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@AndyShore One of the first things every festival is judged on is their headliners. Zack and I both agree Lollapalooza did a great job this year. We’ve already argued who’s headliners were better between Outside Lands and Lolla. I picked Lolla, even before Coldplay, My Morning Jacket and Deadmau5 were announced. Now it’s a landslide victory. The rest of a lineup is what defines a festival. I’m gonna look at a few bands you might not know yet, and clue you in. Then you’ll see just how great Lolla 2011 will be. Read the rest of this entry »
ADAM LYNNE–Once upon a time in Illinois, creatures of the night roamed the day in search of futuristic bass and thunderous rhythms to assault their minds and bodies. Clothed in green-man suits, x-ray goggles, pacifiers in mouths, and paint splattered all over their masses, there were no shortage of hardbodied motherfuckers ready to rage for 72 hours at the North Coast Music Festival. The crowd was a sight. If anybody wanted to shoot a post-apocalyptic, year 3035 space war epic, Union Park in Chicago was the place to be. Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom This doesn’t happen at every other festival. I don’t know why. It’s just a Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo thing from what I’ve seen. And it’s different at Bonnaroo. When the night ends, the crowd spills out right in the smack of downtown and there is a magical buzz. A whooping buzz. Sure the “Bonnna-rooo!” chants come out, but that’s in the middle of Tennessee in a muddy farm. This is Michigan Avenue. One of the classiest streets in the country. And it’s happened like this every night this fest has been in Chicago. A good, healthy festival energy.
@shiftywhiteguy: In 2007, Zack was trying to talk me into going to Bonnaroo. The Flaming Lips, The White Stripes, and many others seemed like pretty good draws, but I wasn’t 100% convinced until he mentioned the band that he knew would catch me hook, line, and sinker: Ween. Ween is a one of a kind band, to say the least. Their music is technically proficient, rocks so incredibly hard, is hilarious, and is a lot of times, really biting commentary and satire on other genres.
As much as I liked Ween, I had not seen them live up to that point. Ladies and gentlemen, you are simply a Ween fan trainee until you see a show. There is no way of accurately appreciating this band until you’ve seen the living riot that is a group of Ween fans in the act of worshipping their band. At that ’07 show, Ween was preceded by Fountains of Wayne. Zack and I worked our way over to This Tent during FoW’s set to make sure we could get close for Gener and Deaner. I remember standing right behind a girl who looked at the mass of people huddling around This Tent, then mentioned to her friend, “Wow, Fountains of Wayne really drew a crowd!” Poor thing, she had no idea what was about to happen to her. Read the rest of this entry »
@shiftywhiteguy: In 2007, prior to going to Bonnaroo, my good friend Phred made a really convincing case as to why I should make sure to see Michael Franti & Spearhead. Phred has hardly ever steered me wrong,* so I gave them a shot. In ’07, he played an afternoon set at Which stage in the height of the day’s sun. I went in with neutral expectations, and it ended up being at least an entertaining enough show to sit through the entire set. That is really saying something when you’re playing on one of the non-tent stages in the middle of the afternoon, and your audience is only slightly removed from being cooked like rotisserie chickens. However, I wasn’t exactly blown away, and would have given that set a grade in the high sixes/low sevens. ** I was in no hurry to go out and buy his album, but I was definitely entertained.
So, when I saw Franti on the bill again this year, I had every intention on catching at least some of his set. And, from the very first second of the show, it became very obvious that his later start time made all the difference. He played on the same stage as ’07, but had a post-sundown start time this year. Without the distraction of the heat, Franti’s set takes on an entirely different feel. Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom There are few times I wish I was still in Chicago. This last week is one of them. The weather was gorgeous, the hardest rocking supergroups in the world were in town and Conan came to Chicago with two more legends. Thankfully, Brett was there to cover it all for us. Without further ado, the first of many posts for the newest member of Festival Crashers’ beta class.
@snoogans913 I knew going into this past week that it was going to be one to remember, but I still couldn’t fathom just how epic it ended up being. The week kicked off with a bang with the start of the conference finals between the Hawks and Sharks on Sunday, and as I gathered around my TV with my friends and Buffalo Joes in tow, I was already elated. I wait the entire year for playoff hockey, and here I was, in good company, watching my Hawks tear shit up on visiting ice. As you should know by now, the Hawks got the W that day, and the next game was set for Tuesday. I had a panic attack when I realized that was the very night that I’d be in the presence of rock G-ds at the Them Crooked Vultures show. So when Tuesday finally rolled around, I donned my Blackhawks skull cup and headed out to the Aragon. Read the rest of this entry »
It pains me to tell you that @AndyShore and I will not be attending Bonnaroo this year (as we discussed in a Podcrash) but we’re in good hands. Great friends of ours are going and luckily they both write quite well. They may not use Twitter much, but Laura and Bryn will be feeding us the previews as we get closer to the festival. When Bryn heard me and Andy’s first podcast where we went through our top 5 bands to see, he had ISIS quite high on his own list. Why? You’re about to find out.
@Shiftywhiteguy Gather ‘round, kids, I’m about to tell you a story.
The year was 2001, and I was a naive 16 year-old. At the time, I felt as though the local music scene in Indianapolis needed my support. Ok, so that wasn’t so naive…those guys needed all the help they could get. Read the rest of this entry »
@JordanLipshutz Little 500 2010 kicked off Thursday night with the Flaming Lips playing to a sold out crowd at IU Auditorium. Despite being confined to a small auditorium, the Lips brought all of their toys out to play. The band took the stage one by one, emerging from a giant strobe-lit vagina. Then lead singer, Wayne Coyne, appeared in his infamous transparent “space bubble” despite being advised not to by IU Auditorium staff. Wayne only walked to the edge of the stage in the space bubble, because the auditorium staff feared the crowd would not be able to support him. The crowd was less than thrilled at this, but still swelling with energy as the Lips launched into “Worm Mountain,” a song they recorded with MGMT on their latest album. Read the rest of this entry »