Lollapalooza Schmallapalooza: The Best Off the Radar Music Festivals

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Craig Hlavaty
Summerfest: June 2-3, 2012 in Houston
The Lollapalloza 2012 lineup is here, anchored by Black Sabbath, Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Black Keys and Jack White. Pretty cool, right? And a three day pass will only cost you two hundred thirty dollars. So yeah: Maybe this year it's time to look for alternatives to the big-name, bigger-ticket summer blockbusters. The Village Voice Media team, led by Rebecca Aronauer, tracked down 25 of the best festivals whose lineup announcements don't dominate Google's search trends. A few highlights, below.

View a full slideshow of the 25 best off the radar music festivals in the country.

Afro-Punk Festival in New York: August 25, 2012

Devyn Manibo
Janelle Monae in 2009.

Gonerfest in Memphis: September 27 to 30, 2012

Brandi Rinks
Pity Fucks in 2011

LouFest in St. Louis: August 25 and 26, 2012

Nick Schnelle
Ume in 2011.

Fillmore Jazz Festival in San Francisco: July 7 and 8, 2012

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Jason Potter
Jason Potter

Gonerfest is amazing! Nice mention. Dirty rock n roll all the way. We go at least every other year. Very affordable, Memphis rules, as do all the bands.

(Also, for some reason that link goes to some crazy website Try


I'll be one of the kids sweating at Summerfest! Horray!


STL also had our first ever RockUFest last year at Atomic Cowboy. It's an all day 2p-2a festival featuring 40 local bands on three stages -- it's an alternative to the "alternative" scene which insists the best rock is either on the air or created purely for hippiness-sake.

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