Posted in music | pictures | video on August 3, 2008

photos by Bao Nguyen

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke looked like he was ready for a very political game of basketball. Dressed in brightly colored shorts, vintage Nikes and a Barack Obama T-shirt with the word "Progress" written on it, Okereke and his band managed to overcome some technical glitches and the absence of bassist Gordon Moakes (he's at home with a new baby) to deliver a set of inspired stadium-sized dance riffs as the Chicago sun set. The band really clicked the new single "Mercury" (where Okereke sampled his own voice) and on the set-closing "Helicopter" (which was greeted as a true anthem). During some down time, Okereke even teased the opening riff of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box," which was a knowing nod to Lollapalooza's early-'90s roots. [Rolling Stone]
No fights reported yet. Bloc Party play Webster Hall in NYC on Wednesday and Thursday. Video captured from the live Lollapalooza stream and more pictures below....

Bloc Party - Like Eating Glass

Bloc Party - So Here We Are

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

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Bloc Party - Positive Tension

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Bloc Party - This Modern Love

Bloc Party - Hunting For Witches

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Bloc Party - The Prayer

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

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Bloc Party - Mercury

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Bloc Party - Song for Clay (Disappear Here)

Bloc Party - Helicopter

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Comments (58)

i wish the fucking brits and others would stay out of our politics. if an american went around campaigning for another country's candidate for president/prime minister, he/she'd get smacked.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 2:16 PM

100% agreed.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 2:18 PM

Yuppers

Posted by michaelways | August 3, 2008 2:20 PM

this ain't politics! YOU BOZO! it's a racial statement.

Posted by nonRUbuisness | August 3, 2008 2:29 PM

"i wish the fucking brits and others would stay out of our politics. if an american went around campaigning for another country's candidate for president/prime minister, he/she'd get smacked."

American politics affect the entire planet. These people have a right to be interested in who who elect leader. Sheesh! For a music blog, there seems to be a lot of posters with idealisms that lean a bit too the right here. Maybe you should stay on the golf course.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 2:33 PM

"American politics affect the entire planet. These people have a right to be interested in who who elect leader. Sheesh! For a music blog, there seems to be a lot of posters with idealisms that lean a bit too the right here. Maybe you should stay on the golf course."

Spare me. The music you listen to does not define the politics you believe in. Maybe you should keep your stereotypes to yourself.

Posted by CN | August 3, 2008 2:54 PM

America's politics may affect the entire planet, but until the entire planet starts paying American taxes, they should stay the fuck out of American's politics. it has nothing to do with being right wing or left wing.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 3:04 PM

what right wingers aren't allowed to enjoy music blogs?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 3:06 PM

"America's politics may affect the entire planet, but until the entire planet starts paying American taxes, they should stay the fuck out of American's politics. it has nothing to do with being right wing or left wing."

Now if only America would adopt the same stance with other countries then your argument may have a valid point. This country has it's hands, or attempts to include itself, in events and countries all over the world with far reaching consequences.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 3:08 PM

these days, it's actually very politically incorrect to be proud to be american. it's also very acceptable for non-americans to belittle american citizens (not just american government, but american citizens) for the sake of being an american citizen.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 3:13 PM

"what right wingers aren't allowed to enjoy music blogs?"

All of them!

Posted by mind your commas | August 3, 2008 3:14 PM

Pull your head out of your ass and read some history. American foreign policy for the last century has included subtle and not-so-subtle incursions into several countries' politics including the illegal overthrow of elected heads of state. (Look up Chile and Salvadore Allende). Typical right-wing jackass reaction: Brit rock star wears Obama t-shirt results in right-wing conniption fit.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 3:23 PM

Yeah. We also saved Kuwait and there were these other things called World War I and World War II.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 3:28 PM

I fucking hate these cunts.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 3:31 PM

