Mutemath, Frightened Rabbit, Erykah Badu, Dirty South, and Mexican Institute of Sound will be performing at Lollapalooza 2010 between the hours of 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 8.
Rising from the ashes of Christian rockers Earthsuit in 2003, New Orleans’ Mutemath has quickly calculated a winning formula for mainstream success. The trippy pop-rock quartet has built a reputation for epic tunes and electrifying performances. Mutemath’s self-titled 2006 debut rode to radio-ready prominence on the shoulders of hook-laden songs like “Typical” and “Control.” Last year’s follow-up, Armistice, saw the band expanding its sound while maintaining its futuristic vibe. The cascading keys of “Clipping” naturally coexist within the widescreen rock of “Spotlight” and the bouncy pop of “Goodbye.” Live, Mutemath has lit up audiences on its own headlining jaunts as well as at mega-festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, where the band rocked Grant Park in 2006. Drummer Darren King in particular has become a notorious fan favorite for his relentless percussion style. If the rest of the band can match King’s energy, Mutemath will not disappoint. (Sunday, 5-6, PlayStation Stage) –text: Jeff Sistrunk
It sounded like something from a Superman movie as Frightened Rabbit reported being the first band to miss Coachella due to a volcano erupting. The Scottish indie folk band did make an appearance at SXSW, however, weather be damned. In humble beginnings back in 2003, the Frabbits started as a stage name for Scott Hutchinson playing the clubs before expanding to include five other members and recording albums Sing the Grey and Hits the Fan for Fiction Records before The Self-Starter Foundation brought the indie band to the U.S. for the first time in 2007. Eventually a deal with Fat Cat Records gave Frightened Rabbit the exposure they had been waiting for as they embarked on a headlining American tour. In March of 2010 the Frabbits released the excellent Winter of Mixed Drinks, from which we expect to hear many tracks at Lollapalooza. (Sunday, 5-6, Sony Bloggie Stage) –text: Jyn Radakovits–photo: Jannica Honey
It should be criminal to possess the raw beauty and never-ending talent which Miss Erykah Badu so effortlessly exudes. And for her, it was. Badu’s controversial music video for “Window Seat” follows our Grammy Award-winning R&B songstress into downtown Dallas, where she strips nude and falls dead in Dealey Plaza (where JFK was assassinated). Inspired by Matt and Kim’s similar spontaneous nudie video, Badu had only artistic intentions yet wound up charged with disorderly conduct. Whoever would want to arrest one of the sexiest sirens of our generation for shedding her clothes is beyond me, but the shoot succeeded in garnering plenty of publicity for her newest release New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh). Her fifth and perhaps most honest release to date, Part Two is an enjoyably chill neo-soul reminder of why we’ve still got nothing but love for Erykah Badu after all these years. (Sunday, 5-6, Adidas Mega Stage) –text: Jodi Root
Australian DJ/producer Dragan Roganovic (a.k.a. Dirty South) began exploring his musical ambitions at the age of 13, mixing songs on an old tape deck. His immaculately crafted club singles made an immediate splash in the mid-2000s, gaining ARIA Award nominations and winning an “Essential New Tune” nod from Pete Tong’s Essential Selection. Outside of his own work, he’s also produced popular remixes for U2, Depeche Mode and Snoop Dogg. (Sunday, 5:30-6:30, Perry’s) –text: Sean Rose
MEXICAN INSTITUTE OF SOUND
Mexico City’s Mexican Institute of Sound began in 2005 when DJ/producer Camilo Lara began making annual Christmas mixes and compilations for his friends. He released his first album in 2006 entitled Méjico Máxico, which incorporated electronica, dub, cha cha, cumbia, and spoken word. MIS brings together folk and traditional Mexican music with modern beats. As president of EMI Mexico, Lara is at the forefront of a burgeoning electronic music scene in Mexico. (Sunday, 4:30-5:30, Perry’s) –text: Michelle Ann