Lollapalooza 2009 Lineup Announced

Ah, remember the days when Lollapalooza got, well to say the least really crappy and they toured with the festival and no one cared to see it anymore? Well since Lollapalooza has stationed itself permanently as a festival in Chicago, the quality of bands have been getting better every year. Thus, making me wish that  Lollapalooza actually was a touring venture again. Just reading the lineup for the three day event makes my head want to explode with excitement. The best thing about the show is the wide range of bands.

Here are some of our top picks for each day of the festival:

Friday:  Of Montreal, Kings of Leon, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Crystal Castles, and Kevin Devine.

Saturday: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Chairlift, Langhorne Slim, The Living Things, The Constantines, TV on the Radio, Santongold, Lykke Li and Animal Collective.

Sunday:  Sam Roberts Band, Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, Neko Case, Dan Auerbach, Cold War Kids, Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant, Bat for Lashes, Dan Deacon, Dearhunter, Ra Ra Riot, Silversun Pickups, and Band of Horses.

The festival takes place at Grant Park in Chicago from August 7th to August 9th. Unless a bag of money falls from the sky there is no possible way for us to be there. Sad. Let us know how it goes kids.

Check out all of the details on the festival’s main site HERE


Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys Releases Solo Debut

The Black Keys are already one of the best indie bands out there, so when we heard that Dan Auerbach the band’s singer and guitarist was releasing a solo record, we didn’t know what to expect. I’m not too sure if its too early to start making our Top 10 Albums of 2009, but this would rank Top 3. Auerbach is releasing ‘Keep it Hid’on Nonesuch Records on February 10th.

Yes, his solo stuff differs from The Black Keys, but any Keys fan will certainly enjoy this record. Auerbach stated in a press release that ‘I just wanted to do the things I loved,’  and in this case it includes blending a little bit of bluegrass, a twang of country ballad, Memphis R&B, blues and psychedelic rock.  Sure this may appear that this could be a total mess in theory. On record though it proves to be astonishing. Auerbach pulls it off beautifully and every track on the album just flows perfectly into each other. Though a couple of tracks like ‘The Prowl’ still show hints of The Black Keys, Auerbach has really made his solo debut his own.

Check out Dan Auerbach and the new Tunes at his Myspace

Tourdates are also listed including two stops in New York!