Lollapalooza 2012: The Billboard Guide
Lollapalooza 2012: The Billboard Guide

This year's Lollapalooza is more stuffed than a Thanksgiving turkey. With the festival landing in Chicago on Friday (Aug. 3), Billboard has your guide to the weekend's must-see bands.

FRIDAY

Michael Kiwanuka | 1:30 p.m. | Playstation Stage

Why He's Hot: The U.K. singer's "Home Again" finally landed on shelves this week, months after his debut U.S. dates drew universal acclaim for his mellow brand of vintage soul. To borrow a phrase from Jay-Z, Kiwanuka's like a young Marvin in his hey -- don't let his early slot keep you from catching him.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs | 2 p.m. | Perry's Stage

Why They're Hot: The project of U.K. producer Orlando Higginbottom offered a chilled-out EDM sound with debut full-length "Trouble," but the musician's exuberant remixes show he knows how to ramp things up into dancefloor-ready BPMs for a festival crowd.

Sharon Van Etten | 3 p.m. | Google Play Stage

Why She's Hot: With this year's "Tramp," the indie singer has proven herself a compelling heir to the likes of Cat Power and Tori Amos.

Black Sabbath | 8:05 p.m. | Bud Light Stage

Why They're Hot: It's Black Sabbath, even without drummer Bill Ward. This is as metal as it gets -- you can see the Black Keys next year.

Afterparties (Friday):

tUnE-yArDs with Washed Out | 10 p.m. | House of Blues

Why They're Hot: The indie heavyweights -- one a frenetic experimental pop act, the other the leader of synth-subgenre chillwave -- get hot and cold at the House of Blues.

Passion Pit with GIVERS, Kishi Bashi | 8 p.m. | House of Blues

Why They're Hot: If Black Sabbath's not your style, step into the House of Blues for an electro-tinged set from Billboard 200 top 10 newcomers Passion Pit, whose pop-packed "Gossamer" just bowed at No. 4.

SATURDAY

Chief Keef | 12:15 p.m. | Perry's

Why He's Hot: Look for the teenager rap phenom to draw a hometown crowd for his lunchtime set, which comes on the heels of breakthrough single "I Don't Like," a song that's scored over 2 million YouTube views.

FIDLAR | 1 p.m. | Google Play Stage

Why They're Hot: Los Angeles punks FIDLAR -- short for "F*** It Dog Life's a Risk" -- have made waves with their "DIYDUI" EP, a set shot through with a slacker enthusiasm that should bring a SoCal breeze to the 90-degree Chicago heat.

Alabama Shakes | 4:15 p.m. | Bud Light Stage

Why They're Hot: The blues revivalists' live shows are already legendary, incendiary spectacles, powered by the bottomless voice of Brittany Howard. Expect to hear them from here to the parking lot.

fun. | 4:45 p.m. | Google Play Stage

Why They're Hot: As the Alabama Shakes wrap it up, sneak out in time to catch fun. (or is it FUN.?) lead the crowd in an epic rendition of "We Are Young," a sing-a-long hit that's kept the band in the Hot 100 for 31 weeks and counting.

Frank Ocean | 8:45 p.m. | Google Play Stage

Why He's Hot: If there's one man not to miss this weekend, it's Ocean, whose "Channel Orange" is one of the year's most original R&B efforts and whose brave declaration of a same-sex love affair has made him one of the most talked-about artists of 2012.

Afterparties (Saturday):

Calvin Harris with Nathan Scott | The Mid

Why They're Hot: If you want to keep dancing deep into the night, party with "We Found Love" producer Calvin Harris -- whose solo material should keep the floor bumping just fine even without Rihanna.

Jane's Addiction with Franz Ferdinand | 10 p.m. | Aragon Ballroom

Why They're Hot: It wouldn't be Lolla without a sweaty set from Jane's Addiction, who'll get a boost from the Scottish rock action of Franz Ferdinand.

SUNDAY

Bowerbirds | 12 p.m. | Sony Stage

Why They're Hot: The folk group weathered a break-up -- the emotional kind -- before getting back together for their strongest album yet with this year's "The Clearing." Bowerbirds should be a lush, gentle way to ease into Lolla's final hours.

The Walkmen | 3 p.m. | Sony Stage

Why They're Hot: The indie mainstays remain New York's finest -- new album "Heaven" captures the once-dour group at their happiest, and most tuneful, yet.

Yuna | 5:40 p.m. | BMI Stage

Why She's Hot: The Malaysian singer-songwriter made her U.S. launch with help from Pharrell Williams, who produced recent single "Live Your Life." Her melodic, affecting songs are mysterious without losing accessibility, leading her self-titled U.S. debut to a No. 23 spot on the Hotseekers chart.

At The Drive-In | 6 p.m. | Red Bull Soundstage

Why They're Hot: The reunited rockers represent a sound that's been largely absent from the music world in recent years: the band plays with both the visceral power of hardcore and the thoughtfulness and range of indie. See them while they last.

Jack White | 8:15 p.m. | Redbull Soundstage

Why He's Hot: On a big day for rock, Jack White himself should close the festival in style -- likely with two different bands playing material from his solo debut. If the house hasn't been brought down yet, look for White's hand on the wrecking ball.

Afterparties (Sunday):

Billboard Post Party: Of Monsters and Men with the Jezabels | 10 p.m. | The Double Door

Why They're Hot: Don't miss Billboard's own Lolla bash, featuring Icelandic alternative stars Of Monsters and Men and Aussie favorites the Jezabels. A special DJ set from Brooklyn's French Horn Rebellion will round out the evening, which will be emceed by The Beat host Jonathan Brooks.

Stay tuned to Billboard.com for more Lolla coverage throughout the weekend.

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