Lollapalooza kicks off in Chicago today, and with so many great performers filling out the lineup, some of our home city’s best acts risk getting lost in the shuffle. Hence this list! Check out my top five Los Angeles acts at this year’s Lollapalooza!
If you don’t know yet that Fitz & The Tantrums puts on a killer live show, you obviously haven’t been reading LA Music Blog for very long. The band is so beloved here at the LAmb that no fewer than four of our staff members have recapped their shows in LA, making FATT one of the most reviewed bands on the site — and that’s not even including our festival coverage of the band. If you’re in Chicago tomorrow at 4:15pm but aren’t parked dead-center in front of the Samsung Galaxy Stage, you’re in the wrong place…
…unless, of course, you’re over at the Bud Light Stage waiting for Grouplove’s set to start at 4:45pm. Yes, only two bands into my list and already we have a set time conflict. Ah, but such is the life of a festival goer. This other high-energy LA act will be inspiring rousing sing-alongs of their hit singles “Tongue Tied,” “Ways to Go,” and “Itchin’ on a Photograph” under the Midwestern sun tomorrow afternoon, so flip a coin to decide between their set and Fitz’s, and you’ll come out a winner whichever way it lands.
If you want to see one tiny songstress completely captivate a festival crowd with her raw sexuality and slightly menacing vibe, make room in your festival schedule for Meg Myers’ performance at the Grove Stage on Saturday. We had this LA local on an episode of the LA Music Blogcast last summer, and she completely blew us all away with her stripped-down performance of her track “Cold.” Prepare to leave that set feeling a whole mess of mixed emotions.
Angelica has been a vocal proponent of this LA duo for a while now, reviewing no less than FOUR of their shows herself. Her latest encounter with the band was at the Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Concert Series just a couple of weeks ago, which marked their last hometown show before heading into the studio to record their next album. PAPA fit a cover of Aretha Franklin’s “You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Woman” into that performance, so if you need a little soul to kick off your Saturday, add PAPA to your list of must-see acts.
Working in the music industy, every once in a while I find myself just completely uninspired. I mean, there are wars being fought and planets to explore and so much big-picture stuff to think about that music begins to feel so insignificant in comparison. When that happens, I turn to The Airborne Toxic Event’s “The Kids Are Ready To Die.” Something about the song just gives me that injection of passion I need, so if by Sunday evening you find yourself low on energy and in need of something to get you through Lollapalooza’s final hours, The Grove Stage is where you want to be.