Smith Westerns' Dye It Blonde has made quite a splash over the last few months. The sophomore record from Cullen Omori, Max Kakacek and Cameron Omori is full of great big glam-pop tunes that have brought the young band international attention. They have already supported the likes of MGMT, Belle and Sebastian and Passion Pit on tour and continue to grow in popularity. This stuff should sound particularly great on a hot summer's day in Grant Park.
This trancey psych-rock unit recently got some buzz when Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley stepped in after the departure of founding member Graeme Gibson, though it was unclear exactly how long or how frequently Shelley would remain a part of the band. Either way, be sure to include Disappears on your Lolla itinerary to add a rockin' wall of noise to your fest experience. To get up to speed, check out the band's second album, Guider, released early this year.
Maps & Atlases
The experimental folk four-piece played a set at the inaugural North Coast Music Festival last year and are movin' on up to Lolla this time around. Their progressive sound is showcased nicely on their debut record Perch Patchwork, and it carries over well in a live setting, too (check out our review of their show at Lincoln Hall in March). Oh, and frontman Dave Davison has been known to sport a really impressive beard.
It would be tough to think of a band more fun to see at a summer music festival than Gold Motel. Their guitar pop features an endless supply of breezy hooks that are made even more irresistible by frontwoman Greta Morgan's sugary vocals. The band's debut album Summer House is a fantastic listen, and so is their follow up 7" Talking Fiction.
With singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Colin Caulfield at the helm, Young Man have been gathering attention in and out of Chicago. Caulfield's talents initially came to light following a YouTube video of him performing Deerhunter's "Rainwater Cassette Exchange," resulting in an acclaimed debut EP titled Boy. For a taste, check out the recently-released music video for "Five"
While OK Go are technically no longer a Chicago band - they now reside in L.A. - we can take credit for launching them. Known for their extra-creative approach (see their elaborate music videos as well as an attempt this month to write and record eight songs in eight hours, for example), the band should prove to be another must-see at Lolla for anyone who digs catchy rock.