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Lollapalooza will celebrate 20 years this summer in Chicago (though they took a few breaks here and there), and the lineup for the three day festival in Grant Park has been announced.

Headliners, as rumored, include Eminem, Foo Fighters and Muse with My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle, Cee-Lo Green, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas, The Cars and Ween giving main support. The lineup, I must admit, isn’t Earth shattering. Though it is good, solid, worth the money, it isn’t up to par with Coachella or Bonnaroo.

Are you making the trek to Chicago this August for Lollaplooza?

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If you’re heading out to Coachella this year, be sure to check out the post on their wristbands and the associated rules. The festival is only 34 days away; here is a video from each of three artists playing this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.

Nosaj Thing is an experimental DJ from Los Angeles. He will perform on Day One, April 15th.

Mumford & Sons is an English folk-rock band. The group was nominated for two Grammys at this year’s ceremony for Best New Artist and Best Rock Song (“Little Lion Man”). They will bring their high-energy live show to the Southern California desert on Day Two, April 16th.

Distant Relatives is a collaborative album from Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. The album is sort of a conceptual one about, or a love letter to, Africa. The duo will take the stage on Day Three, April 17th.

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The latest in a series of posts about some good albums that you should check out.

Wavves King of the Beach
With equal parts Sonic Youth, Ramones and Beach Boys, Wavves makes a great summer album made for BBQs and beaches. Lead singer Nathan Williams experienced a high-profile mental breakdown at the 2009 Barcelona Primavera Sound Festival after a cocktail of ecstasy and Valium. The band also features two former members of Jay Reatard’s band. The fuzzy, yet upbeat sound of Wavves may be mildly derivative, but it is no worse the favorable comparisons to great artists. Be sure to check out title track “King of the Beach,” as well as “Green Eyes.”

22-20s Shake/Shiver/Moan
I first discovered this group when they released their self-titled album in 2004 (a great album), and I wish it hadn’t taken them nearly six years to put out the follow up. It was, thankfully, worth the wait, as Shake/Shiver/Moan is a great album. From the opener straight on through all 10 tracks, there isn’t a single stinker in the bunch. All are listenable, all are good. The band has a bluesy melodic alternative sound that is very infectious. The best songs on here are the album opener “Heart On a String,” “Latest Heartbreak,” “Talk To Me,” and the pseudo title-track “Shake, Shiver and Moan.”

Delta Spirit History From Below
The band’s unique mixture of indie and southern rock help set it apart from peers like Kings Of Leon, who are more straight ahead southern-arena rock. Delta Spirit hasn’t jumped to writing arena-sized anthems yet. Listeners will think Delta Spirit would hail from the Mississippi delta region, not the beaches of San Diego. They mix in unconventional instruments (trash can lids, etc.) to give their brand of indie rock an almost Americana feel. On this album, “White Table” is definitely the standout track, but “Salt In the Wound” and “Vivian” are also great songs.

Ratatat LP4
Probably their best album to date. The band put voice on their album for the first time, but not lyrics. There are clips of people talking in several places on the album, but the songs remain strictly instrumental. One song sounds like their is a voice as an instrument, though it is acting more as the bass line than lyrics. The song “Drugs” is definitely the best on this collection from the powerful rock duo that use only guitars and synthesizers for their albums. Fans familiar with the band’s LP3 will recognize a lot of the texture and sounds on this album as the majority of the songs here came from the studio sessions from that previous album. Other amazing songs include “Neckbrace,” “Bare Feast” and “Mandy.”

Eminem Recovery
I did a full write-up on this album previously, but I’ll reiterate a few things here. Eminem is back. That’s the long and the short of it. His last two albums were lame, and he says as much on “Talkin’ To Myself,” but he’s back to his Marshal Mathers LP self and it is refreshing. Em raps at length and in several songs about his past drug use, and he is obviously at ease with his past and his sober present. As per usual, he rips many people including Ben Roethlisberger, and shouts to his deceased friend DJ AM. The guestlist includes Lil Wayne, Pink and Rihanna among others. Rihanna is on the current hit “Love the Way You Lie,” which is a pretty amazing song. Be sure to check out the aforementioned along with “Almost Famous” and “No Love” (f. Lil Wayne).

Hit the jump for plenty more great music.


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