1. Rage Against The Machine- Not just the show of the festival, the show of the summer. A full on assault that I’m lucky to have survived.
2. The Raconteurs- I may have screamed like a girl, but I blame Jack White for breaking two strings … and my heart.
3. Lupe Fiasco- Chicago’s Finest rapper. It’s only a matter of time before Lupe headlines this festival and Kanye’s off on an island he bought himself getting villagers to build statues of him.
4. Radiohead- Maybe it was my sky-high expectations, maybe it was the mixed crowd, but I think their choice of a low-key Amnesiac and Kid A filled set made it hard to get fully into this show. The highlights were spectacular, but there were too many slow moments.
5. Bang Camaro- These guys are the definition of a bar band, but put on a powerhouse show before noon. I was front row, center, rocking out so hard the guitarist kept pointing at me and nodding. Did I mention they have 11 lead singers?
6. Girl Talk- He needs a bigger stage next year so all the dancers don’t break it. Andy was right, I really should be up there crashing that stage.
7. Jeff Tweedy- An adorable, intimate acoustic show at the kids stage where he took requests and said things like H-E double toothpicks.
8. Explosions in the Sky-The surprise of the festival. I was so enraptured by their guitars, I often forgot they had no vocals.
9. The Black Keys- Blues rock at its nuts and bolts. Though most of the time I was thinking about Jack White’s nuts. Too much?
10. Kanye West- It was the best performance of all time, just ask Kanye. Sorry I can’t get over being a hater, but yes, Kanye puts on a hell of a show. Especially in Chicago.