Electric Light Orchestra was created expressly as a vehicle for music that would pick up where the Beatles had left off on “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” and “Magical Mystery Tour.” In those days, recreating complex, nuanced musical arrangements onstage was nearly impossible in a rock context. ELO sought to solve that problem by including a string section in the group right alongside the standard rock-band lineup.
Lil Uzi Vert seemed to hardly use his own voice at all. Instead, he let his backing track do the heavy lifting as he shoulder-shook his way across stage. The end of his set even saw him cut short his biggest hit, “XO Tour Life,” after only a few seconds, prompting a mass exodus from his crowd as frustrated fans setup for the final acts of the night.
The Claudettes’ sound is hard to pin down; there’s a strong foundation of barrelhouse and stride piano jazz, but there’s plenty of boogie-woogie in there as well. And even on its first album, the band delivered its original music with a punk attitude.
Over at the Bud Light stage, Arizona felt the vibes of the city fully, making a point to say that they would carry Chicago in their memories for weeks afterwards. Their performance reflected that, one of the highlights of the day, they made a mark that moved the day forward significantly when it was feeling a bit stale.
Parquet Courts’ no-frills style, as well as their obvious skepticism of Lollapalooza, meant they would never quite fill the shoes of the main stage they’d been scheduled to play. As banter, Savage offered a quip: “I dont care what they say. You’re Lollapawinners to me!”
Slaves UK aren’t reinventing punk, but their songs are loud, compelling, tuneful and rocking, so much so that it would be tempting to see them at their Empty Bottle aftershow (which they plugged) if they weren’t going on so late. Slaves make an amazing amount of sound with just a stand up drummer and guitar or bass, and I can’t imagine how loud a show at the Empty Bottle would be.
Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s appearance possibly qualifies more as a royal progress than a musical event; but there’s no discounting the ample gifts of each, however much their personal lives tend to distract from it.
Lollapalooza has never felt less feminist. But there’s a festival for your inner riot grrrl hidden in its four day concert schedule, if you look closely enough.
Just twenty-three, Jean Deaux is an artist with a highly distinctive point of view and a restless creative drive that’s lately seen her assimilating popular styles and genres like they’ve just been waiting around for her to discover them. She’s even tacked a couple of video-directing credits onto her résumé.
Val Camilletti loved music, and dedicated her life to helping others love it too—helping you finding just the right record, knowing the song you were looking for just by hearing you sing a few of its lyrics, and giving bands the chance to play on her store’s stage.