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Lollapalooza Preview : See you today at Grant Park!

August 3rd, 2017 by Giselle
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The legendary Lollapalooza is popping off as I type this. I’ve been attending Lolla as a journalist for 10+ years, watching it grow from 1 day to 4, and I can tell you the best part of the festival (which is well-planned, well-organized, and well-executed) is still, The Music.

To follow are my must-sees over this 4-day throw down and yes, it might read like a WGCI playlist, but believe me, they are all gems.

Thursday:
Capital Cities 4pm
Liam Gallager 4:30pm
Migos (photo above) 5pm* Bad and Boujee, Handsome And Wealthy, Be there or be none of these things!
A-Trak 5:45pm
Wiz Khalifa 7pm
Lil Uzi Vert 9pm

Friday:
Majid Jordan (above) 6:30pm* Drake collaborators keeping R&B fresh and smooth
Run the Jewels 6:45pm
Little Dragon 7:45pm
Crystal Castles 9pm

Saturday:
Warpaint (above) 2:15pm* Literally one of my favorite bands making music today. Worth the early entrance!
Jai Wolf 6:30pm
21 Savage 7:15pm
Chance The Rapper 8:30pm
The xx 8:45pm

Sunday:
Lil Yachty 6pm
Sampha 6:30pm
The Shins 6:30pm
Joey Bada$$ 7:45pm
Rae Sremmurd (above) 9pm* Want to see the tens of thousands of people do the Mannequin Challenge? Of course you do. Close the festival out with a lifetime memory.

Monday:
Call in dead to work.

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Here Comes Lollapalooza 2017!

July 3rd, 2017 by Giselle
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And the lineup is sooooo good. Lollapalooza is better than ever and back at it with one extra day again to soak up all those Lolla vibes. Not for the faint festival goers at heart, but don’t sleep and catch FOMO. We’re currently charging up to full battery for August 3rd lift off and hope to see you there!

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Lollapalooza 2016 launches a 4-Day Fiesta-val

July 3rd, 2017 by Giselle
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Photo by Maclay Heriot/Lollapalooza 2016

Lollapalooza went ALL IN this year, launching a 4-Day festival in celebration of its 25th anniversary and giving music fans one-day extra to get, well, hella extra. It was worth the stamina to see downtown Chicago come alive to the sounds of 2016 and commune with fellow festival ‘heads.

To follow is a round-up in photos, videos, and awesome Lolla memories…

THINGS COME ALIVE:

BTS INSIDE THE PRESS TENT CAUGHT BY @SIRANDMADAME:

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MORE PRESS TENT(S) VIBES w BILLBOARD + NYLON MAG:

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DOING A LITTLE BOOM FROM THE CROWD W @CHICITYFASHION + @MISSRENAISSANCE:

SMUGGLED IN SOME @REMIXBYGISELLE WEED BUG REPELLENT TO KEEP THE BUGS AT BAY:

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FAVORITE PERFORMANCE OF THE FESTIVAL…(drum roll) — VIC. MENSA! DUDE KILLED IT.

AND WE OUT, PEACE OUT UNTIL NEXT LOLLA 2017…

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Lollapalooza 2015 : Day 1 : The Weeknd

August 1st, 2015 by Giselle
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Guess you can be late to the party if you’re the one actually bringing it. And while the majority of the crowd swam downstream for Sir Paul McCartney’s classics, a mostly-under-30 crowd packed together to modern dance to Toronto’s very own Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, who showed up over 15 minutes to bust out with “High For This” as he grooved around the stage in some Yeezy Boosts.

Unlike the confusion he spread in 2012 when he addressed the Lollapalooza as “Coachella” (eek!), the next hour had The Weeknd firmly planted and present in Chicago (which he called out over and over again) while spanning his dance-inducing/urban-feeling/sexy-raunchy set of songs like “House of Balloons/Glass Table Girls,” “Often,” “The Hills,” “Can’t Feel My Face,””Earned It,” and “Love Me Harder” …more like a party than a concert.

Tesfaye also tempted the crowd with his awesome features on Drake’s “Crew Love” and the Ty Dolla $ign’s “Or Nah”. Telling the crowd he never does encores, The Weeknd ended his Lollapalooza with a sing-along of “Wicked Games” owning the main stage with his original mix of soul, street, and style.

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Not going to Drake? Not to worry, Stefan Poncé’s got what you need

May 25th, 2015 by Giselle
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“Stefan Poncé has given Chance the Rapper, Vic Mensa and Childish Gambino their biggest hits,” says THE FADER. The Grammys agreed in 2015, granting Poncé, only 24 years old, double-nominations for the Warner Chappell signee’s production skills.

Poncé most recently lent his magic touch to producing the new, cinematic, larger-than-life Kanye West / Vic Mensa track “U Mad,” (listen here) which West and Mensa debuted this spring at a surprise show in London, breaking the Internet with its sonic fury.

Now, the native Chicagoan is stepping out from behind the boards and into the spotlight with his debut solo show “Stefan Poncé & Friends Live” happening Friday, May 29th at the Bottom Lounge in Chicago.

Poncé, known for drawing talent and tastemakers like Vashtie, Hannibal Buress and Chance the Rapper to his popular residency at East Room, will be turning up the volume at the Bottom Lounge, and, for the first time, giving a chance for the 17+ crowd to participate in the action.

