The silver lining of a down year for Lolla (Aug. 2-4) is fewer tough decisions. When the schedule’s stacked, there are a lot more conflicts between great artists that either require your willingness to sprint across Grant Park at 80 m.p.h. or miss someone entirely.
Still, there are a few bummers in the 2013 Lolla sked, announced Tuesday. Here are some thinkers with my suggestions.
Queens of the Stone Age (6:15 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) vs. Chance the Rapper (6:50 p.m.-7:30 p.m.) vs. Frightened Rabbit (7:15 p.m. -8:15 p.m.)
One of the weekend’s few solid hard rock offerings vs. Chicago’s potential next big rap star vs. one of the flat-out best bands at Lolla? Catch the beginning of Queens and the end of FR (who plays in town somewhat regularly), with all of Chance in between.
Charles Bradley (2:45 p.m.-3:45 p.m.) vs. Court Yard Hounds (3 p.m.-4 p.m.) vs. Haim (3:30 p.m.-4:15 p.m.)
In what manner do you want to break your heart? The soul man/ex-James Brown impersonator takes precedence over two-thirds of the Dixie Chicks, then head over to the R&B-influenced folk outfit.
Kendrick Lamar (6:45 p.m.-7:45 p.m.) vs. Death Grips (7:15 p.m.-8:15 p.m.)
The acclaimed MC is less abrasive than his fellow Californians in experimental hip-hop outfit Death Grips, though both do what they do well. Go straight to DG after Kendrick.
Wild Belle (1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m.) vs. Jake Bugg (1:45 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) vs. Angel Haze (2 p.m.-3 p.m.)
Local folk-reggae, the young toast of Britain or a soon-to-be-star rapper? Catch a sweet WB song or two, enjoy Jake’s storytelling for a while, then see most of Angel’s set. She’s the hardest hitter here.
Palma Violets (1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.) vs. The Orwells (1 p.m.-1:45 p.m.)
English garage rockers or Chicago garage rockers? Stay local and catch up with PV later.
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