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

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party - Positive Tension

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party - This Modern Love

Bloc Party - Hunting For Witches

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party - The Prayer

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party - Mercury

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party @ Lollapalooza

Bloc Party - Song for Clay (Disappear Here)

Bloc Party - Helicopter