Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Browsing through people's reactions to the Lollapalooza lineup on Twitter, you'll see a genuinely mixed batch of responses: some enthralled, some disappointed, some indifferent - the usual norm to any situation like this.
However, one reaction garnered a significant amount of attention from Bitchmedia - an online analytical take on feminist pop culture.
After the lineup was revealed, Katie Presley, writer for the site, promptly noted an alarming absence of female acts placed upon the billing, sans a small handful. The response, aptly titled, "Lollapalooza 2011: Dudefest Midwest," which you can read here, noted that on the Lollapalooza official poster, there wasn't a single female act represented in any shape or form until Crystal Castles, the 20th artist on the list.
"The rest of the lineup is more of the same," Presley writes. "Five or ten dudes or dude bands, one lady or lady band. There are 100 acts playing at Lollapalooza this year. 32 of them have a woman in the band. Not at the center of the band, not necessarily the singer. Just in the band, anywhere."
Is her reaction appropriate? Of course. Anyone can read the lineup one time over and notice the overwhelming majority of male-led acts. But the same can be said about any major music festival. In fact, Coachella, which just passed two weeks ago, had even less female participants (but more headlining females at the same time).
So while Presley indeed has a valued point to be made, the frustration is completely misdirected. Before I explain why, I will note that I am a fan-boy of the festival, so take whatever you want from the response.
At the end of the entry, Presley notes her frustration with the festival's organizers, C3. From that, we can logically understand that the deft of the blame is to be put on their shoulders, but is that looking at the situation too narrowly?
Presley notes the frustrations specifically with a lack of female headlining material, but the absence of it never tells a straight-line story. The foot of the blame should be more focused towards the state of females in alternative music in general. The number of females that could realistically headline the festival, or those like it, is incredibly small. Lady Gaga of course headlined last year, and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs (who originally headlined this year's Lollapalooza Chile) headlined in 2009, but headliners from the previous year never repeat.
That being said, what other options could there realistically be? This is, after all, an alternative music festival footed by immense marketing and investment. To solely blame organizers is to ignore the audience that the event generates and caters toward.
While Presley does indeed have a point that should be addressed, where the reality lies is beyond the organizers of this and other music festivals like it.
Now that I'm effectively taking a break from talking about Lollapalooza until the schedule is released (or the lineup inexplicably changes), I'll get back to regular news.
Yesterday, the Beastie Boys made their upcoming and now extremely hyped album Hot Sauce Committee Part Two available for free stream online. You can listen to the whole monster 16-track LP below, which will be fully available May 3.
Well, Greg Kot revealed the entire lineup a little before 1 a.m. So, here it is ...
Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, Muse, My Morning Jacket, Deadmau5, A Perfect Circle, Cee Lo Green, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas, the Cars, Ween.
An Horse, Arctic Monkeys, Atmosphere, Beats Antique, Beirut, Best Coast, Big Audio Dynamite, Black Cards, Black Lips, Boy & Bear, Bright Eyes, Cage the Elephant, Chico Trujillo, Christina Perri, City and Colour, Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles, Cults, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr., Death From Above 1979, Deftones, Delta Spirit, Disappears, DJ Mel, Dom.Electric Touch, Ellie Goulding, Explosions in the Sky, Fences, Fitz & the Tantrums, Flogging Molly, Foster the People, Friendly Fires, Gold Motel, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Grouplove.
Imelda May, Iration, J. Roddy Walston and the Business, Julia Easterlin, Kerli, Kids These Days, Lia Ices, Lissie, Local Natives, Lord Huron, Los Bunkers, Lykke Li, Manchester Orchestra, Maps & Atlases, Mayer Hawthorne & the County, Noah & The Whale.
OK Go, Patrick Stump, Phantogram, Portugal the Man, Ratatat, Reptar, Rival Schools, Ruby Jane, Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses, Ryan Leslie, Sam Adams, Skylar Grey, Sleigh Bells, Smith Westerns.
TAB the Band, Tennis, the Chain Gang of 1974, the Drums, the Joy Formidable, the Kills, the Kingston Springs, the Mountain Goats, the Naked and Famous, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, the Pretty Reckless, the Vaccines, Tinie Tempah, Titus Andronicus, Two Door Cinema Club, Typhoon, White Lies, Wye Oak, Ximena Saritana, Young Man, Young the Giant.
Perry's: Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Kid Cudi, the Bloody Beetroots Death Crew, Afrojack, Modeselektor, Skrillex, PerryEtty vs Chris Cox, Chuckie, the Glitch Mob, Busy P, Joachim Garraud, Super Mash Bros., Jay Electronica, 12th Planet, Daedulus, Feed Me, Jackmaster, Collie Buddz, Savoy, Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite, Ana Tijoux, Midnight Conspiracy, L1ght, Lady D.
We've been kinda waiting months for this, so I'll give a short run-down of my opinion.
First, before anyone goes on a bitching tear, I do recall the lineup being initially underwhelming in 2009 and '10. That being said (coupled with the fact that we knew about a third of the lineup already), I'm not disappointed.
The official lineup won't be fully released until 1:00 a.m. EST, but Rolling Stone has at least revealed the six main headliners of Lollapalooza 2011.
My Morning Jacket
We were well aware of Eminem, Muse, and Foo Fighters for months, and we heard of Deadmau5 earlier today, but Coldplay (which aren't playing any other major fest this year) and My Morning Jackets were nice late surprises.
Stay tuned for the whole lineup ...
Monday, April 25, 2011
Friendly reminder for everyone, or for those of you that don't follow me on Twitter, but the official Lollapalooza 2011 lineup will be released at 1:00 a.m. EST tonight!
A few minor notes before the release: Perry Farrell confirmed not too long ago that Deadmau5 would indeed be one of the six major headliners, which was hinted at last month in an interview Farrell had with Relix.
Also, nine more acts were given away between Friday's post and today, those being: Skrillex, Dom, Crystal Castles, Cold War Kids, White Lies, The Kills, Pretty Lights, Naked and Famous, and Beirut.
Stay tuned tonight for the final revealing, and stick to Twitter for minor updates.