The only thing I love more than fashion is music (there… I said it). I have been to a lot of concerts, but I was a music festival virgin before a few weekends ago. Lollapalooza could not have been a better first experience (although I suppose I could have done without the sweltering heat). It was really well organized and the lineup was phenomenal… it was a Lolly good time. Here are some highlights, and some lowlights, of this year’s lineup.
Just when I thought there weren’t any awesome female rock stars out there (I had just seen Regina Spektor), Karen O redeemed my lost hope. If she doesn’t define badass, I really don’t know what does. She’s hot. She shrills. She rocks. Look at that cape. It’s amazing, and so was the Yeah Yeah Yeahs live performance. I would love to see them again in a smaller venue, so I can truly soak up all of Karen O’s goodness.
Songs to download: Honeybear, Gold Lion, Maps
This was by far the worst show I saw at Lollapalooza (and I unfortunately had to see it because I wanted for a good spot for Daft Punk). Perr-Farr and his fugly lady friend (who could not dance) sported heinous matching turquoise ensembles. This was not rock. This was not entertainment. This was a waste of time. Would you expect this from the man who started Lollapalooza? And to top it off, their cover of Jane’s Addiction “Jane Says” was off key.
Songs to download: __________ (you’re going to have to tell me)
The brothers Fallowill (and cousin in red, above) are slightly androgynous with their long hair and skinny jeans, but they sure know how to rock out. I have been waiting for about 2 years to see these guys live, and it was definitely worth the wait. Despite the blistering heat and the dancing frat boys, this was one of my favorite shows. The Kings of Leon exude sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Highlight: Eddie Vedder showed up on stage for the last song, with tambourine and microphone in hand. If you’re playing with rock legend Eddie Vedder, I guess it means you’ve made it.
Songs to download: On Call, Taper Jean Girl
Honestly, I wasn’t much interested in Wino’s act. Mainly because I wanted to see the British indie rock band Los Campesinos!, but also because I had seen her in the VIP bathroom of the Hard Rock Hotel party the night before (her waist can’t be more than 22 inches and she claims the hair is real). But the girl can sing; her sultry voice boomed over the speaker system (which made it difficult to concentrate on Los Campesinos!). The crowd was grateful that she didn’t cancel the show and even more grateful when she played Rehab—everyone was jamming along.
Songs to download: Rehab, You Know I’m No Good, Back to Black
If you don’t know who Daft Punk is… well, you need to. The Parisian duo has remained fairly anonymous over the past decade (only touring twice and always wearing masked space suits while performing), yet they have remained the crème de la crème of electro music. Waiting painfully through Satellite Party paid off, as I was FRONT ROW. The laser lit pyramid and light show only enhanced Daft Punk’s funky rhythms. The beats dropped for 90 minutes and the crowd rocked along the entire time. Hell, I would have paid $195—the total of my 3-day pass—just to see Daft Punk on Friday night.
Songs to download: Robot Rock, One More Time, Rollin’ & Scratchin’
All images courtesy of WireImage (except Daft Punk, which I took myself)
— Gabbie Perez