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- Posted on Aug 6th 2009 11:45AM by Kim Davis
But have no fear, festival friends! We've put together a list of the five most awesomely unmissable acts guaranteed to have you rocking, dancing and, oh right, sweating like crazy at this year's Lollapalooza. Happy hydrating!
Friday, August 7 at 7:00PM at Playstation stage
A Chicago native, Andrew Bird, who at times sounds just like a bird, has spent the last few years honing a unique brand of pastoral pop that provides the perfect soundtrack for such activities as swaying or sipping a beer on the grass. You snap along, he'll whistle and delight anyone within earshot with his intricately constructed, sunny-day-ready ditties and a surprising command of instruments like the glockenspiel.
Saturday, August 8 at 2:15PM at Citi stage
Expect more than just music at this punky Swede's show. As evidenced by her infectious hit 'I Like You So Much Better When You're Naked,' Ida Maria is not afraid to be loquacious -- especially in matters of love, or, more accurately, bitter breakups. With a reputation for wild, often booze-fueled stage banter covering topics like "why guys suck," she's a thrill to watch live. And who can blame her fiery nature? She's said to have a rare condition where she sees colors when she hears music.
Sunday, August 9 at 6:30PM at Citi stage
Deerhunter's tree-tall frontman Bradford Cox, who suffers from Marfan Syndrome (see also Joey Ramone), and his art-rock Atlanta crew will take you on such a spaced-out trip with their undulating basslines, shoegaze soundscapes and crashing guitars, you'll be left feeling rocked but also oddly emotional.
Saturday, August 8 at 5:30PM at Playstation stage
The artist formerly known as Santogold is a no-brainer as far as we're concerned. The Philly-bred singer delivers danceable '80s-inspired tracks with swagger onstage while rocking anything from day-glo tights to gold lamé track suits. Santigold's effortless effervescence will do more to get you geared up for nighttime fun on Saturday than that Red Bull you sneaked past security.
Friday, August 7 at 5:00PM Vitamin Water stage
With a frontwoman who's as uninhibited as Alice Glass, watching Crystal Castles live can be an edge-of-your-seat experience. Luckily, her penchant for destruction only augments the Toronto duo's explosive, air-tight electronic performance. While Glass flails about onstage, delivering her distinctive distorted vocals and often whipping herself into the crowd, her partner in 'Crimewave,' Ethan Kath -- and, let's face it, the stage lights operator -- will keep the party raving.