Big Audio Dynamite, Patrick Stump, Deftones, Joachim Garraud, and The Drums will be performing at Lollapalooza 2011 between the hours of 4:30 and 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6.
BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE
After parting with The Clash in 1983, Mick Jones formed Big Audio Dynamite to further flesh out the experimental tendencies of his former band. Incorporating dance and hip-hop beats, dub-influenced bass lines, and film dialogue samples, the band’s strain of post-punk bricolage stormed the pop and dance charts throughout the ‘80s and early ‘90s. They experienced many incarnations during their time, but the band’s prolific output didn’t waver until their mid-‘90s break-up. Jones spent much of the aughts working on other projects (Carbon/Silicon, Gorillaz) and sitting in the production chair, but in January 2011 he and the original lineup of B.A.D. announced an official reunion. After a sold-out round of U.K. dates and sporadic North American appearances — all to heavy critical acclaim — they return to the States with a national tour. Now in a musical climate heavily influenced by the diverse scope they helped pioneer, B.A.D. finally sound right at home. (Saturday, 4:30-5:30, Music Unlimited Stage) –text: Brandon Wilner
It takes a lot to make your way out of the pop-punk ghetto, but Chicago native Patrick Stump (best known as the apple-cheeked lead singer of Fall Out Boy) hopes to achieve just that. Stump’s dual passion for punk rock and soul will soon culminate in the September release of his full-length debut, entitled (what else?) Soul Punk. To give fans a taste of things to come, Stump released the 6-song EP Truant Wave in February, full of the from-the-gut soul and vocal inflections that make his love for Tom Waits and Michael Jackson most evident. In order to experiment with sounds outside the constraints of his old band and prove his musical chops in the process, Soul Punk will feature no other writers, musicians or producers — forming a completely independent, deeply personal meld of Stump’s bipolar influences as he completes his artistic reinvention. (Saturday, 5-5:45, BMI Stage) –text: Jasmyn Martin
Initially formed in 1989 as a jam session between classmates, Deftones played up and down California’s coast as a metal group before getting noticed. Impressing Maverick Records executives with well-structured rhythm sections and singer Chino Moreno’s unique voice, the band released their debut album Adrenaline in 1995. Fitting into the alternative metal wave rising at the time, Deftones kept themselves inimitable by incorporating more spacey, melodic sounds with guest performer Frank Delango on keyboards/turntables. With the release of 2000’s White Pony, Delango was included full-time, giving the band a more complete, defining sound. As years pass, the group has kept audiences interested by altering their tunes while staying in check with their original scene, whereas many musicians lose themselves in experimentation and expansion. Having released a sixth album in 2010, Diamond Eyes, Deftones continue to give the people what they want. (Saturday, 5-6, PlayStation Stage) –text: Gari Hart
Joachim Garraud is an innovator, a title few musicians can rightly claim. Classically trained, Garraud traded in his piano for a mixer and turntable during electronic music’s early emergence in France. He established himself in Paris’ premier dance clubs, helping fuel the country’s techno phenomenon. After setting up his own studio, Garraud began producing artists like David Bowie and Moby. His unique style, which combines deejaying and musical improvisation, makes him a magnetic live performer. (Saturday, 4:45-5:45, Perry’s) –text: Alexa Brown
It’s easy to see why The Drums have garnered so much attention. The Brooklyn-based band has shuffled through their record collection to piece together a sound that mixes the summer love of The Beach Boys with the sad mope of The Smiths. These new wave newcomers capture the nuances of New Order’s simple guitar riffs and craft tension-filled songs that are inherently melancholy — rising above their influences to stand firmly on their own. (Saturday, 4:45-5:30, Google+ Stage) –text: Jason Pete