Lollapalooza 2011, Friday: The Naked and Famous
So far nothing has reminded more of 1991 (not even the 20th birthday cake presented to Perry Farrell at the pre-Lolla press event) than Thom Powers's hair. I was totally rocking those bangs in 10th grade. The Naked and Famous singer rocked the preppy look, alongside his metal dude bass player, emo keyboard player and spunky co-singer, Alisa Xayalith. Before jogging on stage, the five huddled for prayer or maybe a group hug. That demographic diversity and camraderie comes through in the New Zealanders' music, a perky, giddy electro-rock that occasionally veers into friendly noise or throbbing, moody drones. The super hooky stuff, "All of This," "Punching in a Dream," "Young Blood," "Girls Like You," sandwiched the material that sounds more like M83. Though the artier moments may boost their credibility, by gosh the neon-clad teens in the crowd freaked out for the pop nuggets. One side note: My first official siting of a kid planking atop the crowd. What the hell is up with that?