French Protests Nix Lady Gaga Shows
French Protests Nix Lady Gaga Shows

It's what they call a good problem: too much at one festival going on at the same time. Some tough choices are in order. So if you're headed to the not-so-wilds of downtown Chicago's Grant Park for Lollapalooza 2010, we've got some advice on which path to take when presented with two great bands to see playing simultaneously.

Drive-By Truckers v. The Big Pink

Drive-By Truckers always put on a reliable show, but gear up for an epic weekend by catching The Big Pink on the Adidas MEGA stage at 3:00 PM on Friday instead. A set full of the electro rock of 2009 debut album "A Brief History of Love" might make these Brits a breakout hit at the festival.

Devo v. New Pornographers

The New Pornographers are sure to deliver an hour full of catchy pop-rock hooks during their 4:00 PM set of Friday, but kick it old-school by catching Devo on the Parkway stage at the same time. Even if you enjoy the New Pornos' new album "Together" more than Devo's just-released "Something For Everybody," the veteran new wave band is always worth catching, if only for their plastic Energy Dome hats.

The Strokes v. Lady Gaga

Instead of catching the Strokes' triumphant return to the U.S. festival circuit, find a good spot for Lady Gaga's headlining spectacle on Friday night. While the raw garage-rock power of Julian Casablancas and co. will make for a memorable evening, Lady Gaga's set -- which will reportedly cost $150,000, according to Lolla founder Perry Farrell -- might be one for the ages..

Stars v. Warpaint

Canadian indie rockers Stars are sure to play highlights from new album "The Five Ghosts" at their 2:15 set on Saturday, but check out California group Warpaint on the Sony Bloggie stage instead. The all-female four-piece make psychedelic pop that should captivate a solid crowd at Grant Park.

Cut Copy v. Rusko

Cut Copy will showcase an hour's worth of stylish electronica Saturday night on the PlayStation stage, but go for the down-and-dirty beats Rusko at 7:30 that night. The dubstep DJ and M.I.A. collaborator is sure to tear the roof off of Perry's dance stage.

Phoenix v. Green Day

Phoenix's 2009 disc "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" established the group as legitimate alt-rock hitmakers, but Green Day reached that level a decade ago. Catch the Bay Area's two-hour-plus headlining set on Saturday night, and catch the Frenchmen at a later date.

Minus The Bear v. Mumford & Sons

Minus the Bear's math-rock has been winning fans for years, but Mumford & Sons are heading into Lollapalooza riding a wave of well-deserved hype. Catch the English band's Sunday set at 3:00 PM and experience the emotional folk-rock of their Mercury Prize-nominated debut, "Sigh No More".

Frightened Rabbit v. Erykah Badu

Frightened Rabbit's wistful indie rock reached a new level on 2010 album "The Winter of Mixed Drinks," but their Sunday set is regrettably pitted against R&B legend Erykah Badu. Head over to the Adidas MEGA stage at 6:00 on Sunday and rock out to the singer's soul jams as the sun starts to dip over Grant Park.

MGMT v. Wolfmother

Sure, MGMT's sophomore album "Congratulations" didn't include the huge hooks of hit debut "Oracular Spectacular," but the psych-pop band is still worth seeing over regrouped rockers Wolfmother. Skip the Aussie's Sunday set and expand your mind with MGMT's 6;00 PM set on the Budweiser stage.

Soundgarden v. Arcade Fire

The Soundgarden reunion may be too enticing for rock fans to pass up on Sunday night, but Chris Cornell's faithful will miss a triumphant set by modern-day rock heroes Arcade Fire. Instead of just head-banging to the old classics, check out the gorgeous melodies of the Canadian collective's just-released third album, "The Suburbs," before making the long sprint across the park to catch the second half of the Soundgarden set.

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