The Head and the Heart
5:15 p.m. Sony stage
I first heard the Seattle-based band a few years back outside of Lincoln Park's Glascott's, when a friend turned on "Rivers and Roads" to soundtrack his cigarette break. Though not my favorite song of theirs—that honor belongs to "Down in the Valley"—the track was enough for me to download the entire album when I got home. Their melancholic melodies may not be the usual way to kick off Lolla weekend, but it will be worth it, I promise.
7:15 p.m. PlayStation stage
After Passion Pit wraps up and before the Black Keys/Black Sabbath battle later in the night, most Lolla-goers will head over to see M83. On the way over, though, make sure to stop by DJ Zebo's set. The Chicago DJ (here's a sample of his mixing) will be a welcome break from all the indie folk and rock this weekend.
6 p.m. Bud Light stage
For me, the fest begins in earnest with Passion Pit. The group’s sophomore album, Gossamer, won me over—particularly with one of its last tracks, "It's Not My Fault, I'm Happy". I like that the band pairs bubbly, energetic melodies with somber lyrics. Also, Gossamer happens to be my favorite Half Acre brew.
10 p.m. aftershow at Logan Square Auditorium
The ebullient and uber-fun Claire Boucher, who just played Pitchfork last month, headlines the official Lollapalooza aftershow at the recently renovated Logan Square Auditorium. Basically she’s my girl crush. If you listen to one song of hers, make it "Oblivion". Tickets and more info here.