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14 Aug
2011

Here’s our writer Michael Zonenashvili’s review of the second day of Lollapalooza. All images are provided by the official Lollapalooza Flickr page and most of the videos from the Lollapalooza YouTube page.


Phantogram:

Phantogram by Dave Mead

The last time I saw Phantogram was in a dark, one-hundred person venue. This time, they were the first band I caught on the second day of Lollapalooza. They had the luxury of convincing me that I could stand up and brave the crowds for the second most difficult day. I, on the other hand, had the luxury of seeing a great performance, unhindered by the time slot and bolstered by the addition of a live drummer. Opening with “Running From the Cops,” Phantogram displayed their mix of deep electronic elements, borderline sexy beats, and overwhelming style. The vocals bouncing between Sara and Josh meshed well, the guitar playing was ever subtle yet necessary, and the setlist short and sweet. “Mouthful of Diamonds” was a definite highlight, with the bass resonating regardless of not having walls to bounce off of.



Friendly Fires:

Friendly Fires by Matt Ellis

Everyone seems to only have enough words to write only about Ed MacFarlane’s dancing. Yes, it’s entertaining. Yes, he’s super into it and has great presence. Yet, people tend to leave out an important element about Friendly Fires: Their music translates wonderfully live. Opening with “Lovesick”, the bassline melding with two drummers and a horn section had the crowd half emulating Ed’s dance moves. The guitar layered over the music was perfect, whether through sliding a maraca over the strings or simply providing the sonic bottom layer to the music. Nailing a great mix of both albums in only forty-five minutes, Friendly Fires showed off why they’re so popular in Europe and deserve the same attention in the US. “On Board” built to its breaking point as Ed entered the festival crowd, sending the camera crew on the stage into a frenzy to capture the magic happening off of the stage. “Kiss of Life” closed the performance with one of the most chest pounding outros, a drum jam picking up in tempo over time until nearly the entire band’s limbs were at breakneck speed on their instruments or dancing.



Dom:

Dom is the asshole friend that you have to love. “This song is called Jesus, Hail Satan” began “Jesus.” “This one is called BRO-Chicha” began “Bochicha.” Seemingly unenthused as usual, fitting for the fuzzy indie rock he makes, Dom’s performance was exactly what you’d want. Grabbing from their EP ridden repertoire, the band brings a more garage-y than electronic performance live. Shreddy guitar solos adorned “Living In America” (Dom’s “Creep”, even more unenthused than the other tracks) and the band busted out a cover of The Cure’s “Boys Don’t Cry” made the audience forget that Dom still haven’t put out a full length album, too distracted by this solid live act.



Death From Above 1979:

Death From Above 1979 by Matt Ellis

Sadly, I was only in middle school when the hardcore dance-punk outfit took the music world by storm. At least I read they took the music world by storm. Luckily, now they’re back and I was able to see why they were so relevant when I was only discovering that Radiohead existed. Jesse F. Keeler can make some great sounds with his bass, and he can write some awesome riffs. Seabastian Grainger has the energy to shout and snarl through short, punchy tracks while blast-beating away on a drumset. Perhaps this was the only moshpit I saw at Lollapalooza, and perhaps I would’ve preferred to see this band when they were playing dingy clubs. But, even on an enormous stage the band was loud and ballsy, making a lot of noise for just two people. In nearly the same timeslot I saw the Black Keys play the stage last year, it felt like I was seeing their evil twins. Their evil twins, it seemed, could probably beat them up.



Local Natives:

Local Natives by Dave Mead

Local Natives have it all going for them: stellar harmonies, a phenomenal first release, and an impressive live show. Nailing almost the entirety of Gorilla Manor, planning out the setlist to ebb and flow nicely, Local Natives stayed cool in front of their largest audience to date. The tense moments before the big-riff of “Sun Hands” had the audience waiting for the moment, “Warning Sign” was the closest anyone got to David Byrne all weekend, and “Airplanes” had the audience try to sing in harmony. The band mentioned they’d soon be returning to the studio to record a second album, and strangely I found myself wanting to hear a new song live. Sadly, we didn’t get a taste of what’s to come. Although, we did get another reminder that we should expect nothing less than greatness.



Cee Lo:

Cee Lo by Dave Mead

Cee Lo’s set was my high school prom. A cheesy mix of covers and medleys, and unflattering rearrangements of what the audience wanted to hear. Bookending the set with covers of Danzig’s “Mother” and “Don’t Stop Believing” might say enough of the set, but even songs such as “Crazy” and “Fuck You” seemed like karaoke. Constantly stopping songs to urge us to be louder, the female backing band that seems to have a new member with each appearance, and the god-awful Koopa outfit made Cee-Lo’s set campy beyond belief, a mixtape created by someone to serve up to the crowd at prom.



