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Lollapalooza 2015 Festival Review: From Worst to Best

on August 03, 2015, 2:00pm
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Okay, Another Artist Who Benefitted Most From Their After-Show

Strand of Oaks

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Photo by Philip Cosores

Poor Timothy Showalter. After Lollapalooza instated a mandatory evacuation for a storm that never fully touched down, he was one of the first acts to play when the festival picked up again. Of course, this meant that most people were still reentering during his set, which made for a much smaller crowd than his emotionally raw anthems deserved. Luckily, most of his hardcore fans at the festival got to see him at the Empty Bottle the night before, where he added an extra guitarist in place of his touring keyboardist, Eliza Hardy Jones. Among the highlights of the beefed-up axe-power were more shredding, more stomping, and a doom-metal intro to the title track of last year’s knockout, HEAL. There were more intimate moments as well, including a solo rendition of “Tonight, Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins, who got referenced in song a few tunes before in “Goshen ’97”. Strand of Oaks always kills it live, but it feels much more punishing in a tiny, packed club than a sleepy grove where everyone’s regaining their festival spirit. –Dan Caffrey

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