It’s been 20 years since Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell started Lollapalooza as a traveling musical circus, featuring some of the brightest names in alternative music, and two decades later, he’s still steering the ship. Since 2005, the fest has settled down in its permanent home at Chicago’s Grant Park, where it continues to present some of the biggest acts in modern music alongside the rising stars of tomorrow. This year’s event takes place from August 5-7, with marquee bands including Muse, Foo Fighters, and Coldplay; but there are dozens of lesser-known artists worth catching, too. In the spirit of looking ahead, we’ve selected ten non-headliners from the 2011 lineup that you should check out, whether you make it to Chicago or not.
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Mexican singer-songwriter Ceci Bastida cut her teeth in her native Tijuana, where she started her first band at 15, before going on to become a backing vocalist for Julieta Venegas. She picked up a lot of friends and supporters along the way, as evidenced by some of the guests who pop up on her debut album, Veo la Marea — including Diplo, Rye Rye, Tim Armstrong, and XXXChange. With her often-political focus, it would be easy to call her a Latin alternative to M.I.A., but her pop sensibilities and welcoming demeanor set her apart.