Lollapalooza 2008

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.
Louis XIV
Love and Rockets
Gnarls Barkley–Sugary. Fun. Nut much substance. Perfect for a summer show.
Bloc Party–Dunno.
The Black Keys
Broken Social Scene–Dunno.
Lupe Fiasco
Flogging Molly
Mark Ronson
Cat Power
The National
G. Love & Special Sauce
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Explosions in the Sky
Brand New
Gogol Bordello
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks
Dierks Bentley
Okkervil River
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
Girl Talk
Your Vegas
Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves
Steel Train
Jamie Lidell
Bang Camaro
Butch Walker
The Blakes
Mates of State
Tally Hall
Spank Rock
White Lies
Brazilian Girls
Magic Wands
Electric Touch
The Kills
The Postelles
Rogue Wave
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.

Bald Eagle
Mason Jennings
The Gutter Twins
Ha Ha Tonka
Grizzly Bear
We Go To 11
Sofia Talvik
The Weakerthans
Booka Shade
Black Kids
Black Lips
Dr. Dog
Nicole Atkins & the Sea
The Ting Tings
Kid Sister
The Cool Kids
What Made Milwaukee Famous
Does It Offend You, Yeah?
The Whigs
Manchester Orchestra
The Octopus Project
Cadence Weapon
De Novo Dahl
Noah and the Whale
Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s
Serena Ryder
Newton Faulkner

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

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