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On the scene at Lollapalooza Saturday: Stormy weather leads to good vibrations for Frank Ocean and Red Hot Chili Peppers

By Kyle Anderson and Nolan Feeney

When the second day of Lollapalooza 2012 began on Saturday, it was just another ridiculously hot morning in Chicago—but by the time the final notes had been played in Grant Park, it had become historic.

For the first time ever, the entire festival was suspended due to inclement weather, and all of the festival’s attendees—the official number at the time of the storm was 60,000, plus 3,000 staff—were evacuated for two and a half hours while a vicious thunderstorm passed through.

At about three o’clock local time, word started spreading that a nasty storm front was headed in the direction of Grant Park, and that everybody should brace themselves for the worst. Only a few minutes later, the organizers of Lollapalooza did the bracing for everybody.

A number of bands, including Neon Indian, were forced to end their mid-afternoon sets early to make way for the announcement that everybody had to leave the grounds due to the oncoming weather. What at first seemed like an alarmist case of over-protection ended up being right on, as the wind and rain ripped through Downtown Chicago for a solid hour.

The festival attendees who didn’t fill the bars and restaurants surrounding Grant Park were lead to a trio of underground parking garages that served as shelters during the storm.

The gates were re-opened at around six o’clock, with a new schedule and a slightly extended curfew. Most everybody was allowed to go on later, with the headlining acts given the go-ahead to play until 10:45, just under the cutoff time for noise in Grant Park. In the end, only a handful of acts were cancelled outright, including Temper Trap, Alabama Shakes, Chairlift, the Dunwells, B.o.B., J.J. Grey and Mofro, and Paper Diamond.

By the time the music was back on, the crowd had thinned only a little; most people seemed to stick out the storm. Though the fields had deteriorated quite a bit — a number of people standing in front during the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ set were in ankle-deep water).

Still, the resilience of the crowd (and the cooler temperatures post-storm) definitely played into both of Saturday night’s headliners. READ FULL STORY

Oscar-winning French actress Marion Cotillard pairs up with Franz Ferdinand; stream their new track

Obscenely jolie Parisian actress Marion Cotillard (she of the 2008 Best Actress Oscar and red-carpet mermaid-enhood) has paired up with arch Scottish post-punkers Franz Ferdinand on a new original song.

“Eyes of Mars,” created to promote a handbag for the vaunted French fashion house Dior, can be streamed here at

Cotillard, bless her coeur, is not really a chanteuse, her two numbers in the star-stuffed Nine notwithstanding; but she works out the sort of breathy, “zut alors! I am far too sexy for pitch control” coo that revered Gallic pop lizard Serge Gainsbourg coaxed from his own movie star muses in the ’60s and ’70s.

What do you think, Music Mixers—does France Ferdinand have a musical future? Or should Cotillard keep it on le silver screen?

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'Alice in Wonderland' soundtrack details revealed: Robert Smith, Pete Wentz, and Franz Ferdinand to contribute tracks

The soundtrack details for Tim Burton’s forthcoming movie Alice in Wonderland have just been revealed on MySpace. The album, which is titled Almost Alice and hits stores March 2, features contributions from Burton hair-a-like Robert Smith, The All-American Rejects, Franz Ferdinand, Wolfmother, Owl City, and a collaboration between Mark Hoppus and Pete Wentz called “In Transit.” The first single from the album will be “Alice (Underground),” by Avril Lavigne.

Disappear down the rabbit hole to MySpace for a look a the full track listing and tell us what you think. Does this news make you more or less excited by the prospect of Burton’s Johnny Depp-starring revamp?

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What Music To Watch: Franz Ferdinand on 'Jimmy Kimmel', Lykke Li on 'Carson Daly'

Late night music alert, Mixers: Franz Ferdinand will play two songs on Jimmy Kimmel this evening, and the lovely Lykke Li (woah, alliteration!) will stop by Last Call with Carson Daly. Unfortunately, neither of the two Franz Ferdinand songs will be their cover of Britney Spears’ "Womanizer." (Am I completely crazy for loving their rendition of it?); they will be playing their Tonight: Franz Ferdinand dance-rock tunes "Ulysses" and "No You Girls," however.

As far as Lykke Li goes, she will be doing a cover — her take on Kings of Leon’s "Knocked Up." Both artists will be heading off this weekend to Coachella, a place where I’m sure I’m not alone when I say: I want to go to there. Desperately. (Be sure to check back to the Music Mix for Whitney Pastorek’s impressions of the festival.) Until then, watch the video for "No You Girls" below and catch both artists on TV tonight.

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