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Lollapalooza 2013: The Best New Bands Worth Checking Out


Lollapalooza Disclosure DIIV Smith Westerns Wilco Daft Punk Drowners Foals The Cure Phoenix Nine Inch Nails

You, being a seasoned festival-goer, will know that it’s Lollapalooza 2013 in Chicago’s Grant Park this weekend (August 2 – 4, 2013), which promises to play host to some of the biggest acts in the world as well as showcasing the most exciting and innovate new bands on the planet. And that’s what we’re here to concentrate on: the young, fresh and ready to impress.

It seems a long, long time since Disclosure’s first single Offline Dexterity, though the British electronic duo have gone from strength to strength in recent years and finally released their debut album, Settle, on PMR Records on June 2, 2013.It was met with both commercial and critical success, including a score of 9.1 from the notoriously picky musos at Pitchfork – no mean feat.

Sure, we’d rather see Disclosure in a club - perhaps in the early hours of the morning – though Lollapalooza-goers will have to settle for 6pm at The Grove, on Friday (August 2, 2013). Saying that, both Guy and Howard will be DJ’ing at The Mid club in Chicago’s West Town from 10pm on Friday.

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Smith Westerns, Dye It Blonde Album Review


When Chicago trio Smith Westerns first reared their heads in the summer of 2009 courtesy of their self-titled debut long player, it left little to the imagination as to where they were coming from. Sounding like it had been recorded in a disused garage in little over twenty-four hours while containing song titles like 'The Glam Goddess' and 'Diamond Boys', they seemed to have more in common with the likes of Marc Bolan and David Bowie than fellow kindred spirits in lo-fi Wavves or No Age even if the end results did sound uncannily like Brummy eighties indie four-piece Birdland.

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Picture - Amosphere New York City, USA, Thursday 10th March 2011

Amosphere and Smith Westerns Thursday 10th March 2011 David Neville and Marcus Wainwright host an evening at their Rag & Bone store at Saks Fifth Avenue featuring a performance by the Smith Westerns New York City, USA

Picture - Atmosphere New York City, USA, Thursday 10th March 2011

Atmosphere and Smith Westerns Thursday 10th March 2011 David Neville and Marcus Wainwright host an evening at their Rag & Bone store at Saks Fifth Avenue featuring a performance by the Smith Westerns New York City, USA

Atmosphere and Smith Westerns