Once again, Lollapalooza's delivered an impressive lineup of exceptional live bands (Arcade Fire, Gogol Bordello), some accomplished vets (reggae rocker Jimmy Cliff, Devo), hot acts of the hour (Lady Gaga, MGMT, The xx, Phoenix), scores of solid indie rockers (The New Pornographers, Spoon, Yeasayer, Frightened Rabbit), some noteworthy reunions (Soundgarden and The Strokes) and just a sprinkle of R&B and hip hop for good measure (Cypress Hill and Erykah Badu).
There's loads of gripes and cheers all over the Web today, but truth be told, it's an impressive feat to assemble a group of artists that can appeal to the masses yet possess a unique musical spirit. You'll never find Justin Bieber at Lolla. (Not yet anyway).
But there's one area where Lollapalooza's lineup is exceptionally lacking, and its such a shameful oversight, it can't be excused: Chicago bands are barely represented at Chicago's biggest music event of the year.