Your 2013 Lollapalooza Genre Guide

by (@sllambe)


With over 120 bands performing at Lollapalooza, there’s a lot of music to digest at the three-day festival. We break down the festival by genres for those looking to focus on one specific sound while in Chicago. Thankfully, there’s enough to satisfy fans of hip-hop (Kendrick Lamar), pop (Lana Del Rey), rock (Queens Of The Stone Age) indie/alt rock (Vampire Weekend) and folk/country (The Lumineers). Of course, electronic and techno fans should just plan to hang out at Perry’s tent most of the weekend where things go none-stop from 12 to 10 pm each day.

 If you like Vampire Weekend…

Indie and alt-rock fans have the most to choose from at Lollapalooza. These are some of the key acts people should check out.


Start the three-day festival with The Neighbourhood at 12 pm. This mysterious quintet sounds like a harder Vampire Weekend. Another way to kick off Friday is with American Authors, who plays at the same time at the BMI stage. San Cisco keeps the party going at 1. Australia’s Atlas Genius takes The Grove stage at 3:30. No word if they will perform their cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.” Prepare to do some white-boy dancing at 4:30 with Pacific Air. Then it’s to the Lake Shore stage for the unexpected summer hit, “Radioactive,” by Imagine Dragons. Their sound is generally lighter than their hit single. Finally, The Killers close out the first night at 8:25.

The Los Angeles band, Family Of The Year, kicks things off with a relaxing start at 12 pm on Saturday. Beast Patrol and Wild Club keep the indie rocker vibe going with back-t0-back sets starting at 1:10. For a more fuller sound, fans should check out the Dublin folk rock quintet, Little Green Cars, at 1:30. After Wild Club, fans should move over to The Grove stage for a performance by HAIM at 3:30. Fans should take a short R&R to gear up for The National at 6 pm or the Foals at 5:45. Then it’s one of two options to close out the night: The Postal Service or Mumford & Sons.

The final day starts things off right with Guards at 12 pm. The group is an off-shoot of The Cults. For a funkier sound, fans should check out the siblings that form Wild Belle at 1:30. Then it’s over to the BMI stage for The Mowgli’s, who will somehow cram all their members on stage at 3:20. They are followed by Wavves at 4:45 on The Grove stage. Then it’s on to Bear Mountain at 4:50. Finally, Vampire Weekend takes the Bug Light stage at 6:30. The group opens for Phoenix, who is closing out the festival at 8:30.

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