Turn It Up – Lollapalooza Review
Before the festival began, it was a toss-up between the Kills (the spectral co-ed duo who played Friday) and Gutter Twins, who are up now, for the band least-suited to playing on a sun-smacked stage in the middle of the afternoon. The Twins — former Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli and former Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan –– are nocturnal animals, and their music is well-suited for post-midnight activities, not all of them appropriate for “G-rated” audiences. But the Twins provide a lacerating lesson in blues-soaked confessionals. Lanegan, with his Grand Canyon-deep baritone, takes most of the leads, while Dulli plays his acerbic foil, igniting songs with his volatile interjections. The boys sing, “I suffer you/You suffer me,” as if celebrating sadomasochism. Whether they are or not, this is a disturbing and often galvanizing set.