Lollapalooza 2010, Day Two: Sweatin' with Phoenix, the xx, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros & Empire of the Sun!


Emily Haines of Metric bangs it out on day two of Lollapalooza in Chicago. Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns/Getty Images; via MTV.com.

Filed Saturday night, August 7th, approximately 1am.

The second day of Lollapalooza 2010 played out more like the last day of a music festival. The line-up could not be beat: Rogue Wave, Blues Traveler, Stars, The Verve Pipe, The xx, Grizzly Bear, Deer Tick, Metric, Spoon, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Kaskade, Slightly Stoopid, Cut Copy, Green Day (who I only heard exiting Grant Park and thankfully they were playing a cover of The Isley Brother’s “Shout” and not one of their own songs), Phoenix and Empire of the Sun.

This amazing list of bands (and I’ve omitted about ten more) drew in a lot more than Friday’s 80,000. And with a high of 85 degrees and a very light breeze everyone was a sweaty hot mess.

The day started with the light-hearted, and sometimes broken-hearted, Stars (I recommend “Your Ex-Lover is Dead” or “Set Yourself on Fire”) and continued on with the smooth guitar strums from The xx, who played all the goodies.


Romy of the xx; she looks somber but damn, she’s good. Photo via Getty Images.


Lollapalooza = grass, sun, beer, hipsters, music.


I thank the schedulers of Lollapalooza for basically making the Budweiser and PlayStation stage area the place to be today. We didn’t have to move very far to see our favorites. Within four hours we could bounce from Stars to The xx to Grizzly Bear and back to Metric. We moved on to the Bloggie Stage the last bit of Deer Tick—just in time to see lead singer John McCauley spit up his beer and invite us to “swim in the pool at the Hilton after the show”


Yup, he’s spewing beer. Onstage. Just for you. Photo by Ryan Fogarty.

I had to decline because I needed to jump around with the happy pappy Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. They opened with “40 Day Dream” and kept the energy and positivity chugging (pun intended) right along and EVERYONE was chanting them “Home”. I love their Emerald City, background by the way. Also, I JUST noticed that their accordion/keyboard player is Nora Kirkpatrick aka the dry, OCD Katherine from TV’s Greek (yes, I watch “Greek”, judge away). How versatile! Accordion and comedy!


The Magnetic Zeros toss their own little onstage hootenanny. Photo by Ryan Fogarty.

When the sun was high, bodies were sweaty, and you can tell the energy level of the crowds at each show were waning. Luckily, silly girls, like the one pictured, were spraying people off with their squirt bottles. Or those with body glitter were taking advantage of the stickiness and sprinkling glitter all over everyone.


Spritz THIS, bitches!!!! Photo by Ryan Fogarty.


Summer ’10 is all about the sticky glitter. Photo by Ryan Fogarty.


Eat it! Photo by Ryan Fogarty.

I also got to sample more foods today than I did yesterday. Instead of the usual hot dog or hamburger I tried some amazing pork buns from Sunda (located at Chow Town North) and some simple beef tacos from Salud Tequila Lounge (also Chow Town North). Both were mildly inexpensive, but hey, it’s so easy to price gauge at a music festival. I’ve noticed that beer and other alcohol has increased by about $3-$4 this year alone. Can’t wait to see what they have in store next year.

A beautiful sunset coincided with Phoenix’s “Countdown (Sick for the Big Sun)” and “Love Like a Sunset”—which had an awesome red light show. I saw Phoenix in Fall 2009 at Central Park with Passion Pit (why aren’t they here!?!) and I knew they were going to put on a great show. Their set was pretty much the same, but I was very pleased to see them play some more songs from It’s Never Been Like That, their third album (though they didn’t play my favorite “One Time Too Many”).


Phoenix’s Laurent Brancowitz on Saturday night. Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Redferns/Getty Images, via MTV.com.


Phoenix serves it. Photo by Ryan Fogarty.

I caught the end of Empire of the Sun, who put on an amazing light show as well. Their costumes were so cool I was truly inspired for this Fall’s Halloween. They played “We are the People”, “Standing on the Shore” and ended the night perfectly with “Walking on a Dream”. Check out more killer photos of their fantastic show.


The glow and blurry amazingness that was Empire of the Sun. Photo by Ryan Fogarty.

Now off to some after-partying and the anticipation of The Arcade Fire on Sunday.

Check out Friday’s Lollapalooza wrap-up for all the Lady Gaga madness, too!



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