Coldplay, Muse, Girl Talk, and Ratatat will be performing at Lollapalooza 2011 between the hours of 8:15 and 10:00 p.m. on Friday, August 5.
It’s been over a decade since Coldplay became one of the best selling artists of all time following the success of breakout song “Yellow” and debut album Parachutes. Since then the U.K. rockers have sold out arenas around the globe, won a plethora of awards, married Gwyneth Paltrow and released four studio albums. Coldplay has certainly been living the life, or Viva la Vida (the name of their fourth studio album which, according to the BBC, was one of the fastest-selling albums in U.K. history). This should be no exception for their widely anticipated fifth studio album, slated to be released this fall. Expect to hear new material including their most recent single “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” which showcases a different sound for the band — a more peppy, piano-influenced style than Chris Martin’s sorrowful crooning on X&Y or the heavy bass of drums and violins from their last album. Either way, it seems Coldplay can do no wrong. (Friday, 8:30-10, Bud Light Stage) –text: Ciera McKissick
Muse gets called a lot of things, from glam rock to R&B to progressive. But if there’s one thing the English rockers aren’t, it’s plain. The 3-piece outfit sports a wide variety of instrumentation, ranging from the presumed and frequented (guitars, basses and drums) to the rare and peculiar (llama toenails). Synthesizers and sampling make up an integral part of their sound, while frontman Matthew Bellamy’s vocals take on formidable topics that include the Apocalypse, the destructive powers of war and revolution. With a tendency toward blisteringly energetic live performances, Muse has earned a reputation for its stage presence. And record sales reflect their success. Muse’s fifth and latest studio album dropped nearly two years ago and went on to win a Grammy for “Best Rock Album”. Titled The Resistance, it journeys through R&B tracks and epic rock arrangements, culminating in a short classical symphony replete with delicate piano lines and swelling strings. (Friday, 8:15-10, Music Unlimited Stage) –text: Kevin Coss
With a career running five albums deep, the biochemical engineer turned mashup mastermind Gregg Gillis doesn’t seem to be relenting from his frenetic pace — the pace to which each of his non-stop party LPs frantically bounce. His latest, All Day, confidently struts with a multitude of unlikely musical matches such as the Ludacris/Black Sabbath opener “Oh No” or the M.O.P./Miley Cyrus clash “That’s Right”. With frequent use of mainstream samplings, there’s a good chance first-time listeners will recognize some of the material. Yet Girl Talk’s craft has a way of making old classics sound new and refreshing, such as the anthemic fusion of Daft Punk’s “Digital Love” and Missy Elliott’s “Get Ur Freak On”. It’s not Girl Talk without a party, so expect to see a swarm of festivalgoers make their way onto the stage Friday night. (Friday, 8:45-10, Perry’s) –text: Gen Julian Thompson
Brooklyn-based band Ratatat needs no words. They let their instrumental synth-laden electronic music do all the talking. The duo came onto the scene in 2004 with their self-titled debut album, which was recorded in the basement of band member Mike Stroud’s apartment and mixed on his Mac. After a successful start, the indie band released two more albums, Lp3 and Lp4 under XL Recordings, before teaming up with Kid Cudi. Their music is psychedelic trip-rock consisting of guitar and synthesizer with the occasional audio clip inserted into songs as in their popular debut single, “Seventeen Years.” Their live sets reflect their eccentric music style — filled with light shows, projections, and odd video clips like the eerie smiling faces seen in their music video for “Drugs.” Their light-hearted music and fun vibe will leave you smiling, kind of like you just partied with children. (Friday, 8:45-9:45, Google+ Stage) –text: Ciera McKissick