Friday, August 16, 2013
LOLLAPALOOZA 2013, DAY 1, FIRST HALF
The only problem was the cost of attending the three day festival: travel, hotel and the entry tickets. I added it all up and was about to say it was too much when a friend of a friend offered me their reserved parking space in a secure parking lot in a nice neighborhood. That was all I needed to hear, this offer sparing me the expense of a hotel in Chicago, choosing instead to sleep in comfort in the back of the truck. I immediately bought my tickets, which sold out within 10 minutes of becoming available online. A hundred thousand people and I were going to Lollapalooza!
The gates to Lolla opened up at 11, and the music began at noon. I took the time to get organized and buy some beverages. In preperation for the festival, I used YouTube to check out all the bands, identifying those I wanted to see. But with eight stages and bands performing all the time, I had to make the hard decision of who to see and who I'd have to pass up. So each morning I had a good idea of who I wanted to see, what stages I had to be at and by what time. It needed to be well planned considering it took about 20 minutes of fast walking to get from one end of the park to the other.
"Genre-crossing outfit the Neighbourhood mix atmospheric indie rock, electronica, and hip-hop beats with melodic R&B-inflected vocals. Formed in Los Angeles in 2011, the band centers around lead singer Jesse Rutherford, guitarists Jeremy Freedman and Zach Abels, bassist Mikey Margott, and drummer Bryan Sammis. In 2012, the Neighbourhood released the EP I'm Sorry..., featuring such singles as "Sweater Weather" and "Female Robbery." In 2013, they delivered the two-song EP Thank You as a prelude to their debut album I Love You, which was released that same year."
Although I didn't know them by name, I had heard their music on the radio back home. Loved their sound. This is a band I plan on following, who are sheduled to perform in Denver in October. I'm going!
"Deap Vally mix bashing hard rock and greasy blues riffs, much like the White Stripes and the Black Keys, into their primal sound. The female indie duo formed in Los Angeles, after guitarist/howler Lindsey Troy took a crocheting class taught in a San Fernando shop by drummer Julie Edwards. The two swapped CDs from their respective projects, and soon decided to jam together. Deciding on an image based around halter tops and short jean shorts, they played their first show at Silverlake Lounge and, within a year (before they had even released an album), their raucous on-stage presence earned them some big spots with major British acts like Muse and the Vaccines. The self-professed Valley Girls released a four-song EP, Get Deap!, produced by Lars Stalfors, in the spring of 2013, in advance of a full-length debut, Sistrionix, also produced by Stalfors."