Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza Anounces 2014 Lineup

By Will Oliver, March 27th 2014

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The 2014 Lollapalooza lineup was announced yesterday, and it seems to be garnering some mixed reactions. Headlining the fest are Outkast (duh), Eminem, Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Skrillex, Calvin Harris, Lorde, The Avett Brothers and Foster The People. I can understand the disappointment. While it’s (of course) great to see Arctic Monkeys there, the rest of the list is pretty subpar.

From there, here are some artists listed that caught my eye: Interpol, Cut Copy, Portugal. The Man, Nas, Childish Gambino, Broken Bells, Spoon, Young The Giant, Lykke Li, Chance The Rapper, Phantogram, Grouplove, CHVRCHES, Chromeo, Darkside, The 1975, Jenny Lewis, Phosphorescent, The Temper Trap, Bombay Bicycle Club, White Denim, Typhoon, Warpaint, Kate Nash, Kodaline, Lucius, Blood Orange, Jagwar Ma, Parquet Courts, Temples, NoNoNo, Papa, The Districts, Ratking, The So So Glos,

While the headliners aren’t all that spectacular, the other acts playing the festival are solid. So basically the day section of Lollapalooza may be where the real action is.

Check out the full lineup with the photo above, or check out a day by day breakdown below.
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When I found out I was going to be able to catch The Postal Service’s intimate show at the Metro the day after their Lollapalooza performance, I was excited. I considered myself lucky to catch a small show after such a large one. What I didn’t realize was how truly special the show would be. During their Lollapalooza set Ben Gibbard announced that it was their penultimate show, with the show at The Metro being their last. My jaw almost dropped. Not only was I catching the Postal Service’s final show, but I was doing it as a New Yorker, seeing them do it all the way in Chicago.
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Phoenix @ Lollapalooza (8/4/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013 — with 1 comment

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After catching some of The Cure’s set, I went a mile journey across the Lollapalooza festival grounds to catch the rest of Phoenix’s set. I am glad I did because they sounded fierce. I got there a little past the second half, luckily catching their performance of “Consolation Prizes”, one of my favorite songs of theirs.

I also got to enjoy “S.O.S. In Bel Air”, “Armistice”, “1901”, “If I Ever Feel Better”, “Funky Squardance”, “Rome”, and a reprise of “Entertainment.” Not bad. The real treat was watching Thomas Mars enter the crowd during “1901” and crowd surf literally from the soundboard section of the crowd, all the way to the front. it was an amazing thing to watch, and even more amazing that he trusted all those strangers not to drop him. Bravo, Thomas.

I was lucky enough to run into Thomas and Deck D’arcy before their set, they were incredibly kind and took time out of their busy interview/press schedule to snap a shot with me.

Find some more shots from their set posted below.

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The Cure @ Lollapalooza (8/4/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013 — with 1 comment

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So I can now say that I saw The Cure, so that’s pretty cool. Scratch that, it’s freaking awesome. The Cure not only sounded great but looked great too. These guys delivered a show that many bands of this generation need to watch and take not of. A steady but very old school rock star performance that put the music first, front, and center.

Robert Smith vocals sounded as good as I imagined. The wondrous guitar lines and steady basslines/drumming sounded blissful and did magical things to the crowd in the cool night air. While I was there I was able to catch “Pictures Of You”, “Lovesong”, “Just Like Heaven” and “Friday I’m In Love”, which made it easy for me to go over and catch the tail end of Phoenix.

I won’t sit here and pretend to be some expert of The Cure, or their biggest fan. But it was extremely cool to hear them play these songs that I’ve heard plenty of times and to see them do it on such a large scale..and so well. If I get the chance to see them again, I wouldn’t dare hesitate.

Check out some more photos from their set below.
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Photos: Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Wild Nothing, The Mowglis @ Lollapalooza

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013 — with 1 comment

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With a tight schedule with a lot of hard choices and long walking distances I was only able to run and catch a bit of each set from Vampire Weekend, Beach House, Wild Nothing, and The Mowglis. Vampire Weekend drew one of the biggest crowds at a festival that I’ve ever seen. Beach House sounded great under much drier conditions than the last time I saw them. Wild Nothing were a perfect fit to play on the same stage that The Cure would later play. Young up and comers The Mowglis were fun, and worth seeing just for a kid who climbed a lamp post and hung off a hammock while watching them.

See photos of all 4 sets below:
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Palma Violets @ Lollapalooza (8/4/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013 — with 2 comments

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The last time I saw Palma Violets was in the more contained Glasslands Gallery in Brooklyn, back when it was still snowing out. So seeing them play the biggest stage at Lolla in the summer heat was a very big difference. But the band still brought the same excitement to the stage and did a great job sharing their fun energy that got me hooked on them in the first place. These youngsters are very exciting to watch live, and I recommend that you go see them before they take off even further.

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Yawn @ Lollapalooza (8/4/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013

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Yawn got my final day of Lollapalooza kicked off with a very enjoyable set that was very Animal Collective in ways. Sounding bright-minded and poppy but also experimental enough to stand out, they were a great way to start my day and definitely someone you should check out. They were quite entertaining.
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The Postal Service @ Lollapalooza (8/3/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013 — with 1 comment

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No matter who was playing, The Postal Service’s set was a must for me, even if I did finally get to see them live at Barclays earlier in the summer. I figured that the bands time on the live circuit is limited, and it turns out that this was their 2nd to last show ever. So I’m glad I was able to catch the magic happen once again. They had everyone in the crowd reminiscing and singing/dancing to the best of their ability. There’s a nostalgia factor about this band that is second to none.

Find a few more shots below.
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The National @ Lollapalooza (8/3/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013 — with 1 comment

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Hands down, The National put on my favorite show of the entire Lollapalooza weekend. When the show ends with Matt Berninger singing/screaming Terrible Love a mere 10 feet away from you, it’s no contest. See my video of it below.

The set was a a good mix of the best cuts from Boxer, High Violet, and Trouble Will Find Me. Highlights were “Afraid Of Everyone”, “Conversation 16″, “This Is The Last Time”, “Abel” and of course the 1-2 punch of “Mr. November” and “Terrible Love.” The National are a band on top of their game, and every time I see them is just as incredible as the last. They’re a pleasure to watch, and I can’t imagine every getting tired of them.

Enjoy The National while they’re around folks. We really are quite lucky to witness their existence.

Find a whole gallery of shots of their performance below.
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Local Natives @ Lollapalooza (8/3/2013)

By Will Oliver, August 7th 2013

Every time I see Local Natives the stage seems to get bigger, and the crowds much larger. Lollapalooza was the biggest crowd I’ve seen from them yet, and the boys didn’t disappoint. They nailed home another fantastic performance that made me proud to be a fan of these guys. They continue to make strides forward with every performance. You can’t help but be happy for their continued success.

Check out some shots of their performance below.
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