SHARON JONES & THE DAP KINGS
The Sharon Jones story, which involved working as a jailor in New York before she caught her big break at the tender young age of 40, is worth checking out. So are all of her songs (everything from the Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ self-titled 2002 debut to the band’s third and most recent effort, 100 Days, 100 Nights from last year). Take Naturally’s “Fish In My Dish,” one of several outstanding tracks, and feel the James Brown influence, get a sense of Sharon’s Southern (Atlanta-born) roots, and be blown away by the profoundly simple lyrics (“I remember when an old man said ‘This tastes better when it’s fresh off the line’ / but I can tell you that it tastes even better, when I know that the line was mine”), a sort of DIY attitude poured from the power base of this confident soul woman’s thunderous voicebox. (Saturday, 7:30-8:30, PlayStation Stage) –text: Joseph O’Fallon
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
In just eight short years, Rage Against the Machine ignited in fans a kind of fire and passion that hasn’t been seen or approached by any band since. In their previous existence from 1992 to 2000, lead singer Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Bob and drummer Brad Wilk led a radical musical protest movement when most of the world thought there was nothing to protest. Combining rap, hip-hop, reggae, funk and thrash metal, Rage Against the Machine produced some of the greatest protest songs that have ever been recorded — decrying everything under the capitalistic sun and supporting some of the most under-reported social issues of the decade. In 2000, shortly after an insurgent performance outside the Democratic National Convention, de la Rocha announced his plans to leave the band and the remaining members formed Audioslave. In 2007 the band reunited for the Coachella music festival and rumors have begun to swirl about the possibility of a new album. (Saturday, 8:30-10:00, AT&T Stage) –text: James H. Ewert Jr.
The Toadies gained their reputation as the only legitimate band to come out of Texas during the mid-‘90s post-grunge era. Their craft for bluesy riff-rock made them a staple on modern rock radio yet their exceptionally accessible debut, Rubberneck, didn’t get a proper follow-up until 2001’s Hell Below/Stars Above because of a constant butting of heads with their record label lasting nearly five years. However, five months after Hell Below/Stars Above’s release, singer Todd Lewis announced to a Dallas newspaper that the band would be splitting up. After a short stint in the extremely mediocre rock outfit The Burden Brothers, Lewis decided it was time to get the band back together. The new Toadies album No Deliverance, due out August 19, boasts a title track that delivers with those same meaty riffs that we haven’t heard since the days when head-banging to “Tyler” while speeding down the freeway was still socially acceptable. (Saturday, 7:30-8:30, MySpace Stage) –text: Richard Giraldi
2006 saw Wilco chosen as one of the top acts of Lollapalooza. Now, two years later, Wilco has been given the day two headlining position opposite a reunited Rage Against The Machine. Is it weird to anyone else that “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” might possibly be played at the same time as “Bulls On Parade” at opposite ends of Grant Park? Regardless of the timing, Wilco has earned the chance to seize the moment and make something special of it. If five nights at the Riviera Theatre this past February was a celebration of a rich and diverse catalog, then closing out Saturday night at Lollapalooza is one big party. Rumor has it that Barack Obama may even show up to introduce the band, who are avid supporters of his candidacy, or possibly Kanye West on Sunday. Fans will have to wait and see. (Saturday, 8:30-10:00, Bud Light Stage) –text: Chris Castaneda–photo: Chris Strong