Sunday, July 18, 2010

Day Eighty-Nine - 7.18.10 - Pitchfork Music Fest Day Two - Delorean Brings the Heat

Day Two: Surprise of the Day - Free Energy. This Philly 5 piece opened the afternoon with a rollicking set that evoked Thin Lizzy and a pinch of The Cars. I wasn't expecting too much from Free Energy, but these guys were making the most of the early slot, having fun, playing rock and roll, and joking with the fans about the heat ("I bet we smell worse than any of you").

Set of the Day - Delorean. As the sweltering heat settled in, the breeze subsided, and clouds flirted with blocking the sun, but never did. Delorean, a Spanish punk-gone-electro foursome, took the stage and buzzed out the set of the afternoon. There was little banter, only track after track of synth-fueled dance rock that encouraged the growing crowd to move and power through the sweat. Frontman Ekhi Lopetegi did inform the crowd that the weather in Chicago is "much worse than in Spain."

Solid Day Closer - LCD Soundsystem. As expected, James Murphy and LCD cranked out an epic collection of his dance, disco, punkish-electronica worthy of the Saturday headlining slot, including a dialed up and racing version of "All My Friends." Murphy and Co. are quickly becoming Gods in the Pitchfork universe, and deservedly so. Their live shows (including one at the Metro in Chicago this Spring) are undeniably sharp, surgical, and professional. They deliver with regularity and impunity. Dancing, and a ton of it, is a foregone conclusion.

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