If you’re a fan of music festivals, or more specifically Chicago-based music festivals, I’ve got a little treat for you today. The official 2013 Lollapalooza lineup is supposed to be released on April 9th. If you’ve been following me on Twitter, you’d also know that I’ve been giving away names of artists that are set to appear on that lineup each weekday for the month of March. Now a mere couple days before the end of the month and nearly 2 weeks before the official lineup reveal, the whole thing has gone ahead and leaked out. Interestingly enough, a similar thing happened last year, when somebody at Lollapalooza Chile snapped a photo of a piece of paper with the lineup typed out on it. Lollapalooza Chile is set to happen this coming weekend, so this leak even beats that time frame and comes as part of an official poster for the festival as well. Have a look at the full lineup right here. As far as my thoughts on the whole thing? Wellll, they’re a little bit mixed. Statistically speaking, this is looking to be the most popular Lolla ever. How can I tell? Ticket sales. Last year it took 3 weeks for the festival to sell out of 3-day passes. This year it took 3 hours. To say people are excited is putting it lightly, and that was even before the lineup leaked. Of course a few headliners (Mumford & Sons, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, The Killers) were already “leaked” by the time tickets went on sale yesterday morning, so maybe all the buzz was built around those artists. For me, I wouldn’t want to attend a music festival with those four acts as the headliners unless there was a massive undercard and other headliners that I desperately want to see. The good, if not great news, is that the undercard is pretty strong and filled with some great acts. I’ll go into detail about that later on when the official lineup announcement comes, but basically I like the lineup as a whole and can live with some bad headliners if there are other options to enjoy at the time. I hope you’re as excited about it as I am, though honestly I think the Pitchfork Music Festival has the better overall lineup this year, which they coincidentally just unveiled in its entirety yesterday. Summer can’t come soon enough! While we all wait patiently for music festival season, let’s do another edition of Pick Your Poison. There’s some delightful tracks today from Bad Pilgrim, Cosmuc Suckerpunch, KYLE, Majical Cloudz, The Scanners, Semi-Twang and Twinster. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream some excellent new songs from Cloud Boat, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Fyfe and Spectrals.
Twinstar – Lost Ends
Alex Bleeker & The Freaks – Leave on the Light
Cloud Boat – Youthern
Cold War Kids – Miracle Mile (Houses Remix)
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. – If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On The Dancefloor)
Fyfe – Lies
Spectrals – Milky Way