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



Die Antwoord’s “TEN$ION” Set to Release 2/7/2012

Die Antwoord tension cover

Johannesburg (SA)…Die Antwoord will release their sophomore album, TEN$ION, on February 7th, 2012. The follow-up to their 2010 debut, $0$, the zef rap-rave crew also plans to hit the States for a U.S. tour beginning February 9 in Philadelphia.

Die Antwoord came together in 2008 in South Africa and consists of Ninja, Yo-Landi Vi$$er, and DJ Hi-Tek. Their debut album,$O$, was first made available February 2010 as a free download on their official website, and the band launched their first music videos, “Enter the Ninja” and “Zefside” on DIEANTWOORD.COM. That month DIEANTWOORD.COM received over 41 million hits and the server broke.

TEN$ION was recorded and produced in South Africa by DJ Hi-Tek with additional production by Ninja. TEN$ION ispresented by ZEF Records, in association with Good Smile, and distributed globally by Downtown Records and COOP Music, Die Antwoord se rympies sal jou fokken kop skop.


02.09.12 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre
02.10.12 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
02.11.12 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza

02.12.12 – Washington D.C. – 930 Club
02.14.12 – Toronto, ON – The Phoenix Concert Theatre

02.15.12 – Chicago, IL – Metro

02.18.12 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
02.19.12 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
02.22.12 – San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom

02.20.12 – Seattle, WA – Showbox at the Market

02.22.12 – San Francisco, CA – Regency Ballroom
02.24.12 – Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
02.25.12 – Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues



Die Antwoord To Play Jimmy Kimmel Live October 20th

Die Antwoord will take to Jimmy Kimmel’s outdoor stage on October 20th for one of the group’s signature live performances. The South African duo of Ninja and Yo-Landi are set to give fans another menacing show with their Zef style of rave rap, and it’s not to be missed. Fans in the Los Angeles area can request tickets, free of charge, at http://www.1iota.com/events,5170,Jimmy-Kimmel-Live-DIE-ANTWOORD-Outdoor-Mini-Concert.html. Those not in attendance can catch Die Antwoord’s irresistible late night performance 10/20 on ABC, check your local listings for air time. [Read more…]

Enter to Win a copy of Die Antwoord’s $0$!

Die Antwoord's $O$ drops today!

You may have heard of Antwoord lately. Their album,$O$, drops today off CHERRYTREE/INTERSCOPE RECORDS. The trio hail from South Africa and are conquering the United States by storm. You can go here to purchase the album and/or enter to win a copy of $O$ below.

Check out Die Antwoord’s video for “Enter the Ninja.” Just a warning it’s a bit NSFW, but I don’t believe that warning has stopped anybody from watching it.

Video and how to enter after the jump….

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Preview Die Antwoord’s Evil Boy Video

Check out a preview of Die Antwoord’s forthcoming video for “Evil Boy.”  NINJA and YO-LANDI are back in full force with the follow up to their explosive “Enter The Ninja” which has already racked up over 7 million views on YouTube. The trailer for “Evil Boy” can now be seen on YouTube, with the official music video premiering tomorrow, October 6th, at Pitchfork.com!

“Evil Boy” will appear on Die Antwoord’s debut full-length, $O$, due out on October 12th.  The album is available for preorder now.