12 Acts to Watch at Lollapalooza in 2012

Lolla 2012 Santigold Sharon Van Etten Dev

It’s been awhile since a festival has seen this much speculation about its line-up.  Lollapalooza’s line-up was “leaked” twice before the actual announcement come down the pipe from Lollapalooza.  The first was a Twitter hoax and the second came just a few days ago with a nice visual of the full line-up for 2012.  As the second leak appeared online the chatter spun into high gear.  The talk of the Red Hot Chili Peppers playing in Chicago and Milwaukee so close to Lollapalooza was brought up in defense of how “off” the leak had to be.  Also no one could believe that Black Sabbath would play a show without Bill Ward, and possibly, Tony Iommi due to his cancer.  Yet some people forget that Black Sabbath is probably getting paid a pretty penny to be a headliner and I am going to gander that Black Sabbath didn’t reunite because they thought of some killer new material to perform.  It all comes down to money and if Bill Ward won’t play they will find someone else to, and if Tony can’t make it, the same will happen.

Aside from the conversation above, people aren’t exactly salivating at the mouth about the line-up, as it was very apparent on Lolla’s Facebook page when the leaks began and started to be confirmed.  The thing is The Black Keys just played Chicago and hit Milwaukee May 16th, Florence + The Machine is set to play Milwaukee at the end of April, and as previously stated, The Red Hot Chili Peppers is playing dates in Chicago close to Lolla.  That being said, there isn’t much of a draw for the Midwest as most of the headliners have or will hit the area relatively close to Lolla time.  It would be nice if Lolla announced a really large act that would be more of a draw, and the one thing missing from the line-up is the hip hop/rap act.  It was starting to be a staple of the fest for a couple years running, but it looks like Coachella took that thunder this year.  Heck even Summer Camp snagged Common.

So why go? There are so many talent acts performing that it’s not even funny.  Here’s our list of the 12 non-headlining acts that are sure to grab attention at Lollapalooza.

Dev – Pop/Dance

She likes her bass down low…really: http://thedeadhub.com/2011/03/03/spotlight-dev-talks-sxsw-working-with-the-cataracs-and-fashion/

Her debut album, The Night the Sun Came Up, is currently available for download.


Metric -Pop/Rock

We’ve covered them through the years and still can’t get enough!

SYNTHETICA, their follow-up to Fantasies, is set to be released on June 12, 2012 right in time for fans to memorize the album and sing along at Lollapalooza.

Gold Guns Girls

Expecting To Fly


Santigold – Pop/Dance

Another artist to be stoked about is Santigold. She’s been around since 2008 and is about to drop her newest album Master of My Make Believe May 1st.


fun. -Pop

It’s all in their name. http://thedeadhub.com/2010/04/10/fun-wins-most-appropriate-band-name-of-the-year/ The band is also having a great year with their newest single “We Are Young” sitting at the #1 spot of Billboard.

We Are Young ft. Janelle Monáe


Dawes – Soul/Americana

Their newest album, Nothing is Wrong, was released back on June 7, 2011 and they’ve been touring since.
When the weather decides to turn up the heat at Lollapalooza, take to the Dawes set to sit back, relax, and enjoy.

If I Wanted Someone


Die Antwoord – Rap

Die Antwoord is an acquired taste with their imagery, but their set will be something to behold!  Their sophomore release, Tension, dropped back in February.

I Fink U Freeky


Bloc Party – Pop/Rock

They are back from their hiatus and hitting the road which includes Lollapalooza. For a great dance party:  http://thedeadhub.com/2009/04/08/bloc-party-thankful-to-be-in-chicago/

One More Chance


Passion Pit –Indie/Electro-Pop

These guys have been around for years (as long as we have) and rightfully earned all the praise they’ve received.  Anticipate a huge crowd when they hit the stage this summer in Chicago as this their catchy electro-pop sound will keep the crowd on their feet.  The band is still riding high on their 2010 release of Manners.



Band of Skulls -Indie Rock

Watch this band hit it really big after Lollapalooza! The band’s newest release Sweet Sour was released back on Valentine’s Day.

Sweet Sour


Yellow Ostrich – Indie Rock

Indie Rock newcomers, Yellow Ostrich, spent 2011 touring and making their mark on the US with their newest release, Strange Land.  This year catch their infectious harmonies at Lolla.



