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The official 2013 Lolla lineup was released Monday after having been leaked days before. Headliners include Mumford & Sons, the Cure, the Killers and Nine Inch Nails. We’ve rounded up some of the songs of the other notable acts set to perform in Grant Park this year that will definitely be worth seeing.


1.     “Diane Young” by Vampire Weekend – Weeks ago, the group dropped this and one other single off their forthcoming album “Modern Vampires in the City,” and all I could say was, “Wow.” It was unlike anything the group had released before, but in a good way.  It’s an infectious rock single that features a robotic breakdown about 45 seconds into the song and playful guitar riffs throughout, as well as frontman Ezra Koenig’s signature quirky voice. It’s all around head-bobbing goodness.

2.     “Best of Friends” by Palma Violets – These British rockers are gaining time in the spotlight after NME named this track Song of the Year in 2012, and rightfully so. I imagine that this group will blow up on the indie rock scene, especially with a tune as catchy as this one. If you’re into the Strokes or the Vaccines (who will also be at Lolla this year), definitely stop by their set.

3.     “Awkward” by San Cisco – You can’t help but love a song that is so cute. Its catchy “da da da” choruses mingled in between lines like “Get out of my life/ You’ve been stalking me for days” make this a fun boy-girl duet on the painfully awkward texting relationships that any college kid can certainly understand.

4.     “Radio” by Lana Del Rey – Lana has proved to be the queen of indie since she debuted in 2011. She has a voice that is, well, “sweet like cinnamon” and captivating in a way that makes you want to put on your flower crown and just watch as she works her magic on stage.

5.     “Friday I’m in Love” by the Cure – Major props to Lolla for landing these veteran pop stars. Their songs, including this popular track, are timeless. I mean, who doesn’t love this amusing love song?

6.     “No One Knows” by Queens of the Stone Age – The juxtaposition of a bouncy beat and dark lyrics make this song so hard to get out of your head. Seeing them live promises to be a good performance from these expert hard rockers.