Top Five Memorable Bands From This Year's Lollapalooza

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Daniela Montelongo

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Since 2005, Lollapalooza has descended upon Grant Park in Chicago every August to bring some of music's biggest names and brightest up and coming bands to the city. Though a touring festival in its formative years, the event is now  one of the must-see tickets of the summer. Fortunately, we were on hand to check out the sights, sounds and storm of this year's event. Here are some of our favorite sets from the festival.

5. Passion Pit

Worried about Michael Angelakos' mental health? You shouldn't be. The Boston-based quintet Passion Pit put together one of the best sets on a steamy Friday in the Windy City. Performing songs from both Manners the recently released Gossamer in front of a crowd that had to be pushing 80,000, the band's catchy brand of synth pop had attendees dancing with delight. By the end of the 75-minute set, the band and the audience were exhausted from the heat and losing themselves in the music.

4. Sharon Van Etten

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Indie rock's sweetheart du jour managed to win over a contingent of new fans during her Friday afternoon set. Playing the guitar and omnichord, the Brooklyn-based musician demonstrated why she's one of the genre's rising singer/songwriters. Combining elements of folk and indie to go along with her introspective lyrics, Van Etten delivered one of the festival's brightest moments. "My '90s dreams are coming true today," she told the crowd of nearly 5,000. After her set, she too will go down as the latest in a long line of breakout stars from the festival.


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Zac Carper of FIDLAR
Perhaps the most underground of the bands who performed, the L.A. punks in FIDLAR, showed Chicago how we get down in Southern California. Known for their house party performances, the quartet's first proper festival was one they won't forget anytime soon. After only one song, a mosh pit erupted near the front of the stage, having nearly 50 arm-swinging participants at its peak. The band's "I don't give a fuck" attitude was warmly embraced from the Chicago faithful, many of whom were unfamiliar with the band before their set. During the last song of the 35-minute set, singer Zac Carper ended up in the teeth of the pit, screaming lyrics while fans welcomed his presence. Looks like the boys are growing up.

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