I thought I knew a lot about music before I started working at Reckless Records last summer and have since learned that I don’t know that much at all. I am still rusty on some musical timelines and don’t have the superhuman knowledge of some of my coworkers, but I have been introduced to albums and artists that have honestly changed how I see music.
For example, I just listened to “Closer to Home” by Grand Funk Railroad for the first time this week. What was I doing with myself before I heard “Closer to Home”? This kind of thing happens to me on at least a weekly basis. This repeated experience has made my main priority in music enjoying myself. I love whatever really gets to me, but it’s got to have heart.
It’s easy to have a horrible time in a crowded park full of drunk people younger than you in neon shirts in August. There are a lot of bands playing Lollapalooza this year that I’ve never heard of. I’m barely twenty-five years old, but at first glance, this festival feels like it’s for people younger than me. But you know what? Screw that. We all work hard all day and should be able to go HAM when and where we want! This schedule is for everybody who wants to drink steadily all day and have a good time. Here we go.
Get downtown and go to Chipotle. Food at Lollapalooza is expensive and this burrito will end up saving you a lot of money. Do not break out your secret stash of alcohol yet because you’ll feel like crap by 2pm if you do.
Start the day with something upbeat and interesting.
It’s the hottest time of the day, you do not need to be going insane yet. Courtney Barnett puts on an excellent live show and her sound is disdainful and beautiful at the same time.
You are now in the clear to start drinking. Do not buy the water bottles of wine. Warpaint is a little scary and dreamy and perfect for outside listening.
Dark, dance-y, and legendary band in my book. Light dancing required.
The Glitch Mob
This is the band to see when you’re at your best buzz. I do not know a lot about electronic music, but I know what will make me dance when I am on a high from just seeing Interpol and when I’ve been drinking. This band sounds like “The Fast and the Furious” soundtrack. Just go with it.
Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity, to seize everything you ever wanted in one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip? The opportunity I’m talking about is seeing Eminem live.
Sleep in. Get a hearty late breakfast with your friends and don’t rush to Lollapalooza. Have some breakfast cocktails, drink a bunch of water, then head over.
Parquet Courts are one of Brooklyn’s best post-punk bands and their new album is awesome. There won’t be too many neon shirts in the crowd.
The Last Internationale
Katy Perry vocals with Springsteen-y chants and a band that rocks just hard enough. Start drinking again and take some time to explore the park until the next set.
Nas is very important to rap music; you have to go.
Jenny Lewis is one of the few artists who I respect as much today as I did in high school. She is one of the best female vocalists out there, especially live, as well as an unprecedented songwriter.
A friend of mine saw Outkast at the Aragon years ago and said that everyone was smoking blunts and Andre 3000 wore a Borat swimsuit on stage. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that? Aside from their huge hit songs, Andre 3000 and Big Boi are two of the most talented MCs and producers in the Dirty South and beyond.
Chipotle still sounds good. Go again, treat yourself. This is the day to really have a good time.
This band sounds a little bit like nineties r&b and is for all those steppers out there.
Space Capone only has a forty-minute set, which is a shame because they’re one of the most fun bands on Lolla’s roster this year. ABBA meets Prince meets Kool & the Gang. Prepare yourself for a boogie-fever flare up and go ahead and start taking some nips early today.
White Denim grooves pretty hard and is perfect for just after Space Capone.
Run The Jewels
EL-P and Killer Mike, holy crap.
Chromeo is cheesy, funky dance music and they’re great.
This set is guaranteed to be along the same lines as Friday’s Glitch Mob, but if you can swallow your pride, you’ll enjoy yourself. After this set, take a little break and wind down.
Chance The Rapper
End the weekend right and try to get up close for Chicago’s golden boy.