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)



Neil Young – Old Man (Sound Remedy Remix)


Road tripping down south to the sandy dunes of the Outer Banks. We’ve made this a tradition of painful laughter, heavy drinking and tangled relationships. But the friendships remain true and I wouldn’t trade these people for the world. Passing between walls of wind and sand with nothing ahead but a stretch of slow road, we toast the struggles of each past year and the understanding of those to come. These are the moments of nostalgic sound and hearty sing-alongs.

Neil Young opens that nook in your soul and fills it with the shared angst of existence. The song was originally released in 1972 on Young’s album Harvest, and the narrative prevails still 40 years later.

Old man look at my life,
Twenty four
and there’s so much more
Live alone in a paradise
That makes me think of two.

Love lost, such a cost,
Give me things
that don’t get lost.
Like a coin that won’t get tossed
Rolling home to you.”

Sound Remedy doesn’t fight with the nature of Old Man, but instead boosts the self-reflection with his special brand sweeping electronic sound. SR hails from Chicago with music born in his blood. Both his parents are Juillard-trained members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. With a rapid-fire output of music over the last two years, SR has remixed a wide spectrum from Beethoven to Wiz Khalifa. And this boy can rip it. Take an extra dose of his medicine with his Band of Horses remix.

Neil Young – Old Man (Sound Remedy Remix)

Band of Horses – The Funeral (Sound Remedy Remix)


Johnnyswim – Heartbeats

What I really liked about this track and that reeled me in was how the lyrics are not complicated at all in the context of feelings. Yet it expresses, in a very unique way, a feeling that most of us experience but don’t express – or don’t know how to put into words-: that moment when you feel something for that someone and you actually feel it in your heart, when it beats. As you can realize this is a feeling that can be experienced on one of those “We just shared a glance on the subway” to the “I’ve loved you all my life” moments.

Johnnyswim is a duo comprised of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez hailing from Nashville. On the vocal side, she has a bit of Lauryn Hill and on the musical side, it’s a bit of Band of Horses meets some flamenco street band with the handclaps and all. They have a free EP called ‘Home‘ from which this track, in my humble opinion, stands out.

Johnnyswim – Heartbeats


Band Of Horses – The Funeral (Butch Clancy Remix)

I love Dubstep but some of it is so intense that I have to listen in doses, I mean the production style is so technical, compressed and wonderfully robotic that it leaves you yearning for a little human touch. Recently though, the theme with dubstep has been fusion and an eclectic and delightfully interesting array of remixes have been taking over the airways. My latest muse is from Detroit veteran Butch Clancy who takes on Band Of Horses’ The Funeral.

Dubstep is aggressive, energetic, exiting and flat out banging. I wouldn’t use any of those adjectives to describe The Funeral and it’s how Clancy captures that beautiful contrast that makes this song so good. I’d love talk this up a little more but I have a dinner to go to but maybe I’ll revisit it when I get back home, enjoy.

Band Of Horses – The Funeral (Butch Clancy Remix)


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