Saturday was full of tougher decisions than day one, not the least of which was Interpol vs. Muse vs. staying dry. Grant Park got its drizzle on during The Hold Steady; by the time Spoon took the MySpace stage, it was full-on downpour. Britt reminded us how to pronounce GaGaGaGaGa (like a machine gun!) and the genius of LCD’s Friday set (“awesome”!). For many of our media friends, the day’s biggest disappointment was CSS’s last minute cancellation. For Stereogum, it was getting shut out of the Muse photopit. (Post ’em if you ya got ’em.) Bellamy & Co’s light show looked great from any vantage, though, especially during an epic “Time Is Running Out” and Nina Simone cover “Feeling Good.” Alas, we missed Interpol. Did you choose them over Muse? Explain yourself.
Karen O took home the Gummy for Best Dressed. Alien denmother Perry Farrell introduced the rockers, then Karen appeared in a Corgan-y black and white zigzag cape, masking an even stranger leather bondage getup with curiously placed zippers and, um, hair-skirt? And her legs were wrapped in tefillin. Or something. Taking notes, Cold War Kids?
Speaking of blogrock, we caught up with Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Sargent twins, asking Lee and Tyler to out-silly our (non-existent) snapshots of comic genius Regina Spektor. Good sports, those two. The blond fellow on their left is Clap sound man Iain White. Forgot to ask: What’s Tom Hanks REALLY like?
And no festival is complete without our favorite merry band of beer swillers. If there’s one thing we’ve learned from seeing the Hold Steady umpteen times in the past year, it’s that these guys live for the stage. That means Craig’s gonna clutch his hair and lose his shit to the opening riff of “Stuck Between Stations” each time like it’s never been played before, while Franz and Galen smile, wave, and mug like it’s the first time they’ve actually had fans at a set — and in turn, the frontrow kids were freaking like they had never seen the band before (a teen yelling “This is the greatest day of my life! I’m gonna see THE HOLD STEADY!”). We got everything from the Boys And Girls… standouts (“Massive Nights,” “Chips Ahoy,” “Party Pit,” “You Can Make Him Like You”) to “Cattle And The Creeping Things,” and as always, THS killed.
Today: Los Campesinos!, !!!, and My Morning Jacket with an orchestra! Last exclamation point ours for emphasis. Oh and that band Pearl something everybody keeps mentioning. Keep meaning to Wiki them.
Too many photos after the jump, most by Abbey Braden for Stereogum.
I’M FROM BARCELONA
COLD WAR KIDS
CLAP YOUR HANDS SAY YEAH HARMONIZE
THE HOLD STEADY
YEAH YEAH YEAHS