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By Scott Smith in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 21, 2005 4:38PM

Chicagoist cancelled its subscription to Jane Magazine a few months back after an article on How To Date Eight Guys At Once left us with nothing more than a weird rash. Maybe if we kept it then we’d be the ones with the early lowdown on the lineup for Lollapolooza and not Jim DeRogatis. The lengths that man will go to scoop the rest of the press!

2005_04_21_lollalogo.jpgA little detective work by DeRogatis has sussed out some of the lineup for this year’s reconstituted Lollaplooza. Though this has become a decidedly local affair, only one Chicagoan is known to be on the main bill: former indie rocker turned collaborative popster Liz Phair. Info from record labels and band websites revealed that Weezer, Pixies, Widespread Panic, and Dinosaur Jr. (!!!), Kaiser Chiefs and Tegan and Sara will rock out as well. Whether Kaiser Chiefs or Tegan and Sara will play the main bill or a second stage will likely be confirmed tomorrow during a press conference when the full bill is revealed along with tickets that will probably be way more expensive than the $35 passes that went like hotcakes a couple weeks ago. Considering how Tegan and Sara packed them in to a sold-out show at Double Door last time they were here, giving them a mainstage slot might not be a bad idea.

While Perry Farrell will be attending tomorrow’s news conference to give his blessing, his involvement seems only financial, not creative. The evidence of this symbolism will probably be very apparent as this year’s Lolla is sponsored by an online travel agency and a depilatory product aimed at teenagers. In not giving the product any more free press than is necessary, Dero doesn’t reveal the name of the company featured in joint Jane Magazine ads for the fest. So we’re left to wonder what such a product might be called. Hella Burn? Nope, not catchy enough. Totally Shave’d? Sounds too much like porn. Maybe go for the pop music tie-in with Since Pubes Been Gone? Oh how we miss the hypocrisy that exists between Jane’s editorial copy and its ad copy.