I’ll be taking photos at Lollapalooza, which entails running around Grant Park, catching a few songs here, a few songs there. I’ll be keeping my ears open for interesting sounds by some of the bands that I don’t know. But these are the shows I plan to stick around for. (Can you tell that my tastes lean toward old-fashioned guitar music?)
Father John Misty
In his guise as Father John Misty, singer-songwriter Josh Tillman oozes charisma, and he has a tendency to do some crazy things onstage—more than you’d expect from listening to his catchy, 1970s California-style folk-rock songs. I’m hoping he ups the crazy quotient for Lolla.
Singer-guitarist Brittany Howard’s voice and passion are astonishing, and her bandmates have developed a remarkable chemistry. These Southern rockers’ second album, “Sound & Color,” is outstanding, but the music is even more exciting live.
Sir Paul is true rock royalty, and he still delivers crowd-pleasing rock shows filled with one all-time classic after another. Youngsters, stick around for this one.
He’s one of the most exciting country singers to emerge in recent years, sounding like Waylon Jennings even as he adds some psychedelic touches to the classic outlaw sound.
The Tallest Man on Earth
Unapologetically Dylanesque, the Swedish singer-songwriter Kristian Matsson (who isn’t particularly tall) can command a stage with nothing more than his voice, his songs and his acoustic guitar. He’s playing with a band now, but that shouldn’t lessen his appeal.
I’m not much of a metal fan, so Metallica isn’t a band I would normally go out of my way to see. But presented with the musical smorgasbord at Lolla, it’s hard to pass up the chance to experience such a legendary group.
These Nashville rockers played a searing, rousing set just weeks ago at Pitchfork, led by frontwoman Alicia Bognanno’s piercing howls. More, please.
The British singer makes pop music with a dark, experimental side, sounding at times like Portishead or Tricky, and she’s been praised for the intensity of her live shows. She just may upstage Sunday’s headliner, Florence + the Machine.