At Chicago's Lollapalooza, photographer Brian Sorg and SPIN deputy photo editor Jennifer Edmondson created portraits of some of the festival's coolest performers. Here, Sorg talks about each shot:
For NYC-based Cults, Sorg wanted to contrast the band's monochromatic style with a splash of color, so he asked them to play with some smoke bombs that he'd hidden in his camera bag. "[Singer] Madeline [Follin] was worried about getting color all over her, and when her yellow smoke bomb started to bleed onto her hand, she tossed it -- this is that moment," says Sorg, who loved the couple's playful chemistry.
Halfway through Ruban Nielson’s explorative third LP, Multi-Love, the bipolar “Extreme Wealth and Casual Cruelty” fractures momentarily into reverberating shards, creaking like a bridge collapsing as a murky guitar yowls in the background. Coming so soon after a silky smooth, Steely Dan-referencing guitar solo courtesy of his equally musical father Chris Nielson, it’s a tonally… More »