Chi-Lolla: Need-to-know info for the local acts playing this year's fest
For all the complaints about Lollapalooza (It's too big! It's too corporate!), credit organizers with keeping some focus on the Chicago music scene. This year's lineup includes a bevy of local acts culled from the worlds of hip-hop (Chance the Rapper), indie rock (Smith Westerns) and electronica (Supreme Cuts). Here's a breakdown of the eight performers with Chicago ties, and the reasons you should (or shouldn't) check out their sets. --Andy Downing, for RedEye
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Smith Westerns (2:30 p.m. Fri. at Red Bull Sound Select stage)
Where they're from: Logan Square
What you probably know: The youthful quartet recently released its third full-length, "Soft Will," a gorgeous effort miles removed from its noisy debut.
What you may not know: Singer Cullen Omori recently admitted the band's early shows essentially doubled as band practice, saying, "Before it was like, 'We don't care about the shows. We don't care who's there. We're just going to drink some beers and chill.'"
You may like them if: You enjoy listening to rock music as lush and pretty as an English garden.
You might not like them if: Like Peter Pan, you find it difficult to watch others grow up.