With over a hundred acts to choose from at Lollapalooza 2013—around a quarter of which feature female musicians—here is a daily breakdown (times and stages) of artists you will definitely see us navigating through the sweaty masses in Grant Park to check out:
IO Echo – 12:45 – Bud Light
Indie rockers IO Echo, fronted by Ioanna Gika—on vocals, guitar, piano and koto harp—released their debut album, Ministry of Love, earlier this year. As Boxx contributor Chelsea Spear recommended in her review of their July 6 show, “Fans of Bosnian Rainbows and Siouxsie and the Banshees will definitely want to check IO Echo out.”
Emile Sandé – 1:00 – Red Bull Sound Select
Her song “Next To Me” took over the charts. She even broke a record set by the Beatles when her album spent 63 consecutive weeks in the top ten on UK charts.
Deap Vally – 1:30 – Petrillo
As you can see from their video “Baby I Call Hell,” these two can lose themselves to the music and make you want to rock along. They’ve also been known to banter with the crowd at their shows; check out our Bonnaroo review for example.
Jessie Ware – 3:15 – Petrillo
Crystal Castles – 4:15 – Red Bull Sound Select
Crystal Castles is a Canadian electronic duo consisting of producer Ethan Kath and vocalist Alice Glass. Their unique, experimental sound and absurd onstage antics make them an unmissable act. On their third album, 2012′s (III), they reportedly limited themselves to the first take of each track in order to get the most raw expression of the song.
Lana Del Rey – 8:45 – The Grove
Lana Del Rey began writing at the age of 18 and got her first record contract at 22—which she then bought herself out of after releasing her first album in 2010. She joined Interscope in 2011, and released her single “Video Games” along with a music video that quickly went viral. Her album Born to Die was released in January 2012 and became one of the best-selling albums of 2012. Check out her latest song and music video for “Young and Beautiful.” It will stick with you. Lana Del Rey is at the top of our must-see list.
Haim – 3:30 – The Grove
When Boxx contributor Lauren Wise recently caught their set at Bonnaroo, she said, “Haim’s entire set was an energetic celebration of the three twenty-something sisters’ vocal abilities, peppered with impromptu drum solos.” Two things are for sure: there will be an ’80s style dance party, and it will be fun. Haim recently put out their latest single, “The Wire,” and will release their debut album this fall.
Ellie Goulding – 4:45 – Bud Light
Her debut album, Lights, shot up the charts thanks to the incredibly catchy title song. It even earned the attention of electronic producer and DJ Bassnectar, who remixed “Lights.” Goulding released her latest album, Halcyon, in October of last year.
Brooke Waggoner – 5:45 – BMI
Brooke Waggoner has 17 years of formal musical training, and a music composition and orchestration degree from Louisiana State University. She has released three albums independently, all fully written, orchestrated and arranged by Waggoner herself. Her music has appeared on numerous television shows, and her latest album, Originator, was released March 5.
Heartless Bastards – 6:00 – The Grove
Heartless Bastards surprised Boxx contributor Emi Peters when she saw them at the Shaky Knees festival in Atlanta earlier this year; she reported that, “fronted by vocalist and guitarist Erika Wennerstrom, the Heartless Bastards brought a fervor of hard rock, blues and country to the smallest of the three stages, but with a full throttle sound like theirs, they’ll be playing larger stages in no time.” She was right.
Blondfire – 6:50 – BMI
Brother-and-sister duo Bruce and Erica Driscoll make up Blondfire, an indie pop band from Los Angeles. Their live show features Erica singing and playing guitar backed by a group of musicians who have been handpicked and musically directed by Bruce.
The Lumineers – 7:15 – Lake Shore
They’ve been all over the place in the past year with their song “Ho Hey” but The Lumineers can bring it live as well. Our review of their set at Bonnaroo may give you a little taste of what to expect.
Wild Belle – 1:30 – Lake Shore
Wild Belle are an indie rock band composed of siblings Elliot and Natalie Bergman. Their debut album, Isles, which Boxx‘s Ben Schulman reviewed earlier this year, makes the ideal soundtrack to summer. Should be a great set to catch if you need to chill, sway to a reggae-inspired beat and generally feel a bit like you’re on a beach in Jamaica.
Angel Haze – 2:00 – Perry’s
Angel Haze is new to the hip hop scene, and supposedly began turning her poems—she’s been writing since age 11—into raps when a friend suggested it. Her lyrics tend to have a lot more substance and smarts to them than others in her genre and she comes across as a breath of fresh air.
Lianne La Havas – 3:00 – Lake Shore
Lianne La Havas is an English singer-songwriter who also plays guitar and piano. In our review of her Los Angeles show in March, we saw that La Havas has some pretty sweet guitar skills. Her debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough?, dropped last year. Prior to releasing her own music, La Havas sang backup on tour with another Boxx favorite, Paloma Faith.
MS MR – 3:30 – The Grove
MS MR (pronounced Miss Mister) are a New York-based duo composed of vocalist Lizzy Plapinger and producer Max Hershenow. Plapinger is also co-founder of the New York City/London-based independent record label Neon Gold Records. Secondhand Rapture, their debut album, was released in May and many of their songs have been featured on television shows “Pretty Little Liars” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” Their song “Bones” was used in a promo for Season 3 of “Game of Thrones.”
Beach House – 7:00pm – Lake Shore
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