And Vietnam and Iraq and Cambodia and Nicaragua...
When other countries quit paying with their lives for misguided American adventures they'll quit worrying about American politics and American taxes. Until then, suck it up and live with it.
btw - what are you so worried about anyways, we've already shown our collective stupidity by voting in a borderline retard for two straight terms, I'm sure "old man straight talk" will manage to steal this election as well.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 4:00 PM

in addition to saying they dont belong in our politics being completely wrong, its also hypocritical when america shoves its hands everywhere it need not be.. ahem I FUCKING RAQ. people are idiots

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 4:23 PM

i think politics has a place in music and vice versa, but the way the indie rock community has rallied around obama as if he's jesus christ is pretty fucking disgusting. these kids are going to feel like idiots when we're still in iraq in 8 years, have no universal health care system, and the gap between rich and poor is only wider. or maybe they won't feel like idiots because half of them just do it as a fashion statement and aren't directly affected by the struggles obama talks about anyway.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 4:56 PM

even so it would be better than mccain being voted in and bringing upon either an apocalypse or at least the dissolvement of the united states, ill take the smaller loss.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 5:11 PM

Hey, so enough about politics: this band sucks.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 6:02 PM

i think politics has a place in music and vice versa, but the way the country and western community has rallied around mccain as if he's jesus christ is pretty fucking disgusting. these huckleberrys are going to feel like idiots when their sacred taxes get raised after he promised they wouldn't, have no jobs, and the gap between rich and poor is only wider. or maybe they won't feel like idiots because half of them take sound bites as gospel and they couldn't find Iraq or Afghanistan on a map if their lives depended on it.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 7:03 PM

I like Bloc Party and I will be voting for Obama. I still think foreigners should stay the fuck out of who Americans should be voting for.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 7:38 PM

isnt it hilarious that since everyone found out kanye west was gay his tickets are going for half price on the market

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 8:07 PM

Kanye gay? Wishful thinking on your part.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 8:41 PM

touche, 7:03. all i'm saying is it's funny to see rich white kids like win butler and colin meloy huddle around him in awe while they've probably never stepped foot in a lower class neighborhood in their lives. their audiences then mindlessly eat it up and it's all rah rah feel good bullshit without any real substance. liking obama is a form of cultural capital. hipsters are like working class religious latinos. they vote against their economic interests. and i don't think people have rallied behind mccain. they just won't vote for a democrat/black guy.

Posted by anon 4:56 | August 3, 2008 8:42 PM

did he get rocked by an aging punk rocker at this one too?

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 10:06 PM

"hipsters are like working class religious latinos. they vote against their economic interests."

There's a difference between (1) poor people voting for the party that repeatedly fucks them up the ass, because that party knows how to incite in them misguided gonzo-patriotic sentiments and how to exploit their ugly racist or anti-gay views; and (2) rich people who, for the right moral reasons, vote for the party that promises to act (in some ways) against their narrow self-interest.

It may be true that in both cases people are voting "against their economic interests." The difference is that they do it out of stupidity and/or hatred in the first case; out of decent moral considerations in the second.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 10:13 PM

One more thing: Yes, rock stars and hipsters (whatever the hell that means) who normally don't care for politics can look pretty stupid when all of the sudden they start taking an interest. Certainly nothing too deep or well-informed about how they go about doing it. Still, I'd rather have shallow people who do the right thing than shallow people who don't.

Plus, do you really think that the shallowness of PC/lefty rock stars is the most important thing to focus on? (Assuming of course you're not a Republican fuck?) Seems to me that anyone who's too preoccupied with that is pretty fucking shallow him/herrself...

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 10:20 PM

The problem with this guy is his black attitude.

