A curious pattern emerges when studying the just-released hour-by-hour schedule for Lollapalooza 2013: female artists getting the shaft. Before you go tearing your hair out about having to decide whether to see the old guard The Cure (who knows how many lipstick-streaked touring years Robert Smith has left in him) or French younglings Phoenix on the closing night of the three-day, sold-out festival, notice Cat Power sandwiched between the two powerhouses as an afterthought. Lana Del Rey suffers the same fate on Friday night when the puffy-lipped chanteuse competes with Nine Inch Nails and The Killers. Saturday night’s schedule shows no difference with Harlem rapper Azealia Banks going up against the touted reunion of the Postal Service and banjo bangers Mumford And Sons. While Del Rey needs to release another full-length and sharpen her shtick before she’s deserving of top billing, a mid-day spot would draw an admirable sun-soaked crowd. Instead she’s regulated to Sandworm land.
Gut-wrenching conflicts: On Friday, British belter Emeli Sande and Father John Misty coincide at 3:15 p.m. while moody, but exuberant Scotsmen Frightened Rabbit go toe-to-toe with brainy British beatmakers Hot Chip at 7:15 and 7:25 p.m. respectively. On Saturday, Foals get a 15-minute head start before The National at 5:45 p.m. and on Sunday, hometown electro-reggae heroes Wild Belle brave the sunshine (crossing fingers) along with English upstart Jake Bugg.
Reason to enter the gates early: Don’t go into the set of stomping husband-and-wife duo Shovels & Rope on Saturday at 12:45 p.m. nursing a hangover, but their slick harmonies are well worth setting the alarm. Former James Brown impersonator and beacon of soulful wonder Charles Bradley hits the stage at 2:45 p.m. after this month’s postponed Metro appearance.
Lollapalooza takes place in Grant Park between Aug. 2 and 4. Click to read the full schedule.
— Janine Schaults