Lollapalooza takes over Chicago’s Grant Park this weekend, with a three-day line-up topped off by headliners like Black Sabbath and Jack White, plus highly anticipated sets by the likes of Frank Ocean and Passion Pit. Those come late each day, but there are plenty of reasons to get to the park as soon as gates open. Here are seven of them. These acts all go on before 2 p.m. So don’t oversleep!
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Yellow Ostrich -- Fri., 1:30 p.m. Since 2009, Alex Schaaf has made lo-fi pop under the moniker Yellow Ostrich -- first with a series of self-releases posted to Bandcamp, later in a studio to create his debut full-length, Strange Land. Released in March via Barsuk, each song plays out like a diary entry: "I don’t know if we’re still friends/I don’t know if you’re happy/but I will love you till the end/'cause I’ll still love you badly," he sings on "I Want Yr Love." It's subtle, with carefully placed instrumentation by his backing band, layered and looped, introspective and idiosyncratic -- the sort of solo pop that shines through its oddities.
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