Posts Tagged ‘lollapalooza’

Cara Carriveau, NBC Chicago Street Team

Three long days of great music and fun at Lollapalooza along with 2 nights of latenight Lollapalooza parties absolutely wore me out.  It literally took me three days to recover.

WTMX's Cara Carriveau & The Local Tourist's Theresa Carter

WTMX's Cara Carriveau & The Local Tourist's Theresa Carter

The latenight parties were insane.  And I do mean that in a good way.  My party buddy all day and night all weekend was Theresa Carter from The Local Tourist.  On Friday night we hit the exclusive Rock the Vote Late Night after-party in the Music Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago.  In fact, Lindsay Lohan was spotted there with her sister Ali so you know it was a major blow-out.  The Virgins among other artists performed and I don’t think we ever stopped dancing until at least 3am.

We went back to the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago the next night for an even more exclusive party and an even crazier, later nite.  Thank goodness for the unlimited supply of redbull.

Oh yeah, we also caught some great acts at Lollapalooza last weekend.  Even chatted with some artists.  Here’s a few conversations you can check out…I’ll have more soon:

The Airborn Toxic Event with Cara CarriveauThe Airborne Toxic Event

Brandon Flowers of The Killers and Cara CarriveauBrandon Flowers of The Killers:

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Fayth a.k.a. Relaxocat, NBC5 Street Team

After a couple posts from me about DJ’s, it’s time to shift gears a bit and introduce you all to Inchworm.  A local band that I had been hearing about for the last year or so.  I even know a few members, but until 3 weeks ago I had never heard them before.  So there I was, standing outside the bar and all I could hear was this great voice resonating onto the sidewalk.  “Who is that?”  It was Matt Baugher, who I’d met the year before and was then part of another band along with drummer, Mike Holtz.  Both played Lollapalooza last year, but I had always heard that Inchworm was their gem and work-in-progress.

A gem indeed and really worth a good listen. Don’t believe me?  Well, Richard Milne on WXRT featured them recently on Local Anesthetic so take his lead.  You’ll hear fantastic music that’s an enduring culmination of blues, rock, folk, and pop – a blend in good measure that will keep you listening.  And I have to tell you, I’d never heard Matt sing before and what a nice surprise that was.  Moreover, Inchworm is sharing with you by offering NBC Street Team readers an exclusive free download of their EP which was previously only available to “the industry”.  Grab this sampling of their music while you can because it will only be available until their official CD release this Friday.

Speaking of the CD release, Inchworm sounds even better live so be sure to hit their CD release party this Friday at Darkroom.  If you just can’t get enough, click here to buy their new CD ‘Sheep in Wolf’s Clothing’ on iTunes now!

Come on out, hear Inchworm, meet Inchworm, buy Inchworm a beer to thank them for the free download, and then pick up a CD – all at Darkroom this Friday night!

  • Inchworm CD Release this Friday, October 10th
  • Darkroom – 2210 W. Chicago Ave. (map)

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Fayth aka Relaxocat, NBC5 Street Team

It’s been great to read the Lollapalooza posts.  But what about the after-parties?  We hit Vision’s after-party where Moby spun a 2 hour set.  Vision is attached to Excalibur, which made it less appealing of a venue to me.  The other side of that is that Vision brings some of the best DJ’s from around the globe to Chicago, including Moby.  I had to put my bias aside since he rarely spins in Chicago.  Heather (thank you!) helped my group out by providing tickets and VIP access.

With DJ’s there are 2 components:  Skill & talent.  Moby posses both, but his set was a bit disappointing in the area of talent.  He spun an amazingly skilled set of primarily straight-up house music, but he did not utilize much music from his new album, “Last Night” on the international label, Mute Records.  It’s with his own music that the very talented Moby shines as a writer of music.  The DJ’s that spun earlier that night used a Basement Jaxx loop twice and later Moby spun the same track, so we all heard it three times that night.  The song came out in 2000; 8 years have passed since the song’s release.  Given that Moby is one of the key forces bringing DJ’s into the mainstream, it would seem he’d bring more diversity to his playlist.  His new album stands well above his set that night.

Vision is huge and really well run.  Many clubs that hold Lolla parties are chaos in terms of orgainization, which was not the case at Vision.  The crowd was going to love Moby no matter what he spun, and it was good that despite how crowded it was, people had room to move.  If you decide to go to Vision, be prepared for relatively high prices on covers and drinks, but also be prepared to see some of the best DJ’s spin.  Hopefully not the same old song a few times throughut the night.

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Marcus Riley, NBC5 Street Team (video)

Another year, another Lollapalooza in the books. I’m starting to think I’m sounding like a Chicago cheerleader, but this is another event that makes this city so great. You can’t help but feel a sense of pride as a citizen of this city to experience an event of this magnitude proceed with nary a hitch, all in the shadows of one of the greatest city skylines in the world. In a word, it’s breathtaking.

I wasn’t too impressed with the Lollapalooza lineup, but that was mainly because I didn’t recognize many of the artists. In hindsight, that’s a good thing, because it gives you an opportunity to experience new sounds, all within a short walk. I’ll now be plugging groups like Spank Rock into my Pandora, and learning more about artists like The Toadies.

But the music was only half of it. Lollapalooza is a visual feast for those of us into people watching. I started out with the intention of taking pictures of bands, but it didn’t take me too long to realize that what was happening around me was much more interesting. Gorillas in trees. Women painted gold. People passed out. And unfortunately, I couldn’t resist snapping pics of a few pairs of crocs, and even more egregious, baby blue and pink crocs with socks. (Please, for the love of God, just stop it! Read this article.)

