Now that I’m fully recovered from the extensive coverage of the 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival a couple of weekends ago, I’m pleased to welcome you to the beginning of another week’s worth of festival coverage, this time for Lollapalooza 2014. It’s the 10th anniversary of the festival since it made Grant Park a permanent home, and I’m proud to say that I’ve not missed a single day of it during that time period. Things have certainly evolved in that period of time, some for the better but mostly for the worse. Basically it’s gone from a four stage mini festival on one small segment of Grant Park to an eight stage behemoth that covers the entirety of Grant Park. Sometimes it seems like the older I get, the more difficult it becomes to accurately cover something so massive, particularly as the lineups haven’t exactly been my favorites these last couple years. Yet the festival is more popular than ever, selling out in record time despite increasing ticket prices. Is my increasing apathy towards Lolla a case of growing older, or is it more a function of people obsessively buying tickets every year less because they love the lineup and more because they love the atmosphere and hanging out for three days in the summer sun with friends? I’d argue a little of both. Anyways, if you’ll be heading to Lollapalooza this year, keep an eye here on the site, as I’ll be posting a preview guide, some lineup playlists, and daily recaps of everything I see. Yeah, I’m still going to have lots of fun, and if you’re going I hope you do too. Okay, how about some Pick Your Poison action for the Monday blues? Good tracks in this set come from Anjou, DREAMERS (covering Nirvana), GOONS, Nordic Giants and The Pharmacy. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream new songs from Dope Body, Dralms, Jessie Ware, Low (covering Bruce Springsteen), The Rentals and TOPS, among others.
Dope Body – Hired Gun
Dralms – Divisions of Labour
Jessie Ware – Share It All
Low – I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen cover)
Lowell – The Birds (dd elle Remix)
The Rentals – 1000 Seasons
TOPS – Way to Be Loved