day two

The Best of Lollapalooza 2013: Saturday Recap

Saturday always serves as a de facto climax of sorts for Lollapalooza. Friday is full of fashionably late goers with many working earlier in the day (myself included), and Sunday is significantly more relaxed with Monday looming around the corner. So, Day Two is always packed and popping with people ready to go balls to the wall (also myself included).

Notable highlights:

-Ellie Goulding played a fully stocked 5 o’clock set that could of easily been a headliner. Her wispy, seductive vocals carried through the crowd, but her talents seemed boundless as she picked up a guitar and even a pair of drumsticks during her hour-long set. A true musician, through and through and not to mention humble. Multiple times Ellie stopped herself, presumably taken aback by the crowd and dizzied in the moment.

-Just an hour after Ms. Goulding, Compton-native Kendrick Lamar took the same stage to a massive gathering gearing up for a  Good Kid, M.A.A.D city medley. Kendrick is easily one of the most hype and polished performers in the rap realm right now. K-dot glided through each of his tracks with ease and CDQ bravado, from a raw “Backseat Freestyle” to a climatic “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe”.  But, even Kendrick couldn’t ignore probably the most unique moment of the entire festival weekend: a man being crowd surfed, in a wheelchair, across the sea of fans to the front of the stage. The show legit stopped for what seemed like a full two minutes, with Kendrick applauding the spectacle (“this is gonna be on the Internet”).

-The most momentous main stage headliner had to be The Postal Service. TPS’ career was short and sweet, only really active for a few years in the early 2000s, but they always sort of served as an indiepop ambassador. They absolutely killed their set with fervor and a genuineness that made things seem very melancholy, with their tour acting simultaneously as a reunion and a goodbye.

Check out video highlights from Saturday below, and be sure to check out the five-song playlist featuring some of the day’s best sets.

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The Bonnaroo 2012 Experience (Day Two, Radiohead)

I consider day two of Bonnaroo the first “real” day, as most of day one was spent picking up my wirstbands and setting up camp. Music didn’t start until 4pm and the two main stages for headliners weren’t even open.

Day two, on the other hand, was jam packed. Here’s the thing about Bonnaroo…Music. Just. Doesn’t. Stop. There’s way too much to see. You’ll legit have some sort of music to attend until about 6am (at which this point the sun has already risen and not to mention it gets sizzling by 9am, aka no more sleeping in your tent sauna.)

Prior to this, the biggest festival I had attended was Lollapalooza. Music gets cut off by 10pm there, mainly because you’re in a big city with noise ordinances. At Bonnaroo, you’re in a dusty, rural town with a typical population of around 10,000 people that swells to an enormous 100,000 during the festival weekend. So yeah, there’s no rules around this country.

The big catch of the day was of course Radiohead. I had seen Thom Yorke and company once prior at Lollapalooza in 2008, so I was worried that I had been spoiled and that their performance the second time around would seem lackluster. Nah. I was wrong.

I mean, there’s a reason these dudes have been killing it since as far back as the 80s. They evolve. Both in music production as well as performance. I’ll let the video below do most of the talking, but the entire set was more like watching a 2-hour music video. There was a camera on each member the entire time, displayed on huge flat screens hanging above them, which really let you get an “inside” scoop on the inner workings of the troupe. The lights were dazzling and the Thom Yorke was as weird as ever with his ad libbing.

Like I mentioned earlier, the strange thing about Bonnaroo is that even after your 120-minute headliner, the show goes on. I mean, after a big gun like Radiohead you kinda think to yourself, what else is there? Well on that particular night I happened to catch the likes of Major Lazer, Black Star and Flying Lotus…that’s all AFTER Radiohead. Shit.

Check out the performance of “Lotus Flower” below and enjoy the five-track playlist made up of acts I saw on Day Two.

Peace.

Rodrigo y Gabriela – Hanuman

Radiohead – Everything In Its Right Place

Major Lazer – Hold The Line feat. Mr. Lexx & Santigold

Black Star – Definition

Flying Lotus – A Milli (Remix)


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Remember how I was all jealous of people going to Coachella? Yeah, I’m going now.

And so we have it. The Kickdrums have released Day 2 of their Coachella mixtape series, “The Indio Sessions: Day 2.” I. Can’t. Wait.

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