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Wednesday, August 09, 2006
  Lollapalooza: Day 3
our final day of Lollapalooza was by far our most ambitious. we stood in one place for six hours to be up front for some of our favorite bands in the universe (you heard me). and a surprise band... well! just read on.

Office (!!!!!)
as we walked outside of the festival to get to the gate, we could hear a woman announcing that Boy Kill Boy wasn't able to make the scheduled performance and instead, "put your hands together and be extra loud for Chicago's own OFFICE!" we basically almost peed ourselves. we really like this band, and were told great things about their performance at SxSW, so we detoured from our schedule and checked them out.

click here for the whole flickr dealie

What Made Milwaukee Famous
these Austin rockers really impressed with their performance, even if their adoring fans stood in spots of rain to see them. they didn't quite have the crowd they deserved. i've really enjoyed their debut LP, and i wish them luck on Barsuk.

click here for the full flickr set

Nickel Creek
by far one of the best performances at Lollapalooza, and completely to my surprise. i only know a bit of their stuff, but i've always heard good things about their live shows, so my expectations were already pretty high - and they still completely blew me away. the very best part was their cover of Britney's "Toxic," which is already a great song. fiddles and mandolins rock, huh?

flickr set yay wow

The Shins
regardless of the quality of their performance, my undying love for this band (for about three years now, a little more) forced me to see them. thusly we stood for Nickel Creek, then another hour to wait for these guys, then a few more hours... thank you for very nice strangers with Vitamin waters to spare or we would have dropped like the other dehydrated suckers.

full flickr set

Jeff Tweedy came out very down to earth in his green duds (yes, duds) with the rest of the crew. he dedicated two songs to his blushing wife (shown on the jumbotron) for their eleventh anniversary. they also played four new songs - all of which sound freaking great. so. awesome.

click for full flickrness

the Chili Peppers and other stuff.
other stuff! yeah! we stayed around for RHCP essentially because there were rumors floating around of a big surprise - that being that The Smashing Pumpkins were returning by Lollapalooza performance. alright, whatever. but we did get discounted frozen fruit skewers and free lavender lemonade (i wish the outstanding alliteration there had been intentional).

other stuff:

just trust us - it was insane. all done.
Great blog! Thanks for bringing lollapalooza to me; I could not have handled the physical pressure myself. Love your photography too, including the scenic shots.

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