Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Music Festival Smackdown

The slightly underwhelming ACL Fest lineup has left me pondering the possibility of skipping ACL in favor of Lollapalooza in Chicago. There's a lot of cross-over between the lineups, but, to me at least, Lollapalooza gets the better of ACL in terms of non-cross-over bands. Take a look:

(Italics signifies act only at that show)

ACL Fest
Aimee Mann
Ben Kweller
Calexico
Centro-matic
Cat Power and the Memphis Rhythm Band
Damien Rice
Explosions in the Sky
Flaming Lips
Jose Gonzales
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness…
Iron & Wine
Marah
New Pornographers
Okkervil River
Raconteurs
Secret Machines
Shins
Son Volt
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Wolf Parade

Lollapalooza
Andrew Bird
Broken Social Scene
Built to Spill
Calexico
Cursive
Flaming Lips
The Frames
Hold Steady
Iron & Wine
Jeremy Enigk
The M's
Midlake
New Pornographers
Raconteurs
Ryan Adams
Secret Machines
Shins
Stars
Sonic Youth
Wilco

So what's the final analysis? I'm still not sure. Maybe the "official" ACL list tomorrow will include a surprise or two. Maybe one of the fests will add Dirty Pretty Things or The Brokedown or The Whigs.

Maybe it all comes down to the question: Hot dog or BBQ?

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