Lollapalooza offers an incredible and diverse bill of artists. It is one festival that truly caters to just about every type of music lover. With so many incredible sets, it was hard to pick our favorites, but here are a few of the major standouts that made trekking the bad weather and heat worth it!
This outfit from Boston, MA stunned with a heart-on-its-sleeve set. Front man Michael Angelakos delivered a sincere and powerful performance. The band delivered a non-stop, passionate and energetic performance. A definite highlight.
The legendary Stone Pony continues to be a place where the best names in rock ‘n roll gather to scream, shout, bop, swing, and fist pump their ways into history. Last night the summer stage was alive with one of the hottest new breakout bands from Jersey, Gaslight Anthem. Touring in support of their recently released megahit, American Slang, they played a nearly two-hour set with over twenty songs and they showed no signs of stopping.
The most impressive part of the show was singer Brian Fallon. Where did the guy with the wavering warbly voice from “’59 Sound” two years ago get this hard-rocking, Chris Cornell-style belt?? He commanded respect and admiration from the audience as his voice tore through their new album. They opened with “American Slang,” and his voice did not let up from then until the end.
This weekend, one of the better acts of the summer will be rolling through town. In fact, they're playing Providence and Boston, so you should be able to see them twice. Chamberlain is celebrating the release of a new album, their first in nearly a decade. They have, in that timeframe, successfully managed to alter their sound from hard core, to a softer, more melodic sound, and their fans have stayed with them through it all.
The Gaslight Anthem is a more approachable band for younger fans that will be in attendance. The four members of this band hail from New Jersey and made it big in New York City. And judging by their tour schedule (which includes dates all over the United States, Canada, and many stops in Europe, and nearly every music festival in between) this may be the last time one will be able to see them perform in smaller venues. The Gaslight Anthem brings a softer tone than Chamberlain, but there version of indie rock can be loud, heavy, and lots of fun; a great show to bring your significant other.