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Festival Review: Lollapalooza 2011 (Sunday August 7th)

August 14th, 2011 by | Chill/Jam/Reggae, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Rock |


Finally, I’ve saved the best for last; day 3 of Lollapalooza 2011. Wow what a way to wrap up a great weekend with The Cool Kids, The Cars, Sam Adams, Nas & Damian Marley, and of course Deadmau5. I didn’t have time to see Kid Cudi or The Foo Fighers perform that day, but still I could not ask for more from yet another awesome day.

The only downside to Sunday’s events was that it was pouring rain on and off throughout the day. However, that did not stop me from enjoying great live music.

I started my day with The Cool Kids at the ever popular Perry’s stage. They put on a great show and being from Chicago and all, the crowd was really into them. They have really started to grow on me in recent months and I like them even more now that I saw how awesome they are live. They played a variety of tracks especially from their newest upcoming album, When Fish Ride Bicycles. One of their tracks from the album that I enjoyed hearing live is below, enjoy!

The Cool Kids “Swimsuits” (featuring Mayer Hawthorne) (Download): 

After a great set by The Cool Kids, I made my way towards The Cars at the Music Unlimited stage for some great classic tunes. This rock band from the 1970’s performed in a very relaxing environment which was awesome. Chilling on the hills, sipping on cold beer and listening to songs like their big hit “Just What I Needed” was a moment I will never forget. Enjoy the track below.

The Cars – “Just What I Needed” (Download):

Afterwards I headed over to the BMI stage to see Boston rapper Sam Adams perform for a little. It was very delayed due to heavy rain storms. Their were high school girls sliding around in the mud wait for Boston’s Boy to come on stage. After having to wait roughly 20 minutes for him, he eventually came on and actually put on a pretty solid show.

He may be a little overrated but something is there for him. He does put on a good show which I find to be very important for being successful as an artist. Check out one song below that I thought he did an exceptional job on. Enjoy!

Sam Adams – “Watch Out” (Prod. J.O.B) (Download)

Close to the BMI stage was the Bud Light stage where Nas & Damian Marley were tearing it up. They were on for over an hour and they even performed many of Nas’ old tracks which are my favorites. The chill vibes from the set culminating with the chicago skyline brought everyone there some memorable moments. Check out one of my favorites of theirs below. Enjoy!

Nas & Damian Marley – “Nah Mean” (Download)

Shortly after Nas & Damian Marley finished up their set. Deadmau5 came on to wrap up a great weekend of Lollapalooza. Unfortunately, the second he came on stage, it started pouring rain once again. However, that did not stop Deadmau5 from rocking out like he always does and with lots of style too.

This had been the second time I have seen him live and it certainly won’t be the last. He puts on an amazing show and I could not ask for a more perfect way to end an incredible weekend. It didn’t even matter that the rain was there. Enjoy my new favorite song by him that I cannot stop playing on replay!

Deadmau5 – “Raise Your Weapon” (Download)

Festival Review: Lollapalooza 2011 (Saturday, August 6th)

August 10th, 2011 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, Hip-Hop/Rap, House, Mashup, Reviews, Rock |

World famous music festival, Lollapalooza celebrated it’s 20th anniversary in Chicago’s Grant Park and with style. It was my first one ever and I will definitely be returning again next year. With 125+ acts performing in the span of three full days, it was impossible see them all.  However, the amount of awesome DJ’s, rappers, bands, I saw was quite a legendary experience which I will never forget.

Day 2: (Supermash Bros, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, Joachim Garraud, Cee Lo Green, Atmosphere, & Eminem)

Lollapalooza Day 2 began so great and ended with a bang. I was there for much longer than I was on Friday and though it was still physically impossible to see everyone that I wanted to perform, I saw a lot. I started the day at Perry’s with mashup group, Supermash Bros. Check out my favorite track of theirs below called “Kisses and Thugs”

Super Mash Bros – “Kisses and Thugs” (Download)

Afterwards, I made my way to the Sony stage to see Mayer Hawthorne & The County jam out. I had never heard of them before so it was awesome to hear them. They were pretty legit too. Below is their track “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out”

Mayer Hawthorne & The County – “Just Ain’t Gonna Work Out” (Download)

I saw Cee Lo Green for a little bit shortly afterwards and though he drew a good crowd, he was not the best performer in the world. He sounded nothing like his studio tracks.On the other hand, Atmosphere and Eminem killed it! They both not only got the crowd very pumped up but they played a wide range of their tracks, including many of their old classic ones.         

