Monday July 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Michael Columbia

The Mae Shi

Frightened Rabbit

Blitzen Trapper

Pharaohe Monch

The Thermals

The Walkmen


Vivian Girls

Grizzly Bear

The Flaming Lips

Monday July 20, 2009 at 3:19 am
P4K Over and Out
Matt Slaybaugh

I took about 1,300 pictures today, but I won’t be able to post anything until tomorrow. We’re in the car on the long trip back to Ohio now.

The Flaming Lips deserve credit for playing a really varied and interesting set, mixing new songs, rarities, and beloved recent hits enough to satisfy both the folks at the far end of the park and the ones who waited all day in banana costumes to be up front for the biggest spectacle currently available on a festival stage.

Chicagoans who lacked tickets were pressed against the gates around the park, watching the Lips inspire thousands to shameless revelry.  And with The Very Best bringing the warm heart of Africa to the other side of the field, there was enough dancing to fill several block parties. 

Monday July 20, 2009 at 12:42 am
Matt Slaybaugh

image1513284197.jpgSo Grizzly Bear is playing, and the mix is pretty bad, though it sounds okay way far away.

Meanwhile, Wayne Coyne (60 minutes before the Flaming Lips’ set) is already out entertaining the crowd, shooting off confeti and such.

There’s a vicious rumour amongst the photographers that there will be no photo pit time during the Lips’ set, due in part to his entrance in a bubble. There’s also a general consensus that blankets and chairs shouldn’t be allowed anymore, and no one’s even bothering to try to avoid stepping on them—the users of the blankets and chairs, that it is. Anyway, the Lips have a really big set-up, with extra lights, red mic stands, and workmen in bright orange and yellow outfits.

Across the way, the GB fans are shouting their asses off. I can only assume it’s because someone’s finally gonna play Billie Jean.

Sunday July 19, 2009 at 11:25 pm

Brian, the main man for Japandroids, had a fan blowing his asymmetric, curly locks around for a very Coverdale-esque effect. But maybe he was just hot. They burned through most of their Post Nothing album, and in general, took themselves a lot more seriously than I expected. They really do just wanna have fun and sing about sunshine girls. They were on fire, and really very for real.

Vivian Girls are significantly more lively in person than on record. It helps that they have pretty smiles and are much less standofish than many of their fans. These ladies just seem happy to be here. Don’t let their glistening whites fool you, though, they’re playing some banging rock tunes in Chicago as we speak.