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Lollapalooza and then Some


A week later and the hangover of Lollapalooza has finally subsided. Not the partying kind, the music kind. You get withdrawals after a weekend like that. To be honest, the rumors are true about it. It is the most organized festival you can go to and it’s clean. You almost welcome the dirt after a long day of trekking back and forth Grant Park. Being that it was my first time to the lovely city of Chicago, I was in complete awe. Not just because I finally got all the references to it being the other half of Gotham City, but also because it is truly a neat place. For the festival, I applaud Live Nation as I was inspired to listen to every artist I heard after each set, as they sounded perfect. Through the ocean of crop tops and man tank tops, there was something beautiful there, the music.

There is a hilarious poster which notes the “American Festival” having that 80’s band you sort of listened to, Mumford and Sons, Kendrick Lamar, that singer / songwriter you can’t remember the name but should try and see, etc. Don’t fret, they were all there. And it was marvelous. So we don’t need to go on about how great the Cure was, it should go without saying that is like the world’s biggest sing-a-long for 2 hours. I would, however, love to make some quick notes about the acts I saw that stood out.

The Neighbourhood – This is the fifth time I have seen them. They had recently released an album showcasing the sultry lead vocals and the bands ability to create some sexy tunes giving equal credit to catchy guitar sounds and a base which keeps you hanging on to their every chord. The lyrics, oh the lyrics, are dark and sexy and beg you to get undressed.

Band of Horses – OK. They are a massive act. And I definitely cried when they played the Funeral. It was absolute magic to hear them live. Truly a beautiful moment at the festival.

Chance the Rapper – A very cool artist ( Favorite Song produced by Nate Fox – amazing track is available with the Childish Gambino) and overall really fun to see live. Great rapping with a smooth sound and an eldritch voice.

Charles Bradley – If you are at all in to James Brown, look this wonderful man up. An entertainer with vocals which had a bandana wrapped mob dancing along in the heat along with him. (Check out This World Is Going Up In Flames). I found a fun mix I think would appeal to the readers here with David Guetta. Enjoy a moment where funk meets electric. Beautiful.

Palma Violets – By far, the best new band I had seen. People were stopping to listen or walking back to the Bud Light stage and just staring at them. Look up where they will be next and buy some tickets with your fun friends. The music is what will likely play in a movie when they film the night everyone remembers forever (Best of Friends is the tune to look up for this moment).

Jake Bugg – I had heard about him a while ago and made it a point to see him. Just amazing. Arguably the singer / songwriter in my poorly executed joke above. He will blow you away. Download the song below and go for a drive. It is that kind of music to make you take the long way to wherever.

On that note, I give you some examples of the talented crew who made this festival the best Lolla ever.

Jake Bugg – Seen It All

Charles Bradley Vs David Guetta – No Time for Love

Chance the Rapper – Favorite Song (ft. Childish Gambino)


London Grammar – Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me

I can’t think of what to say right now…

There’s a girl I know that has been nothing but a queen to her king but I haven’t treated her so hot. Something happened, sometimes it takes something to happen to realize what really matters and it did, now it’s eating me the fuck up.

We were talking last night about how it feels like we’re in a romantic comedy or something where the knuckle head realizes what a huge mistake he’s made and does whatever he can do to show the love hurt girl what he’s realized. Needless to say corny lines have been said, there’s an asshole in the way of the real thing, mistakes made left and right but all in the name of love. It’s not pretty, but there’s so much there that you feel like there’s a light at the end and you know you can’t stop trying. Well you could stop trying, but not for this one, you fight for this one.

I absolutely love and hate this song right now but it couldn’t be more in line with what I’m feeling:

I am still holding onto your waistband
Turn away and kick out the red sand
Summer is gone and now I’m bleeding
I can’t tell now you’re thinking of leaving…”

To my girl, I’m not shy about it anymore and I’m going out and saying it in public so I can get the fu&$king EMPT army behind me – come back and let’s give this a real shot. Put it on the record baby, THIS IS REAL, I will never hurt you again. You are my queen.

London Grammar – Darling Are You Gonna Leave Me

MGMT – Your Life Is A Lie

I have a deep appreciation for MGMT. Whenever I hear they have a new single and take a listen, I am always greeted with some form of a new sound. A sometimes slight evolution in their music as they continue developing their music. You always feel that there is a moment when about 3/4 in to your first listen to their new song, you say “Yeah, that’s them. Awesome.” I feel that way about this song. But am also captivated by what, to me, sounds like MGMT maturing with a bristly outcome and lyrically simplistic (yet steely) music.

Soaked in that psychedelic rock which has given the duo their signature sound, there is an interesting, gritty texture over the track which makes it sound like they dragged it through the desert to give it that perfect you-need-to-buy-new-speakers-soon sound. One of my favorite elements to this track is the distinguishable instrumental moments in it, which I believe some of their earlier songs are missing. I love the guitar bit before the song is a minute in giving it a twangy edge. The cowbell. The shivering tambourine.

What this song offers for MGMT fans, is grit. If their previous songs where glitter, then this is dirt. Better yet, if they are the house parties, then this is the backseat soundtrack. And I mean that in the best possible way. Hopefully, this is a glimpse at what they will be releasing on their third album set to release in September of this year.

MGMT – Your Life Is A Lie

Jagwar Ma — That Loneliness

According to Google searches, today, August 11th, is the day with the lowest rate of depression.  This would make some sense as to why I am feeling so damn good right now.

Aside from the beautiful sun waking me up this morning, I had my playlist programmed to be my alarm.  Out of the wonderful device of modern day luxury came the sounds of Jagwar Ma‘s: “That Loneliness”, and instantly I woke up in a forced but much welcomed mood.

That Loneliness is a track that sounds like it found us here, in the future, through some time-machine jukebox with a flux capacitor built into it, from some time in the 1960‘s.  It’s a nostalgic beach-pop sound that is all too welcoming on such a beautiful summer morning and rest of the day.  Early morning surf date? Sure, it works.  Afternoon drive down PCH? Yes, it fits right in with that landscape.  Pool time barbecue equipped with sun-kissed blond bombshells, beers and burgers galore?  Absolutely, it will be the talk of the town.

Crank this little beach bum of a tune up if you are just waking up today, about to start some weekend cleaning or chores, or just want to feel good, happy, and join the rest of America in not being depressed—at least for today.

It’s a two minute and fifty-two second medley of feel-goodness that ironically won’t leave you feeling lonely at all, just happy, and ready to go.

Feel free to shake your bodies if you’re rocking a bikini today and find a cool group of guys like this to gather around to and just chill.  You know, summertime shit.  California Girls 60’s performance. The Beach Boys

Well East coast girls are hip
I really dig those styles they wear
And the Southern girls with the way they talk
They knock me out when I’m down there

The Mid-West farmer’s daughters really make you feel alright
And the Northern girls with the way they kiss
They keep their boyfriends warm at night

I wish they all could be California girls”

Jagwar Ma — That Loneliness