I even hate writing the Reader's annual guide to the clusterfuck, though this year my editors encouraged me to say what I really feel about it, which again is that I think it's terrible and that I hate it. The guide itself is actually pretty cool, though, with an itinerary assembled by our resident music critics that covers almost every minute of all three days, plus a Spotify playlist of our favorite Lolla artists.
This week's B Side also has offerings for the smarty-pantses who are opting out of the Grant Park "experience." We've got a list of all the Lollapalooza afterparties that still had tickets available at press time, plus info on the considerably smaller and punker Gnarfest, which is also happening this weekend—there's more on that in Gossip Wolf, not to mention news on the gear theft suffered by Chicago jazz drummer Frank Rosaly and the first seven-inch by "death-thrash" outfit Zath. For Artist on Artist we set up a conversation between Twin Shadow and local artsy electro-popper Yoko Homo, and there are a whole bunch of non-Lolla-related shows written up on Soundboard, including Shonen Knife, River City Tanlines, Coliseum, and Rufus Wainwright.