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2014 Free Press Summer Fest

Posted by teibs On June - 3 - 2014

Since Zack was in NYC and Andy was in L.A. we sent David Sackllah to Houston to cover Free Press Summer Fest thanks to the free passes Verizon was generous enough to bestow upon us. He braved a lightning storm and powered through for an incredible Jack White set and saw everyone from Lauryn Hill to Vampire Weekend and a one of a kind Houston hip hop show. 

@Dsackllah “FPSF will go on rain or shine.” With every wristband that was mailed out, the envelope contained a small piece of paper with rules regarding said wristband that concluded with that phrase. About 3pm on Saturday, if you were to search Twitter for “FPSF,” the majority of mentions were made up of disgruntled concertgoers quoting that phrase back to the organization. In a controversial decision, Free Press made the call to evacuate the entire festival at 2pm due to lightning and a flood advisory for the area set by the National Weather Service. Outside of a steady yet moderate rain that lasted for about an hour before clearing up, the weather was calm, and sunny for a long while before the festival decided to reopen at 4, pushing back many acts and canceling others. Surely, the festival made the decision that the organizers thought was best for the safety of the crowd, but it left many disgruntled. Read the rest of this entry »

Vegas Road Trip Soundtrack

Posted by teibs On January - 14 - 2013
Moving to LA, I hadn’t intended on the added perk (or curse…depending on how you look at it) of living driving distance from Las Vegas. Since then I’ve gone from going to Las Vegas maybe once a year, to four or five times. It’s just hard to say no, when a friend from back in Chicago is going to be in Vegas with a room to crash in and they tell you to come hang for the weekend. Twist my arm, why don’t you. The drive to Vegas is always far superior to the hungover trek that is the return home. On the way there, excitement and energy are at a high. Everyone’s feeling good, it’s time to pop on the tunes and hit the open road.
The playlist sets the mood for the whole trip. You don’t know yet if you’re gonna blow all your money on girls or on tables like at www.partycasino.com. Of course, unless you’re honest, you’ll just come home and say you broke even. Read the rest of this entry »

Student Car Insurance Deals with SeeWaa.com

Posted by teibs On September - 21 - 2011

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Because of that risk of other drunk students, car insurance is extremely expensive for students. It doesn’t have to be. See Waa makes it easy to compare to other prices and to save on car insurance. Come to See Wa and see how much you can save. And have a piece of mind with your student driver.

Lollapalooza 2011: From the Bottom Up

Posted by shore On April - 26 - 2011

lollabottomup@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 »

gpnnorthcoastADAM 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 »

Post Lollapalooza madness on Michigan Avenue

Posted by teibs On August - 8 - 2010

lollamadness@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.

Ween Nation: Our Band is better than Your Band

Posted by teibs On June - 17 - 2010

weenboog@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 »

Yes, I was seriously this Impressed with Michael Franti

Posted by teibs On June - 16 - 2010

franti_crowd@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 »

rocknjocks@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 »

Miss ISIS at Bonnaroo And Regret it Forever

Posted by teibs On May - 20 - 2010

ISISIt 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 »

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