Lollapalooza 2012: Who We're Seeing

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Each year, Lollapalooza, one of the most well-attended festivals of the year, brings together an alarmingly large number of acts together that vary on the genre as well as the fame spectrum. And, while there are some huge names in this year's lineup, there are is a blinding bunch of smaller acts sprawled across the festival's eight stages. We narrowed some key acts that are not to be missed to help you strategize for the weekend. Fuel up and get ready to sprint across Grant Park.

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FRIDAY 8/3

12:00 - 12:45pm: First Aid Kit @ PlayStation
Start out the day with a mellow set from Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit. Turning heads with their warm, harmonious vocals, the duo's latest The Lion's Roar features some more folk-oriented cuts, but don't forget about their 2010 debut The Big Black & The Blue.
First Aid Kit - "Hard Believer"

1:00 - 1:45pm: Anamanaguchi @ Google Play
8-bit jams have gone a long way since their video game years. You know it's a party when chiptune rock becomes sweaty, rage-worthy. Go back to 1985 with Anamanaguchi, whose discography spans original tunes like the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack and remixes of everyone from Fang Island to Das Racist.
Anamanaguchi - "Jetpack Blues, Sunset Hues"

2:15 - 3:00pm: The War on Drugs @ Google Play
Take a break after Anamanaguchi's rager and get drenched in the airy, shoegazy rock of The War on Drugs. Though most of the original members, including Kurt Vile, have left, the new lineup's Slave Ambient still provides great material for a live set.
The War on Drugs - "Snake Tongues"

3:15 - 4:15pm: Tame Impala @ Sony
Australian natives Tame Impala give possibly some of the the most impressionable live shows. Not only does the spacey psych rock lend itself for heavy live renditions, the seasoned members–most of which have various side projects, like Pond–have a mesmerizing stage presence. Back bends and other shenanigans aren't abnormal.
Tame Impala - "Elephant"

4:00 - 5:00pm: Metric @ Bud Light
Nearly 15 years in the making, Metric is still going strong with their addictive anthem rock. There's a slight overlap with the Tame Impala set and, while there's bound to be a massive horde of people for Metric, it's still might be worth it to duck out early from the former to catch Emily Haines in action with five LPs worth of discography to select from.
Metric - "Stadium Love"

4:45 - 5:30pm: SBTRKT @ Google Play
Finish up Metric's set then head over to the Google Play stage to catch some of London-based SBTRKT's DJ set that's sure to include more kinds of house than you can count on one hand. With a variety of remixes under his belt, there's sure to be several impromptu mashups and improvisations as well.
SBTRKT - "Gloss"

6:00 - 7:15pm: Passion Pit @ Bud Light
Get back in touch with summer 2009 and the infectious synthpop in the key of '80s dancefloor jigs complete with a shining disco ball. Still tinged Michael Angelakos' falsetto vocals, the group's latest release Gossamer is more punched up for poppy stage renditions. If that's not your cup of tea, head over to the Red Bull Soundstage to catch The Shins deliver what's sure to be a nostalgic set.
Passion Pit - "Constant Conversations"

7:30 - 8:30pm: M83 @ Sony
Start the night off with a huge dance party M83's set. Coming straight from a sought-after tour with sold out shows abound, the group is sure to draw a massive crowd. Other than the crowd-pleaser "Midnight City," hope for some mellower cuts from 2008's Saturdays = Youth.
M83 - "Midnight City"

8:30 - 10:00pm: The Black Keys @ Red Bull Soundstage (vs. Black Sabbath)
End the night with a duo made for big festival audiences. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney chug out an album nearly every year and none of them is less than great. Hear the rough riffs roar and echo in the park while the drums set off fireworks inside your ears.
The Black Keys - "Tighten Up"

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SATURDAY 8/4

1:00 - 1:45pm: FIDLAR @ Google Play
Be sure to rest up before starting your Saturday at FIDLAR's set. Power-garage meets fuzzed-up punk with running, split-second beats. 1:00pm isn't too early to shout along or join the sure-to-be-present mosh pit.
FIDLAR - "No Waves"

2:15 - 3:00pm: Givers @ Google Play
This is probably one of the most difficult decisions of the day with conflicts between Delta Spirit, Givers, Star Slinger and Aloe Blacc. However, the highly energetic quintet hailing from Louisiana know how to give their all in a live setting, dancing and jumping included. If you want to chill out to some slower soul instead, head over to the Red Bull Soundstage to catch Aloe Blacc's smooth vocals.
Givers - "Up, Up, Up"

