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Lolla fest style, in some ways, mirrors other fest styles: ill-advised headdresses, giant circle hats, teeny-tiny shorts, all variances of neon. In other ways, though, this year’s annual fete in Chicago was tethered to the bands that played — whether the slew of goths, old and new, repping proto-goths the Cure, or the 19 millio… More »

It’s hard to remember a time when Lollapalooza, the festival, was not part of American pop culture, and since the last time it landed stateside, it’s expanded to include stops in Santiago, Chile and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Perry Farrell’s ’90s tour-baby turned Grant Park-engulfing massive brodown is a global institution, and though at this point… More »

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Generation X Ages Out Of Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza is one of the longest-running music festivals of its nature, and the original touring iteration was one of the defining events of Generation X. But it seems the now-stationary Lolla is leaving that demographic behind rather than growing up along with it. The stats don’t lie: Lolla has become less and less popular amongst… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / August 3, 2015 - 6:08 pm

Watch A$AP Rocky & Vic Mensa Wild Out To Nirvana At Lollapalooza

Yesterday evening was the final day of Chicago’s Lollapalooza festival, and it featured A$AP Rocky, performing near the top of the bill, paying tribute to one of the bands who was once slated to headline the original ’90s Lolla. During his set, Rocky brought out local luminary Vic Mensa, who performed his big single “UMore »

By: Tom Breihan / August 3, 2015 - 8:55 am

Travi$ Scott Arrested Five Minutes Into His Set At Lollapalooza

After reportedly showing up half an hour late, rapper Travi$ Scott got his Lollapalooza set shut down after only 5 minutes by encouraging fans to jump the security barrier and rush the stage. Festival organizers deemed the resulting chaos to be unsafe and shut the whole thing down, with security forcibly removing Scott from the… More »

By: Peter Helman / August 1, 2015 - 5:17 pm

Watch Paul McCartney Play “Get Back” With Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard And “FourFiveSeconds” At Lollapalooza

During the encore of his headlining set at Lollapalooza last night, Sir Paul McCartney brought out Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard to assist on “Get Back.” Howard played guitar and sang harmonies and even took lead on the second verse. And in addition to his setlist of Beatles and Wings classics, Macca also busted out… More »

By: Peter Helman / August 1, 2015 - 10:36 am

Livestream Lollapalooza 2015 Right Here

Lollapalooza takes place this weekend in Chicago, and most of the sets from the festival will be livestreaming via Red Bull TV in case you can’t (or don’t want to) leave the comfort of your own home. Some of the acts performing this weekend include Paul McCartney (with a highlights-only set streaming), Metallica, the Weeknd,… More »

By: Stereogum / July 31, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Coachella And Lollapalooza Ban Selfie Sticks

I honestly don’t think I’ve seen a selfie stick in real life — maybe I’m just not looking hard enough? — but they’re the latest tech gadget to draw significant ire from the general public at large, so much so that Coachella and Lollapalooza have decided to explicitly ban them from their festivals this year. More »

By: James Rettig / March 29, 2015 - 11:05 am

Lollapalooza 2015 Lineup

Lollapalooza has announced its lineup for this year. The Chicago-based festival will be headlined by Paul McCartney (his first appearance at Lolla), Metallica, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, Bassnectar, and the Weeknd. Among the 130+ other artists scheduled, there’s Alabama Shakes, Tame Impala, A$AP Rocky, Brand New, TV On The Radio, Gary Clark Jr.,… More »

By: James Rettig / March 25, 2015 - 8:40 am

Watch Jack White And Robert Plant Play Led Zeppelin’s “The Lemon Song” At Lollapalooza Argentina

The nicest thing I’ve ever heard anyone say about Jack White is that he’s Robert Plant and Jimmy Page if they were the same person. That gets at White’s appeal, but when you sit White next to the genuine article, you see that he still has a ways to go. Over the weekend, White headlined… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 23, 2015 - 9:41 am

Lollapalooza Announces Berlin Edition

Lollapalooza was a touring festival for years, but in 2005, it became an annual multi-day show in Chicago. In recent years, festival organizers have also begun putting on annual shows in Chile and Argentina, and they announced since-abandoned plans for an Israel festival two years ago. Today, festival organizers have announced that they’re opening sho… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 6, 2014 - 9:43 am

