Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival, taking place September 11-14 at Kennekuk County Park in Danville, Illinois, has announced its daily artist breakdown and late-night sets. Performers Thursday include The String Cheese Incident, Galactic, The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and The Revivalists, with late-night sets from Soulive and California Honeydrops. Friday performers include Lunar Landing Conspiracy, Bob Weir & Ratdog, Dumpstaphunk, JJ Grey & Mofro, and Jackie Greene, with late-night sets from The Steepwater Band, Ku Fu, and Monophonics. Saturday acts include Widespread Panic, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, Leftover Salmon, Jeff Austin Band, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, with late-night sets from Cornmeal, Quixotic, Moon Hooch, and Steady Flow. Sunday acts include Widespread Panic, Railroad Earth, Leon Russell, Gov’t Mule, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Vintage Trouble, and Futurebirds. Tickets are currently on sale for $230 and up.
BY Luke Blanco
Easily the most loveable Canadian electro-funk duo of the past decade, Chromeo’s unapologetically ebullient discography makes no compromise when it comes to feel-good music as they package each album with bouncy, grooving swag pop from start to finish. Should one come into contact with “Tenderoni,” do not fight the urge to make your way onto the dance floor and rock out like a nerdy middle school kid just let out of detention. Chromeo’s dedication to reviving early ‘80s electro funk has become amplified across oceans with their recent breakout release, White Women. Featuring collaborations with several big names from Toro y Moi to Solange to A-Track (who is also lead singer Dave 1’s brother), the album brings each artist’s personal flavor to Chromeo’s always brimming pot of sexed-up party anthems. They even performed “Sexy Socialite” with a reformed Death From Above 1979 on The Tonight Show, providing further proof that they’re never afraid to get weird.
Bud Light Stage
BY Erin Malysa
Remember back in 2004 when you pumped your fist high into the air, stomped your foot and sung gut-wrenching lyrics at the top of your voice? If so, you must have been listening to Mignonette, the ‘04 release from The Avett Brothers that broke apart the quaint notion of alt-country and injected it with a heavy case of twangy bluegrass instrumentals. Fast-forward 10 years to their newest release Magpie and the Dandelion, which continues the tradition of earnest vocals paired with upbeat folky rhythms as displayed on tracks like the banjo-prominent song “Another Is Waiting” — an unpretentious look into the intricacies of a teetering relationship. This album is a call and response to the lovelorn battle-scarred hearts that refuse to give up on their quixotic quest for love. Expect the crowd to be big, the lyrics to be loud, and the vibes to be good.
Samsung Galaxy Stage
BY Jackalynn Howell
While they may be new to many at Lollapalooza, Young the Giant is hardly “Rookie of the Year.” Captivating audiences from coast to coast, this California quintet knows exactly how to convey the artistry of their songs on stage. If you never thought that spacey keyboards and tambourines could actually rock alongside guitars, here’s your proof. Young the Giant take music styles native to indie rock and spin them on their heads by blending in pop melodies with heavy drums. A broad range of instrumentation brightens their live show as the music weaves in and out of speakers. Activating audiences with a swinging groove on songs like “Eros” and “Waves,” they can also kick back hard with songs like “My Body” and “Its About Time.” Dreamy vocals embrace lyrics of poetry while bright keyboards support the backbone of their indie pop vibe for a refreshing take on the otherwise rigid forms of indie rock.