3:00 - 4:00pm: Neon Indian @ Sony
Another tough decision, we opted for Neon Indian over Chairlift over at the Google Play stage. While both have pretty infectious tunes, Neon Indian's live sets are pretty cool thing to witness as the members throw themselves into the music. If you'd rather stay at the Google Play stage for Chairlift, Caroline Polachek can pull some weird dance moves too.
Neon Indian - "Polish Girl"

4:15 - 5:15pm: Alabama Shakes @ Bud Light
Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes delivers probably the most passionate and soulful vocals of the year on the group's debut Boys & Girls. You can almost hear the tears in the her powerful crooning. Be sure to be up front to catch this breakout group in action.
Alabama Shakes - "You Ain't Alone"

5:00 - 6:00pm: tUnE-yArDs @ Sony
Indie royalty Merrill Garbus is probably a universal favorite and jaw-dropping to watch live. Extensive looping, sampling and layering are just the beginning. What's more amazing is Garbus' ability to warp her voice into the widest arrangement of timbres. A not to miss set.
tUnE-yArDs - "Sunlight"

6:00 - 7:00pm: The Weeknd @ Red Bull Soundstage
Abel Tesfaye of The Weeknd has come a long way since the anonymous YouTube uploads that started his career. Jazz-tinged R&B with dreamy vocals make for laid-back set to sway to. If you want some heavier jams in a different kind of sway, head over to the Google Play stage to catch Washed Out dish out cuts from 2011's Within and Without.
The Weeknd - "The Morning"

7:15 - 8:15pm: Twin Shadow @ Google Play
New wave king George Lewis, Jr. can stir up quite a dance with jumpy live sets galore. Look out for cuts from his sophomore release Confess and fizzy tracks from 2010's Forget.
Twin Shadow - "Slow"

8:45 - 10:00pm: Santigold @ Perry's
End Saturday off right with hard-hitting, pulsing beats and on-point vocals from Santigold. If you're the adventurous kind, get up close because she's been letting her fans dance onstage at various shows recently. Just hope for signature cuts from her pre-name-change 2008 debut.
Santigold - "Creator"

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SUNDAY 8/5

12:00 - 12:45pm: Bowerbirds @ Sony
After a near breakup, Bowerbirds, hailing from Raleigh, North Carolina, made a strong return this year with their latest The Clearing. The group's lush harmonies and orchestral swells add poppy, sunshiny layers to the underlying folk.
Bowerbirds - "This Year"

1:00 - 1:45pm: Oberhofer @ Bud Light
Oberhofer is one of those acts that you have to see live because the live renditions are so different than his studio recordings. Unlike their synth-heavy, poppy counterparts, the live cuts are rougher and slashier. Brad Oberhofer also loves to put on a good show with delirious running and jumping.
Oberhofer - "oOoO"

3:15 - 4:15pm: Gary Clark Jr. @ PlayStation
If you didn't get enough of The Black Keys on Friday, check out Austin-native Gary Clark Jr., whose smooth vocal flow and jagged guitar riffs epitomize the strong comeback of blues rock at its finest.
Gary Clark Jr. - "Bright Lights"

4:00 - 5:00pm: Sigur Rós @ Red Bull Soundstage
If you can squeeze your way into this crowd, it's always a good show with Sigur Rós, a group that arguably has to be seen live. Get drenched in ethereal, cloudy soundscapes while witnessing beautifully-executed craftsmanship.
Sigur Rós - "Ekki Múkk"

5:00 - 6:00pm: Toro Y Moi @ Sony
Toro Y Moi does crunchy funk the best, so this is a great way to start the evening off. Get hyped up with punched up beats from any of his three LPs, and expect at least a remix or two thrown in there as well.
Toro Y Moi - "Blessa"

6:15 - 7:30pm: Florence + The Machine @ Bud Light
Florence Welch's siren-like vocal chops are something to be marveled at in person. The English songstress can belt out octaves on octaves of challenging melodic verses. A seasoned festival group, Florence + The Machine can shell out a crowd-stirringly loud and raucous set.
Florence + The Machine - "You've Got The Love"

7:15 - 8:15pm: Miike Snow @ Sony
Stay for the rest of Florence before heading over to the Sony stage to catch some of Miike Snow's set. Sample some refined cuts from their latest Happy to You and classics from their 2009 self-titled release; expect a great buildup towards the end of the set.
Miike Snow - "Bavarian #1 (Say You Will)"

8:15 - 10:00pm: Jack White @ Red Bull Soundstage
This is probably one of the best ways to end your Lolla experience. Jack White is a crazy man when it comes to live performances and holds nothing back. White's strong charisma bleeds heavily through his delivery and his guitar riffs are something every human being should witness at least once in their life.
Jack White - "Freedom at 21"

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