I then returned to Perry’s to see Joachim Garraud perform. I was not very impressed with him as for the most part he did play other people’s songs and just dance around. However, one song he played which I feel is pretty solid is arguably his most popular track known as “We Are The Future” (featuring Poet). Take a listen to it below.

Joachim Garraud – “We Are The Future” (featuring Poet) (Download)

I then saw Cee Lo Green perform for a little bit although I was not very impressed with him. Though he drew a large and very energetic crowd. He just didn’t show much enthusiasm during his show. He sounded lazy and his studio versions are 3 times better than his live versions. Below is “Fuck You” which I know everyone and their mother and grandfather have heard this song, but it was one that truly got the crowd pumped up.

Cee Lo Green – “Fuck You” (Download)

Right after Cee Lo, Atmosphere came on stage and c0mpletely rocked the place out. This white boy can rhyme and sometimes doesn’t get all the love he full deserves. His show was a great warm up for Eminem which could not have come at a better time! Check out his classic track “Trying To Find A Balance” which he absolutely murdered on stage!

Atmosphere – “Trying To Find A Balance” (Download)

Day 2 could not have ended any better. I saw Eminem to wrap the day’s festivities and he absolutely killed it. His 1 hour and 15 minute set included cameos by Bruno Mars and Skylar Gray. He performed all of his best songs, even his classic ones from the 1990’s. I could make a whole post just on Eminem’s performance it was that great, however, I don’t want to overwhelm you guys. He concluded his set with “Lose Yourself”, the popular 8 Mile track and a personal favorite of mine. Enjoy it below!

Eminem – “Lose Yourself” (Download)

Keep a look out for the review of Day 3 of Lollapalooza 2011 which was arguably the best day of performances. Enjoy!




Festival Review: Lollapalooza 2011 (Friday, August 5th)

August 9th, 2011 by | Concert/Festival Review, Dance, House, Reviews, Rock |

World famous music festival, Lollapalooza celebrated it’s 20th anniversary in Chicago’s Grant Park and with style. It was my first one ever and I will definitely be returning again next year. With 125+ acts performing in the span of three full days, it was impossible see them all.  However, the amount of awesome DJ’s, rappers, bands, I saw was quite a legendary experience which I will never forget.

Day 1: (Skrillix, Afrojack, Ratatat, & Coldplay)

On Friday, my flight from Los Angeles to Chicago was delayed about an hour. I didn’t get into town until 3:30 PM. By the time I dropped my stuff off at my buddies apartment and arrived at Grant Park, it was already 6:40 in the evening. That being said, I only saw four acts. However, they happened to be Skrillix, Afrojack, Ratatat, and Coldplay.

I would have loved to have seen acts like Foster The People, Young the Giant, Girl Talk, and Muse on Friday as well, but you can’t see them all.

Skrillix and Afrojack played at the famous “Perry’s” stage at Lolla which is heavily influenced by electronic/house music. When Skrillix played “Kill Everybody”, the crowd went nuts. The same went for Afrojack’s “Pop On Acid” which you know was raging. That being said, I felt it was appropriate to include these in this post.

Skrillix – “Kill Everybody” (Download)

Afrojack – “Pop On Acid” (Download)

Right after Afrojack, I made my way over to the Google+ stage to see Ratatat rock out. I only saw three songs of theirs because Coldplay was performing at the exact same time and I wanted to see them live as well. I cut my last hour on Friday between both acts and they were incredible. I have always been a big fan of Ratatat, but after seeing them live, especially when they played “Loud Pipes”, I discovered a whole new love for the duo.

Ratatat – “Loud Pipes” (Download)

When I went to the Budlight stage to see Coldplay, I was amazed at their stage presence and ability to flow smoothly between tracks. “Clocks” which was one of their first big hits and one of my personal favorite tracks of theres was performed near the end of their gig. What a way to complete the first day of Lolla.

