Snap Judgment: The Top 8 Must-See Acts At Lollapalooza


Lollapalooza announced its 2011 festival lineup at midnight last night, with headliners Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo Green, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas, the Cars, and Ween sure to a draw massive crowd to Grant Park in Chicago on August 5-7.

But what of the 88 other bands on the Lollapalooza 2011 lineup? Well, here are your eight best bets, listed alphabetically—and including five You Oughta Know artists:

  1. Fitz & the Tantrums
    We’ve already said plenty about the live appeal of Fitz & the Tantrums. They promise to bring the funk, rain or shine, full stop.
  2. Lissie
    Lissie is about to join our You Oughta Know roster, and shortly we’ll be sharing an exclusive look at her live presence on a small scale. She’s an artist in transition, but we suspect she’ll make the leap to a bigger stage with grace.
  3. Lykke Li
    This year’s VH1 Unplugged lineup is astonishingly good, but we concede that MTV Unplugged scooped us by booking Lykke Li, who would have been a great addition to our already-stellar lineup. Check out this indie-pop Swede’s new video for “Get Some”:

  4. Christina Perri
    Christina Perri played a You Oughta Know Live set in November, featuring the single Jar of Hearts, evidence that Perri’s voice and songwriting have the sort of passion that scale almost effortlessly to festival-size.
  5. Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
    Like Fitz & the Tantrums, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals have received their share of praise from the VH1 blog, with good reason. They held their own on VH1’s 2010 Divas Support the Troops stage and they will definitely do the same in Grant Park.
  6. Patrick Stump
    Since Fall Out Boy went on hiatus, the public focus has largely remained on bassist and Ashlee Simpson-ex, Pete Wentz. All the while, Fall Out Boy’s vocalist and chief songwriter Patrick Stump has been quietly recording a solo record—less punky than Fall Out Boy’s late-aughts emo-pop, but just as catchy. In February he self-released the Truant Wave EP and shot a video for its hooky single “Oh Nostalgia”:

    Fair warning: his fanbase is incredibly devoted, so the Lollapalooza crowd might be a little crazy.

  7. Two Door Cinema Club
    Speaking of dedicated fanbases: Two Door Cinema Club allegedly drew a much larger and more fervent audience at Coachella than either organizers or attendees expected. Their collegiate crowd will be super-enthusiastic, and with reason—their indie-pop is as danceable as it is charming.
  8. Wye Oak
    Wye Oak hail from Baltimore, but unlike the epileptic glitch-poppers in the city’s “Wham City” scene, the unassuming duo just play great indie rock. The band’s popularity is slowly building thanks to guitarist Jenn Wasner’s powerful vocals and everything-else-ist Andy Stack’s multifaceted rhythmic and harmonic support. Their third album Civilian, released last month, counts among its fans Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley (and not just because they’re named for the official state tree). Plus they did a killer cover, for the Onion’s A.V. Undercover series, of Danzig‘s “Mother”:

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