Friday, August 23, 2013


Everyone said that Chicago was blessed with "cool" weather this weekend, getting no higher than the 80's.  The first day was marked by clouds and a brief shower, enough rain to turn parts of the grassy park into patches of mud.  It did not dampen the mood of the festival.

All stages went quiet at around 10 PM, after which the thousands poured out onto the streets of Chicago, some going home, some to nearby bars and restaurants, others who were fortunate enough to have tickets to the after parties scattered around the city in which bands who either performed that day or were scheduled to perform at Lollapalooza appeared in smaller venues that night and all weekend long.  Those tickets were largely sold out.  I instead had a late snack and made my way back to the truck via the Red Line.  When I got to the truck it must have been around midnight, crawling into the back beneath the camper shell and curling up under a blanket for a comfortable and undisturbed sleep, a light breeze blowing off the lake.


It is written:
Singer/songwriter J. Tillman's music paints languid, sadly beautiful portraits of love and life on the margins with the moody depth of Nick Drake and the country-influenced textures of Ryan Adams.

When discussing ‘Father John Misty’, Tillman paraphrases Philip Roth: ’It’s all of me and none of me, if you can’t see that, you won’t get it’. What I call it is totally arbitrary, but I like the name. You’ve got to have a name. I never got to choose mine."

Joshua Tillman (born May 3, 1981) is an American folk singer, guitarist, drummer, and songwriter, currently performing under the moniker Father John Misty. Maintaining a steady output of solo recordings since 2004, Tillman is a former member of indie rock bands Saxon Shore and Fleet Foxes, and has toured extensively with Pacific Northwest artists Damien Jurado, Jesse Sykes, and David Bazan.


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Only one interruption when the batteries needed to be swapped out near the end of one song.


It is written:

Las Vegas-based indie rockers Imagine Dragons formed in Provo, Utah in 2009. Like their desert-born stadium rock contemporaries the Killers, Imagine Dragons blend engaging, synth-based dance-pop with emotionally charged, Brit-pop-inspired alt-rock. After releasing a pair of well-received EPs (Imagine Dragons and Hell and Silence), the group inked a deal with Interscope Records and headed into West Hollywood's famed Westlake Recording Studios with producer Alex Da Kid (Eminem, Paramore) to record its first major-label release, 2012's Continued Silence EP, which was followed later that year by the group's full-length debut, Night Visions.

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After Imagine Dragons I went right for New Order who were followed by the Killers who closed down the south end of the park by appearing on the Red Bull Sound Stage, what appeared to be the biggest stage/field in Grant Park.    Excellent performance, Brandon Flowers energized by the tens of thousands of people before him.  As would happen this and the next two nights, unless one got to the stage early and hung out all afternoon, there's no way one could get anywhere near the stage.  The festival fixed that by placing a second set of speakers a hundred yards out from the stage.

It is written:

The Killers are an American rock band formed in Las Vegas, Nevada in 2001, by Brandon Flowers (lead vocals, keyboards) and Dave Keuning (guitar, backing vocals). Mark Stoermer (bass, backing vocals) and Ronnie Vannucci Jr. (drums, percussion) would complete the current line-up of the band in 2002. The name The Killers is derived from a logo on the bass drum of a fictitious band, portrayed in the music video for the New Order song "Crystal".[4] The group has released four studio albums, Hot Fuss (2004), Sam's Town (2006), Day & Age (2008) and Battle Born (2012). They have also released one compilation album, Sawdust (2007) and one live album titled Live from the Royal Albert Hall (2009). To date, the band has sold over 6 million albums in the United States, over 5 million albums in the United Kingdom, and a total of 20 million worldwide.

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