@ZackTeibloom We knew Arcade Fire was coming. We were pretty sure about Kanye and Stevie, but Coldplay was a wildcard. Will we even see them? Not if Kanye has anything to say about it. And Kanye always has something to say about things. Well, so do we. I open up about the C3 ban and what it means for the future of crashes, we compare ACL to Lolla and pick our favorite day. Who does Andy really want to see that would surprise you? And most importantly, why will someone get pregnant if Andy goes to a show? Click here to listen <—It’s only 20 minutes. Hang out with us.
@ZackTeibloom The 2011 Lollapalooza line-up is live just before midnight. It’s strong. I’m not blown away, but there are some solid acts all up and down the list. We knew Eminem, Foo Fighters, and Muse and are a bit surprised to see Coldplay as a headliner. I’m OK with it. I’ve never seen them and have full confidence in Chris Martin and company to wow me. I just hope Gwyneth stays out of sight. I’m thrilled to see My Morning Jacket high up on the list and seeing The Cars on the list made me smirk in a “hmm, that’ll be fun” kind of way. Mid-level bands that jumped out at me are Bright Eyes, who I know will have a touching, enthralling show after watching three live streams in the past month. I can’t wait to see old favorites like Ween and Local Natives, get my ears popped out at Sleigh Bells, dance wildly to Girl Talk, and of course, me and Andy’s rockstar crush Grace Potter. Further down, I’m looking forward to getting my first look at The Drums, Titus Andronicus, Fitz and the Tantrums, Flogging Molly, and I’m hopeful Cee-Lo will recover from that Coachella disaster. All in all, I’m content. It’s something for everybody and a broad mix. Here’s the full list: Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom Green Day is the kind of show that skews the grading system. They did it all. I mean everything. The amount of artists who have that many moves in their pure entertainment repertoire is limited to The Flaming Lips and Girl Talk. That’s about it.
I’m choosing these words carefully on this next sentence, because this thought wouldn’t escape me throughout their two and a half hour set: Green Day is the most effective band at consistently pleasing a crowd I have ever seen. Were they the best musical act I’ve ever seen? Probably not in the top 25. They have a deep song catalog, and they know what they’re doing with it, but it was all in the performance. Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom Our hometown festival has yet to announce their line-up, but that doesn’t mean they won’t sell out early tickets as soon as they come out. Today you get the chance to buy 3-day tickets for $190. As always, a chunk of the line-up has leaked. It’s all but confirmed that the headliners will be Gaga, Green Day, Soundgarden, The Strokes, and Arcade Fire. Quick reaction: Gahhh, please don’t do the musical, hai 90s rawk, Stroke-worthy indeed, and fire is appropriate to describe their show. I’m thrilled to have Dirty Projectors back on the festival circuit. As much as I hated on Lolla last year and have little interest in Gaga, 3-days of Lolla is a must. I’ve been there 5 years straight and will surely make it 6. Here’s the projected line-up and where to go to get tickets: Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom Ezra Furman rubbed his neck with a strained expression on his face as his manager told me new permanent band mate Andrew Langer would be doing most of the talking. Furman had played his first Lollapalooza that morning and had an after show at House of Blues later that night.
Even though Ezra says his least favorite part of playing shows is banter and his manager told him not to talk much during this interview, he talks up a storm on stage and chatted me up during the interview. That’s just how he operates.
@AndyShore The Killers were an important band for me this weekend. They’ve always been a band that I enjoy, and had not been that impressed with any of the headliners so far all weekend. Sure that may have something to do with having to take off four songs in to Kings of Leon on Friday night. A great set from the Killers Sunday night could be enough to save Lollapalooza for me. I needed something that I could put on the level with Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine and Kanye West from 2008. Read the rest of this entry »
@AndyShore Rules and regulations such as set times don’t apply to Lou Reed. The man is a rock star. Plus, it gave me time to meet some of the crazies up front. One 30-year-old woman, with silver-ish face paint and black lipstick, told me of her albino rat named after Lou Reed. She also claimed to have lived the exact same life as him, except she was never famous. By the time Reed took the stage, she had also asked me her chances at getting the CDs she brought signed and what the set list was. Read the rest of this entry »
@AndyShore I can thank Entourage for introducing me to the Cold War Kids. “Something Is Not Right With Me” played over the closing credits during an episode last season, and I was instantly hooked. Thank you Shazam for telling me who was delighting me ears. Sadly, I missed the Cold War Kids set Thursday night at Rothbury this summer. I got my cast off my foot that day, and took the extra night to get ready for the festival. Besides, I knew Lollpalooza 2009 would provide me with a second chance to catch them. Read the rest of this entry »
@AndyShore Vampire Weekend was an interesting choice for Lollapalooza this year. 2008 was their summer, hitting major stops on the festival circuit last year. Regardless, I was looking forward to seeing them on Sunday. Despite seeing them twice prior, I had never shot them before.
You pretty much know what you’re going to get when you see them. They only have one album’s worth of material to play, and a new song or two. Given the hour-long festival set time, that’s perfect for them. Vampire Weekend doesn’t add much to their live show. There’s no guitar solos or embellishment to the songs. The most they added in the three times I’ve seen them was a string section for a few tunes. Read the rest of this entry »
@ZackTeibloom As I made the decision whether to stay close enough that I could hear an atrocious Animal Collective set or get close for the visually stimulating, but tortuous to listen to Tool show Saturday night, I had to wonder. What happened to Lolla this year?
It wasn’t just the rain, though it was a cold, harsh day Friday. It wasn’t just the heat. (Sorry if I brought the Austin heat with me.) It was a lack of headliners that did it in.
Last year on Saturday night at Lolla I was seeing a 9.8 Lupe show feed into a 9.9 Rage Against the Machine Show while knowing I was missing a Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings show that always hovers in the low 9 range. This year Saturday I was deciding if Animal Collective’s 5.5 show would get any better, foolishly getting close for a Tool show I couldn’t stand, going all the way across the festival for a 8.5 (tops) Yeah Yeah Yeahs show. That’s not the Lollapalooza I know and love. Read the rest of this entry »