Maybe it was my mood, but I kept thinking, “Man, there’s nothing I want to see this morning at Lollapalooza.”
Day two dawned kind of sleepy-eyed, as I looked over the schedule and saw bands I either knew I wasn’t that psyched about, or who I’d seen enough and didn’t need to book a repeat appointment with. But then, some of the coolest bands I’ve seen over the years at Lolla are the ones playing early on a side stage (like, well, The Verve, back in the day), so I opened my mind and ventured out. Because you can, I hit four different stages in the span of about 90 minutes and it was a mixed, but satisfyingly gumbo-like sampler.
The Ting Tings did their spunky ringtone dance punk thing on the main stage, which segued into the jubilant Flaming Lips-meets-Crosby, Stills & Nash at a My Morning Jacket show jam of Dr. Dog (a group I would not normally check out), and after a 50 yard walk, I was turned onto he spiky minimalist electro rockers the Foals, who kicked my head in with submachine bass and chiming guitars. All I can say about the death rattle blues of the Gutter Twins – fronted by former Afghan Whigs front man Greg Dulli and ex-Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan – is that Lanegan freaks me out and I know he wasn’t really staring down at me like he wanted to jump down and cave my face in, but it sure felt like it.
For a look at all the Lolla action — the good, the bad and the ugly — check out Gil’s Lollapalooza photo diary.