Lollapalooza 2012, Day Two: Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, Twin Shadow, and Others

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Photo by Erik Hess
See also "Fashion Freakouts at Lollapalooza 2012" -- plus "Day One: M83, Black Sabbath, Die Antwoord, Afghan Whigs, TEED" and "Day Three: Jack White, Sigur Ros, Florence + The Machine, and Others."

The second day of Lollapalooza could not have been more different than the first.

A bunch of noted cancellations -- B.o.B, Alabama Shakes, etc. -- subtracted potential for some of the best shows of the afternoon when the skies ripped open and doused everything in sight.

The temperature and tone had shifted by the early evening, and Twin Shadow's George Lewis Jr. took full advantage of it.

See the cut for a recap from day two of Lollapalooza 2012.

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Photo by Erik Hess

Twin Shadow
Google Play Stage
Can someone confirm how much it costs to cut Twin Shadow frontman George Lewis Jr.'s hair? $70? $700? $7,000?! Whatever the amount, this guy is working the floppy locks on top, the peach fuzz on the side, and a beard that probably will never completely subside from his face even with multiple shaves in one day. It's an iconic look that encapsulates his well-plotted aesthetic -- retro '80s-style pop that's danceable and dangerous. Listening closely is a game of "Is that a guitar pedal Hall & Oates used, or one Echo and the Bunnymen employed?" and watching him bathe his guitar in love is a bit like going through stills from Purple Rain. "Five Seconds," from this year's Confess is a top-five single on record, but it exploded like a bottle rocket onstage. "This turned out to be just a beautiful night," Lewis remarked after finishing the tune -- perhaps in full realization that he contributed immeasurably to making it that way. -- Reed Fischer

Franz Ferdinand
Bud Light Stage
The four Scotsmen of Franz Ferdinand are no strangers to the rain and didn't let the aftermath of the storm dampen their dapper style. Caution tape kept Lolla-goers away from the stage while staff rigged the speakers and poured water off the canopy. Once security removed the tape and attempted to herd the audience closer, the masses stampeded to the barricades. Franz Ferdinand lured us in with "The Dark of the Matinee," then delved into a decent helping from their discography including, "No You Girls," "Michael," and "Can't Stop Feeling," which set an overall dramatic pace. No ballads need apply. Two new tunes, including "Right Thoughts" stimulated the already energized crowd with hopes of a new record that has been long overdue since 2009's Tonight. Of course, they couldn't go without the popular power chord-driven "Take Me Out" complete with frontman, Alex Kapranos' signature eyebrows popping just like in their music video that makes audiences' swoon. Franz Ferdinand ended with the crowd roaring along in cult-like chanting, "burn this city" along with rapidly charged "This Fire." -- Abbie Gobeli


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