Posted in music | pictures on August 4, 2013

photos by James Richards IV

Kendrick Lamar / The Postal Service / fans
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013
Lollapalooza Day 2 - 8/3/2013

When last seen, at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park last year, Kendrick Lamar was still a relative unknown except to hip-hop connoisseurs. His set came off as hazy and introspective, with a curious Lady Gaga hanging on every word from the wings. But now he emerges with newfound swagger -- even without Gaga in the house -- smoke machines at his feet and a full band at his back. His 2012 album, "good kid, m.A.A.d. city," puts a new and brilliantly introspective take on West Coast gangsta rap, a look at its tropes and pressures from the inside out. So even as he leads the crowd in some explicit choruses, he throws out questions and lays out his conflicts in the verses. "This will be on the Internet," he announces. Ya think? The audience cheers him like a rock star, even when he stands on stage with arms folded. But he doesn't just bask in the glow. He tries to put it in context, much in the way his rhymes try to make sense of hip-hop and the culture that birthed it. "You can't classify what we got going on," he says to the fans. "This is life." [Chicago Tribune]
Lollapalooza 2013 continued yesterday (8/3) in Chicago's Grant Park, with nicer weather than day 1, and sets from eight stages worth of artists, including The Postal Service, Kendrick Lamar, Haim, Foals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Local Natives and more. Pictures of those (and other) artists are in this post, and we've got a second set of Saturday pics HERE on the way with more artists. But not any of Death Grips.

We at BrooklynVegan are also at the festival, hosting a portion of the Soundwave Tent.

The festival wraps up today (8/4) (check out our Sunday preview) with sets from Cat Power, Phoenix, The Cure, Beach House, Grizzly Bear, Alt-J, Baroness, Angel Haze, and more. If you're not at the festival, you can stream it live at Lollapalooza.com.

Check out day 1 pics and more day 1 pics.

Update: Day 3 pics (part 1) and day 3 pics (part 2) are up now too.

More from day 2, below...

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Kendrick Lamar

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Supreme Cuts

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The Bad Things

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Comments (9)

Shovels and Rope not a good name. I didn't know Russell Brand was in a band named ReignWolf. The Bad Things = Really Accurate Description of that band. They really nailed that name.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2013 3:31 PM

ew Haim

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2013 4:25 PM

What's sad is that this goes to show that people who dress like representatives of, uh, subculture don't know shit about music anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2013 4:43 PM

didn't realize jenny and ben were the only members of postal service. cool

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2013 5:05 PM

Wow Dana you finally took AMAZING pictures; huh what ??? ohhh I see. Beautiful pictures JAMES Richards.

Posted by Anonymous | August 4, 2013 10:46 PM

4:43 - Certainly agree that, in the internet age, your average concert goer has potential access to more...yet knows less about music than ever before. But I don't see anyone in these pictures dressed like representatives of subculture...just your average college aged kids who could just as easily be at a Phish concert.

Posted by Anonymous | August 5, 2013 11:47 AM

im falling asleep listening to this, soooo boring. His voice is monotonous, his tone doesnt change

Posted by Andrew | February 21, 2014 12:43 PM

Just posted an acoustic cover of this song if anyone wants to check it out :) I'm a huge fan of The Postal Service (and all of Ben Gibbard's work)

Posted by Harris | March 12, 2014 7:10 AM

Saw these guys at Lollapalooza last year for the their last performance together and there were like 20,000 people watching. They eventually got the credit they've always deserved.

Posted by Raiden | May 14, 2014 5:51 AM

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