Lollapalooza 2012, Day Three: Jack White, Sigur Ros, Florence + The Machine, and Others
|Photo by Erik Hess|
|Jack White went all rock zombie at Lolla 2012.|
What have we learned following Lollapalooza 2012?
Not only do reunions (Afghan Whigs, Black Sabbath, At the Drive-In) still rule, but so do the prevailing genres of EDM and rock.
The third day of the Chicago fest proved to be the most temperate -- which was appropriate, because we were the most tired. Still, jetting around in the allergen-infested air for one last dance proved highly satisfactory.
See the cut for a recap from day three of Lollapalooza 2012.
|Photo by Erik Hess|
Little Dragon made a midday appearance at Perry's dance stage, and the Swedish band enjoyed a great response even despite their lack of dubstep bass wobbles. Vocalist Yukimi Nagano contributed heavily to the most recent album by electronic act SBTRKT, so those that didn't get enough during SBTRKT's Day One set showed up for even more of the diminutive singer's uniquely sultry voice.
Their set felt more rock-centric at its core than anything else featured at Perry's, with the band actually breaking between songs and refusing to be confined to 4/4 club thumpers. Working through fan favorites like "Ritual Union," "Test," and "My Step," the five-piece felt like they were content to run through their signature material and win over potential fans in the process. -- Ian Traas
Florence + the Machine
Bud Light Stage
"Hello Chicago, we need you," Florence Welch said to an earnest early evening Lollapalooza crowd in her breathy British accent. "We demand some human sacrifices! We want your bodies!"
As the sunshine waned on the third and final day of the festival, Florence engaged her fans with some colorful banter encouraging them to hoist their peers into the air on their shoulders -- "as many as you can!" -- and challenged them to express themselves as she blew them a kiss. She floated across the stage like a mountaintop diety in a floor-length cranberry floral gown, the earthy vibe in contrast against the architectural urban backdrop of downtown Chicago.
Her familiar vibrato danced across tens of thousands of heads, firmly seizing the energy of the set during "Rabbit Heart" when she dropped down into the photo pit and ran wildly through the masses at mighty applause. The sun may have been kinder today, but Florence was on fire. -- Jen Boyles