5 Tough Decisions At Lollapalooza 2013

by (@sllambe)


The National (6 pm, Red Bull Sound Select) or Kendrick Lamar (6:45 pm, Bud Light)


Once again, on opposite sides of the park, two wildly different acts are taking the stage. However, given that Lollapalooza packs so many different genres and styles into one weekend, it’s no surprise that you (like many fans) have a tough choice to make. Do you go with a hot, young rapper or an established indie-rock band? The National comes with years of experience on stage and off. Not only did they pack Brooklyn’s Barclays Center but they managed to pull off a six-hour show consisting of one song. Lolla is the kind of venue that’s perfect for this band, a laid back, outdoor experience on a cool summer night.

Then there’s Lamar. The up-and-coming rapper recently owned the stage at Bonnaroo and is burning up the charts with “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” The only real risk is sifting through filler may make up a portion of his hour-long set. Then again, he could just pull Lady Gaga out on stage and slay all over again.


Grizzly Bear (6 pm, Red Bull Sound Select) or Vampire Weekend (6:30 pm, Bud Light)


This conflict really comes down to Vampire Weekend or Grizzly Bear with Beach House being an added bonus depending on which way you go. With the release of their third album, Vampire Weekend now has enough music to pack an hour-long set without using any filler. Their stage presence has only gotten better over the years and the group’s sound is so infectious that it’s hard not to have a good time.

On the Red Bull Select stage is Gizzly Bear. The group is known for their low-key sets, often not speaking much during the show. This one for fans because the risk is the lack of acoustics because it’s an outdoor venue. However, the band has plenty of great songs that would be treat to experience live and considering that Alt-J and Beach House perform right before and right after, you enjoy lots of great music without having to move very far.

Don’t forget to check out our genre guide to Lollapalooza.

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