Ultimately I decided to do a slideshow called “Hair, Tattoos and T-Shirts.” As the weekend wore on, I determined I could have gotten just as much material with “painful looking sunburns and tan lines,” but there’s always next time. Lolla rules!

Click here to read more of Marcus’s NBC5 Street Team posts and videos.

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Chasity Chaos, NBC5 Street Team

Two festivals, one weekend… On one hand we had Lollapalooza – Chicago’s own annual music festival that features musicians from every genre of music ever conceptualized and even a few made up ones. This year, the festivals headlining acts were Rage Against the Machine, Radiohead, and Kanye West.

On the other hand we had the Warped Tour – the annual touring music and extreme sports festival that started out as a showcase for punk rock music, but in the recent years has evolved into a showcase for a plethora of musical styles including, various genres of rock and other genres such as reggae and alternative hip hop. This year’s lineup boasted a few act’s I’ve heard of – Katy Perry, Gym Class Heroes, Shwayze, Against Me!, and the Horrorpops – and a few bands that I hadn’t heard of – 3OH!3, the Human Abstract, and the Aggrolites.

With all of these options, what was a girl to do? Well, since I figured that most of the street teamers would be heading over to La-La Land for their musical fix, I decided to go against the grain and rock it out at in Tinley Park at the Warped Tour, and I must say that I’m not disappointed.

Even though a lot of people deprecate the tour for unbridled commercialism, high concession prices, and “watered-down music,” I personally feel that the addition of more genres of music to the lineups added a much needed diversity. Where else could I see Katy Perry perform after the Human Abstract – the “brainy” progressive band named after metaphysical British poet William Blake? The Human Abstract has been catching a lot of heat after lead guitarist A.J. Minette, was replaced with Andrew Tapley, but if you ask me, Tapley’s lighting fingers have the potential to fill the void of Minette’s absence.

Even though I give the Warped Tour mad props for varying their lineup, in retrospect I don’t think it was a good idea for the high-spirited, bi-curious, pop vixen Katy Perry to follow a metal act, seeing as though she got hit with an open water bottle at the beginning of her set. But what woulda been a setback or a fight for other acts, didn’t even cause Perry to flinch. She went on to finished her act flawlessly, while even managing to sneak in a smooch session with, not one, but two girls during , “I kissed a Girl.”

Other highpoints of the show included performances by the Aggrolites – a Los Angeles band who literally, put the reggae back in ska music, and the Horrorpops. Now, when I walked over to the stage where the Horrorpops were to perform, I walked over as a girl who only new a little bit about psychobilly music and even less about the band, but I walked away as a fan. Not only did this band rock out the, lead singer/stand up bass player – Patricia Day – showed me what women in rock are truly capable of.

All in all, I had a great time. I walked into the gig wanting something different and I walked out with a gang of CDs and a new respect for some hot vets  and some new acts.

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Blagica S. Bottigliero, NBC5 Street Team (Video)

That’s right  – how much did Grant Park make with Lolla coming to our fine city?  Or rather, how much will Grant Park net after cleaning up after Lollapalooza?

Ok, relax, relax. Before you all call me wet blanket, let me set this up. I live in the South Loop and spent the entire weekend listening to the buzz and murmur of the festival.  It’s only 3 days, sure. But I’m not too keen on walking around the neighborhood and stepping on broken glass and seeing festival goers using my alley as a bathroom. The mix of acts that the Lollapalooza promoters can book in one weekend is spectacular.  The publicity Chicago receives as a result of the show is icing on the cake.

All I’m doing is asking, ‘what else is in it for us’?  I went for a neighborhood jog on Saturday night and a few Chicago cops walked me part of the way back in Grant Park.  They said the bulk of their weekend was spent trying to manage underage drinking and people trying to sneak into the shows.  That’s when I thought…

With so many of Chicago’s finest AT the festival, who was left to take care of the rest of the city’s business on these summer nights?  We have Lollapalooza thru 2011, I believe. I’d like to see some stats.

Cool? K, thanks!

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Laura Lodewyck, NBC5 Street Team

I enjoy scoping out new bands, but I don’t possess the rabid musical craving of some of my friends, whom I would truly and proudly deem as music freaks. Come summer, though, it’s time to catch up on what I’ve missed. I always look to Lollapalooza as the chance to look up the bands that I’ve been meaning to check out. As Chicagoans, how lucky are we to get Lollapalooza? It’s an unendingly great deal and it’s always an incredible time. But massive and amazing as the Lolla line up is, it’s just the tip of the musical iceberg.

Take Lupen Crook, a UK musician who recently made the trek to New York City to crack open the US market. Lupen Crook and his band, the Murderbirds, are a small band that’s part of the “underground folk scene” in the UK, and were recently featured on the series Rehearsal Space. Since 2004, Lupen Crook has been a part of the underground folk scene growing out of London. Lupen joins with brothers Tom and Bob Langridge of the Murderbirds, to bring what the BBC calls “a rag-tag sonic assault” to the stage. Performing on a half-strung 12-string acoustic guitar and backed by a band playing everything from traditional instruments to hub-caps and beer kegs, Lupen Crook and the Murderbirds throw everything they’ve got at their fans, including the kitchen sink. Check them out at http://www.zoom-in.com/spotlights/rehearsal_space_lupen_crook_and_the_murderbirds

If you’ve got any fab up-and-coming bands for me to check out, write me at llodewyck@nudehippo.com. Be sure to type “Lodewyck” into the Search bar in the upper right hand corner to see my previous blogs, and to watch my segments with Nude Hippo.

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