Lollapalooza has announced its 2016 lineup for the expanded 4-day festival taking place in Grant Park July 28-31 in honor of the festival’s 25th anniversary. Thursday acts include J. Cole, Lana Del Rey, The 1975, Bastille, Flosstradamus, Kurt Vile, Yeasayer, and Danny Brown. Friday acts include Radiohead, Major Lazer, M83, Foals, Miike Snow, Frightened Rabbit, and Future. Saturday acts include Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure, Jane’s Addiction, Two Door Cinema Club, Grimes, and Vic Mensa. Sunday acts include LCD Soundsystem, Ellie Goulding, Bloc Party, Die Antwoord, Haim, Flume, and Silversun Pickups. 4-day passes are sold out, but 1-day passes are available for $120 per day.
BY ALYSSA GIRDWAIN
Yuck may have formed in foggy London, but their sound is more sunny West Coast. Taking it back to ‘80s and ‘90s with lo-fi rock, the music oozes fuzz and buzz like when you have the spins after a long night of Four Loko and Molly shooters. The band took a hit after the release of Glow & Behold when lead songwriter Daniel Blumberg left Yuck, yet guitarist Max Bloom has picked things up and rejuvenated a decaying sound. New album Stranger Things is immediate and hungry, comprised of peppy bursts of homegrown sound. In the end, Yuck isn’t as good as they were before. They’re better.
BY JAMIE ROBASH
Woods began in 2005 as a solo side project for Brooklyn multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Earl. Eleven years and 10 albums later (all released on the Woodist label, which Earl also runs), Earl and longtime bandmate/collaborator Jarvis Taveniere have crafted some of the finest lo-fi psychedelic folk pop in the game. Though grounded in folk, each Woods record is far from a musical rubber stamp. Over the years, Earl and Taveniere have employed a rotating cast of musicians with past alums including John Andrews and Kevin Morby. Debut single “Sun City Creeps” from the latest Woods record expertly showcases this perennially earnest band’s continued musical evolution.
BY LISA MROCK
Georgia native Ernest Greene’s music, which he’s released under the moniker Washed Out since 2009, helped push chillwave up from the indie underground onto very much above-ground iTunes and Spotify playlists. Most people have heard Greene’s music without knowing it, with “New Theory” used in film and television while “Feel It All Around” is famously soundtracked as the intro song for Portlandia. His last album, 2013’s Paracosm, was led by the singles “Weightless” and “All I Know” — songs just as careening, beautiful, and cinematic as anything he’s ever created. Washed Out doesn’t have many shows coming up, so catch him at the right time as spring breathes new life into the harsh Chicago winter landscape.