Hmmmm. I dunno. The Lolla lineup has some familiar faces, and then there are all the indie bands that ol’ Spanky here doesn’t really give a shit about. (They all sound so bland to me. And usually kind of whiny. And the same. Blah.)
So, below, I’ve bolded the bands I know, and I’ve added some commentary. Hopefully some other jokers from this site will throw in their opinions.
Radiohead–I haven’t seen them live. I like em’, and I bet it’s going to be awesome at Lolla.
Rage Against the Machine–Hell yes. But I’m skeptical. I wonder whether they can hold it together.
Nine Inch Nails–Bro Taguchi and I saw them in Des Moines two years ago, and the show was top-notch. The lighting was fantastic.
Kanye West–Is he going to blame the sound crew again for his shitty performance? How many lies will he tell on stage?
The Raconteurs–Ask Taguchi. I dunno. I like Jack White. Kinda.
Love and Rockets
Gnarls Barkley–Sugary. Fun. Nut much substance. Perfect for a summer show.
The Black Keys
Broken Social Scene–Dunno.
G. Love & Special Sauce
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Explosions in the Sky
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Amadou & Mariam
Blues Traveler–Sweet. This is old school, and those guys are tight. Watch the drummer for some very tasteful grooves and licks.
John Butler Trio
Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves
Mates of State
The Parlor Mob
The Go! Team–Dear God. This band is the happiest band ever. Happier than your show choir. I need a dose of death metal after even thinking about this band.
The Gutter Twins
Ha Ha Tonka
We Go To 11
Nicole Atkins & the Sea
The Ting Tings
The Cool Kids
What Made Milwaukee Famous
Does It Offend You, Yeah?
The Octopus Project
De Novo Dahl
Noah and the Whale
Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s
Ah! So many clever, hip, trendy names. I wonder whether the fans of many of these bands will dump them for playing so large a venue. (Hell, I’ve known these snobby indie music types that will hate a band just because the band likes itself. “Too many people like that band.” Oh, piss off, snobby-indie boy.
More on this topic to follow.
-MC Spanky McGee