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Florence / A$AP Rocky / TVOTR / Albert Hammond Jr + Billy Jones
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A$AP Rocky pauses to watch the sight of a person in a wheelchair crowd surfing. Ordinarily, hip-hop shows don't spawn mosh pits but then again, most don't blare both House of Pain's "Jump Around" and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" over the speakers in succession. For A$AP, yes, it's that easy, and lest anyone forgets, the initials to his name get shouted out by his trio of hype men with regular frequency. To his credit, A$AP doesn't entirely coast. He establishes and maintains a crazed level of energy for a majority of the set and treats it all as a giant party. On Sunday night, with the prospect of heading back to work fans (well, the small percentage over 18, anyway) in the face, it's the appropriate atmosphere and vibe. A$AP boasts a lyrical flow most peers would envy, and his entourage scatters like ants to the very front rows on the ground to pump up the crowd. There's even room for a compelling avante R&B turn in the form of "L.$.D." Self-promotional references, tributes to weed, descriptions of loose women and homages to money spill from the emcee's mouth. So do shout-outs to Chief Keef and Chance the Rapper. Yet it's local boy Vic Mensa who scores the guest spot for a duet on "U Mad," putting the punctuation mark on a booming celebration of modern hip-hop culture that, in spite of positive messages prouncing unity, still include clicking gun-chamber sound effects. - [Chicago Tribune]
Threat of severe weather (thunderstorms, hail) caused Grant Park to be evacuated briefly during the final day of Lollapalooza 2015 (8/2) and also had the fest end 30 minutes early. (This happened at Pitchfork too this year, and at Lolla in 2012.) Otherwise, the show went on with sets from Florence + the Machine, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, Albert Hammond Jr. (who started his day in the Toyota Tent for a Q&A with BrooklynVegan correspondent Billy Jones), Of Monsters and Men, Twin Peaks, Gogol Bordello, and many more.

Pictures of Lollapalooza 2015 day 1 are HERE and day 2 are HERE. More pics from day 3 are below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2015 day 3 pics: Florence, A$AP Rocky, TVOTR, Gogol Bordello, Albert Hammond Jr, Twin Peaks & more"

by Andrew Sacher

photo: Vic Mensa at Pitchfork Festival 2015 (more by James Richards IV)
Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa's rise has been quite the interesting one. It's almost hard to remember how closely tied to Chance the Rapper he was only two years ago, considering both have gone in wildly different directions. He put out a couple impressive singles last year -- the danceable "Down On My Luck" and the Kaytranada collaboration "Wimme Nah" -- and so far this year he's released two even better ones. There's the Kanye West-featuring "U Mad" that came out back in the spring (following Vic's appearance on Kanye's "Wolves" single) and the more recent Skrillex collaboration, "No Chill." Say what you will about Skrillex's own music, but he's undeniably great when he produces for rappers (like "Wild for the Night" with A$AP Rocky, who Vic opened for in NYC last month).

Vic also recently released a freestyle called "Heir to the Throne" which disses fellow Kanye collaborator Travi$ Scott and pays tribute to Jay Z, whose Roc Nation imprint will release Vic's debut album. It's titled Traffic and is due out at some point this year. Vic also recently released a cover of Future's "Codeine Crazy," which like the aforementioned tracks, is streaming below.

Two weekends ago, Vic played hometown festival Pitchfork Festival, and on Friday (7/31) he made a surprise appearance at another hometown festival, Lollapalooza. He jumped down about 15 feet from the DJ booth to the stage during Dillon Francis' set and proceeded to dance on stage. It's pretty amazing considering that jump looks like it hurt. Watch below, and stay tuned for a Dillon Francis remix of "U Mad." The next day at Lollapalooza, Travi$ Scott was arrested during his set.

Vic has more dates coming up, including the first of two Mad Decent Block Parties in Brooklyn (8/8) (sold out), Philly's Made In America festival, and the big Asbury Park (9/19) show with How to Dress Well, The Front Bottoms and more (tickets).

All dates are listed, with videos and song streams, below...

Continue reading "Vic Mensa dove off Dillon Francis' DJ booth at Lollapalooza, playing more shows, prepping debut album (dates, videos)"

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Metallica / Brand New / Tame Impala / Mick Jenkins
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The only thing missing from Tame Impala's trippy light and video presentation is the cover of darkness. Somehow, this band's time-bending, shape-shifting music makes more sense at night, rather than under the blazing early evening Sun. But these Australians are tough as nails when it comes to weathering heat and sunshine -- they play their entire set without sunglasses. Though Kevin Parker is a master guitarist, his music is well beyond what most new millennial rock bands are offering. He turns his rock songs into what could be epic club tracks. "Let it Happen" manages to be both cerebral and danceable at once. Parker's deeper exploration of keyboards and club music has broadened his musical scope, so that Tame Impala now moves fluidly among what were once deemed distinct categories: progressive rock, soul, psychedelia, electronic dance music. He's just as liable to conjure the majesty of King Crimson as he is the post-house flourishes of Kaskade. - [Chicago Tribune]
Day two of Lollapalooza 2015 featured sets from Metallica, Sam Smith, Tame Impala, Brand New, Django Django, Tyler the Creator, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death from Above 1979 and lots more. A little trouble too: The Tribune reports that there were at least five arrests reported, most of them drug related. Texas rapper Travi$ Scott was charged with disorderly conduct for inviting the crowd to jump the security barricades to get closer to the stage.

Sunday (8/2) is the final day of Lollapalooza in Chicago's Grant Park, featuring Florence + the Machine, TV on the Radio, FKA Twigs, A$AP Rocky, Bully and more. Albert Hammond Jr, who also plays today, will be be interviewed in the Toyota Tent by BrooklynVegan Lolla correspondent Billy Jones. And if you can't be there, Lollapalooza is streaming live starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) and you can watch below.

