Lollapalooza Look Out

It’s that time of year again when the Facebook statuses flow, bank accounts quickly approach zero and iTunes libraries across the country double in size. It’s concert season and for most of you folks out there that means jumping on those online waiting rooms for your Lollapalooza tickets. If you’re one of the lucky few to snag some of those elusive three day passes you’ll be sincerely pleased with this year’s lineup.

From the headliners to the bottom of the barrel, you are guaranteed

concertgoers can’t forget about the smaller up-and-coming bands. Shadowed by the big acts, there are many gems to be found in the early daytime slots. A lesser-known band to keep

on the radar is the garage rock psychedelic-influenced band Palma Violets. The band’s debut album, “180,” was released this past February and much like
the popular British band Arctic Monkeys, they’ve gained an enormous amount of support from an online fan base. They’ve even played alongside bands as big as Django Django and Peace.

The Palma Violet’s first single to hit the Internet stream was called “Best of Friends.” Their drawn- out, loud pub rock is reminiscent of rock legends such as the Doors and the Velvet Underground. They

are simple, but they take simplicity to a beautifully complex level any rocker can appreciate. They are not about impressive lyrical genius and “Free Bird” length guitar riffs, but more beat with the pulse of rock

n’ roll music with their loud, gritty performance in tracks like “Step up with the Cool Kids.”
This is a band that cannot be missed

live. “180” follows with young tracks like “Chicken Dippers” and

“Johnny Bagga Donuts” emphasizing their simplistic rocker attitude. Bands like the Black Keys and The Strokes have paved the path for new acts like the Palma Violets to emerge and flourish. When contemplating your line up list for Chicago’s Lollapalooza, step up with the cool kids and highlight the Palma Violets.