Column: My picks for Lollapalooza including Postal Service, The Vaccines, more


Another year, another trip to Lollapalooza.

One of the biggest festivals in the country, Lolla is held at Grant Park in Chicago.

Some of the biggest bands around will hit one of the fest’s eight stages this weekend.

The festival will feature Nine Inch Nails’ first American performance in years, The Postal Service’s tour to celebrate the 10th anniversary of “Give Up” and classic alt-rock bands such as New Order and The Cure.

Of note to local music fans: Omahan Laura Burhenn of the Mynabirds has toured all year with The Postal Service on keyboards and vocals along with Jenny Lewis and core band members Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello.

As I reviewed the schedule for my fourth Lolla trip, I chose my top 10 picks for this year’s festival.

Coming over the weekend

o Lollapalooza coverage will run Friday through Sunday and will include blog posts, updates and photos.

>> Also this weekend: Interviews from Lollapalooza with Daniel Pujol of Saddle Creek Records band PUJOL and Laura Burhenn, Omahan and touring member of The Postal Service

Icona Pop

The Swedish dance duo produces its own beats and tracks and sings its heart out. When I saw the group at the South by Southwest music festival, 1,000 people danced their hearts out. It will be a bigger and more energetic audience at Lolla.

Band of Horses

One of my favorite rock bands, Band of Horses hasn’t performed much in Nebraska. I’m looking forward to an hour of their tunes in the hot summer sun.

New Order

In 2011, the band reunited without bassist Peter Hook, but Hook’s absence isn’t stopping Bernard Sumner and the rest of the group from a North American tour that will bring them to Chicago. I guess it’s better to hear the band without Hook than not to hear it at all.

Nine Inch Nails

With the group’s “Hesitation Marks” due out in September, Lollapalooza will give Trent Reznor & Co. a good opportunity to perform new music. Reports say Reznor is turning NIN’s rebirth into a spectacular production.

Frontier Ruckus

This Michigan folk-rock band has friends here in Nebraska, and it will be cool to see it open Saturday’s day of music with songs from its new double album, “Eternity of Dimming.”

Ben Howard

Howard’s 2011 album “Every Kingdom” is excellent and was nominated for the Mercury Prize, the biggest award in British music. Howard’s voice and guitar-playing are both intricate and serene, and I’ve been dying to see him live.


Saddle Creek Records’ resident garage rocker, Daniel Pujol, is sitting on top of a pile of material from the last three years and has a new album due. Maybe we’ll hear some new stuff this weekend.

The Postal Service

Death Cab For Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and electronic music artist Jimmy Tamborello (also known as Dntel) traded tapes through the mail to make 2003′s platinum-selling “Give Up.” Now they’re celebrating the album’s 10th anniversary with the biggest indie rock tour going around this summer.

The Vaccines

Lately, I can’t get enough of this indie rock quartet and its Buddy Holly pop masked by fuzzy Jesus and Mary Chain guitar riffs.

The Cure

I plan to cap off Lolla with a look at Robert Smith, his hair and his band, The Cure. (Sunday’s fellow headliner, Phoenix, will be in Omaha two days later.) Their lush music and extremely well-known tunes (“Friday, I’m in Love,” anyone?) will be a great way to end the festival.

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