‘Palooza In Pics (Day One)

Grant Park is HUGE. Lolla utilized half its space last year, but this time it’s the whole park (and even more artists!). Walking from one main stage (AT&T) to the other (Bud Light) is a task of miles and minutes — but the bands at either end (and the characters and concessions along the way) make the trek oh-so-special. We’ll let the pics do the talking.

Well, not all the talking. Ryan’s Dead-drenched set drew a massive crowd of fawning ladies — and his “He’s Gone” was great — but man are those Bud Light speakers powerful! The mild musings of Iron and Wine (who Whitney said was spectacular) suffered from being on a nearby stage, but we didn’t mind hearing the end of Ry’s set while waiting for the tardy Lady Sov to grace us with her presence. And though y’all were hatin’ on “Gatheration”, Sov was five feet of fury on the Playstation stage. An unexpected highlight!

But the set of the day belonged to Jim James and My Morning Jacket, the Best Live Band in America (yeah, we said it). Jim poured every ounce of his reverbed vocals into the epic performance, and regaled us with a tale of his Lolla past. “Being a young youth at my first Lollapalooza, I saw amazing bands like The Verve, Flaming Lips, Smashing Pumpkins. A Tribe Called Quest was there too,” he said. “And I just dreamed of being able to play this festival one day. Twelve years later, here we are, and we just want to say … thank you so very much.” Which was a great story because it was incredibly sincere and because it was incredibly awesome to hear Jim James say “A Tribe Called Quest.”

More tricks and treats with Lolla Ween, but the media — and the high school girls — were all about the Death Cab. More soon.

CURSIVE

PANIC! AT THE DISCO

WHATEVER IT’S RYAN ADAMS

LADY SOVEREIGN



SECRET MACHINES

AN ANGRY FARMER-CLOWN FIDDLE-TOTING EX-CON

THE RACONTEURS

MY MORNING JACKET

HOW TO GET A DATE AT A CONCERT FESTIVAL

SLEATER-KINNEY

FRONT ROW AND WAITING FOR GIBBARD
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

WEEN