Best of Lollapalooza 2012 day two: Twin Shadow, Franz Ferdinand and more

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The second day of Lollapalooza 2012 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.

Here are a few capsules from Saturday's slate from Lollapalooza 2012.


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 vintage 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

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Photo by Erik Hess

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 showmen 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 front 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

Aloe Blacc
Red Bull Soundstage

We already told you about the excellent R&B that rolled through Lolla on Saturday evening, but we mentioned nothing about the fantastic afternoon performance from Aloe Blacc, who deals in the classic tenets of R&B's closest cousin, soul. While Blacc is best known for his "I Need a Dollar," which has been sampled by everyone from the folks at HBO's How to Make It in America to snow-white frat-rappers, he proved that his discography is already strong enough to swoon an audience for the hour that he did. Working through songs like "Politician" and "Miss Fortune," Blacc displayed a top-shelf sense of showmanship and overall live chops, and his backing band, as tight as any other from Saturday, only complemented things. -- Mike Madden

Doomtree
Red Bull Soundstage

"This is a fucking honor!" P.O.S called out during the Minneapolis hip-hop collective's set on the massive Red Bull stage. Hours before the Red Hot Chili Peppers turned the space into a muddy reminder of the late '90s, Doomtree baked in the hot sun and saw their crowd quadruple well into the thousands by the time they wrapped up. Without Sims in tow -- he was in Colorado for his brother's wedding -- Dessa, Mike Mictlan (look for his Snaxxx mixtape in September) and Cecil Otter upped their workload a bit. "Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)" was by far the theme of the early going of Saturday. Aside from a healthy dose of the group's No Kings effort, gears shifted to promoting P.O.S's fourth solo album, We Don't Even Live Here. Now due October 23, the schizophrenic beats (wobbly beats that Calvin Harris could've mixed in over on the Perry's stage) and anti-establishment lyrical leanings ("Fuck Your Stuff") signal a festival-ready boiler plate for years to come. -- Reed Fischer 
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Photo by Erik Hess

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Photo by Erik Hess



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