1. Lizzo's anti-scrub ballad
Backed by a pair of leotard-clad dancers, Lizzo was just a few songs into her booty-shaking set when she teased the crowd with a short rendition of TLC's "No Scrubs" before launching into an impressive ballad of her own called "Jerome Go Home." In a set filled with buoyant, empowering anthems, the soul-bearing track gave Lizzo a chance to show off a slightly different side of her persona, with some James Brown-style screams thrown in for good measure. The vitriol was tangible when Lizzo remarked, "If he was in Chicago right now, I'd whoop his ass."
2. The consummate showmanship of Bruno Mars
3. A mobile record emporium
Jack White doesn't perform at Lollapalooza until Sunday night, but his Third Man Rolling Record store is already parked in Grant Park, just north of the American Eagle stage. The bright yellow truck is stocked with titles from the label's extensive catalog—including releases from White, JAY-Z and Loretta Lynn—and plenty of black and yellow Third Man swag. It's great to have an eclectic selection of records on-site at Lolla (the F.Y.E. record tent's offerings leave something to be desired), but you should probably wait until the end of the night to pick up the Supremes box set or a green pressing of Sleep's The Sciences, lest your vinyl start melting under the beating sun.
4. Brockhampton's hip-hop co-op
5. A human claw game (and free underwear!)
Brand activations are a dime a dozen at Lollapalooza, but the majority of them amount to a place to sit down in the shade while you pass the time between sets. Fruit of the Loom's booth (just north of Buckingham Fountain) offers a bit more substance, doling out free undies and the chance to take part in a human version of the classic claw game, which lowers participants into a pit of balloons to try to grab prizes like VIP passes and aftershow tickets. One tip if you decide to partake: It's probably best to wait until you're home before trying on your new swag.
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