In what is either a half-baked April Fool's Day joke or a half-baked promotional gimmick, the organizers of Lollapalooza are revealing this year's lineup one letter at a time on their website. Yesterday, they unveiled the 'O's; today the 'R's. The intention, I suppose, is to get everybody all fired up once they solve the awesome mind puzzle.
First: Yes, Lollapalooza still exists. It's happening this summer from August 6-8 at Grant Park in Chicago, Ill. Second, judging by the 'O's and 'R's, the 2010 lineup looks to be a star-studded affair. There also seems to be a shitload more "indie" bands than years past; is this a deliberate change in the festival's direction or simply a reflection of the times? Who can say? Perry Farrell, that's who.
Among the acts already successfully decoded by crack message board enthusiasts are: Soundgarden, Lady Gaga, The Strokes, The Arcade Fire, Green Day, Dirty Projectors, Phoenix, Spoon, The xx, Drive-By Truckers, Grizzly Bear, Cypress Hill (ah, now there's the Lollapalooza I remember), and Atlanta's own 99x faves The Constellations.
Three-day passes are on sale for about $200; perfect for all us shiftless, unemployed layabouts. Me, I'm gonna stay home and watch the best Simpsons episode ever instead. Take your Lollapalooza and shove it, Farrell.
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