My Morning Jacket:

My Morning Jacket by Jack Edinger

If you aren’t an avid listener of My Morning Jacket, you were probably at the Eminem stage. If you’re a casual listener of My Morning Jacket, it might not have been the most fun set of the weekend, but it might’ve been the most impressive set before you left to see Eminem/Beirut/Pretty Lights. If you were a My Morning Jacket fan, you made up the most pleasantly uncrowded and enthralled crowd of the weekend. With a couple more inches between fans than the most crowded sets of the weekend, My Morning Jacket put on a show that dispelled any beliefs that they aren’t “Big enough” to headline the festival.


Having claimed that they were the best set of Bonnaroo for the past two months, I wondered if my newfound fandom for the group would be tarnished by them not being as great as I remembered. I was wrong. Going through every single song that absolutely needed to be played, and even combining songs to get through more material(Smokin’ From Shooting/Run Thru), the band put on the best performance of the weekend. Jim James shuffled around, thrashed, headbanged, and even powerslid across the stage while hitting every note, including the high pitched squeals at the end of “Wordless Chorus.”


The extended jams on songs reinforced by beliefs that MMJ is the jam band for those who hate jam bands: the extra eight minutes tacked onto “Dondante” had the audience raising open hands into the air to soak in the solos. Even a broken string on “One Big Holiday” didn’t stop the band from their thunderous outro. Then again, nothing can stop My Morning Jacket: they play for two or more hours in intense heat while wearing suits, sometimes in addition to capes and scarves. And you know what? Those capes and scarves are totally okay.

10 Aug
2011

Watch Local Natives at Lollapalooza:

26 Apr
2011

Lollapalooza 2011 Lineup Announced

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If you happen to be an insomniac like us, you probably caught this already. If you slept (you lucky bastards), here’s the full 2011 Lollapalooza lineup. As always, lineup is subject to change because of denied visas, band breakups, etc. You can pick up your tickets at www.lollapalooza.com. Will it sell out? We don’t think so but who thought Coachella would sell out in one weekend?

Check out the lineup below:


12th Planet
A Perfect Circle
Afrojack
An Horse
Ana Tijoux
Arctic Monkeys
Atmosphere
Beats Antique
Beirut
Best Coast
Big Audio Dynamite
Black Cards
Black Lips
Boy & Bear
Bright Eyes
Busy P
Cage the Elephant
Cee Lo Green
Chico Trujillo
Christina Perri
Chuckie
City and Colour
Cold War Kids
Coldplay
Collie Buddz
Crystal Castles
Cults
Daedulus
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas
Deadmau5
Death From Above 1979
Deftones
Delta Spirit
Disappears
DJ Mel
Dom
Electric Touch
Ellie Goulding
Eminem
Explosions in the Sky
Feed Me
Fences
Fitz & the Tantrums
Flogging Molly
Foo Fighters
Foster the People
Friendly Fires
Girl Talk
Gold Motel
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Grouplove
Imelda May
Iration
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Jackmaster
Jay Electronica
Joachim Garraud
Julia Easterlin
Kerli
Kid Cudi
Kids These Days
Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite
L1ght
Lady D
Lia Ices
Lissie
Local Natives
Lord Huron
Los Bunkers
Lykke Li
Manchester Orchestra
Maps & Atlases
Mayer Hawthorne & the County
Midnight Conspiracy
Modeselektor
Muse
My Morning Jacket
Noah & The Whale
OK Go
Patrick Stump
PerryEtty vs Chris Cox
Phantogram
Portugal the Man
Pretty Lights
Ratatat
Reptar
Rival Schools
Ruby Jane
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Ryan Leslie
Sam Adams
Savoy
Skrillex
Skylar Grey
Sleigh Bells
Smith Westerns
Super Mash Bros.
TAB the Band
Tennis
the Bloody Beetroots Death Crew
the Chain Gang of 1974
the Cars
the Drums
the Glitch Mob
the Joy Formidable
the Kills
the Kingston Springs
the Mountain Goats
the Naked and Famous
the Pains of Being Pure at Heart
the Pretty Reckless
the Vaccines
Tinie Tempah
Titus Andronicus
Two Door Cinema Club
Typhoon
Ween
White Lies
Wye Oak
Ximena Saritana
Young Man
Young the Giant

07 Feb
2011

The 10th anniversary of Sasquatch! Music Festival will proudly feature:

