Lollapalooza 2012, Day One: Sharon Van Etten, Rahm Emanuel, Bros & Babies
Spinner Editor Dan Reilly is at Lollapalooza, and rather than write up the same kind of concert reviews that you usually find everywhere, he's observing all that's going on at the festival, with a semi-keen eye and a sun-stroked wit. Here is his recap -- full of ramblings and inane awards -- for the first day of Lollapalooza 2012.
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I consider myself a pretty good reader of maps, so it's really annoying when I look at one, say to myself, "Yep, on my way!" and then realize I've been walking in the wrong direction for 10 minutes. Good start to the festival.
A lot of people made me do double-takes on Friday. In no specific order, I thought I saw Terrell Owens, Kristen Stewart, Blake whatshisname from "Workaholics" and, yep, Richard Gere. I have that talent, yet I can't seem to recognize people I know who are in the park. Awesome. (Side note: I spent way too much time thinking about how dangerous it would be for KStew to appear at a festival right now because of insane Twilight fans, which amounted to about 15 seconds total.)
SWEET HENDRIX COVERS
Within, say, 90 minutes of me being at Lolla, I hear two people covering Jimi. The first is O Rappa, a Brazilian rock/rap/reggae band, who did "Hey Joe" in what I'm assuming is Portuguese, because I'm worldly. The next was Michael Kiwanuka doing "May This Be Love," the one many laypeople would call "Waterfall." O Rappa went heavy, Michael went chill, and both were awesome in their own way. Also, O Rappa did about 30 seconds of "Smoke on the Water," which I assume was a nod to all the 40-somethings who were in garage bands and could only