Explosions In the Sky, Modeselektor, Manchester Orchestra, and DJ Mel will be performing at Lollapalooza 2011 between the hours of 7:00 and 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 7.
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
Austin-based 4-piece Explosions In the Sky make their second visit to Lollapalooza following the release of their sixth studio album, April’s Take Care, Take Care, Take Care. On it, the instrumental act introduces a small amount of vocals to the mix using the “ohs” and “ahs” of voice as another instrument in their textured sound on tracks like “Trembling Hands”, one of the shorter tracks from a powerfully epic act know for 10-minute plus songs. The band has deservedly found critical acclaim throughout their career, most notably in crafting the soundtrack for the 2004 film Friday Night Lights, as well as being featured regularly throughout the television show of the same name’s 5-season run. EITS’ driving percussion and, ahem, explosive guitars create the perfect blend for a Sunday evening set in the park. Of all the bands you’ll see at Lollapalooza this year, this will be the one you’ll remember. (Sunday, 7-8, Sony Stage) –text: Amanda Shivley
Credited for ushering in an era of “grime-techno-dubstep-acid-hip-hop-electro-IDM,” it’s safe to say that Modeselektor’s music defies boundaries. The electronic duo of Berlin-based DJs Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary teamed up in 1992, shortly after the fall of the Berlin wall. They made a name for themselves in illegal, underground circles, becoming key players in Berlin’s artistic rebirth. In response to the events in Germany, every song on each of the group’s two full-length albums draws from a different genre in the cannon of world music including hip-hop, reggae, and country. The product is a richly textured sound that has redefined electronic music. The innovative style of their first album Hello Mom! attracted admirers like Thom Yorke and Ellen Allien, both of whom have collaborated with the group. As a result, Modeselektor’s intentionally label-less sound makes it one of the most exciting live performances in any genre. (Sunday, 7:15-8:30, Perry’s) –text: Alexa Brown
After years of quietly accumulating back porch hype, it seems Manchester Orchestra have finally kicked in the front door. Formed six years ago in Atlanta, Manchester systematically blends the uncomfortable softness of Neutral Milk Hotel with early ‘90s dirty guitar grunge. The band’s debut album I’m Like A Virgin Losing A Child earned Manchester a devoted underground following, along with some major label attention. Their much-hyped 2011 release Simple Math marks a shift of musical direction for the band, receiving overwhelmingly positive responses from fans and critics. Manchester Orchestra’s Lollapalooza slot marks yet another high for the increasingly popular rock outfit, who will cap off the year by touring alongside Blink 182 and My Chemical Romance. It seems that the general public are finally figuring our what die-hard Manchester fans have known for years: when these guys rock, they’re dead serious about it. (Sunday, 7-8, Google+ Stage) –text: Ben McFarland
Austin’s snappiest turntablist has created somewhat of a residency for himself at Lollapalooza, and apparently for good reason. Now returning for this third year at the festival, the Southwest’s go-to DJ is an expert at executing the mashup with an ulterior motive: showing the masses just how much our musical preferences have in common. When he’s not educating about loving your brother’s playlist, he schools the crowd on early ‘80s jams and old school hip hop, brought straight from the wildly popular weekly dance parties he has hosted in his hometown for nearly two decades. Ever the consummate mix artist, DJ Mel has won awards for his “why-didn’t-I-think-of-that?” remixes. Don’t be surprised to see the sometimes photographer hauling cartons of vinyl around Grant Park; that’s how this traditionalist rolls. (Sunday, 7:30-8:30, PlayStation Stage) –text: Selena Fragassi–photo: Clayton Hauck / everyoneisfamous.com