Poll: Your Must-See Lollapalooza Band?

Chicagoans sound off on which musician they'll be checkin' this weekend.

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"Certainly there are several must-sees -- The National, Wavves, Drive-By Truckers, Hot Chip -- but my pick for 'see 'em now and say you saw them back when' would be garage rock band Harlem. Get hip to them this year, because if they return to the festival, it'll be on a much bigger stage in a more crowded time slot (think catching Kings of Leon during their '07 performance compared to '09). They have the goods to enter the same 'indie-stardom' the likes of The Shins have. -- Tim Pogo, Q101 DJ and Nude Hippo contributor
2/21
Jay G.
"I would LOVE to see MGMT! Their sound is fierce and I love dancing to their songs. And of course, Lady Gaga!" -- fashion designer Rose Mae Turner.
3/21
Jim Colombo
"I'd have to say Soundgarden, seeing as they played Lolla almost 20 years ago and this is one of their first shows in over 13 years. I saw them back in 1993 and had a great time, so I'm psyched to see them bring back the noise." -- Lollapalooza culinary director Graham Elliot
4/21
Angelo Kritikos
"I am going to see a performance by Lady Gaga. I admire her innovations in music and fashion." -- Chicago trader Anna Holub
5/21
Noah Kalina
Lollapalooza this year is criminally bland and largely made up of out-of-town buzz acts. ALARM is looking forward to Foxy Shazam, Balkan Beat Box, AFI, Social Distortion, and Health. We're also expecting Arcade Fire to play some new material, and crossing our fingers for Soundgarden to play "Jesus Christ Pose." -- Chris Force, founder ALARM magazine
6/21
"Devo and The Strokes cuz they're f$#%ng rad and I've never seen them live!" -- DJ/producer Million $ Mano
7/21
"The Temper Trap -- because I hear they are the modern day Australian version of U2 live and "Sweet Disposition" gives me chills everytime. Couldn't ask for much more than that. -- Jessica Zweig, co-founder, CheekyChicago.com
8/21
"I have to say the set to see is the "secret" Blackbox performace at the Hard Rock Hotel. Oops, did I give it away? At the festival itself, Social Distortion all the way. Best band at Lolla this year, period. -- Damon Ranger, lead singer, Blackbox
9/21
"Anything on Perry's Stage. BBU, who are like (---)<--THIS close to being the biggest thing ever, and Kidz In The Hall are hometown heroes so it might seem a little contradictory, but I don't care. Also on that stage are the legendary and essential Peanut Butter Wolf and J Cole, who's awesome. -- Gus Menary, professional nanny and music PR dude
10/21
"I am super excited to see Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros. I've never seen them live, and I think similar to Arcade Fire, my all-time favorite live show. It will be quite the theatrical performance." -- Samantha Saifer, Director of Marketing, Modern Luxury Media
11/21
"Dan Black. If there's anyone that has that "moment" festival-goers are looking for when they wander past a stage and exclaim "Holy sh*$balls! THAT'S AWESOME." It's him. The mere fact that he's just been nominated for best SFX along with MUSE, GAGA and Green Day in the VMAs prove that he's earned the respect of the industry for his innovation. Many people will discover him this weekend and it's a good thing. Hands down UN is one of the best albums of the year. He goes on at 3 p.m. on the BMI stage on Saturday." -- Tyler Curtis, photographer, Darkroom Demons
12/21
"I really want to go Friday, but I'm still looking for tix. I want to see Chromeo, Black Keys, BBU and Kidz In The Hall. They're all performing on Friday." -- DJ Niena Drake
13/21
"Arcade Fire! 'Cause they're one of my Pandora channels and I've never seen them live. I also am dying to see The Temper Trap and Phoenix! -- Kelli Zink, host of Celebtv.com
14/21
"Lady Gaga!! She is a great performer and we want to see the outrageous outfits that she will wear that night." -- Cece and Melinda with Raymi Productions
15/21
Mute Math. They are my all time favorite band to see live. The first time I saw them was actually at a Lolla after-party a few years back playing in a hotel room. Drummer tapes his headphones on his head cause he just gets that nuts. Fun show to watch. -- Ryan Lange, co-owner of Code of Conduct
16/21
The band I really must see is MGMT. They are very innovative and I love their music. Has some influence on some of my material. I think their art is amazing and would love to see them live. -- musician Mr. Robotic.
17/21
Sola
"Social Distortion. Can't take California out of the girl! (Yes, I'm from LA!) They are Orange County's finest punker rockers! -- Carol Wallack, chef/owner Sola restaurant
18/21
"Hmmmmmmmmmmm ... Between MGMT, The Temper Trap, Digitalism, Cut Copy, and Empire of the Sun it is a very tough call! But if someone absolutely made me choose, my must-see band would be the electro masters Digitalism. -- Kasia Koniar, PR/Marketing Factor Women Models
19/21
"I'm just looking to chill out, drink some beers and support my local pals like BBU, Team Bayside High and Flosstradamus." -- Photographer and party promoter Clayton Hauck
20/21
Nicole Hughes, Bombshell Shocked Vintage
"I'm all about Jimmy Cliff, Social Distortion, Erykah Badu and Mavis Staples -- anyone got tickets?" -- Erin Rembert, burlesque queen and vintage clothing curator.
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"I am so excited to see Lady Gaga. She's eccentric, and I think she's going to give a fantastic show. She always does something fun, outrageous and unexpected." -- fmr. Miss Illinois Ashley Bond
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