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Lollapalooza 2010 Day 1 mini reviews

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Posted by teibs On August - 7 - 2010

deve 300x185 Lollapalooza 2010 Day 1 mini reviewsFantastic first day at Lolla. I crashed just as the gates opened, the weather was ideal, there were too many good bands to see and I didn’t end up regretting any of the conflict choices. It’s rare to get all of those things. Lady Gaga was a massive disappointment, but that was the big wildcard. Here’s a quick rundown of the best, worst, most fun and surprising of day one of Lollapalooza 2010:

Best Show: The Strokes- Now I know why they’re called the Strokes. Julian Casablancas is a strong front man, but the way these boys stroke those axes is truly something special. They’re a top flight rock band. It’s time they start touring and releasing albums that remind us of this. They brought it from the opening note of “New York City Cops” and reminded us why we made such a big fuss about them when they were still producing. 9.3/10

Biggest Surprise: DEVO- They are not human. They are Devo! I always found “Whip it!” annoying when I was younger and it was all I knew by them. I’ve come to learn what a genius Mark Mothersbaugh is and what exciting performers they still are. Their costumes seemed purposeful and there was a concept that all made sense. Unlike a certain Lady. ”Whip it” wasn’t even the highlight. “Girl U Want” was a dance explosion and made for the most fun set of the afternoon. By a lot. 9/10

Biggest Disappointment: Lady Gaga- “It was some of what I hoped she’d be and everything I feared she’d be. I was ready for a big spectacle full of bizarre costume changes, massive sets, gaudy production and irresistible pop. I was ready to get caught up in it all. I wanted to. I didn’t. At all. It was shock for the sake of shock and it all came together to form a vapid performance. It was a self-indulgent Kanye-glow-in-the-dark-tour-esque production, full of eye-rolling cheesy one-liners, unimpressive dancing, an embarassing plot and a lot of fluff. Oddly sexual, confusing, uninspiring pop. It all lead to a constant feeling of waiting for a moment to take my breath away that never came and then feeling an immediate urge to leave.” 5/10

Most fun: Chromeo- Ohhhh eeee ohhhh Chromeeeeo. See them any time you have the chance. Dance and smile. Enjoy the fancy footwork. They got in their groove as the sun went down. Would have been a little better all in the dark but a great time.  8.8/10

Fun afternoon sets: Los Amigos Invisbles and Matt and Kim- Endless energy. Green man. Dancing. Naked talk. Fuzz rock. Piano rock. OK most of that was Matt and Kim, but Los Amigos were a fun rowdy bunch.

Better in their own venue, but still quite good: Dirty Projectors, Big Pink, My Dear Disco, Jamie Lidell- I wanted more time and more attention for all of these, but they all brought it. I was especially enamored with Jamie Lidell. I started recording video and didn’t stop for 8 minutes. He’s really something special on stage.

Best of the Rest: Mavis Staples was superb on her own, especially covering “The Weight,” and it was a treat seeing Jeff tweedy join her for a couple songs. The Black keys rocked quite hard as always. Sad I didn’t see more.

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6 Responses

  1. Christine K Said,

    What show was he seeing? The Strokes the best? Sure they were good and it was fun but they were fifteen minutes late, had an hour thirty time slot they didn’t fill, were drunk and/or high, messed up on some songs, and rushed through every song they did. I honestly thought they were compensating for the fact that they were late, messed up on some songs, and were smashed by playing so loud you really had to strain your ears in order to understand what was being said. When the guy stops before the next song to stare at fireworks coming from a Chicago Bears event you know he’s not on top of his game. It was good but it could have been better.

    I do have to agree with him about Mavis Staples. I loved her show and Jeff Tweedy was a nice surprise. I too was impressed with Devo even if my sister, who is thirteen years older, wasn’t quite impressed with them. Maybe it’s because she’s twenty-five years older and they’re twenty-five years older. My biggest surprise had to be B.o.B. I didn’t know what to expect from him. He was something my nieces wanted to see and we had a very good time getting to know his music and his performing style. The same can be said for Neon Trees. We knew of them from one song but really enjoyed listening to them. Too bad they were on the tiny BMI stage.

    Posted on August 7th, 2010 at 4:05 pm

  2. Peter V Said,

    I 100% agree, especially the Lady Gaga review, oh how I wished I had seen the strokes instead

    Posted on August 8th, 2010 at 12:42 am

  3. Andy Said,

    It’s true, the Strokes were late and it was only an hour long, but they still kicked ass. I have no idea why Christine is complaining about the sound since it’s one of the things people (and reviews) liked the most. Julian isn’t the kind of front man who jumps around and puts on a show, he lets his music speak for itself and what it’s saying sounds pretty damn good.

    Posted on August 8th, 2010 at 11:29 am

  4. Rosa Said,

    The sound at Lollapalooza is something you have to learn to live with. The north stage is more intimate and more like the south stages bitch, just because of the size. I heard Soundgarden over Arcade Fire and I was only 50 feet from the stage. I don’t know if there is anything they can do about it but it happens every year. The north stage is never loud enough.

    Posted on August 31st, 2010 at 7:02 pm

  5. Rosa Said,

    I forgot to say, they should have put The Strokes on saturday. Green Day sucked.

    Posted on August 31st, 2010 at 7:03 pm

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    [...] via Festival Crashers Fantastic first day at Lolla. I crashed just as the gates opened, the weather was ideal, there were too many good bands to see and I didn’t end up regretting any of the conflict choices. It’s rare to get all of those things. Lady Gaga was a massive disappointment, but that was the big wildcard. [Read the rest of the review...] [...]

    Posted on March 11th, 2012 at 1:05 am

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