Daylight savings time steals an hour from us on Sunday, which can only mean one thing—Lollapalooza is right around the corner! (Also, set your clocks forward, dingbats.) Lolla expands to four days to celebrate its 25th anniversary, and tickets go on sale Tuesday, March 22. Judging from past years, the lineup will be announced in the next couple weeks, and this wolf has some predictions about who will appear. Expect to see James Murphy taking a break from his Williamsburg wine bar to front the reunited LCD Soundsystem. Don’t be surprised if the bill includes blazingly woke rapper Kendrick Lamar, Instagram-obsessed pretty boys the 1975, New Jersey rap royalty Fetty Wap, art angel Grimes, emo sluggers Modern Baseball, wannabe pop conquerors Miike Snow, slacker heroes Parquet Courts, and Auto-Tune authority Future. Gossip Wolf suspects the almighty Radiohead will play too. As far as Chicago acts at Lolla: let’s say snotty suburbanites the Orwells, Hollywood Holt’s postpunk incarnation Hxlt, soft rockers Marrow, burger boys Meat Wave, and (for the umpteenth time) Wild Belle.
Gossip Wolf hasn’t been to South by Southwest in a few years (or anywhere south of Joliet, really), but the Hideout’s annual SXSW Send Off Party is the next best thing. It rounds up local acts who are making the trek, and this year’s show, held Saturday, March 12, features Smith Westerns spinoff Whitney, banjo man Al Scorch, art-rockers Crown Larks, and more.
In the late 80s, thrashy local death-metal band Sindrome—with members of Devestation and Terminal Death—pumped out two tough, crusty cassette demos and disappeared. On Fri 3/25, Century Media releases Resurrection: The Complete Collection, which compiles both demos and a 1988 live show when Sindrome toured supporting the legendary Death. The raging “Cathedral of Ice” can inspire a hesher frenzy even today! v
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