Lollapalooza Day 2 Recap

The Chicago Tribune reviews the Day 2 acts

and updates their random observations (yeah, the music got in the way of our plan to check out the hammocks too!)

…and the pro bloggers finally check in:

Pitchfork has Friday reports from Joshua, Matthew, Amy, and Scott. Stereogum has photos from Friday. Brooklyn Vegan talks about Rogue Wave, Wilco, and the Black Lips & Black Keys.

Our Saturday looked like this:

10:00: An underwhelming breakfast at Panera. Would you like some egg with that Ciabatta bread?

10:30: Drive to the Howard Metra stop in Evanston. It took us a good 20-25 minutes to make the trip there, but at least we know we’ll have a train back to our car tonight.

11:00: on the Red line to downtown. It’s probably because it’s our third trip, but suddenly this feels like a really long train ride.

12:20 – 12:45: Margot & the Nuclear So and So’s
A nice, pleasant set to open our second day of Lollapalooza. It is a gorgeous day out. I’ve sweated like a gallon less than yesterday at this time. Also, suntan lotioning up BEFORE going outside seems to have been far more effective. The crowd is incredibly navigable today — I’m sure it’s because our last memory is of the Radiohead-watchers, but I also don’t think today’s a sellout.

12:45 – 1:30: The Ting Tings
Wow!!! These two put on a GREAT show. I mean, we’re talking about the very first band of the day on the AT&T stage, and they had the crowd (including Kelley and me) bouncing for 2/3 of their set. The Ting Tings are fun, and they know how to please a crowd, including among other things, a rocking finale of “Shut Up and Let Me Go.”

1:30 – 2:15: Dr. Dog
We listened to Dr. Dog from inside the Blackstone Wine Bar. Kelley enjoyed a nice chardonnay, I went with a fuller Pinot Noir. Other wine bar dwellers were buying bottles of wine (which were poured into big plastic travelers). That seems dangerous. I didn’t think I knew much about Dr. Dog, so either I’ve heard a bunch of their songs but didn’t know it was them (I’ve definitely heard ‘The Old Days’ and like it a ton), or their sound is incredibly familiar. I definitely need to follow up with a more detailed look at these guys soon.

2:15 – 2:45: Foals
We found a shady spot off to the side of the Citi stage to listen to a few songs from the Foals. Big, catchy, electronic-ey tunes were the order of the day. Not bad, but not the favorite style of music for either Kelley or me.

3:30 – 4:30: MGMT
I was really really looking forward to seeing MGMT, but ultimately left this show disappointed. I’m not going to judge the band on this performance though, as their mellower opening tunes were almost completely drowned out by the booming bass of Booka Shade, who were playing that Citi stage that is located way to close behind the MySpace one. If I could fault the band with anything, it would be saving their three most well-known songs (Electric Feel, Time to Pretend and Kids) for the end of their set. Most of the Lolla bands mix their known stuff in early so as not to lose the crowd. I will say this though, of all the shows we went to (and granted, we skipped Radiohead), this was the most crowded stage of all.

4:30 – 4:45: Serena Ryder
We decided to check out Serena Ryder at the BMI stage. This was our only foray over to this side stage, and wow, it might have the best setting of any stage on the grounds. A ton of shade, plenty of non-concrete seating. Too bad there aren’t more acts we want to see here. Ryder reminds me of Brandi Carlisle with her scratchy voice, high energy and almost alt-country sound. Definitely an artist I’ll check out more post-Fest.

5:00 – 5:30: Explosions in the Sky
Kelley wandered off to go see Jamie Lidell, while I listed to Explosions in the Sky from a distance. These guys were super high energy, especially for a band that plays tunes with no vocals. I really like their sound.

5:30 – 6:30: Okkervil River
Okkervil rocked when we saw them opening for the New Pornographers in Madison earlier this year, and they didn’t disappoint at the Playstation stage either. From a rousing opener of “The President is Dead” to the crowd pleasing “My Life is Not a Movie or Maybe,”  Okk River had total command of the audience, inspiring sing-a-longs, plenty of bouncing in place, and a whole lotta clapping.

6:30 – 7:30: Broken Social Scene
For a band that has been around as long as BSS, and has launched the career of one Leslie Feist, I feel a little ashamed for only knowing one of their songs (24/7 Shoreline). They put on a great early evening set of jam bandy pop tunes. Quite enjoyable.

7:30: Dinner time.
Have I mentioned how reasonably priced everything is? I have? Well, it’s worth repeating. For dinner, I went with a Pulled Turkey sandwhich ($5) and Kelley and I split a Taco/Tamale combo ($5) and some Guac and Chips ($5) — yes, $15 for two people to eat (you’ll have to ask Kelley if this was her entire dinner or not), at a festival. Nice. We drank beer with dinner too. Those were $5 each. Let’s see you do that, Summerfest!

8:00 – 8:30: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
We went to find a spot for Wilco, and listened to Sharon and the ‘Kings rock the place from afar. Definitely a crowd-pleasing set from a band that knows how to bring it live. Their retro-ish sound isn’t typically my bag, but I enjoyed everything I heard.

8:30 – 9:45: Wilco
Jeff Tweedy and the boys put on a truly crowd pleasing set of well known fare. From the sound of things, this was definitely a less raucous (and dare I say – older) crowd than the gathering at Rage Against the Machine. Saturday was like a reverse of our Friday. Whereas Day 1 started out mellow with Rogue Wave and Yeasayer, then built up to the frenetic energy of CSS; Saturday started with an energetic set by the Ting Tings and concluded with the laid back pleasantness of Wilco. Just a thoroughly enjoyable day and a fitting, headline-worthy ending.

10:00: Ok, the train is busier tonight. For about 2/3 of this trip, Kelley and I are standing. Not exactly surprising, but boy, are we going to be worn out by the end of this weekend! :)

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