Calvin Harris, Bloc Party, Twin Shadow, Walk Off the Earth, and Orchard Lounge will be performing at Lollapalooza 2012 between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 4.
Few DJs who actually sing are able to achieve success like Calvin Harris, who in the past five years has become an international hit-making guru. But his mixing and beatmaking skills are only a fraction of the Scottish-born singer/songwriter/producer’s talents. Bursting onto the scene in 2007 with his gold-selling debut I Created Disco, Harris earned two top-10 singles with dancehall hits “Acceptable in the ‘80s” and “The Girls.” Harris only continued his chart-topping streak with the release of his second studio album Ready for the Weekend (2009), hitting number one on the U.K. album charts and delivering the number one single “I’m Not Alone.” But the most recent success for the Scotsman DJ that made him an American sensation was his collaboration with Rihanna on the summer smash “We Found Love.” Harris’ forthcoming album is slated for release in October and is set to include collaborations with Ne-Yo, Kelis, and LMFAO. (Saturday, 7:00-8:15, Perry’s) –text: Jason Oliva
Expectations exploded after Bloc Party released its remarkably realized debut album, Silent Alarm, in 2007. A nimble blend of angular guitar riffs and punchy rhythms, the record became the archetype for the late 2000s post-punk revival. But rather than try to replicate their sound for future releases, a formula that led many of their peers to collapse, Bloc Party confounded prospects with their two follow-up albums, incorporating more electronics and even orchestral arrangements. While their sonic palette has undergone a change, what’s remained constant is the unguarded sincerity of Kele Okereke’s lyrics that have touched on everything from lost love to suburban sprawl to paranoia, illustrating the dichotomies of modern life. After a long 3-year hiatus, the band will be releasing new album Four just weeks after Lolla — offering them a prime opportunity to highlight their schizophrenic history while offering you a rare glimpse into their unpredictable future. (Saturday, 7-8, Sony Stage) –text: David Willming
Life on the road can be hard for an ever-touring musician, and some relationships are bound to suffer the consequences. Such was the lesson learned by Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist/songwriter George Lewis Jr. (a.k.a. Twin Shadow) after countless months of pushing his buzz-worthy debut album, the neo-new wave opus Forget. But instead of wallowing in the possible unraveling of said bonds, Lewis chose to soldier on and up the ante with a decidedly more rocking update to the Twin Shadow sound. Further inspiring his drive to succeed with LP number two was Lewis’ recent involvement in a motorcycle accident that no doubt left him thinking about life in new and impressionable ways. The self-produced follow-up record Confess (4AD) maintains the band’s sophisticated melodies and airy ‘80s new wave vibe but adds a more serious edge, even going slightly metal on tunes like “Patient” and “Beg for the Night.” (Saturday, 7:15-8:15, Google Play Stage) –text: Mike Scales
WALK OFF THE EARTH
Usually when watching a movie sequel there’s no comparison to the original, much like a cover of a song. But somehow, Walk Off The Earth completely falsifies that sentiment. They bring an earthy, West Coast-style relaxation to every song they cover despite hailing from Ontario, Canada. Walk Off The Earth is a multi-talented 5-piece collective armed not only with divine covers, but also affable originals well worth a listen. (Saturday, 6:50-7:30, BMI Stage) –text: Cody Lee
With downtempo schwag being sold all over the world, it’s nice to know there is some quality stuff grown right here in our backyard. Orchard Lounge is a Chicago-based group of DJs poised to burst beyond the city. Using minimalist repetitive trance beats, they drive you further into the music to move you higher than the beat and deep into the stretched-out keyboard notes. Anyone looking to “zone beyond” rather than simply “zone out” should visit Orchard Lounge. (Saturday, 7:30-8:30, PlayStation Stage) –text: Carrah Bechtel