Posted by Anonymous | August 3, 2008 11:11 PM

I agree with few of the above comments, you had a huge indie music show this past sunday and not one mention of politics the whole day, when election is just around the corner? not even a fuck you to bush? oh there was a fuck germany chant. pretty lame.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 12:01 AM

Oh and Obama is really a liberal? All of you should really read a little more about your canidate before you praise him for being so progressive...I sent the first one on fox because they actually like the fact the the fraud Obama is trying to keep W's 'faith based' programs..DISGUSTING. Not to mention the other links I sent. You see Obama and McCain are barely different wake up you brainwashed morons. Even on the war of you actually READ and make sense of what the great flip flopping bullshitter Obama is saying, not the McCain is better.

http://elections.foxnews.com/2008/07/01/obama-expand-faith-prog/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/07/20/AR2008072001658.html

Where does that leave atheists and non believers when looking for work at these 'places of worship'? UGH>...

On gay marrige..pretty much exactly the same except obama said something HORRIFIC about gay sex..but took it back after he got all Hillarys votes.

http://pewforum.org/religion08/compare.php?Issue=Gay_Marriage

gay sex is immoral eh obama..DO you still think he is so wonderful you chumps?

Posted by jameskittie | August 4, 2008 12:48 AM

my lord..im from Australia..its not one of the 50 odd states of america for those loose cannons that think it is, its a country. we do rely, and are heavy interested in american politics because it does affect us so much, same with England (thats in europe by the way) europe isnt a state of america either..get out and see the rest of the world yanks before you have nuked it!!!!!!!! farrrrk...ps bloc party are an amazing live band..wish i could have been there..
peace and love

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 6:19 AM

Wow! The person who edits this blog is no better then Faux news! They censor it..how pathetic. I bet the person is a total hypocrite and knows nothing about politics.

Posted by jameskittie | August 4, 2008 8:29 AM

bloc party sucks arse live. first album great. second album sucks. and the singer is a little bitch.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 9:06 AM

"Wow! The person who edits this blog is no better then Faux news! They censor it..how pathetic. I bet the person is a total hypocrite and knows nothing about politics."


they dont censor any comments.... youre just an idiot, theres tons of comments on tons of posts talking crap on bv, which makes no sense cause without it they would not be talk trash on it. and dont you think if they did, your comment would have been. idiot

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 9:17 AM

"They censor it.."

I believe this person was refferring to a comment I just found in the spam folder which has now been published.

Posted by brooklynvegan | August 4, 2008 10:27 AM

I saw them at the acl fest last year and they were really good, one of the best acts of the day. I think its a whole different experience live than it is from a cpu screen

Posted by Antonio | August 4, 2008 11:00 AM

Except for that song mercury, it actually does suck

Posted by Antonio | August 4, 2008 11:02 AM

"my lord..im from Australia..its not one of the 50 odd states of america for those loose cannons that think it is, its a country. we do rely, and are heavy interested in american politics because it does affect us so much, same with England (thats in europe by the way) europe isnt a state of america either..get out and see the rest of the world yanks before you have nuked it!!!!!!!! farrrrk...ps bloc party are an amazing live band..wish i could have been there..
peace and love"

Obama please, PLEASE nuke Australia.

Posted by Step-with-pep to the back | August 4, 2008 11:39 AM

A black person from ANYWHERE on earth can wear an Obama/Progress T-Shirt because ...IT'S F*CKING PROGRESS for this country.

If Hillary was the in Obama's place I think we'd see women from around the world wearing Hillary/Progress shirts too.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 12:01 PM

Neither one is progress, idiot.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 12:20 PM

"these days, it's actually very politically incorrect to be proud to be american. it's also very acceptable for non-americans to belittle american citizens (not just american government, but american citizens) for the sake of being an american citizen."

Fuck you you fucking fuck. For the sake of the free world, god bless the USA (cue hulk hogan music).

