1:54 PM EDT, August 3, 2012
The Lollapalooza Music Festival kicks off Friday in Chicago, and the Tribune will have full coverage. If you aren't sure which bands to see on the festival's first day, allow Tribune music critic Greg Kot to offer up some picks for must-see acts:
Afghan Whigs (4:15 p.m., Red Bull): The improbable reunion of one of the ‘90s best, most contentious bands has been punctuated by a terrific new track, a cover of Frank Ocean’s "Lovecrimes."
SBTRKT (4:45 p.m., Google Play): The anonymous electronic composer in the native ceremonial mask is otherwise known as Aaron Jerome, and his percussion-heavy live performances blend everything from dub-step to funk.
Porter Robinson (5:45 p.m., Perry’s): Though he just turned 20, the North Carolina native has been an in-demand mixer for a couple of years with his gift for hypnotic melodies.
thenewno2 (5:40 p.m., BMI): Dhani Harrison, George Harrison’s son, twists and distorts sound on his band’s latest electro-rock album with subtle agility. Look for things to open up on stage.
Passion Pit (6 p.m., Budlight): Singer Michael Angelakos has canceled a bunch of dates recently to deal with "mental health issues." Here’s hoping he’s in good shape to showcase the soul-fired anthems on his band’s excellent second album, "Gossamer."
The Shins (6:15 p.m., Red Bull): James Mercer retooled his band and went for bigger production on the Shins' latest, "Port of Morrow."
M83 (7:30 p.m., Sony): Anthony Gonzalez has amped up his electro-rock approach on recent albums, and the widescreen sound of "Midnight City" should produce a prime festival moment.
Nero (7 p.m., Perry’s): London duo Daniel Stephens and Joseph Ray are at the forefront of electronic dance music’s move into the mainstream, with bombastic flourishes worthy of the most over-the-top stadium rock acts.
Black Sabbath (8:05 p.m., Bud Light): The heavy-metal godfathers were to have played this gig with all four original members, but Bill Ward bowed out, leaving Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler to carry on with fill-in drummer Tommy Clufetos. They’re working on a new album, but expect a set list heavy on ‘70s classics.
The Black Keys (8:30 p.m., Red Bull): The little blues-tinged rock duo from Akron, Ohio (singer-guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney), has become one of the top arena-rock bands to emerge in the last decade.
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