With the addition of PJ Harvey and Le Tigre, the ladies are representing on this summer's Lollapalooza tour.
They join the initial lineup of Morrissey, Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth, String Cheese Incident, Modest Mouse and the Polyphonic Spree and last week's additions, Gomez and the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (see "Lollapalooza's Farrell Explains His Taste For String Cheese").
PJ Harvey is preparing her seventh album, Uh Huh Her, the follow-up to 2000's Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea, for release on June 8. Harvey wrote, performed, mixed and produced most of the 13-track LP, with a little help from longtime collaborator Rob Ellis on drums and percussion. Its first single, "The Letter," is expected to surface in mid-May.
June 8 will also find Sonic Youth's 19th album, Sonic Nurse, hitting stores. After a few shows in Northampton, Massachusetts, and Asbury Park, New Jersey, Sonic Youth will embark on a six-city tour of Australia and New Zealand prior to Lollapalooza's kickoff. Earlier this month, the band shared a stage with Le Tigre at the U.K. All Tomorrow's Parties festival.
Led by former Bikini Kill frontwoman and riotgrrl pioneer Kathleen Hanna, the synth-pop trio Le Tigre are putting the finishing touches on their still-untitled major-label debut, which follows 2001's Feminist Sweepstakes.
The new additions further diversify a lineup that has traditionally been a sundry affair. Farrell said the eclectic mix of artists helps create the kind of atmosphere he's always envisioned for his roving extravaganza.
"There are a few ingredients for a great party," Farrell said. "One of them is the location, and we have the outdoors in the summertime. Another thing is the people. You want to be able to have a conversation; you don't want to have a situation where people are punching each other in the face. [You want it] so when you sit down on a couch, even if you don't know the person, there's something interesting to learn. So I applied this same concept to a mass party like Lollapalooza."
The ninth incarnation of Farrell's musical circus, a two-day affair as opposed to previous years' single-show outings, kicks off July 14-15 in Auburn, Washington's White River Amphitheatre.