Coldplay – “Clocks” (Download)

Sam Adams – “Watch Out”

June 6th, 2011 by | Dubstep, Hip-Hop/Rap |

Sam Adams returns with his newest dubstep influenced single “Watch Out” which is likely to be on his upcoming album. I am still unsure how I feel about Boston’s Boy. His music is hit or miss for me. I’ll know more when I see him perform at Lollapalooza in Chicago this August. However, this track has a very catchy, party type feel to it with some solid rapping so it will be interesting to see what the rest of his album entails. In the meantime….Enjoy!

This track had J.O.B. on the boards.

Lollapalooza 2010: An Event Like No Other

August 13th, 2010 by | Hip-Hop/Rap, Miscellaneous |

Last week BTB went to Chicago for the sixth annual Lollapalooza festival. This great concert series brought in over 250,000 fans to Grand Park for three full days and nights of music.  BTB has a quick recap of our favorite shows.

Friday – The main headliner had to be Lady Gaga. While not a fan, BTB was amped to see her show and see what all the excitement was.  Overall, we were very disappointed in her show as she seemed to try and over do it with her crazy “statements” and over the top antics.  We also got our first live look at J.Cole at Perry’s which is pretty much just a huge dance party.  Our favorite show of the day was Matt and Kim who not only did a great job with their music, but seemed to be having as much fun as the crowd and really got them excited and amped.  From jumping in the crowd to climbing up the side of the stage their performance was wild.  Of course, they finished off with “Daylight” which was a perfect ending to a great show.  We also loved Chromeo where we got a great spot in the 10th row.  Chromeo put on a great show that was worth getting a bad spot for the Gaga show as crowds of people skipped it to see her.  Though we missed most of their show, The Strokes also did an phenomenal job from what we did see and lived up to their hype of being a great live band.  Unfortunately, the crowd was so small because of Lady Gaga so they did not get the hype they deserved.

Saturday – Saturday started with a trip to see Blues Traveler which was more of a laid back watch for us as we tried to relax after a long day before. We checked out PerryEtty vs. Chris Cox at the Perry’s (named after PerryEtty) Sound Stage which was one of the more wild exciting moments of the concert.  Though a pretty young crowd, the dancing, jumping and fist pumping were a great way to wake up the day crowd.  We also checked out one of the best shows of the weekend, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes which did the best job of putting on a performance.  Saturday’s main headliners were Green Day and Phoenix.  We decided to check out Phoenix who did not disappoint.  They played every song from the album and opened with “Lisztomania” into “Lasso.”  They closed with “1901” which was a great finish to the day.

Sunday –  I was most excited to see Chiddy Bang and they didn’t disappoint.  While the weather was super hot and the crowd at Perry’s was uncomfortably crowded, Chiddy Bang put on an awesome show, with Chiddy showing off his rapping skills by doing a solid freestyle with suggestions from the crowd.  He finished off with “Opposite of Adults” which was a perfect way to leave Perry’s for good.  The last act we saw was MGMT which we found very disappointing.  MGMT had a very poor crowd. People were crowd surfing during mellow songs, though many people didnt feel like they were into it and everyone seemed like they were there just to have something to talk about on Monday.  The main act that night were Arcade Fire and Soundgarden and though we wern’t able to hear either of them, we heard great reviews from people later.

Overall, Lollapalooza was an amazing experience. The entire event is special.  From the amazing bands to the people watching, there is not may events quite like it in the world.  I dont think anyone can describe it better than our friends from Up Chicago.

Hidden Gem: FreeSol

August 10th, 2010 by | Hidden Gem, Hip-Hop/Rap, Miscellaneous, Rock |

Based out of Memphis, Tennessee, FreeSol is all about mixing genres. They do an excellent job of blending progressive hip-hop, rock, and soul into one amazing sound. The group first started making music together in 2003 but we will soon get to know them a lot better. As a matter fact, their single “Don’t Give It Away” was featured on this season of Entourage. They have a whole slue of great songs to choose from. One of them called “Bigger than that” was preformed at Lollapalooza back in 2008. You can watch the video here. Also listen to and download “No one can stop me” featuring Adam Tensta as well as “Thunderstuck” featuring Jackie Chain. FreeSol feat. Adam Tensta – No One Can Stop Me by Evanwish1 FreeSol Feat. Jackie Chain – Thunderstuck by Evanwish1

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