Lollapalooza 2022 Day 3: J. Cole, Willow, Tomorrow x Together

The penultimate day of Lollapalooza 2022 ended with headliners Willow and J. Cole. Day three also included Chicago native Lil Durk and South Korean K-pop band Together x Tomorrow, two bands that were recently added to the lineup, rounding out Saturday’s festivities at Chicago’s Grant Park.

Alexander 23 Brings His Music Home
“I’m from Chicago,” said Alexander Glantz, who plays Alexander 23 and has become a go-to industry collaborator. “So this is very special to me.” Funny, Glantz’s innocuous generic pop-rock didn’t feel so special. Glantz was at his best with power ballads like “Cry Over Boys” and “Somebody’s Nobody,” but his most memorable moments from his set came with surefire covers of Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” and “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson.

Meet Me @ the Altar Ushers in the Next Generation of Pop-Punk
Amid a lineup touting Willow and Machine Gun Kelly, Meet Me @ the Altar showed that pop-punk isn’t just for big-label headliners. The lively emo band formed online in 2015, writing songs together while living separately in Florida, Georgia and New Jersey. On stage, singer Edith Victoria, guitarist-bassist Téa Campbell and drummer Ada Juarez thrived on their natural chemistry and the sparkling energy of their 2021 EP. model citizen. It was Victoria who stole the show with a crystal clear voice that dodged the whiny tone that haunts the genre, her neon green and turquoise bun fading as she moved.

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Fletcher shows off with awesome pop vocals
Fletcher may to sing. The rising New Jersey-born pop star could have benefited from how loud fans sang “Undrunk” and “Becky’s So Hot.” Instead, she earned her place on the main stage with a mashup of Billie Eilish’s “Fuck You for Ruinin’ NYC for Me” and “Happier Than Ever.” As she reached the vocal climax of the single, Fletcher came face-to-face with Eilish, letting her voice ramp up in power and tenor. With flushed cheeks and modest surprise at the size of her crowd, she undoubtedly heightened the anticipation for girl of my dreamshis upcoming debut album.

Confessional Dabble Dashboard in Nostalgia
As a beloved emo band, Dashboard Confessional are used to relishing in nostalgia. Frontman Chris Carrabba led the Florida band through a string of iconic singles (“Vindicated,” “Stolen,” “Screaming Infidelities”) and deep cuts (“The Brilliant Dance,” “Again I Go Unnoticed”) that ended with the whole crowd singing along, the lyrics embedded in their brains. “I think some of you are way too young to know these songs,” Carrabba said. As if determined to prove him wrong, audience members lovingly sang along to older hits, including the fan-requested “Saints and Sailors” and closer “Hands Down.” Fans big and small swooned.

Lil Durk goes back to his roots
Growing up in Chicago’s South End gave Lil Durk a lifetime of stories to draw from, and all these years later, the rapper’s last 7220, which lists several personal tragedies and setbacks, explores how difficult it can be to escape the gravitational pull of the streets. So many people flocked to hear songs like “Shootout @ My Crib” and “What Happened to Virgil?” to give some respite to the rushing crowd.

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Wallows delivers winning indie music
Dylan Minette and Braeden Lemaster de Wallows have been making music together for about as long as they’ve been working in Hollywood, which is quite a while at this point. A recent hit like “13 Reasons Why” (Minnette starred in the series of the same name) plus the requisite TikTok magic certainly doesn’t hurt prospects, but if all you knew of the band was their confident set of catchy California indie – rock gems like ‘Scrawny’ and ‘Pictures of Girls’, you probably wouldn’t guess the band still have day jobs.

YG loves a dodgy Peepshow
YG split his set between rapping hits and encouraging women to flash him. The Compton rapper released ‘BPT’, ‘Fuck Donald Trump’ and ‘Big Bank’. If the minutes passed with nothing but music, however, YG demanded “more boobs.” “We love to see it,” he said, but he rejected one girl for getting “mosquito bites” and mocked another, saying “her shit looks ready to milk.” One of the largest slices of Lollapalooza’s demographic pie chart is high school students. After a long, screaming stretch for boobs, a shirtless guy yelled, “Dude, mine are out!” YG then clarified that he was not interested in male nipples.

Slow motion sets the stage for revolution
Idles singer Joe Talbot looked like he was ready for a fight before the band played a note. There’s no doubt that the British band are relishing their reputation for confrontation, reveling in a big racket that sometimes seems on the verge of chaos. In fact, after just a few songs, most of the band was already drenched in sweat, and the small but energetic crowd was bustling in front of the stage. Talbot seemed genuinely grateful for eyes and ears between songs, taking some time to point out the angsty fight-for-your-life messages and political themes running through the relentless post-punk onslaught.

Turnstile carried the torch of hardcore
Hardcore is rarely represented at major music festivals. As the chosen crossover actor, Turnstile carried this torch with confidence and passion to seize the opportunity. glow on the songs were greeted with a surprising amount of chanting and moshpits became pogo pits where beers erupted into the air like volcanoes. As his bandmates moved between tracks with shoegaze drones, singer Brendan Yates waved his microphone stand in the air and encouraged people to dance. Most impressively, Turnstile released “Canned Heat” from their 2013 EP Step 2 Rhythmperhaps in a strategic move to further immerse newcomers in the hardcore world.

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TXT takeoff
The screams preceded Tomorrow x Together at just the right time. Not yet as well-known in America as their friends BTS (member J-Hope makes headlines on Sunday), Tomorrow x Together have been testing the waters to see if there’s room for another Korean boy band here. and their short one-set tease came just weeks after the band kicked off a whirlwind US tour in Chicago. Lolla’s appearance perfectly orchestrated by the five-member band, which showed wholesome, off-the-peg pop juggernauts such as “Good Boy Gone Bad,” the English-language “Magic,” and “Valley of Lies” (which guest guest Iann Dior) felt the launch of the brand as much as the performance.

Willow leaves fans wanting more (literally)
Greeted by a crowd chanting her name, Willow opened her headliner with “Transparent Soul.” The 21-year-old daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith has rocked the confidence of an entertainer twice her age, as it should be; she has an amazing voice. However, after exploring its catalog (“Lipstick”, “Wait a minute”, “ it’s my fault”) and charmed the crowd with jokes (“The government is coming! I knew they would!” she laughed when a helicopter flew overhead), Willow ended her set with 15 minutes of advance despite a discography of four albums, it had the presence of a headliner, but the setlist of an opening.


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J. Cole’s season hits the main stage
With six studio albums, and all six number ones to his credit, J. Cole’s bona fide as the headliner of Lollapalooza is long established. Yet, like the inspiration behind much of his music, he hasn’t forgotten where he comes from. Like fellow star Dua Lipa the night before, J. Cole recalled playing a side stage at the festival, a “special stage” where budding artists and fans bond and Day Ones is solidified. He opened with a series of songs from his latest album, 2021 The off-season, and his subtle leaps as he dropped his verses reflected an athlete’s warm-up befitting the LP’s themes. He also co-starred with his Dreamville cohorts, bringing out Bas for “'” and later JID joined them for “Down Bad” and “Stick”. Other highlights came from his performances for the Day Ones that filled the main stage, including “Nobody’s Perfect”, “Power Trip” and “No Role Modelz”.

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