Lollapalooza Recaps; Hard Summer's Disaster in L.A.; Jeezy No Shows Nissan
Headlines: Lollapalooza was in Chicago this weekend. Even if you weren't there, you can re-live the three days of music and heat through all of the writers/bloggers/etc., that did make the trek to Chicago. You can start with the hometown coverage from Chicago Tribune, where Greg Kot headed up some very thorough coverage. Dan Deacon got the "best set of the festival so far" designation, and that was late on Sunday, so it likely held up. That's my favorite place for a good Lolla recap. Fellow Chicagoans Pitchfork obviously have plenty of coverage, as well, including the story about No Agedrummer Randy Randall dislocating his shoulder the night before the band's Lolla set during one of those Dan Deacon dance-offs. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs get high marks for their closing set on Saturday night. Lots of coverage from Rolling Stone. Not surprisingly, there was a bit more emphasis on the likes of Kings of Leon and the Killers. Lots of MTV coverage, including lots of pictures of Bat for Lashes and her very colorful outfit. Even the Wall Street Journal was there. Next year's festival dates have already been announced: August 6-8. Plan accordingly.
Despite some rain on Friday and some serious heat on Saturday and Sunday, it seems like things went pretty smoothly at Lollapalooza. The same cannot be said for Saturday's HARD Summerevent in Los Angeles. The electronic music event, which was to feature the likes of Underworld and Chromeo at a sold-out Forum never really got off the ground before getting shut down by the L.A. Fire Department and the Inglewood Police Department. Why would they shut it down? Take a look at this video, about 2:20 seconds in. You can see how dangerously crowded the floor is and that's before people start leaping from the balcony. Full refunds are being offered, at least. Reading the comments on those LA Weekly threads gives you a pretty good first-hand account of the chaos that was (or wasn't) this event.
Last Last Night Weekend Roundup: It wasn't the most successful weekend on the concert-going front. No disasters on the level of HARD, but a couple of minor failures. Friday night I decided to make that hellish end-of-rush-hour drive to Nissan Pavilion for the Young Money tour. When this show was originally announced I was excited because it was a chance to see up-and-comer Drake as well as personal favorite Young Jeezy. Headliner Lil Wayne wasn't as much of a draw, mainly because I just saw him back in December at that midget-infested show with T-Pain. I knew Drake wouldn't be there because of his torn ACL, but I still figured that even 40 minutes of Jeezy would be worth it. After nearly two hours of traffic I finally made it to my seat right before 8 p.m., when Jeezy was supposed to hit the stage. But I could tell something was wrong. The stagehands were setting up something big. A video screen and a drum riser were involved. Clearly, it was Weezy's set. By the time 8:20 rolled around it became obvious that there would be no Jeezy; this was confirmed around 8:35. Much dejection followed on my part. There was an audible groan when it was officially announced, but once Wayne hit the stage nobody cared. Lots of blunts were smoked, lots of pictures were taken and lots of chairs were stood on. Seriously, every single person near me stood on a chair to get a better look at Wayne.
Saturday's Fiery Furnaces presented no problems. The band's new one, "I'm Going Away," comes highly recommended, even for people who may have sworn the band off after some of their weirder experiments over the past few years. Sunday I was excited to see psych-folkies Skygreen Leopards at the Velvet Lounge for their first D.C. show. The band's 2005 album "Life & Love in Sparrow's Meadow" is one of the best indie-folk albums of recent years and I'd been waiting patiently to see them since it came out. The show was supposed to start at 9, with the Leopards leading off; they rolled up at 9:30. At least they showed up, right? Not really. The band's 5-song, 18-minute set was the definition of disinterested. They even concluded with a cover of "It's Not Worth It," stating that it wasn't worth it to drive six hours to come perform. Hey, thanks guys.
Video of the Day: The XX - "Basic Space"
London duo does the low-key thing. A good way to cool down on a hot day.
By David Malitz |
August 10, 2009; 2:40 PM ET
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