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J. Cole headlined Lollapalooza on Saturday night to one of the biggest crowds of the weekend. Kate Scott/For the Sun-Times. J. Cole said he

Saturday at Lollapalooza was a day lacking in blockbusters yet not short on talent. There’s a strong international component all weekend but especially Saturday with Madrid indie rockers Hinds bilingual Mexican-American troubadour Dannylux South Korean boy band Tomorrow X Together showcased.Competing with Willow and J. Cole as Grant Park headliners was Norwegian DJ/producer Kygo. As Kygo and J. Cole commandeered the main stages Willow was a sizable draw over at the smaller Discord Stage to help cap off Saturday night at Lollapalooza. Of course she’s got the Hollywood appeal as the daughter of actors and musicians Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith. Recently Willow even reunited her mom’s former 2000s-era nu-metal band Wicked Wisdom for Mother’s Day though they weren’t backing her tonight.

In fact the abbreviated set just 35 minutes was absent of any guest-star muscle — even though like Friday’s headliner Machine Gun Kelly Willow features Travis Barker and Avril Lavigne on her latest album. It’s unfortunate the latter couldn’t crash this set for what could have been a total show of force. Regardless Willow held her own opening with the somber rock ode transparentsoul showing off her powerful pipes that fit her alt-R&B meets pop-punk mold. Another standout of the performance was the song Lipstick one of her admitted favorites offLately I Feel Everything the new album. I know this is kind of stupid but I always dreamed of doing a rock opera she shared. Laugh at me now or later but it’s something I always wanted to do. I know that’s nerdy and weird but that’s me.

It’s not implausible to think of Willow writing her own Black Parade given her melodramatic and theatrical artistic thumbprint. With years of development and just maturing in age the latest output shows just how far Willow’s come from her playground Whip My Hair days.

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