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Bands you need to see at Lollapalooza 2011

written by: on June 3, 2011

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TAB the Band

TAB the Band is a rock band from Massachusetts that will rock you at Lollapalooza. Brothers Tony and Adrian Perry are the sons of Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry, so rock and roll is runs in their blood and their show will not disappoint. TAB the Band plays a mix of contemporary glam rock and a hint of blues. Imagine T. Rex mixed with the White Stripes with the energy to back it up. TAB the Band has had their songs featured in shows like Jersey Shore, Entourage, CSI: NY, and The Riches. With heavy guitar riffage and song lyrics like “As long as you and I don’t make a child” how could you go wrong? – Ian Jones


If there was ever a time to get obsessively, ironically Patriotic, it’s at a DOM show. The four piece indie-pop-rock outfit may be winking when they rock wave-of-synth ‘Living in America,’ but you won’t be able to tell as your singing along in a red white and blue throng. But don’t let the novelty fool you- after their kitty-covered Sun Bronzed Greek Gods EP, the boys are prepped to destroy the festival circuit with smokers like ‘Boshisha’ and ‘Burn Bridges.’ Strap on your stars and stripes bandana – it’s time to get proud. – Tyler Remmert


Disappears are a psychedelic rock band making big splashes in Chicago’s extensive psychedelic community. They have made huge philanthropic efforts to raise money for the people affected by the disaster in Japan by playing shows all over Chicago. Disappears has also played an hour long art and music experiment at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago as part of the Face the Strange music project. Disappears have been perfecting their live show since and since have decided to embrace their raw and uncut sound by recording their new album song by song on the first take while recording over the tape of their old album. – Ian Jones


Fences put simply is beautiful. The artistic extension of mastermind Christopher Mansfield, resulted in one of our favorite records of 2010, the self-titled debut. You may have missed the record but know that Sara Quin of Tegan & Sara fame produced the record and even added some backing vocals. The focus is on Mansfield’s lyrics but the atmosphere he creates with the instrumentation is gorgeous. They play early on Sunday but make sure you nurse Saturday’s hangover early to catch their 1pm set. – Andy Keil

The Naked and Famous

The Naked and Famous released their debut Passive Me, Aggressive You last September, which was well-received by the music world scoring a 72 out of 100 on Metacritic. Hailing from Auckland, New Zealand, the band is poised to make a big splash in America on this year’s summer festival circuit. The album title speaks perfectly to the music, which is a dazzling display of passive psych vocals and aggressive instrumental experimentation. Who’s ready for a retro dance party? – Andy Keil

Electric Touch

Electric Touch is one part British and four parts American. The band assembled in Austin, TX after singer Shane Lawlor met guitarist Christopher Leigh. They played the BMI stage at Lollapalooza back in 2008 and three years later, they’re back to rock the very same stage on the eve of their latest effort. Expect some hard-hitting arena-ready rock when these guys electrify the stage. – Andy Keil