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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Lollapalooza beyond the stage [PHOTOS]

Posted By on 08.09.18 at 11:39 AM

You've seen the artists: Taylor Bennett's pyrotechnics, LL Cool J's dancers, St. Vincent's avant-garde stage presence. But away from the stage, there's another show that photographer Alison Green worked to capture, one of people looking after other people—in quiet moments and in moments of exhaustion—and even an inflatable whale.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Lollapalooza announces its 2018 lineup

Posted By on 03.21.18 at 10:02 AM

Chance the Rapper headlining Lollapalooza in 2017 - IMAGE VIA LOLLAPALOOZA'S FACEBOOK
  • Image via Lollapalooza's Facebook
  • Chance the Rapper headlining Lollapalooza in 2017

This morning Lollapalooza announced the lineup for its four-day Chicago festival in August. Headliners are the Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Jack White, and the Arctic Monkeys.

Tickets went on sale yesterday morning, before the fest had named any of the nearly 200 acts scheduled to play Grant Park. That timing is the norm for Lolla, but unlike in previous years, general-admission passes are still available this morning—they usually sell out within the hour, though last year it took nearly two and a half. Sales could be slowing because Lolla has already asked all it can of its fans—$335 for GA is a lot of money (at least that price hasn't risen in a couple years), and eight stages of music for four straight days is a lot for the human body to endure. I know I'd have a hard time seeing enough to get my money's worth out of a four-day pass. Last year's ho-hum lineup can't be helping this year's sales either—to my eyes, it featured one too many nostalgia-rock headliners who'd already played the festival.

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Monday, August 7, 2017

Noname’s quiet strength won out over the din of Lollapalooza

Posted By on 08.07.17 at 01:28 PM

  • Bobby Talamine
  • Noname

When Noname dropped Telefone a year ago, she proved herself a distinctive, thoughtful talent capable of balancing intellect and intimacy—two qualities I generally don't associate with Lollapalooza. The mixtape's quiet effervescence and limber, soul-influenced sound quickly made Noname one of the most sought-after artists in Chicago, though, so of course Lollapalooza's bookers came calling. The festival has the pull to get almost anyone it wants, and there's no question Noname is worthy—easily among the best acts on this year's bill, as vital and relevant musically as Chance the Rapper or Lorde. She was one of the few bright spots in a dismal lineup dominated by forgettable festival-circuit regulars—given that it's now asking more than $300 for a four-day pass, Lollapalooza ought to aim higher than reminding people that the Killers have songs besides "Mr. Brightside." But going into her set on Sunday, I was worried about whether Noname's low-key aesthetic could succeed at a sprawling, crowded festival bustling with distractions, where music often feels like the audience's third priority—behind partying and, well, more partying.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

The best fashions at Lollapalooza 2016

Posted By on 08.01.16 at 03:59 PM

  • Kari Herrera

Lollapalooza may not have the boho fashion cred of Coachella or Glastonbury, but for four days the festival turned Grant Park into a parade of original looks. The overall theme seemed to be "come as you are, with a dash of who you want to be." Feel like wearing a full-length prom gown over combat boots? Knock yourself out. Thinking more jeans and a T-shirt topped with a dramatic mermaid crown? That’s cool too. The festival's diverse bookings—the headliners included Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, and Vic Mensa—were reflected in the crowd’s style.

What trends didn’t surprise? Flower crowns and bikini tops. They’re inevitable (sadly). What was surprising? Parasols, drum-major hats, and endless variations of the classic Bulls jersey. While some went all-out, most stayed low-key—Malia Obama, for instance, kept it chill in khaki shorts and earth tones. No big deal.

There was something for everyone on the festival fashion scene this year. Here we’ve gathered our favorite looks from Lollapalooza 2016.

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Photos of everything we saw at Lollapalooza 2016

Posted By on 08.01.16 at 03:49 PM

  • Alison Green

This year's Lollapalooza was a sweaty, rainy, and eventually sunny four-day extravaganza that offered something for almost everyone.

For fans nostalgic about the 90s alternative nation, Jane's Addiction and Red Hot Chili Peppers were front and center. Looking for more pop-leaning groups? Haim, the Joy Formidable, and Yeasayer were there too.

If hip-hop firebrands light your fuse, you could choose among several of Chicago's own—Vic Mensa, Joey Purp, Towkio, Smino—as well as out-of-towners such as Danny Brown, Future, and A$AP Ferg.

If you just wanted to dance, LCD Sounsystem, Major Lazer, and Flosstradamus could scratch that itch.

Photographers Alison Green and Bobby Talamine were in Grant Park for the Reader, and thanks to their tireless efforts, we can share this slideshow from Lollapalooza.

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Lolla day three wrapped up with a light show

Posted By on 08.03.15 at 10:30 AM

Florence and the Machine - ALISON GREEN
  • Alison Green
  • Florence and the Machine

Cassidy Ryan: Today definitely felt like the final day of a festival. It was a struggle to even stand up for an entire set and it seemed like a hiccup was bound to happen at any moment. That possibility materialized when the festival was evacuated from about 2:30 to 3:40 for an underwhelming thunderstorm. The music began again at 4 PM and, much to the relief of both the artists and the audience, nobody's set was canceled—some were pushed back a few hours.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Lollapalooza day two marked by angst, apathy—and one artist's arrest

Posted By on 08.02.15 at 01:22 PM

  • Bobby Talamine
  • Metallica

Tyler Daswick: It was a day of anarchy at Lollapalooza, and the raging against the machine began with one of the earliest acts. Mick Jenkins, this year’s edition of the Shafted Rapper on Too Small a Stage, ended his energetic set with an ode to N.W.A.’s “Fuck tha Police,” and fans left ready to wreak havoc on the rest of the grounds.

Yet the chief instigator of trouble proved to be one Travi$ Scott. He showed up to his 45-minute set a half hour late, saying he was “doing the ultimate amount of drugs,” and proceeded to call on the audience to give the “middle finger to security” and jump the barrier. Scott's set was cut short, and according to an Associated Press report, he was arrested on disorderly conduct charges. 

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Saturday, August 1, 2015

Lollapalooza's first day set a high bar for the rest of the fest

Posted By on 08.01.15 at 11:41 AM

Paul McCartney and his Magical Mystery Piano - BOBBY TALAMINE
  • Bobby Talamine
  • Paul McCartney and his Magical Mystery Piano

Tyler Daswick: It was always about Paul. Sure, BadBadNotGood made a huge play for Friday's most sneaky-great performance—the trio rocked themselves out of their seats in front of a crowd that grew as the set progressed—and Cold War Kids’ breezy indie rock played well to hazed-and-confused festgoers. But Paul McCartney’s pending performance cast a grand shadow over the day. Everything else was preliminary; all other options were time fillers. Even when you were singing along to Alt-J or dodging the crush of bodies in front of DJ Snake, there was no escaping it. The Beatle was coming.

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