MGMT, Wolfmother, Cypress Hill, Flosstradamus, and The Temper Trap will be performing at Lollapalooza 2010 between the hours of 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 8.
Love them or hate them, MGMT are certainly a hot topic of conversation this year. After following up their hit 2007 album Oracular Spectacular with this year’s more challenging Congratulations, MGMT have forced fans to either get on board with their less poppy and more psychedelic sound or fall by the wayside. The band is feeling particularly muscular after winning a legal dispute with French President (and MGMT fan) Nicolas Sarkozy, who used their song “Kids” several times for campaign purposes without permission. The band has also succeeded in sprucing up their live show since expanding from their original 2-man lineup into their current party of five. As one of the must-see acts at this year’s Lollapalooza, MGMT will hopefully delight old fans and gain new ones with their animated and genre-crossing theatrics. Not bad for a band that was opening for Of Montreal just a few years ago. (Sunday, 6-7:15, Budweiser Stage) –text: Anna Deem
Sometimes there’s no use messing with a good thing. Just ask Andrew Stockdale. The leader of Aussie hard rock trio Wolfmother saw his band explode onto the scene in 2006 with heavy riffs and wailing vocals that perked up the ears of even the pickiest Led Zeppelin fans. In 2007, the young band snagged a Grammy for “Best Hard Rock Performance” for their single “Woman.” After “irreconcilable differences” shattered the original lineup, Stockdale put together a new band (which is now a quartet). While all of the original players except Stockdale have changed, the group has kept its same name and its same heavy psychedelic sound. Cosmic Egg was released last October and with songs like “New Moon Rising,” it’s clear that Stockdale’s solution to personnel changes is to play it safe with the same hooks and dizzying guitar solos that Wolfmother fans know and love. How else do you think McDonald’s stays in business? (Sunday, 6-7, Parkways Foundation Stage) –text: Bonnie Stiernberg–photo: Daniel Boud
Bouncing and squealing like a hydraulic low-rider, Cypress Hill dragged hip-hop a little deeper into the suburban bedrooms of the 1990s while managing to smuggle in a Latino culture that mid-America hardly knew existed. They demonstrated that hip-hop could belong to cultures not exclusively African-American without cooling into Vanilla Ice. Their debut drew musical ideas from Dr. Dre and Public Enemy alongside themes from gangsta rap, inflected with a prankster’s sneer and dense clouds of cannabis. Later albums got grimly serious as gangsta culture encountered real violence. Once the smoke cleared, hip-hop had taken root globally as a music of defiance and self-assertion that gave marginalized communities of immigrants and minorities a real feeling of power. Cypress Hill had a little to do with this. Yet the promise of radical multi-cultural American hip-hop went largely underground as its more visible artists continued to fixate on narratives about money and luxury goods. (Sunday, 7-8, Adidas Mega Stage) –text: Michael Latham
This local DJ duo is most at home mashing hip-hop with spacey electronically-backed beats on their turntables. They built a nationwide audience by hosting parties that regularly drew an underground following. This indie status was solidified when they started remixing artists such as Charlotte Gainsbourg and distributing copies at SXSW. Less frantic than Girl Talk, DJs J2K and Autobot still create music well suited to dancing…without spilling your PBR. (Sunday, 6:30-7:30, Perry’s) –text: Cara Slingerland–photo: Clayton Hauck / everyoneisfamous.com
THE TEMPER TRAP
With grand ambitious vocals and pulsating atmospheric guitars, it’s no surprise that Melbourne natives The Temper Trap are soaring up the charts. After making waves at the Reading and Leeds Festivals before embarking on a largely sold-out U.K. tour, debut album Conditions was released in 2009 and cracked the top 100 in five countries while going platinum in Australia. Come see what all the fuss is about and you’ll discover why they make it look so easy. (Sunday, 6:30-7:30, Sony Bloggie Stage) –text: Ariel Marko