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.
Over the course of her nearly decade-long career as Grouper, Liz Harris has become a master of all things overcast. Her ambient compositions and waterlogged ballads are like fogged-up windows — bleary enough to indicate the bleakness inside, but only its vaguest outlines. There’s suggestion of something heartbreaking, but its true shape remains occluded, unobtainable,… More »