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BMI Stage at Lollapalooza: Chicago

Lollapalooza 2008, August 1-3, in Grant Park, Chicago.

August 3 at the BMI-sponsored Lollapalooza stage:

11:15-12:00 p.m. – Ha Ha Tonka: Ha Ha Tonka mix sanctified four-part harmonies and blistering rock, carving out songs that evoke the dichotomies that define their home. The Springfield, Missouri natives dubbed their new album Buckle in the Bible Belt in homage to their hometown.

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. – Wild Sweet Orange: Birmingham, Alabama- based rock outfit Wild Sweet Orange convey hopefulness with their debut, We Have Cause To Be Uneasy. Songs such as “Ten Dead Dogs” and “Sour Milk” find the band honing an intimate and individualistic sound that veers unrestrained from aching intimacy to a turbulent, seething intensity.

1:45-2:30 p.m. – Tally Hall: It’s easy to identify this quintet by their unique, outside-the-box rock music, which incorporates everything from Beatles-esque harmonies and poppy choruses to hip-hop rhythms, indie rock sensibilities and playful lyrics. Atlantic Records is set to re-release their debut Marvin’s Marvelous Mechanical Museum this year.

3:00-3:45 p.m. – Newton Faulkner: Dreadlocked guitar wrangler Newton Faulkner has built a faithful following since the release of his 2007 U.K. smash Hand Built By Robots. With his hippy vibe and witty lyrics, Faulkner is poised to create an indelible impression stateside.

4:15- 5:00 p.m. – Eli “Paperboy” Reed & the True Loves: The New York Times likens this explosive young soul shouter to Otis Redding and Sam Cooke, the Boston Globe calls him a “star on the rise” and the Village Voice warns, “Amy Winehouse better watch her back.” Backed by an impressive band, the True Loves, Reed has the chops to convert all naysayer’s to worshippers.


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