Foo Fighters, Death Cab For Cutie, Modest Mouse , Wilco, The Flaming Lips (performing The Soft Bulletin & more), The Decemberists, Bright Eyes, Iron & Wine, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Bassnectar, Robyn, Flogging Molly, Death From Above 1979, Pink Martini, Cold War Kids, Old 97’s, Ratatat, Wolf Parade, Chromeo, Guided By Voices, Yeasayer, Beach House, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Deerhunter, Mstrkrft, Trailer Park Boys, Sleigh Bells, Major Lazer, Flying Lotus, Skrillex, Tokyo Police Club, Fitz & The Tantrums, !!!, Archers of Loaf, Against Me!, The Thermals, Best Coast, CSS, Surfer Blood, Jenny & Johnny, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, The Head & The Heart, Bonobo (DJ Set), City and Colour, Reggie Watts, K-Os, Gayngs, Tim Minchin, The Drums, The Radio Dept, Young the Giant, The Antlers, Sharon Van Etten, Villagers, Stornoway, Aloe Blacc, Black Mountain, Moondoggies, Noah & The Whale, Sam Roberts Band, Secret Sisters, Twin Shadow, Das Racist, Wye Oak, Tig Notaro, Wheedle’s Groove, Smith Westerns, Rival Schools, Foster the People, Alberta Cross, S. Carey, White Denim, Washed Out, Gold Panda, Dan Mangan, Axis of Awesome, The Globes, Cotton Jones, Jaill, Mad Rad, Basia Bulat, Other Lives, The Bronx, White Arrows, Pepper Rabbit, Talkdemonic, Rebecca Gates and The Consortium, The Young Evils, and more!

Following last year’s fastest sellout ever, record attendance and rave reviews from national media, Sasquatch adds a fourth day and celebrates its 10th year of being what SPIN hails as “a pick-your-poison selection for your party at the edge of the earth,” May 27-30 (Memorial Day Weekend) at The Gorge in Quincy, WA.

Esurance, the direct-to-consumer personal car insurance company, will return in 2011 as the title sponsor for the Sasquatch! Music Festival. A green sponsor of the event since 2007, Esurance will continue its ongoing drive toward a planet-friendly festival. Following on the success of 2010′s carpooling initiatives, the eco-conscious insurance company will again provide this year’s concertgoers with multiple ridesharing opportunities through partner Zimride. Esurance also plans to implement new programs aimed at maximizing the concert experience for music lovers, while continuing to promote a more sustainable event.

After a successful 2010 partnership with Sasquatch, Honda returns for 2011 with the Honda Bigfoot Stage and Honda Zone. The Honda Zone will feature the all-new Civic along with the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe. The Honda Zone will be an attraction offering festival goers activities and prizes. Additionally, Sasquatch’s carbon offsets will be provided by Honda through Carbon Harmony.

http://www.sasquatchfestival.com

05 Jan
2011

Local Natives performed “Wide Eyes” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Check it out and pick up their album Gorilla Manor on iTunes, Amazon MP3, or on CD

22 Oct
2010

Last night, Titus Andronicus played the Spin/Ray-Ban CMJ Party at an art gallery on Lafayette Street. Local Natives also performed. Here are some photos of Titus Andronicus’s set


07 May
2010

Local Natives performed “Airplanes” on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on 5/6. Check it out and pick up their album Gorilla Manor on iTunes, Only $5 On Amazon MP3!, or on CD

23 Mar
2010
peggysue

Fresh off a string of UK dates with Local Natives, Brighton UK’s soulful indie-folk songstresses Peggy Sue ecstatically announce the release of their first full length album Fossils and Other Phantoms on June 1st via Yep Roc Records

Fossils and Other Phantoms is proof that two voices are better than one – or so goes the mantra of believers in the cult of Peggy Sue. Best friends and creative compatriots Katy and Rosa, along with drummer Olly, bob and weave their soulful, r&b-ready voices in and out of complex vocal interplay achieving sonic qualities all their own. A folk power trio of sorts, Katy, Rosa and Olly blend minimalist drums, acoustic guitars, accordion and strings into a soul-folk shotgun blast that is much more than the sum of its parts. Emotionally, the album hones in on the darker side of love, with sharp-penned one liners smouldering like embers ignited by the breath of Katy and Rosa’s voices and furious strumming.

Following the release of two EP’s, critically acclaimed in the UK, the band set to work with a bevy of producers including Ben Lovett of Mumford & Sons, John Askew (The Dodos) and Alex Newport. A folk-punk wake-up call and their debut full length, Fossils and Other Phantoms signals Peggy Sue as one of the UK’s most promising imports.

http://www.myspace.com/peggywho

Peggy Sue:

Rosa– vocals, guitar, mandolin, ukulele, percussion, accordion and piano.

Katy– vocals, guitar, percussion, accordion, mouth trumpet and glockenspiel.

Olly– drums, percussion and banjo.

19 Aug
2009
cmj2009350

Today the first round of artists/bands for this year’s CMJ Music Marathon were announced. Set to take place October 20-24, CMJ this year will feature: Broadcast, School Of Seven Bells, Zac Brown Band, Múm, Atlas Sound, Japandroids, Margaret Cho, the Budos Band, Pitbull, the Very Best, the Temper Trap, Crystal Antlers, Portugal. The Man, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Malajube, Local Natives, Wild Light, the Antlers, Das Racist, Suckers, Pissed Jeans and Screaming Females. Some of the initial panels were also announced. You can check out all the latest information at cmj.com/marathon.