Sharon Van Etten – Indie Folk/Rock

This lady is a busy woman! She’ll be spending the majority of 2012 on tour with some support from The War on Drugs. Her indie rock vibe is a must-see at Lolla especially if you didn’t get in to her slew of sold-out performances.


Laura Warshauer (pronounced War-Shower) – Pop/Singer/Songwriter

Jay-Z saw her perform at a Grammy after party and told her that “You are fantastically talented.” Enough said.

Tonight Tonight



Bloc Party Thankful to Be in Chicago

Bloc Party
Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
March 28, 2009

Bloc Party Aragon BallroomKele Okereke (lead vocals, rhythm guitar)

Check out my photos from the Bloc Party concert in Chicago. If you weren’t there, that sucks for you! This show was in such high demand that it had to be moved from The Riviera Theatre to the Aragon Ballroom. It originally sold out THAT fast.

Just the night before the band was in Miami performing during the annual Winter Music Conference (WMC). However, the show had to be canceled at the last minute because lead singer Kele Okereke lost his voice. “I have never seen so many douchebags in one place,” Okereke told the Chicago crowd. Ha, take THAT Miami. Makes me proud to be from good old Chicago.

Bloc Party performed songs from all three of their albums. Whenever I didn’t recognize one, I knew it had to be from their latest record Intimacy. I went home after the show and bought the Deluxe Version of Intimacy so I could hear those new songs over and over again. And thank you Bloc Party for playing my favorite song: “This Modern Love.” That song alone made my night. Many more photos after the jump!

Gordon Moakes (bass, keyboards, backing vocals)

Bloc Party Aragon BallroomRussell Lissack (lead guitar)

Not photographed: Matt Tong (drums, backing vocals)

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Mission Accomplished: Longwave Play Aragon Ballroom

Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
March 28, 2009

Longwave Aragon BallroomSteve Schiltz (vocals, guitar)

“We have always wanted to play this venue ever since we saw a show here for the first time years ago,” exclaimed singer Steve Schiltz of Longwave in between songs in the band’s set.  Well, guys…Congratulations!  You made it!  I had no clue what to expect when Longwave walked out on stage to begin warming up the crowd for headliners Bloc Party at the Aragon Ballroom last weekend. However, as soon as the four-piece band from New York finished their opening number, I then understood why Longwave was chosen as the support act for the Bloc Party tour.Their sound is reminiscent of Bloc Party, which I believe is a very good thing. When you think about it, the majority of the crowd was at the show to see Bloc Party. So if you happened to get there early enough to watch the opening band, as a fan of BP, you’d probably hope that the support band would sound similar to the headliner you came to see.

More photos of Longwave after the jump!

I have Longwave’s latest album Secrets Are Sinister, but had not listened to it before going to see the band last Saturday. I know, I know – I feel like a horrible person for not checking them out earlier. But honestly, sometimes seeing a band perform their music live before listening to their record can really affect whether I like the songs or not. That being said, I was quite content watching Longwave perform live in concert for the first time. It gave me the opportunity I needed to just chill out and take a listen to their music. And now the guys in Longwave have a fan in me.

Please remember, whatever I say here is just my honest and personal observation from the show. Do NOT take anything I say to heart. You could totally disagree with me, and that is fine! Now that I got my disclaimer out of the way, I want to make a few remarks. First of all, I thought the lead singer of Longwave (Steve Schiltz) sounded just like Ben Gibbard, the lead singer of Death Cab for Cutie. For me, that was a plus, because I am a big fan of Death Cab. Second of all, I thought Schiltz looked very much like Chris Martin from Coldplay (if Chris had a fro). That was also a plus, because I am a huge fan of Coldplay.  Thirdly,  like I said before, Longwave’s sound and style reminded me of Bloc Party. Obviously, this is a plus because it made waiting for the headliner to come out that much more enjoyable. I can never understand why so many support acts on tours sound NOTHING like the headliner. One more thing: The guitarist for Longwave (Shannon Ferguson) was not in attendance for the Chicago show because he was about to become a daddy. Now that to me is a damn good excuse to miss a show.

Longwave Aragon BallroomSub for Shannon Ferguson (guitar)

Longwave Aragon BallroomMorgan King (bass)

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*Not photographed: Jason Molina (drums)