Of the two main Chicago music festivals, Pitchfork’s pretty much has the market cornered on the upcoming (or non upcoming) acts you’ve never heard of. But Lollapalooza, which kicks off on Friday, does its best to be hip. Here are five great, smaller acts playing Lollapalooza 2013 who weren’t just in Chicago for the Pitchfork Music Festival.
And being a closer drive than Bonnaroo or Coachella, Lollapalooza might be the summer music festival of choice for many people in Denver. So catch our Lollapalooza 2013 coverage here on Reverb throughout the weekend.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Surely you’ve heard the name of this New Zealand indie-psych-rock band somewhere since the its excellent debut album in 2011. Now with its second album out this year, Unknown Mortal Orchestra has graduated from the less-mainstream confines of the Pitchfork Music Festival to a midday slot at Lollapalooza.
It looks like Disclosure seemingly came out of nowhere, even for Pitchfork, seeing as the English dance duo has only played the publication’s Paris festival. Lollapalooza and Coachella are two of the few big U.S. music festivals ahead of the curve in booking the act this year. After a series of surprisingly emotional dance singles, Disclosure released its debut album “Settle” this year for much breakout acclaim.
The spacious indie-pop of Wild Nothing has been on critic’s radar since its debut album “Gemini” in 2010. This early Sunday set will be a nice calm recharge to give you that last boost to survive through the final headliners.
Sure Wavves‘ music might be immatureish, snotty, southern California beach punk, but there’s something fun about listening to it live. Maybe that explains the band’s fairly sizable tour this year that hit Denver’s Larimer Lounge in March, now Lollapalooza, followed by Outside Lands Festival then back to Colorado again later this year.
The Neighbourhood is still flying under the radar as far as music publications go, despite having a good following at live shows. The glitzy L.A. pop band has, at least here in Denver, already sold out the Gothic Theatre and has another show scheduled at the larger Ogden Theatre later this year.