Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Best Weekend of the Year Part 2

So, enter Day 2 of Lollapalooza. It's Saturday, I'm feeling refreshed, ready to go big for what would be my favorite day of the festival.I started off the day at 11:15 for Band of Skulls. There was no way in the world I would miss this. These guys rocked so hard I can't put it into words. In the hyper-produced world we live in today, it's rare to see something this pure come out of a guitar and out of a band as a whole. Afterwards, there were little chunks of brain laying all over the grass because many people who were not mentally prepared to be rocked to their cores first thing in the morning had the misfortune of having their heads exploded by the relentlessly raw rock dished out by Band of Skulls. For that, they get two pictures:

After heading to a party a friend invited me/us to across the street (which was by the way awesome. Thank you if you are reading this), we headed back to catch Miike Snow, another band I did not want to miss. They were even better live than I would have imagined. They needed a spot later in the evening where they could've had a good light show to match the sweet tunes.

2:30 - 3:30 - Atmosphere. Great times. They were really good. The main guy, who raps, is a white dude from Minneapolis.

3:30 - 4:30 - Gomez / Trying to find everyone. I missed Blind Pilot but you can't see everything.

5:30 - 6:15 - Santigold. She was awesome! Her dancers were even cooler. They danced the entire show with sunglasses on and didn't smile once. Loved the throwback 90's style. The craziest part about this show was when Graham and Samantha got up on this huge metal cannister that was looking at the stage to start dancing.


I'm very proud of you Graham for having started this mayhem. This guy on the corner is one slip of the hand away from breaking himself. Amazing. You should have seen the people trampling over each other and shoving each other out of the way to get up on this thing. Once again proof that we are nothing but herd animals.

6:30 - 7:30 - TV on the Radio. Really enjoyed them. Had never seen them live so that was fun.
7:30 - 8:30 - sit down and have some beers
8:30-10:00 - Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Playing before a crowd far bigger than anything they had seen in their lives, Karen O led the Yeah Yeah Yeahs in putting on an appropriately grand performance, starting with her entrance.

This was the second time I've seen them and again, she is absolutely captivating. She is the epitome of lead singer. I am yet to see any one person in my life who holds a crowd like she does. Day 3 / Of Montreal recap / Weekend Awards to come in the third and final installment tomorrow.

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