... From the Festival Files
  • THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2007

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We try to be fair to all festivals, but Perry Farrell's Lollapalooza seems to have an edge on this year's competition. Over 140 bands will bring the rock to the Windy City in August, just one month after the Pitchfork Music Festival attempts to the same (albeit on a much smaller scale). Lollapalooza 2007's list o' bands wasn't supposed to be announced until tomorrow, but you know how these things work. The festival published an ad in a random Wisconsin paper... an early issue of that paper was released in several locations... Rolling Stone got ahold of a copy... and then POOF, the list is all over the internet, and then there's no mystery left. But to hell with mystery; just check out this lineup:

Pearl Jam, Daft Punk, Muse, Iggy & The Stooges, Interpol, Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Snow Patrol, The Roots, Patti Smith, Kings of Leon, Spoon, Regina Spektor, The Black Keys, TV On The Radio, Pete Yorn, LCD Soundsystem, Amy Winehouse, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Silverchair, Jack's Mannequin, Hold Steady, Sean Lennon, !!!, Yo La Tengo, Motion City Soundtrack, Tapes 'N Tapes, The View, Cold War Kids, Annuals, Electric Six, Peter Bjorn & John, Silversun Pickups, and a whole. lot. more.

On a quick side note, the grown-up boys in Silverchair are making a tidal-waved splash in their Australian homeland, having just released an album that debuted at #1 on the Aria charts - just as the band's four previous efforts have done. They're also the first Aussie band in over 40 years to achieve three #1 singles. And finally, Silverchair's new album (Young Modern) went platinum within its first week of sales. Lead-off single "Straight Lines" is a little too Coldplay(-ed out) for someone as prolific and downright weird as frontman Daniel Johns, but the tune is making some serious thunder down under. So... umm... stop making jokes about 1995's Frogstomp, America.

Anyway, here are the Lollapalooza details: Tickets are $165 at the festival's website, and they'll cover you for the entirety of the Aug. 3-5th event at Chicago's Grant Park. Prices will jump up by $30 in the coming weeks, so get those tix early and "let the feasting on organic vegan burritos while rocking out begin" (clever quip, Rolling Stone).

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