Monday, August 10, 2009

Lollapalooza: Day Three Diamonds

With a day three jam packed full of must see acts, it was going to be difficult to come home with many diamonds in the rough, since I was going to be spending most of the day occupied with bands I knew were going to be good. So it comes as no surprise that I have only one diamond for day three. That said, it happens to be the diamond of the weekend.

Friendly Fires

Apparently this is what would happen if you threw The Cure, Radiohead, Erasure, Echo & the Bunnymen and Coldplay into a big pile and lit them all on fire. Spike Lee once shilled shoes for Reebok under the slogan "The mo' colors, the mo' better." In the case of Friendly Fires, it's the mo' intruments, the mo' better. Guitar, bass, drums, auxiliary drums played by the bassist, sound board played by the singer, a second mic for effect by the singer, a myriad of little percussion instruments like tambourines and cowbells, even knocking the mic against his head, this was just a wave of pure musical party. There is nothing more I can say that can possibly do justice to how much fun this performance was, other than that you need to listen to this band. As much as possible. Now.

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