Lollapalooza 2011 grabs Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay

It could be because their lineup is the latest gift we’ve unwrapped, but Lollapalooza is looking like it might take the 2011 festival crown. I’m going to need a week or so to mull it over, but this looks fantastic. There’s so many acts I’ve never seen before (DFA1979, Ratatat, Lykke Li) and a lot of bands I’m not overly interested in, but would still like to see live (Deadmau5, Foo Fighters). Here’s a partial lineup for you to scan, then head to Lollapalooza’s site to see everything they’ve announced so far.

Lollapalooza 2011
Eminem
Foo Fighters
Coldplay
Muse
My Morning Jacket
Deadmsu5
A Perfect Circle
Cee Lo Green
The Cars
Ween
Bright Eyes
Beirut
Explosions in the Sky
Death From Above 1979
Ratatat
Lykke Li
Local Natives
Portugal the Man
Mountain Goats
Sleigh Bells
Smith Westerns
Cults

[VIDEO] Mountain Goats joined by Craig Finn for “This Year”

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Thanks to Rawkblog for the heads-up on this video. The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn came out to sing the super-classic Mountain Goats song “This Year” with the band in New York City.

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John Darnielle covers “Power in a Union” for WI teachers

John Darnielle of the Mountain Goats has always been a bit political on his twitter account, but yesterday he upped it a notch by recording this cover of “Power in a Union” for the Wisconsin teachers’ union. The song was written in 1913 by Joe Hill, recorded much later by Billy Bragg and brought up again yesterday. It’s quite the anthem and I hope it gives the teachers a bit of encouragement.