Lollapalooza for the Roots Music Fan
Sets You'll Probably Catch: North Carolina's prolific Avett Brothers have another album with super-producer Rick Rubin in the works, but that won't emerge until next year. So expect their Sunday-evening set to draw heavily from favorites like the majestic 2009 breakthrough I and Love and You and last year's smaller-scale Magpie and the Dandelion – plus maybe a wild-card cover or two along the lines of Seth Avett's cello-drenched take on Beyoncé's "Halo." Glen Hansard of Once fame will play "Falling Slowly" and other Swell Season, solo and maybe even Commitments Irish-soul tunes Sunday afternoon. And from the wilds of Florida, rising sextet Roadkill Ghost Choir will conjure up evocatively spooky late-night vibes even though they're playing at the broad-daylight hour of noon on Friday.
You Might Also Like: London's Chase & Status flavor their overdrive drum 'n' bass with old-school soul moves classic enough for roots enthusiasts. Or move it on over to the Crescent City with Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, an ensemble that offers up a thoroughly modern spin on the New Orleans horn-band genre. When it comes time for a nutritional interlude, Lollapalooza Chow Town's high-cholesterol-from-the-heartland options are brought to you by the letter B: barbecue, burgers and brats. Can you pass up Bacon Sausage On A Stick? It can be had for five American dollars at Big Pork.
Best-Kept Secret: Sarah Dugas' big, booming voice always seemed a touch out of place in her previous band, eclectic-to-a-fault Canadian fusion-folk group the Duhks. No such problem in Dugas, her duo with sibling Christian Dugas, in which Sarah's voice is free to soar. By David Menconi