|Lollapalooza 2013 | Photo Credit: Ashley Garmon|
|Charles Bradley | Photo Credit: Matt Ellis|
It was hard to judge just what I was seeing in the moment. Bad Things were putting on a killer show, but the fact that they'd risen to the occasion colored my perception. A relatively unknown band scheduled to play an afternoon set for children got thrown into a headlining slot at one of the country's largest music festivals. The fact that they went balls out and delivered in any capacity was impressive. The deal sealer came when the band admitted they didn't even have enough songs to fill an hour before launching in to a blistering cover of The Stooges' "Search and Destroy." It carried all the muscle of the original, turning the now packed crowd into one huge, fist-pumping mess. Called back on for an actual true, unscripted encore, Bad Things offered up one more song and offered up thanks to both the crowd and Death Grips. The prospect of a non-music celebrity starting a band is always a bit dicey, but this wasn't The Bruce Willis Blues Band. Shaun White came off as just a dude in a band who happened to be really good at something else. That alone could be considered a success, but their set went above and beyond.