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 12:46 PM

God, nothing is more depressing than BV political debate. Lets get down to brass tacks here, 75% of American's are two stupid to make a well informed, critical voting decision. They either blindly vote down party lines or based on a single issue (abortion, gun control, taxes etc.), and look where that has gotten us. End the two party system, and this fake American democracy.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 2:09 PM

I agree with Anon 2:09

Americans vote without knowing why. Obama has become a fashion statement. People cheer for him and they don't know why they're doing it. Americans are retarded, ignorant, and uninformed. In a democracy, you get what you deserve. And If you choose to vote by following the crowd and doing what's popular, you'll get exactly what you deserve. I'm not saying vote for Obama. I'm not saying vote for McCain. I'm just saying know why you're doing it.

BTW, I'm American.

Posted by huddy | August 4, 2008 2:40 PM

i'd like to fill up the upcoming bloc party show
with people wearing jonny lydon shirts.

Posted by danny boy | August 4, 2008 3:31 PM

"England (thats in europe by the way"

Many limeys beg to differ.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 8:28 PM

Wow! all of this debate over a t-shirt!?! Who gives a rats ass what t-shirt the guy wears. Listen to the music, take your political debate bullshit elsewhere.

Anyway, on a more related note - the new bassist sucks ass, the new song sucks ass, and for that matter, flux sucks ass. Bring the silent alarm sound back, BP. The new stuff sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2008 9:28 PM

If you don't like bloc party why are you even looking at this?
To put others down and make yourself feel high and mighty?
Forget about fucking politics just appreciate the fucking music!
This goes for all of you who left negative comments.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinion but keep it to yourself if its negative.
I like Bloc Party and if you don't, don't even bother posting a comment and close this window NOW!

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 7:12 AM

i hate bloc party.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 7:39 AM

You say...
"if an american went around campaigning for another country's candidate for president/prime minister, he/she'd get smacked."


We dont campaign. We drop bombs on a sovereign country all in the name of democracy! These decisions of going to war not only affect us as americans, but the rest of the world as well. Stop being so narcissistic. Just because we are Americans doesnt mean we are right.

When we elect an idito like Bush. The rest of the world feels the pain as well. When our government stops acting as if we police the world. The brits wouldnt care about who runs this country.

Posted by David | August 5, 2008 3:41 PM

haha, you guys crack me up. Thanks for the laugh...

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2008 10:31 PM

what happened to the original bass player?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2008 8:22 AM

Bass player is having a child and is with his wife. Short term replacement is in.

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2008 8:31 AM

i mean he was prolly just wearing the shirt because he figured, hey wats the in thing at a concert with a bunch of young kids, obama and a pair of nikes, i doubt he was trying to make a political statement, and if he read how deep all these comments got hed prolly laugh..republican or democrat they all are crooked, look at slick willy (clinton) -and nixon..its all a scam, its just a matter of who is less crooked

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2008 9:21 AM

Maybe they'll cover anarchy in the uk?

Posted by Anonymous | August 6, 2008 4:15 PM

you're all fucking retarded.
i was at the show, he didn't say anything about Obama. at lollapalooza there was a tent for the obama campaign and he probably got the shirt there. i hate barrack obama but just because a man from england wears an obama shirt doesn't mean he's getting involved in our polotics. it's a fucking shirt. i garuntee one of you fucking indie doucebags owns a che guavra shirt. is there a difference in you wearing that than kele wearing an obama shirt? no. it's way worse for dumbasses who live in america to wear a che shirt unless they're a goddamn commie, in which case they're welcome to leave whenever they want

Posted by tim | August 10, 2008 4:52 PM

you sir are stuck in the past

Posted by Anonymous | August 11, 2008 12:10 PM

Listen to me you stupid Americans.If you guys weren't so busy getting fat, you'd remember he came to Europe. And it doesn't matter he can say what ever he wants. You'd probably call it 'free speech'.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2008 3:13 PM

Listen to me you stupid Americans.If you guys weren't so busy getting fat, you'd remember he came to Europe. And it doesn't matter he can say what ever he wants. You'd probably call it 'free speech'.

p.s. and i don't really care if you do or don't like bloc party, it more depends on culture, and type of genre liked.

Posted by Anonymous | August 13, 2008 4:09 PM

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