Category Archives: Lollapalooza

List: The 20 best (and worst) things about Lollapalooza 2013

Last weekend, I spent three beautiful days at Lollapalooza in Chicago. I saw hip-hop. I saw country. I saw Southern rock. I saw punk rock. I saw singer-songwriters. I saw DJs. Over three days, I saw 22 artists, ate about … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza: The Vaccines blow it up

Call me a convert. I enjoyed The Vaccines before, but I freaking love them now. The Vaccines kicked it off with “Blow It Up” and then my personal favorite by the band, “Teenage Icon,” which was an awesome way to … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza: Tegan & Sara give weighty songs to Lolla crowd; Sara doesn’t pass out

I’ve always loved Tegan & Sara, but I must admit that I’m a little behind. My memory of the singing sisters is of acoustic guitars a la “Walking With a Ghost,” but now I realize that was 2004 and I … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza: The Mowgli’s strummy summer fight brightens the day

I didn’t know much about The Mowgli’s until yesterday when I actually saw them. The California band played the smallest stage at Lollapalooza yesterday, and I guarantee they brought the largest crowd the BMI stage saw all weekend long. In … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza: The Cure closes the festival with hits-filled set

When Robert Smith marched across the stage, the audience gathered at Grant Park’s south end went wild. While the kids were at Phoenix and recovering from 2 Chainz, the older contingent of Lollapalooza fans headed to see The Cure. I … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza: Wild Belle takes it up a notch in strong finish

At the suggestion of a friend, I went and caught Wild Belle to kick off my third and final day at Lollapalooza. I was first struck by the group’s white suits and sunglasses look, which is certainly the classiest look … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza: HAIM pulls me in, Eric Church says the best thing ever

A lot of Lollapalooza (and every other festival) involves catching snippets of sets. And that’s what I did on Saturday with Local Natives, The Lumineers, Eric Church and HAIM. HAIM was an absolute surprise and delight that I honestly didn’t … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza: The National recover from boring start

I’m not sure if The National is the best festival band. Maybe they’re better for plugging your headphones into the stereo during a quiet listening session. The band’s melancholia and penchant for overwrought indie rock aren’t what you think of … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza: The Postal Service caps day with perfect set

How do you play the perfect Lollapalooza set? Ask The Postal Service. They did it Saturday, so they may have some advice. All dressed up in black, The Postal Service took the stage to a wall of fog and tens … Continue reading

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Lollapalooza: Ben Howard brings festival together in his last American show

Ben Howard did not play “Old Pine.” That’s the only bad thing I can say about his set Saturday afternoon at Lollapalooza. And, honestly, it’s not even that bad a thing to say. It’s just my favorite song of his. … Continue reading

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