Wheeeeee! Bella here, lamenting the fact that she's thousands of miles away from Chicago. Between the recent Pitchfork festival and this weekend's Lollapalooza events, the city of big shoulders is the city of big fun. Beginning today, dozens of Lolla bands and artists will descend on Grant Park as music-world heavyweights (Depeche Mode, The Killers) and buzzed-about names (Fleet Foxes, Dan Deacon) rock the waterfront. I checked out Radiohead a few years ago in the same outdoor space, and lemme tell ya, there's nothing like soaking up a bassline while the city skyline lights up behind you.
There are still tickets available, so if you're up for some noise in Illinois, have at it. For the rest of us, I've created a little playlist in honor of the fest. Check it out (and find out how you can score some mp3s for free) right ovah here.
And if you just can't get enough, check out these 15 free tracks to sample some of this weekend's music. If you're going to check out the real thing this weekend, have fun — and don't forget the SPF 50. (Sorry, I'm Bella. I can't help but care about your sun exposure.)