Must-see sets at Lollapalooza 2013

Need to plan your itinerary for three days of tunes at Chicago’s Grant Park? We’ve done it for you, and Friday’s alignment is near perfect – complete with a dinner break. Also, graciously, we’ve directed you away from the glow-stick-raving teenagers.

Friday, August 2

2:15 – 3:15: Ghost BC (Bud Light)
3:15 – 4:15: Father John Misty (Lake Shore)
4:15 – 5:15: Crystal Castles (Red Bull Sound Select)
5:15 – 6:15: Thievery Corporation (Petrillo)
6:15 – 7:30: Queens of the Stone Age (Bud Light)
7:30 – 8:15: EAT FOOD
8:15 – 10:00: Nine Inch Nails (Bud Light)

Saturday, August 3

5:45 – 6:45: Foals (Petrillo)
6:00 – 7:15: The National (Red Bull Sound Select)
7:15 – 8:15: Death Grips (Grove)
8:15 – 10:00: fall asleep to The Postal Service or Mumford & Sons (Bud Light or Red Bull Sound Select)

Sunday, August 4

12:15 – 1:00: Yawn (Petrillo)
1:30 – 2:15: Wild Belle (Lake Shore)
3:30 – 4:30: Baroness (Petrillo)
4:45 – 5:30: Wavves (Grove)
6:00 – 7:00: Grizzly Bear (Red Bull Sound Select)
6:30 – 7:45: Vampire Weekend (Bud Light)
8:45 – 9:45: Cat Power (Grove)

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Gainesville’s “The Fest” turns 11, adds even more names to ludicrously large lineup

For 11 years, Gainesville, Florida, has been home to one of the largest indie/punk/hardcore festivals, rather aptly known as The Fest. Yesterday, another 30+ bands were confirmed to appear on the already epic lineup.

This October 26-28, you can catch acts like Anti-Flag, Propagandhi, Negative Approach, Braid, Coliseum, Naked Raygun, 7 Seconds, Baroness, Valient Thorr, Tim Barry, Grade (reunion), and more than 270 others at 11 venues around downtown Gainesville. Get your weekend passes before they run out!

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Hopscotch Festival 2012 lineup revealed

Some big names in independent music (and a few big names in…dependent…music) will roll through Raleigh, North Carolina this September 6-8 for The Independent Weekly‘s third annual Hopscotch Music Festival. Among the 170+ bands to join the likes of The Roots, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Built to Spill, and Yo La Tango are ALARM favorites such as Sunn O))), Baroness, Death Grips, Dan Deacon, Colin Stetson, Oneida, Zammuto, Mark McGuire, and Jacaszek.

The festival will span three days across 15 different venues, with tickets and passes ranging from $34 to $165. Take your pick before they’re gone.

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Lineup for OFF Festival 2012 (Katowice, Poland)

Poland’s much-loved OFF Festival returns August 3-5, and this year, it has partnered up with Britain’s The Quietus, which will try its hand at curating a day at the festival’s Experimental Stage. So far, the magazine has chosen the likes of Colin Stetson and Shabazz Palaces, among others.

Also slated to perform are ALARM favorites such as Battles, ConvergeBaroness, Henry Rollins, Other Lives, Swans, Das Racist, Jacaszek, Africa HiTech, Akron/Family, Kim Gordon & Ikue Mori, King Creosote & Jon Hopkins, and Matthew Herbert, among others.

Like what you’re hearing? Get your tickets here before they’re gone.

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Kylesa to release Spiral Shadow on Season of Mist

Just a year and a half after Static Tensions, psych-sludge quintet Kylesa will release Spiral Shadow, its fifth full-length album, on October 26 via Season of Mist. With the album, Kylesa’s cross-genre sound jumps from Prosthetic Records, which put out its last three discs.

The new album was produced again by Kylesa’s guitarist/vocalist Phillip Cope, who has manned the boards for Baroness and Withered.

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Weekly Music News Roundup

Details emerge about new albums from Isis, Tortoise, Akron/Family, and Stinking Lizaveta; Zu announces some dates for a world tour (a pair of which are with Mike Patton); Dark Meat will go on tour with its 17 members; the Scion Rock Fest hosts a spate of crushing metal bands in Atlanta on February 28.

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