“I love the New York party scene and I love how very popular DJs have their own parties and I wanted to bring that atmosphere to Chicago,” says Poncé. “I feel like I cater to kids who are nerds deep inside and don’t want to admit to it.”

Catch Poncé before at this intimate venue before the secret’s out.

TICKETS AVAILABLE HERE for Stefan Ponce & Friends Live @ BOTTOM LOUNGE
w/ OG Webbie, Monte Booker & Elias Abid
May 29th Doors at 7pm/Show 8pm : 17+ / $10

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New Works Joffrey Ballet

May 1st, 2015 by Giselle
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In Creases, The Joffrey Ballet. Photo by: Cheryl Mann

This weekend, the legendary Joffrey wraps up a melody of modern ballet performances known collectively as “New Works,” a title befitting and as understated, earnest and open-ended as the dancing itself.

The major standout is In Creases, choreographed by much-buzzed-about 27-year-old New York City Ballet soloist and resident choreographer Justin Peck. With music composed by Philip Glass, In Creases (pictured above) uses fluid and sharp geometric lines and patterns to play out a dance puzzle that is truly transcendent, fresh and unpredictable.

Some may know Peck as the dancer who’s collaborated masterfully with Sufjan Stevens (see our writeup on that here) on two pieces, Year Of the Rabbit and Everywhere We Go.

Other performances in “New Works” are Liturgy by Christopher Wheeldon, Evenfall by Nicolas Blanc, and the finale Incantations by Val Caniparoli (pictured below), which ends in a graceful, powerful, twisting duet of dance and desire.

Incantations, The Joffrey Ballet. Photo by: Cheryl Mann

You can purchase tickets to see “New Works” here.

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Lollapalooza 2015 Preview

April 4th, 2015 by Giselle
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The headliners have been announced.

The lineup is up on the website.

Tickets for Lollapalooza are sold the f out, and that’s just crazy!

If you are one of the lucky ones to have secured your spot for the legendary 3-day music festival in Chicago’s Grant Park, here are my recommendations for bands and music that must not be missed. (More to be announced, I’m sure.)

P.S., For all you ballers, VIP + Platinum packages still available here.

. A$AP Rocky
. Alabama Shakes
. Chet Faker
. Cold War Kids
. Delta Spirit
. Father John Misty
. Flying Lotus
. Gary Clark Jr.
. Hot Chip
. Kid Cudi
. Lord Huron
. Sam Smith
. TV On The Radio
. Twin Peaks
. The War on Drugs
. The Weeknd
. Wild Belle

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New José González video + tour dates

January 30th, 2015 by Giselle
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José González has a new video for his upcoming single “Leaf Off / The Cave” from his forthcoming album Vestiges & Claws (due out Feb 17 on Mute). He/s also just announced some choice North American tour dates. Having interviewed and seen González perform on stage many times, I can tell you this is a show you don’t want to miss.

04-06 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
04-07 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
04-10 New York, NY – Webster Hall
04-11 Boston, MA – Paradise
04-12 Montreal, Quebec – Corona Theatre
04-13 Toronto, Ontario – Phoenix Concert Theatre
04-14-15 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
04-16 Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
04-18 Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
04-20 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
04-22 Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
04-24 Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
04-25 Vancouver, British Columbia – Imperial
04-27 San Francisco, CA – Bimbo’s 365 Club
04-29-30 Los Angeles, CA – The Regent

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Lolla 2014: In Photos

August 4th, 2014 by Giselle
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Above: Chromeo killed the main stage. It’s really weird to see your friend famous, but couldn’t happen to a better guy (Dave1)…

Lolla 2014 was MAJ. But don’t take my word for it, check out this visual wrap-up:

As a die-hard Patriots fan, the Wifi password in the Press Tent had me like wha??

Backstage in the Press Tent artists get interviewed in cabanas and journalists do a lot of snacking on KIND bars…

Best Style of the Lollapalooza goes to a 7-year-old I met backstage, Estevan. His mom told me he already has his own clothing line.

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Lolla 2014: Guess Who’s Back, Back Again

August 2nd, 2014 by Giselle
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Day 1 Lollapalooza 2014 is done, but not without making its mark. Most memorably, Marshall Mathers made up for his 2011 Lolla flop in a majorly energetic show that flexed an awesome catalog of crowd favorites like “White America,” to “The Way I am,” and “The Real Slim Shady” to a legendary finale performance of “Lose Yourself.”

Of course, it didn’t hurt to have help with mega-talented Royce da 5’9″ and some up-and-coming singer named Rihanna, who joined Em on “Love the Way You Lie,” “Stan” and my favorite, “The Monster.”

The overriding feeling in the crowd (bathed in red light above) was obsessive appreciation for this music that seemed to lift up not just Mathers, who’s fought a tough (and now come through), a highly-personally, publicly-documentated battle to get sober, but all his fans who embraced Em in this new, fresh and empowered place—and have created their own memories around his persona.
When Em belted out “It feels so good to be back!” at the beginning of “Square Dance,” the entire crowd could feel just how good it was. Check out the full set list here.

Other highlights were, catching up with Perry Farrell, who I’d last seen when I interviewed him for URB almost ten years ago.

The Shepard Fairey Lollapalooza Art Show called “The Provocateurs”—not to be missed, click here for more info and add it to your To Do List.


And of course, gotta end with an awesome, hazy set from my girls WARPAINT.

On to DAY 2!

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