Bennett News: What We’re Watching: Lollapalooza 2015
For the last 6 years, the first weekend in August has been marked on my calendar for the celebration of Lollapalooza! The music festival, featuring over 160 bands on 8 stages spread throughout Grant Park in downtown Chicago, has become my favorite weekend of the summer! This year’s line-up included classic rockers Paul McCartney and Metallica. It also featured more EDM than past years.
Here are the acts that stood out for me this year:
Paul McCartney – What can I say about one of two remaining Beatles playing hits for over 2 hours? What stood out to me was how much fun Sir Paul was having. I hope I have that much energy at 73.
TV on the Radio – While they have been putting out albums since 2004, TV on the Radio has never broken through with a top 10 hit. I discovered them in 2011 and their album Nine Types of Light. While their records can be a bit brooding at times, their live performance was a great rock show. Limited by Mother Nature (bad weather), their set lasted just under 45 minutes and left the crowd chanting “one more song,” even after the lights were turned off.
My favorite new discoveries – Tame Impala is the studio creation of Australian musician Kevin Parker. Their mood is psychedelic rock, accented by real-time background video created by sending the band’s sound through an oscilloscope. The music, presentation, groovy vibe and danceable rock made them a real stand out for me.
In my limited experience, young rappers appearing at Lollapalooza in front of the biggest audience of their lives are more interested in trying to build their street cred than performing their music. (Proof? Read about the riot rapper Travi$ Scott started on Friday) But not Daye Jack, an 18-year-old rapper-singer from Atlanta, whose first album is quiet and intimate. He stayed true to himself and delivered a very strong performance at 12 noon!
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