You Ain’t No Picasso’s Lolla Picks

Once a week, between now and August 5th we have enlisted the top music blogs from around the country to feature 20th Anniversary artists taking the stage at this year’s Lollapalooza. From big name headliners to buzzworthy acts rising through the ranks, we want you to discover all the talent taking over Grant Park this year. Today’s feature comes from You Ain’t No Picasso‘s Matt Jordan. Unfortunately I won’t be able to make it to Lollapalooza this year, since two of my good friends are getting married that weekend. However, I was so excited for the lineup that I still wanted to contribute a few thoughts on the best bands to catch at the festival. Just because I can’t make it, doesn’t mean I can’t help you make the most of your time in Chicago. For me, the biggest draw is the reunited Death From Above 1979. I caught them years ago at the Intonation Festival and loved every bloody minute of it. No one knows just how long the duo will be together on this run, so don’t skip their performance. My advice: bring some earplugs and stay out of the pit that will no doubt form in the front. On the lesser-known side, I always advise people to check out Local Natives. Their shows are the best combination of percussion and melody that I’ve seen in recent years. Similarly, I’d hope that everyone will jump at the opportunity to catch Cults before they explode onto a much bigger scale. They’re an insanely catchy group that pulls the best from the 50s, 60s and 00s into an incredible sound. And lastly, I wouldn’t be a very good Kentuckian if I didn’t suggest that you guys make plans to catch 100% of My Morning Jacket‘s set. They’re an incredible live band and they always bring their A-game when playing at a festival. MMJ’s new LP “Circuital” has some flat-out rockers on it, so go catch what will likely be the best band at the festival.