BY ANDERS SMITH LINDALL
Early-arriving fans are dipping their toes in the cool pool of Lollapalooza Day Two, and on the north end, they eased in with the smooth sounds of the Morning Benders.
I saw this young Berkeley-via-Brooklyn foursome at SXSW in March and came away wowed. Now I'm happy to report they've clearly used the subsequent months to further refine their stage performance. The new album "Big Echo" proves they can pull off pretty, hazy pop songs, whoa-oh harmonies and pensive falsetto in the controlled studio environment (see debut album "Big Echo"), but this set showed them increasingly able to put this uncommonly reflective formula across live.
Following up on an unresolved note from yesterday--when I couldn't get an attendance estimate from Lollapalooza itself, and a source in festival security guessed high--publicist Shelby Meade today said she expects a crowd "near 80,000" each day. That would be well shy of the authorized capacity of 95,000. Meade says the goal is to keep festivalgoers comfortable by using this year's expanded acreage to diffuse a throng not substantially larger than in years past.
A final item for now, this one for the foodies: I recommend the pork belly tostada from the Wicker Park taco stand Big Star.