Bands I saw and quick notes I made:
Young the Giant: This band is way more reggae than expected, but they are obviously from Irvine. Their drummer is fantastic.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals: Grace is having a distinct lack of pants problem, wearing a dress that I’m pretty sure she pinched from Tina Turner. But the energy onstage is ridiculous and her band is really on it. Also, I envy their ability to play an hour like maniacs in spike heels.
Kids These Days: World of no.
The Kills: I only heard them, but I found the new songs a little on the sleepy side.
Black Cards: This show is wayyy underattended. They come on stage in wolfman masks? Also, this is probably the first time the smallest stage at Lolla has seen dancers. Obviously, someone told Pete Wentz that music was not his bag and. He should focus on being a frontman. A frontman without music is just a hypeman. But a hypeman in a super cute jacket!
OK Go: We are approx a hundred yards away. The Google+ stage, a big stage off to one side, also has rheadliners this year, so people are already packed in for Ratatat. Plus OK Go is local, so we are barely even in the right area. But, I can make out that OK Go is wearing suits in different primary colors. I was bummed that they didn’t dance at all, but then they played Return on the handbells! They’re so weird.
Coldplay: This show has more joints being passed around than a Dave Matthews gig. Also, did you know that Coldplay is popular with bros? This is bro-central. There is hugging and shouting and it is crazy. Also, the band is very good.