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Lolla Day 1 Recap: 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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Lollapalooza 2014 Must-See Music

July 31st, 2014 by Giselle
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Lollapalooza is nigh once again with promises to turn up the August heat here in Chicago this weekend. It also happens to be the summer music festival’s 10th anniversary in Grant Park, congratulations to Perry Farrell for continuing to cultivate a genuine passion for the music festival phenomenon he helped to found—and sharing that passion with all us fans.

As it is Lolla Eve, without further delay—in the Imaginary Frend tradition—I bring you my music picks (some obvious, some more obscure) to keep the weekend up…

P.S., stay tuned for dispatches from the media tent, style pics, daily wrap-ups, and whatever else I feel like writing about.

Here. We. GO!

FRIDAY, DAY 1

SURE THING: WARPAINT, 3:30 PM.
Anyone who reads my blog (or shoot, knows me) knows my love for this band. I actually fell for them live at Lollapalooza 2010, which is a rare occurrence and has only happened with one other band in Giselle history, Blonde Redhead. Warpaint’s live show is drawn from their collective chemistry and their songs just soar on stage. Be there.

BLOOD ORANGE, 4:45 PM
Like Solange’s “Losing You”? Then you will love the writing + production mastermind behind the song, Great Britain’s Blood Orange. Dude’s dope. Go see for yourself.

BROKEN BELLS, 6:30PM
Can’t go wrong with The Shins sound meeting a Danger mouse’s dirty soul samples.

WILD CARD: EMINEM, 8:30PM
I love my Michigan homie, however his previous Lollapalooza performance was a big let down (read my brief recap from back then here). I am willing to give him another chance, but it better not be another phoned-in repeat. Just sayin’.

SATURDAY, DAY 2

MUST SEE: PHOSPHORESCENT, 2:15PM
Beautiful music, enough said.

ALTERNATE: PARQUET COURTS, 1:45PM
Good times, fun times.

DANCE ALTERNATE: Z-TRIP, 2PM
“Met her at Coachella / I went to see Jigga / she went to see Z Trip / Perfect.” Okay, it’s not Coachella and Frank Ocean isn’t playing this year, but Z-Trip is the real deal.

GROUPLOVE, 4:45PM
This is a risk for both of us, but we have an hour to kill before Nas.

NO BRAINER/LEGEND: NAS, 5:45PM
I mean, NAS.

No BRAINER/LEGEND: OUTKAST, 8:45PM
I mean, OUTKAST.

DANCE ALTERNATIVES: CALVIN HARRIS, 8:45PM OR CUT/COPY, 9PM
If you don’t like rap, then I guess you can go see one of these. Actually, if you don’t like rap, don’t read this blog! byeeeee peaceeeee

SUNDAY, DAY 3

WHITE DENIM, 2:15PM
Possibly, maybe.

CAGE THE ELEPHANT, 4PM
Not such a huge fun of the records, but heard live show goes off.

SURE THING: CHROMEO, 4:45PM
Dave 1 is my Chromie from back-in-the-day when he was the rap editor at Vice and I wrote for him (see here), and I am proud to say Chromeo bring the dance party wherever they go. They also bring the dashikis and the black leather. YASSS.

CHILDISH GAMBINO, 6:45PM
So on the fence about Donald Glover, but love some of his songs so much that I would go to support. Bonus support points for his character on “Girls.”

WILD CARD: CHANCE THE RAPPER, 6:45PM
Last time Chance played Lolla, it was a proper sh*t show. If you can see anything through the THC fog and general wildness, could be good.

DANCE ALTERNATIVE: SKRILLEX, 8:30PM
I anticipate that this scene is gonna be like Harmony Korine’s “Spring Breakers” film come to life. Not necessarily a bad thing.

WHERE THE 30+ CROWD WILL BE: KINGS OF LEON, 8:15PM
ZZZzzzzz. Past our bed time.

FULL WEEKEND SCHEDULE HERE. STAY SAFE + HAVE FUN.

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Dov Charney x Terry Richardson

June 24th, 2014 by Giselle
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These two guys are not having a good month. Notorious for some time, American Apparel founder Dov Charney, got the boot from the AA board this week while legendary photographer Terry Richardson currently graces the cover of New York Magazine with the word “Perverse” nearby.

Both these fellas share a high skieve factor, but pop culture would concede, there’s real (and relevant) genius lurking behind their creations. As we well know, American Apparel, basically a cotton line, took the GAP’s “basic clothes” model and cranked it to hip as hell with a higher price point. Between the AA advertising campaigns, store layout, typeface, and “Made in LA” elements, a true brand for modern times exploded.

Sure, Dov Charney is actually a privileged prep-school kid (read the gross reason he made a name for himself at Choate on NY MAG), and most girls would never want to share an elevator with him alone, but on the merit of vision for American Apparel, dude is MAJOR.

Mega-talented Richardson has been mired by recent flurry of accusations about sexual abuse on his photo sets, so it’s hard to see past the explicit image he embodies and perpetuates and not believe it’d transcend real life. Richardson though has clearly influenced brands like Vice and American Apparel, and photographers like Ryan McGinley (who, hey, was the youngest photographer to ever show at the Whitney—validate that), so can Richardson’s work be separated by some pretty disturbing accusations? It’s starting to feel a little dirty in here, and not in a good way…

Both Charney and Richardson are major pop culture influencers within the realm of provocative image making. It’s the rest of their images and public persona that make them so unlikable and ripe for public skewering. Does that negate the bigger picture or take away from their contributions to pop culture? As the Washington Post asks us, “Are the two most notorious men in fashion finally getting their comeuppance?” You decide.

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Stream the new Blonde Redhead “No More Honey”

June 17th, 2014 by Giselle
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Blonde Redhead’s new album Barragán out Sept. 2…can’t wait.

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Mean Tweets NBA Edition @ Kimmel Live

June 16th, 2014 by Giselle
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Your Monday funny…

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Just In Time for Summer: “The 11 Types of A**holes Who Attend Music Festivals”

June 12th, 2014 by Giselle
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Read the handy anthropological guide here, so you can be prepared when you attend Pitchfork and Lollapalooza.

I take offense to number 11. Only because it doesn’t include “she” music journalists. Not all music journalists are dudes, dummy.
Besides that, all this is true.

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Beasties Win $1.7 Million from Monster Energy

June 6th, 2014 by Giselle
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Do not f*ck with the Beasties no-advertisement/endorsement policy. Respek.

See Rolling Stone for this cautionary tale.

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LOL: ’90s “Rap Songs” on Jeopardy!

May 19th, 2014 by Giselle
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I mean…can’t tell what’s sadder/more hilarious, alex trebek trying to rhyme this category or that $2000 stumper, c’mon!

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First Listen: Stream Conor Oberst’s new album Upside Down Mountain

May 13th, 2014 by Giselle
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Still got mad love for this dude.

Click here to listen on NPR.

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Mother’s Day Marshall Mathers Style

May 11th, 2014 by Giselle
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Here’s Em’s new video for “Headlights” Directed by Spike Lee…interesting.

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