weekend recap: lollapalooza!

Yes, I’m just now writing a weekend recap on Tuesday night. I would have done this yesterday but I went back to work on Monday to find a full inbox and tons to do. By the time I got home, there was really no energy left for writing a blog post.

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Anywho! Onto the recap! I took this past Friday off to hit Lollapalooza with Alex. We only got 1 day passes because we’re not rolling in the dough and 3 days of being out in the sun, in giant crowds, surrounded by smokers and teenagers didn’t sound like a ton of fun. Yes, we’re both 85 years old.

We settled on Friday because there was a good mix of bands we wanted to see and the headliner was The Black Keys, a band we had both been dying to see live. I was in charge of putting together our line-up picks (and by in charge, I mean I picked the bands and directed Alex around the park because I’m helpful like that), so we ended up seeing a good mix of bands, but there are three performances that stick out in my mind.

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First up is Metric. I could go on and on about how much I love this band and how Emily Haines is such a bad-ass. This is the 3rd time I’ve seen them live (SXSW 2010, Lolla 2010, Lolla 2012) and I have yet to get tired of their set. They’re so energetic and put on a great show. They just released a new album, so they mostly focused on that material but still threw in some of my favorite songs.

Right after Metric was the band that Alex wanted to see, which is Die Antwoord. A word about this band: they’re a South African rap group that are really, really weird. And I really thought I wouldn’t like them (I heard some of their music online and wasn’t super interested), but strangeness aside, they put on a really good live show. They definitely know how to work a crowd and have a pretty hardcore following. They’re not for the easily creeped out, but other than that, they’re amazing at what they do.

And last but not least: The Black Keys. They totally met my expectations and I’m so glad we got such a good spot for their set. As a short girl, my main concern is at least having a good view of one of the jumbo screens (because there’s no way I’ll ever see the stage at my size) and I had that, thanks to Alex. Can I just say how great it is to go to shows with someone who is significantly taller than you? It’s pretty great because I only just come up to his shoulders and never get in his line of vision. But yes, The Black Keys were fantastic and were a great way to end a hot, tiring day.

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Like I said, Alex and I are old people at heart, even though I’m sure going all weekend long can be pretty fun if done right. Then again, after Saturday’s crazy thunderstorm caused an evacuation of the festival, I was so glad to find out about it by reading about it on Twitter from the comfort of my couch and not because I was out there. I’m not sure if we’ll go back next year (the lineup is crucial, of course) but who knows. I do know that I have my fingers crossed for a great group of bands in 2014; that’s the year that Lolla will fall on my birthday and I think that would be a great way to celebrate. :)

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