed water.
But one of the best things about Lolla is its expansive lineup that boasts famous names alongside artists you’ve never heard of. It’s a great place to discover new music—but only if you’re willing to put in the effort.
Whether you sprang for a three-day pass, snagged a one-day wristband or are still trying to decide if Lolla is worth it, there are tons of hidden gems to discover from this year’s lineup. We dug through the names and found the acts you can’t miss.
To make it super easy on you, we paired up the biggest names with complimentary artists you might not recognize.
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If you like Eminem, check out …
Vic Mensa (FRI): Previously a member of Kids These Days, Mensa came into his own over the last year. The smooth Chicago rapper has collaborated with Chance the Rapper (SUN) and Asher Roth. In 2010, Mensa was actually hospitalized for three days after he got injured while trying to jump the fence at Lollapalooza. Oh, sweet irony.
LISTEN TO: “Orange Soda”
If you like Skrillex, check out …
Rudimental (FRI): From all the way across the pond, Rudimental has been making their mark in the EDM scene, combining live instruments with synth beats. They recently took down the house at the 2014 Brit Awards alongside Bastille, but not before sweeping up the British single award.
LISTEN TO: “Waiting All Night” ft. Ella Eyre
If you like Outkast, check out …
Run the Jewels (SUN): Outkast’s Big Boi gave this rap duo some help on their latest album—he’s featured on “Banana Clipper.” El-P and Killer Mike, the guys who make up the group, spit freestyle-like beats that are beyond catchy. Head to this stage if you feel like dancing the day away.
LISTEN TO: “Run the Jewels”
If you like Lorde, check out …
London Grammar (SUN): Referred to by MTV as “effortlessly chic, emotionally resonant (and) stylistically polyglot,” London Grammar will have you swooning in seconds. They’re a trip-hop (hip-hop + electronica) group that offers Lana Del Rey-style tunes and enviably voluminous hair. Bring your flower crown to this performance.
LISTEN TO: “Strong”
If you like Arctic Monkeys, check out …
The 1975 (SUN): With their all-black attire, punk haircuts and John Hughes-inspired music, it’s hard not to fall for The 1975. Finding fans in One Direction and The Rolling Stones, this band is bound to bring a new-wave British invasion to Grant Park. Oh, and did we mention that they’ve been asked to tour with Taylor Swift and Rihanna?
LISTEN TO: “Girls”
If you like Foster the People, check out …
Bleachers (SUN): Fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff breaks out in this electro-pop solo side project. With a little help from Yoko Ono (she’ll be featured on the forthcoming album) and the thumbs-up from Taylor Swift via Twitter, this is sure to be a performance
everyone will be talking about.
LISTEN TO: “I Wanna Get Better”
If you like Kings of Leon, check out …
White Denim (SUN): After booking performances on “Conan” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” it’s safe to say that White Denim has our stamp of approval. Soulful, trendy and blissfully hipster, this group is the perfect candidate for your favorite “Wait, you’ve seriously never heard of them?” band.
LISTEN TO: “At Night in Dreams”
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Meg Myers (SAT) and Chance the Rapper (SUN): Myers’ hauntingly beautiful voice has the soul of Lorde and the power of Fiona Apple. We’re excited to see what she’ll do with a stage to herself. Chance is a no-brainer and guaranteed crowd favorite. Plus, as a Chicago native and Lolla veteran, you know he’ll put on a buzz-worthy show.
Excited for Lollapalooza? Listen to our playlist that samples a little bit of everything from the lineup.
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