Lollapalooza kicks off today -- don't miss sets from our favorite females.
It's midsummer, and you know what that means! NO, not back-to-school ads (would you stop with those? We're still in bathing suits over here!). It means OUTDOOR MUSIC FESTIVALS! There's no shortage of opportunities to drink beer, get a wicked sunburn and take peace-sign selfies while testing the furthermost limits of your eardrums, but you've gotta admit that there's only one Lollapalooza, the world-famous three-day music festival originally conceived and created by alt-rock king and former Jane's Addiction frontman Perry Farrell. And while we'd love to wax poetic about the festival's history, we're actually here to talk about the ladieeesssss of 2013 Lollapalooza.
In honor of today's official Lolla kickoff (the entire fest runs from Aug. 2 to Aug. 4 at Chicago's Grant Park), here's an up close and personal look at our favorite females on the Lollapalooza 2013 lineup, from electro-pop songstress Ellie Goulding to hooky-as-hell Haim.
Read more about our favorite female acts at Lollapalooza 2013 after the jump.
1.) Ellie Goulding: Despite heart-racing recent releases like "Burn," we feel like everyone still mostly knows Ellie Goulding as "the 'Lights' singer" -- which basically means people don't really know her at all, even though that smash hit was on the Billboard Hot 100 for more than a year. Hopefully taking to the Lolla stage will change all that. But, if we could offer some advice to Ms. Goulding (BECAUSE WE'RE SURE SHE'S WAITING WITH BATED BREATH!), we'd tell her to just pull a J.K. Rowling! You may never top your most iconic hit numbers-wise, so just go out there and have fun! We know we will. -- JW
+ Watch Ellie Goulding's "Burn" video.
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2.) Tegan and Sara: Synth-pop twins Tegan and Sara have been leaving us weak in the knees for well over a decade, but they've shown zero signs of slowing down, and they've only grown more flawless with time. From their self-deprecating wit and perfectly sculpted off-kilter haircuts to their hooky-yet-vulnerable tracks such as "Closer," "I Was A Fool," and "Drove Me Wild," the 2013 mtvU Woodie Awards hosts and performers have been enjoying one of the most successful years of their career, which is mostly thanks to their irresistible seventh studio album, Heartthrob. And their live sets? Well, all we'll say is, get ready to feel some feelings. --RB
+ Watch Tegan and Sara's "Closer" video.
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3.) Lana Del Rey: Although Lana Del Rey's "Young And Beautiful" cleared the path to success for "The Great Gatsby"'s soundtrack, the sultry, smoky, gangsta Nancy Sinatra singer's been laying pretty low all 2013 -- until now, basically. Will America’s favorite actually-of-age Lolita perform new material? Will she drop any more details regarding "Tropico," her upcoming 30-minute short film costarring Shaun Ross (the model from Katy Perry's "E.T." and Beyoncé's "Party" videos)?? COME ON, LANA. -- JW
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4.) Haim: Los Angeles sister act Haim do not even have a full LP out yet, but their startlingly good collection of singles -- "Falling," "Forever," "Don't Save Me," "The Wire" -- has already earned them "WE'RE NOT WORTHY" praise from pretty much anyone blessed enough with the good taste to know what good taste is. (And good taste is Haim.) And it's well deserved: Este, Alana, and Danielle somehow manage to effortlessly combine '90s R&B and '70s classic rock (think En Vogue meets Fleetwood Mac) with a growling nu-grunge edge. Sure, Haim's recorded material might sound killer, but, to quote "Game Of Thrones," you know nothing until you've seen them perform live. --RB
+ Watch Haim's "Don't Save Me" video.
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5.) Jessie Ware: Let's slow things down for a sec with U.K. soul singer Jessie Ware, who's decidedly not your average pop star. With her low-key, nu-soul vocals and introspective-yet-danceable tracks such as "Imagine It Was Us," "If You're Never Gonna Move," and "Sweet Talk" (all of which appear on her phenomenal debut, Devotion), Jessie's a fine combination of Solange-inspired retro throwback and Spice Girls-era personality. Top those things off with her excellent collabos with acts like Sampha, Jack Peñate, and SBTRKT, and we'd totally expect Jessie to exude more of a diva vibe. Well, we hate to disappoint, but turns out Jessie's just that nice, both on and offstage. --RB
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6.) Emeli Sandé: Like Ellie Goulding, Emeli Sandé’s another big name from 2012 whose fame has mostly sprung from a single track -- in this case, "Next To Me." But if the Scottish songstress' Royal Albert Hall concert videos are any indication, Sandé may just be that rare artist who’s actually even better live. And if this live recording of her tag-teaming with Kendrick Lamar on a remixed "B*tch Don't Kill My Vibe" is any indication, SHE. CAN. THROW. DOWN. Get ready. -- JW
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7.) Deap Vally: Los Angeles garage-rock duo Deap Vally -- Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards -- have a lot of rage. Or at least they sound like the do. Repeatedly hitting that distortion pedal and singing about doing things that are "Bad For My Body," the hard-hitting twosome end up sounding like a combo of Screaming Females-meets-The White Stripes-meets a WAY grimier Black Keys -- but throw in some Karen O./Siouxsie Sioux stage attitude. We'll have to wait a few more months for Deap Vally's debut disc, Sistrionix (out in the U.S. Oct. 8), but you can pass the time with other thoroughly badass singles such as "Lies" and "Baby I Call Hell." --RB
+ Watch Deap Vally's "Lies" video.
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