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The best of Lollapalooza 2012 (in photos), Day 3

Maybe it was the joy of catching At the Drive-In, where we saw actual people in band T-shirts at a music festival, but of this year’s action in Grant Park, Sunday most felt like the festival’s original incarnation (still spliced with a raging dance party, of course).

Lollapalooza 2012

ALARM’s must-see sets for Lollapalooza 2012

With the day’s first set, Lollapalooza 2012 officially begins at 11:30 AM CST — “bright and early” for professional rock bands.

We’ll be tweeting and posting to Facebook intermittently with our thoughts, and if you’re down at Grant Park too, let us know if you’re still alive. (Today’s high temp. will be in the low 90s with 50% humidity. Drink your bubble tea.)

Tonight’s festivities end with two of the billion bands to use “black” in their names — Black Sabbath and The Black Keys. Here’s our quick list of sets to catch:

At the Drive-in

Video: At the Drive-In’s first reunion show

On Monday, for the first time in 11 years, seminal post-hardcore outfit At the Drive-In took to the stage, marking the first of this year’s reunion tour dates. The band performed a 15-song set at Red 7 in Austin, which was the first of three intimate shows in its home state of Texas.

Yesterday, Consequence of Sound posted footage of some of the show’s highlights. Check out “Quarantined” below, and continue reading to see “Enfilade” and “One Armed Scissor.”

The Mars Volta: In Control

Pumping out loud, fractured rock, The Mars Volta challenges their audience with every new release and live show. If you’re offered ear plugs, take them. And if you’re asked to describe them, don’t say “prog.”