Ah, Lollapalooza – the festival that’s so close to my home
The Black Keys
I didn’t get into The Black Keys until their sixth album, Brothers, came out earlier this year and I’m kicking myself for not listening sooner. The duo’s mind-blowing blues rock is enough to stop you dead in your tracks and knock you over. I seriously can’t skip through a single song of theirs, they’re just that good.
Despite their two-man setup, their sound is so big it’s easy to forget that the only instruments they use are drums and guitar. Lately they’ve been touring with a few backup musicians, but Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney haven’t changed the way they play. This show is definitely a must-see.
How do I sum up how much I love Gogol Bordello? From their infectious Eastern Europe-inspired tunes to the dynamic onstage antics of mustachioed frontman, Eugene Hütz, I can’t think of another band out there that is so darn fun.
Though Hütz’s Ukrainian and gypsy ancestry is the main focus of his songwriting for the band, the overall group is truly international, with members from three continents. The self-described “gypsy punks” won’t disappoint as they bring their high-energy show to Grant Park. I dare you to try not to be sucked in. It’s impossible.
Mumford & Sons
British quartet Mumford & Sons have had a big following
across the pond for a while despite their debut album, Sigh No More, just being released last fall. The band formed in
2007 and was selling out shows in