Nine Chicago Bands To See At Lollapalooza

It may be one of the biggest international music festivals all year, but Lolla is also a great showcase for rising local bands.

Photo: Clayton Hauck

Go see Wild Belle at 1:30 on Sunday! 

Each year, Lollapalooza makes a point to highlight a cross section of Chicago-based talent, and 2013 is no exception. Here’s a look at some of the locals set to take the stages this weekend.

 

Smith Westerns
The young garage quartet responsible for 2010 earworm “Weekend” makes their second appearance at Lolla behind new Mom + Pop LP, Soft Will.

 

Wild Belle
The fashion-forward, brother-sister act of Elliot and Natalie Bergman landed a huge record deal with Capitol based on the strength (and buzz) of one 2012 single, “Keep You.” The 2013 debut, Isles, which boasts a blend of breezy influences from afro-beat to classic soul, lives up to the hype and provides a blissful summer soundtrack.

 

Supreme Cuts
Comprised of visionary producers Austin Keultjes and Mike Perry, Supreme Cuts’s latest ditty “Envision,” from forthcoming LP, Divine Ectasy, features the divine purr of vocalist Channy Leaneagh of Polica and is yet another infectious testament to the duo’s uncanny ability to meld pop sensibilities with underground flourishes for tracks that are as mesmerizing as they are difficult to pin down.

 

The Orwells
This young suburban garage quintet is buzzing much in the same way that Smith Westerns were three years ago, with a stripped-down 2013 EP “Other Voices” and new single “Who Needs You.” They’ve described themselves as “a bunch of kids trying to rip off Tom Petty and Led Zeppelin who can’t play their instruments,” be we’ll let you decide for yourself.

 

Chance the Rapper
If you haven’t downloaded Chance the Rapper’s new, Acid Rap, do it now. Though his nasal-driven delivery is admittedly not for everyone, his wild, freewheeling beats—which touch upon everything from drill to dub—and impressive lyricism are impossible to not get behind.

 

Rivals of the Peacemaker
The indie-folks anthems of Rivals of the Peacemaker go down smooth and offer an easy-breezy start to day three.

 

Stratus
A young evangelist of the spazzy contemporary bass-music movement, Stratus will no doubt have the neon-clad kids droppin’ it at Perry’s Stage.

 

Makeshift Prodigy
Melodic vocals? Check. Exploding choruses? Check. If you love slickly produced neo emo, Makeshift Prodigy has you covered.

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