August 5, 2013 • 08:04:53 a.m.

Lollapalooza Recap: Day 3


Following is a recap of some of the bands that played during the final day of Lollapalooza. The music festival was held this past weekend at Grant Park in Chicago.

The Cure: The Cure weren't holding anything back Sunday night. As fog traveled through Robert Smith's hair on stage, the band reeled off hit after hit. Halfway into the set, and The Cure had already burned through "Pictures Of You," " Lovesong ," "Just Like Heaven" and "Friday I'm In Love." Smith's interaction with the crowd was minimal as the band was all business. Nobody seemed to mind as many in the crowd stuck around to hear the rest of the top-heavy setlist . The crowd was a mix of young and old and had many who were sprawled out on the blankets on the west side of the stage area. The Cure proved to be a fitting headliner to bring Lollapalooza in for a soft landing on its final day.  

Vampire Weekend: There came a point in the day when people needed to dance. Well, at least the people who hadn't spent the day camped out in front of the EDM-heavy Perry's stage. Enter Vampire Weekend, an act that's probably not to far off from being a Lollapalooza headliner. The band drew their most upbeat material from across their three albums. Songs from their most recent work, the excellent "Modern Vampires Of The City," sounded even better live.  

Alt-J: Maybe the scheduling was to blame for English indie rockers Alt-J's somewhat sleepy set. The festival had been open for two and a half days by the time they took the stage. The crowd needed a kick to help them get through the final day of a long weekend of traipsing through Grant Park. Alt-J hit with their breakthrough single, "Breezeblocks," but seemed to miss with the crowd in other places. The band's airy sound may have been better suited for a timeslot much earlier in the day.  

Baroness: Lollapalooza, especially in 2013, isn't exactly a hotbed for burgeoning metal acts. Luckily for those who prefer head banging at their music festivals, Baroness was on the bill this year . The Georgia band is just melodic enough to fit in with the Lollapalooza scene. One minute they were playing a pulverizing version of "Take My Bones Away," the next they're softly launching into "March To The Sea." Listening for all of the layers of Baroness' music is what makes them so much fun. And the head banging isn't too band either.  

Alex Clare: What makes Lollapalooza great is when you can tell an artist is tru ly honored to be playing at the festival. Brit ish singer Alex Clare was th at guy on Sunday . Clare, best known for his hit "Too Close," drew from several influences during his hou r-long set. Rock, electronica, soul and more were all thrown into the mix. What came out on the other end was a wonderful showcase of Clare's talent. He showed he can be so much more than a one-hit wonder. Clare also sings a mean version of Prince's "When Doves Cry." "I keep waiting for Prince to come on stage and someone shoots me," Clare said almost half-heartedly apologizing for his cover of the song . No apologies were needed.

• Rob Carroll writes about music for the Northwest Herald. He can be reached at You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.

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