Lollapalooza 2014 guide: Arctic Monkeys or Eminem, OutKast or Krewella - Reverb

Lollapalooza 2014 guide: Arctic Monkeys or Eminem, OutKast or Krewella

Lollapalooza 2014 is upon us this weekend. The sweet sounds from Eminem and a serious lineup will make everybody forget the sweltering muggy heat that fan goers will endure for a three day weekend.

Friday, Aug. 1

The good news is that fans will only have to suffer the shoulder to shoulder agony of enduring main acts on Friday, where time would need to be split between the two best acts of the weekend, Eminem and Arctic Monkeys.

The Arctic Monkeys are touring behind “AM,” an album released in 2013, but in a year, the latest effort from the UK’s best current rock band has become its most commercially successful album to date. It would be smart to hit the Monkeys early and head over to Eminem’s set midway. Em’s set could run longer due to the extensive catalog and the chance to catch a special guest, i.e. Rihanna or Elton John, is pretty high. It would be a sin to not catch electro pop duo, Phantogram, earlier in the day. The NY twosome are Big Boi’s favorite collaborators and the vibrant lead vocalist,Sarah Barthel, is lightening in a bottle with her luscious vocals and stage presence.

Saturday Aug. 2

Outkast are quasi unretired. Yes, Sir Luscious Left Foot and Andre 3000 have found time to reunite and tour behind more fruitful times, however, no new recorded material is in the works. The ATLiens have had plenty of time since their disastrous Coachella appearances to have fine tuned their act.

The good ol’ boys from Austin, Spoon, might have one of the best albums on their hands. For those of you that haven’t listened yet, their forthcoming album, “They Want My Soul,” is consistently on par with predecessors, “Transference” and “Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga,” or perhaps even better. Think about the last bad Spoon album you’ve ever listened to, ever. It doesn’t exist. This is a chance for Britt Daniels and crew to show that the Merge artists are capable of killing it live.

Manchester Orchestra might be the only set that could possibly necessitate the usage of ear plugs. The Southern rock band packs a wallop of a punch on guitar akin to blindsided upside the head unknowingly.

Sunday Aug. 3

Colombian party starters, Bomba Estéreo, are a celebration in a bag. We’re talking confetti blowing and bottle rockets popping on stage with one of the few Latin artists to represent in Chicago.

Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino has proclaimed himself the best rapper in the game. Is that as bad as giving yourself your own nickname? Faux pas, perhaps? But what happens when there’s weight to self proclamations? Childish Gambino represents the West Coast as one of the most cerebral hip hoppers in the game, even if he only has two albums under his belt.

Despite taking a little bit of time for Flume’s self-titled album to make its way across the Pacific, the Australian producer creates some of the crunchiest beats in the game with some teetering along grimy territory. Check out Flume’s collaboration with Chet Faker, “Drop the Game,” for further reinforcement.

On Sunday, you can certainly miss headliners Kings of Leon, who have been struggling in recent years to reclaim their glory days. Instead, check out hip-hop’s next big name, Chance the Rapper, who might just use the big Lolla stage to debut some new tunes. If you get a chance, check out Skrillex — even if you’re not a fan — his live show this year has been blowing away even the harshest critics.

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Julio Enriquez is a Denver writer and photographer, editor of the Cause=Time blog and a regular contributor to Reverb

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