I started Day Two with one of Austin’s best, the Wheeler
Brothers.I love these guys, and
it’s unfortunate they got such an early timeslot.
But, due to my crazy work schedule and newly developing
social life, I’m used to going to bed at 9:30pm and waking up at 7:00am.So getting to the park by noon was a
nonissue.After a great show, and
a free koozie, I set out for a very busy day of walking back and forth around
the park.Friday’s recap was
extremely detailed, so I’ll make this one much shorter.
Shovels & Rope – I heard most of their set, walking
from Wheeler Bros, and back for Little Green Cars.
Pujol – eh, didn’t love.
Planet Hemp – not a fan at all.
Little Green Cars – Unfortunately, the main female singer lost her voice, so this might have been a really bad example of what they typically sound like. I watched most of their set from a seated spot on the hillside (so pleasant) and caught a few songs front and center.
Ben Howard – so great.I managed to get fairly close, and should have stayed for
the whole thing, as the few songs I heard were really great.
Family of the Year – There was scheduling issue on The
Grove stage, as I thought I’d be hearing St. Lucia when I got over there.And was a little sad, as I should have
stayed at Ben Howard.Regardless,
Family of the Year was incredibly gracious to the crowd, and they also sounded
pretty good.They sing the song,
“Hero,” which is getting some radio play in Austin.
Charles Bradley- I wandered over to grab a beer and heard
some of Charles Bradley from afar.
St. Lucia – I returned to the Grove stage to catch St.
Lucia, which did not dissapoint.Interestingly, they sounded a bit like Matt & Kim, which I left to
go see.However, the Matt &
Kim crowd was ridiculous, and I could hardly hear.So… I tried to go back to St. Lucia, but they were already
finished.Biggest fail of the day,
Annoyed that I messed things up, I hurried to the other end
of the park to salvage the remainder of the 3:00 hour.I’ve seen Local Natives before, and
enjoyed them a lot this time as well.
The Dunwellls were one of the bands I had wanted to catch
at ACL last year, but they played at too early of a time for my group to get
there.I’m glad I saw them this
time, on a stage that wasn’t very crowded and in the shade.
Ellie Goulding – Ericka recommended, “lights” to me for the
2012 NYE video, so since then I’ve associated Ellie with her. Also since then,
she has released a few similarly fun pop songs, so I wanted to catch her
live.She was great!I was waaay in the back, and it was
still a solid dance party.Thanks
Ericka, Ellie’s show was one of my festival favs.
Foals – I couldn’t remember why I had bookmarked Foals, and
made my way closer to the front to hear/see them.It was pretty chill, and nothing special, so I caught a few
songs and headed south to get up close for The Lumineers.
Missing the Lumineers show at ACL 2012 was one of my
biggest fails EVER, so even though I don’t like them as much now as I did then,
I wanted to make up for that failure.Arriving what I thought was 15 minutes early, I started txted Jaime as
to feel less alone.Then realizing
I was one hour and 15 minutes early, I took a seat with the few other die-hard
fans, and made festival friends.We chatted for the next 45 minutes, then had to stand our ground to
prevent all the “push oursvles to the front" type of people.This may be a good time to bring up
another one of the biggest pro-Lolla points yet, they don’t allow chairs.At first I thought this was a sad idea,
until I realized that without chairs,so many more people can get up close.There are still plenty of sitters (blankets!) but without
chairs it doesn’t create as big of a bottleneck. The chairline always seemed to cause so many traffic
problems, so without it, more people can stand at an appropriate distance to
still see the front.
The Lumineers show was well worth the wait. They are so happy! What was a little ridiculous, at one point, two of the guys walked through the crowd to play two songs from a new perspective. The main singer sat on top of a chair just behind me, and the accordion player stood on top of the sound booth.
Mumford & Sons – I just saw Mumford at The Circuit of
the Americas, so I wasn’t in dire need to see them again. However, I was pretty thankful that I
got to see them twice, while much of the US missed their concert.
I left MAS a bit early, and caught a tiny amount of The Postal Service as I made my 10 minute trek home.
One of the first bands I wanted to see was Robert DeLong,
however his set was at 12:30pm on Friday, and I knew I wouldn't be ready to leave the office that early. But,
I packed my backpack and planned to walk right from work to the fest, as
soon as I could.That time ended
up being about 2pm.
The security was a little tougher than ACL, but not nearly
as tight as The Gorge. The first band I wanted to see was Band of Horses at
4:15pm, so I had some time to walk around and get oriented to the sheer space
of Grant Park.I might be wrong,
but it seems like lolla is a lot bigger, both in terms of space, and people
attending.Grant Park is way
different than Zilker.Rather than
being a huge green space, Grant has streets and mini-parks within it.For the most part, the festival layout
prevents it from feeling as crowded as ACL or creating as many bottlenecks of
traffic.I definitely appreciated
this, as I did a lot of wandering on Friday.