Lollapalooza Attendee Arrested For “Zombie” Attack During Arctic Monkeys

The weirdest story out of this year’s Lollapalooza involved a man biting another man’s shoulder, zombie-style, during the Arctic Monkeys’ headlining set. Now police believe they’ve identified the culprit. Redeye reports that downtown Chicago resident Sergio Vicenteno, 33, has been charged with two accounts of aggravated battery at a public venue for sinking his teeth… More »

By: Chris DeVille / August 22, 2014 - 1:23 pm

Injured Dev Hynes Discusses Lollapalooza Assault, Ferguson At SummerStage

Blood Orange singer Dev Hynes and his girlfriend Samantha Urbani (formerly of Friends) were assaulted by security guards after their set at Lollapalooza several weeks ago, during which they spoke about racism and police brutality and wore homemade shirts with the words “Stop Police Brutality” and the names of victims emblazoned on them. On Saturday,… More »

By: Peter Helman / August 20, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Watch Vic Mensa Cover The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army” At Lollapalooza

Up-and-coming Chicago rapper Vic Mensa took some time out of his Lollapalooza set to cover the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army.” I can’t tell if it’s the sound quality or if he filtered the song through a bunch of noise, but it’s a lot louder and more chaotic than the original and certainly managed to… More »

By: James Rettig / August 8, 2014 - 7:11 pm

Arctic Monkeys Fan Bitten By Deranged Stranger At Lollapalooza

If there’s ever going to be a mass-scale zombie outbreak, a big outdoor show would be a good place for it to start. Apparently, biting is suddenly big among people who go to these things. Yesterday, we learned of an incident at a Jay Z/Beyoncé show on Saturday night in Pasadena, California: One concertgoer wa… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 5, 2014 - 12:20 pm

R. Kelly Was Chance The Rapper’s Surprise Guest At Lollapalooza

It’s becoming more of an issue to include R. Kelly on your festival lineup because of his past sexual abuse charges — just last week, Ohio’s Fashion Meets Music Festival cut the R&B singer as a headliner after bands and promoters began to drop out because of his involvement. That controversy didn’t stop Chance The… More »

By: James Rettig / August 4, 2014 - 8:57 am

Watch Rihanna Join Eminem At Lollapalooza

As a little preview of their upcoming stadium tour that starts in a week, Rihanna joined Eminem on stage during his headlining set at Lollapalooza. The frequent collaborators performed “Monster” and “Love The Way You Lie” and, more surprisingly, Rihanna provided vocals on Eminem’s “Stan” from 1999’s The Marshall Mathers LP. Watch video from… More »

By: James Rettig / August 2, 2014 - 1:03 pm

Dev Hynes Assaulted By Security At Lollapalooza

According to his Twitter, Dev Hynes and girlfriend Samantha Urbani were assaulted by security guards following their set at Lollapalooza. The Blood Orange singer and Urbani had worn homemade shirts on stage with the names of victims of police brutality written on them and talked about the issue during their set. The festival has not… More »

By: James Rettig / August 2, 2014 - 10:40 am

Watch The Lollapalooza 2014 Webcast Here

Lollapalooza is starting right now in Chicago, and Red Bull TV has done us all a solid by livestreaming as many of the performances as possible. Among the acts you’ll get to see live via three channels are OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, Spoon, Chance The Rapper, Jenny Lewis, and Skrillex. Given that it is notMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 1, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Watch St. Vincent Cover Nirvana’s “Lithium” In Chicago

Yesterday marked 20 years since the death of Kurt Cobain. Last night St. Vincent paid tribute to the Nirvana leader during her show at Chicago’s Riviera with a cover of “Lithium.” Watch fan-captured video below. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 6, 2014 - 11:36 am

Watch Vampire Weekend’s Full Lollapalooza Argentina Performance

While the lineup for Lollapalooza 2014 was announced only recently, the inaugural Argentine edition of the fest already happened. Nine Inch Nails, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Arcade Fire (feat. Julian Casablancas) headlined the two-day event in San Isidro, and Vampire Weekend played last night. You can watch the band’s entire performance, and check… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 3, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Watch Julian Casablancas Crash Arcade Fire’s Lollapalooza Argentina Set

Lollapalooza Argentina went down this past weekend, and we’re just now getting our first reports of rock-star hijinks. Arcade Fire experienced their second heinous act of heinous bobblehead thievery, as Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas (who didn’t exactly impress in his own Lolla Chile set during the same weekend) interrupted the beginning of Arcade Fire’s set… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 2, 2014 - 9:15 am
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