I entered the fest on the north side, so caught part of Ghost BC’s set as I got oriented to the park.Ghost BC is a metal band.They sounded great, and were hilarious to watch but metal’s not my thing.Once I made it all the way south, I caught most of the Smith Westerns.They are originally from to Chicago, and it was funny that they accidentally did a shout-out to Coachella.They sounded alright- but I felt super old watching them, surrounded by a lot of under-21 year/olds.
Then I wandered back north, stopping by the EDM stage, Perry’s.Five stars to lolla for having a stage
devoted to one type of music.I’m
pretty sure lots of people spend their entire day dancing to the DJs at Perrys.I enjoyed part of Monsta’s set from afar.As I headed back north to catch Band of
Horses at 4:15pm I walked through the food stands.They do the same thing as ACL, having local restaurants
setup stands rather than typical concert-venue food.Similarly, there is also an artist market and farmers market
on the west side of the park.Ah-
which reminds me, the craft beer situation.Ha, I scoff because it’s juuust like ACL’s and serves Bud
products only.However, Chicago’s
craft beer includes Goose Island’s 312 wheat and green lime pale ale ($8 each).On the west side of the park is also
The Grove stage, which is surrounded by trees, and can get very crowded.As it was for Atlas Genius, which I
couldn’t get close enough to see, but sounded great.Will have to check them out further. Like ACL, Lolla has two
larger stages facing one and another, at both ends of the park.BOH was at the largest one north, and
as I made my way closer to the front and center,heard Jessie Hare playing.Her voice was nice, but it’s country.
Band of Horses was incredible.The best I’ve ever heard them (also my third time seeing
them live).I met fellow BOH dude
friends, and together we enjoyed how great they sounded and how thankful we
were for the clouds overhead.Thievery
Corporation started playing immediately thereafter, which I heard while finding
the uncrowded (but not Honey Bucket) port-a-potty and purchasing my second $8
beer of the day.I heard that one song of theirs I know (from Garden State).It’s a bit of a trek between the far
north and south stages, but I wanted to try to hear Imagine Dragons for a
little.That was an impossible
feat, as the Lakeshore stage was sooo crowded.I did a quick walk-by and thought they also sounded okay.Back north- again, to check out HeyMarseilles, which I just heard of in my Lolla-prep.Highly recommend these guys for anybody who likes my taste
in music.The lead singer sounds
oddly The Decemberists, and these
20-something guys can play a mean fiddle.
similar to Colin Meloy from
Sometime during their set I found myself next to another band, in the
audience.Somebody else recognized
them, and after further research I think it was Lianne La Havas and her backup dudes.I’m not sure if I’ll
catch Lianne on Sunday, due to scheduling conflicts, but it was pretty neat to
see her among the masses.
After passing by dancey Disclosure and catching a few songs
I knew from Queens of the Stone Age, I swung by the Samsung Galaxy booth for a
free battery swap and a free pizza voucher.
The line for deep-dish was unfortunately long, but you all
know I’m never one to turn down free shwag.I patiently waited for my dinner, and took it to eat at the
Grove Stage, waiting for Scottish band, Frightened Rabbit, to start.These guys were very Mumford-sounding,
and even though I was fairly front and center, the show wasn’t as fun as I’d
As they finished, I made my
way south to find a spot to hear some of the Killers before walking back north,
and home for the night.
I heard a few Killers songs, which were great, then caught
part of Steve Aoki’s set at Perry’s (insane!), swung by Lana Del Rey at the
Grove (meeeh) and finished with some Nine Inch Nails.It didn’t seem like the video monitors were working for NIN,
however the guy’s voice is great.It was a great show to finish up on, as I could hear them for most of my
walk home (all of 10 minutes, might I add).
Two Step and I have survived our first two weeks in the
Second City, however it feels like we’ve been here much longer.I have been incredibly busy at
work (working past 5pm, for the first time in three years, whaaaat) so there
hasn’t been much time for anything else.I’ve made a few trips to Target for the essentials, found the closest
Trader Joe’s and Jewel, and hit up the Teej down the street from my
office.Everything is very
convenient, which is great- however, it’s hard to get used to having such
little physical separation between work and everything else.
My apartment is on the 25th floor and has a
great view of the Wrigley Building, the Swiss Hotel, the Chicago River and Navy
Pier to the distance.My
balcony and view is the definitely the best part of my room.And, my building itself is great.I have an indoor and outdoor pool,
workout facilities (with group classes!), in-room laundry machines, and both a
CVS and full-fledged grocery store around the corner.Like I said, everything is really convenient.
This weekend I’m attending Lollapalooza, which is also
ridiculously convenient.I figured
this would be the only time in my life where I can walk less than three blocks
to a music festival.Even if I
don’t know anybody else going, I ought to go.So, in an effort to revive this blog, I’ll start it back up
with my thoughts on my first trip to #lolla.
My friends (and faithful blog-readers!) Dasha & Pasha had a beautiful baby girl yesterday. I had the honor of visiting Alice when she wasn't even one day old. Although she has some fiercely sharp nails, she is otherwise perfect. Congratulations Dash & Pash! Feed Me! Papa Pasha Holding a baby is weird. "Am I doing this right?" For the record, he seemed more normal holding Baby Alice than I did. Alice's first girls' night.