Photos from day 1 of Lollapalooza are HERE and more from day 2 are below...

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Lollapalooza 2015 just got underway in Chicago's Grant Park and will be there all weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, and Florence + the Machine. (BrooklynVegan will be there too, in the Toyota Tent.) If you can't make it, Lollapalooza will be broadcasting live each day starting at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern) across three different channels and you can watch it right here.

Sunday's streaming schedule includes Florence + the Machine, Of Monsters and Men, TV on the Radio, A$AP Rocky, Lord Huron and more. The whole weekend's stream schedule is listed, along with the Lollapalooza video player, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2015 streaming live here (webcast schedule)"

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The Weeknd / The War on Drugs / First Aid Kit @ Lollapalooza 7/31/2015
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Nobody saw this coming. Backed by a drummer and a multi-instrumentalist, First Aid Kit pulls off a true surprise and lays into Black Sabbath's "War Pigs" with the heaviness in tact. Well before it's over, any illusion of the charming duo using the cover as a novelty-minded attention grab fades away. Indeed, while First Aid Kit could easily rely on the adorability factor, the Swedish sisters don't need it. They're a rare example of an artist that played the opening time slot at a prior Lollapalooza, seized the moment with a breakout set and graduated to a bigger platform. And compared to their 2012 performance here, Johanna and Klara Soderberg display more poise, confidence and maturity. Not to mention a more diversified palette. Each sister possesses a snow-pure voice capable of whipporwill deliveries. But when they connect on harmonies, they hit gorgeous emotional peaks. - [Chicago Tribune]
The 2015 edition of Lollapalooza got underway Friday (7/31) in Chicago's Grant Park with sets from Paul McCartney (who brought out Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard to sing and play guitar on "Get Back"), The Weeknd, The War on Drugs, First Aid Kit, Hot Chip, alt-J, Father John Misty, SZA, Sylvan Esso and more. Pictures from Lollapalooza Day 1 are in this post.

Saturday's Lollapalooza lineup includes Metallica, Death from Above, and Django Django -- all of which you can watch live via Lollapalooza's streaming player which is in this post. Live streaming begins at 2 PM Central (3 PM Eastern), but they're rebroadcasting Friday's sets as well. Watch below.

If you're going to Lollapalooza, be sure to stop by the Toyota Tent today (8/1) where BrooklynVegan will be hosting performances by Chicago's own Twin Peaks (5 PM Central) and Pell (5:30). We'll have pics from the rest of the weekend too. Meanwhile, check out lots more pics from Lollapalooza Day 1 below.

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photo: Killer Mike in the Toyota Tent in 2014 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)

Lollapalooza is taking over Chicago's Grant Park this weekend with headliners Metallica, Paul McCartney Sam Smith, The Weeknd, Florence & the Machine, and more.

BrooklynVegan, SPIN and VIBE are returning to the sold out festival this year with a presence in the Toyota Tent which is located within the grounds of the Chicago festival. The tent, just north of the BMI stage, is marked "Toyota Sound Central" in this map:

Like previous years, the Toyota Tent will host live performances, live Q&As and DJ sets from 1-7 PM each day. Stop by to check out intimate, bonus sets by artists playing the festival (For instance, Glass Animals play the Samsung Galaxy Stage Friday at 2:15. You can then see them again in the Toyota tent at 6pm the same day).

Come see BrooklynVegan Lolla representative Billy Jones interview Albert Hammond Jr of the Strokes on Sunday at 1pm. Stick around to say hello to Toyota Tent host Yassir Lester, and to see Of Monsters & Men and Gogol Bordello play inches from your face. Come see BrooklynVegan-presented performances by Twin Peaks and Pell on Saturday afternoon. Check out the full weekend schedule below....

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2015: find us in the Toyota Tent (with Gogol Bordello, Twin Peaks, Pell, Albert Hammond Jr. & more)"

Live NAtion

Live Nation recently bought a piece of C3 which added U.S. festivals Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits to their portfolio. Now Live Nation got themselves Bonnaroo too!

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) and Bonnaroo's founding partners, Superfly and AC Entertainment, announced today the completion of a new partnership, through which Live Nation assumes a controlling interest in the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.

"The addition of Bonnaroo builds on Live Nation Entertainment's world leading festival portfolio of over 60 marquee festivals such as: Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, Reading, Leeds, T in the Park, Electric Daisy Carnival, Rock Werchter, and Watershed Music Festival to name a few," said Michael Rapino, Live Nation CEO and president. "We continue to expand the industry's most unparalleled and scalable festival platform all while driving strong revenue and growth for Live Nation on a global basis. Bonnaroo is another crown jewel in this festival channel strategy, one that appeals to both fans and artists in uniqueness and experience."

"We are strengthening our commitment to create the best possible experience at Bonnaroo," said Rick Farman, co-founder, Superfly. "Through this partnership with Live Nation, we're even more empowered to enhance the festival while preserving the integrity of the event that we've thoughtfully built over the past 14 years."

"Partnering with Live Nation is a milestone for Bonnaroo. It opens up tremendous opportunities for us to continue to evolve the Bonnaroo experience in an exciting, powerful way," said Ashley Capps, founder, AC Entertainment.

Additionally, Live Nation now also owns a share of the Bonnaroo property, Great Stage Park, also known as "the Farm." With Live Nation on board, significant investment in the site and enhancements to the festival experience are planned. Superfly and AC Entertainment will continue to plan and execute the day-to-day operations of the festival and signature Bonnaroo initiatives, such as sustainability efforts and involvement with the Manchester community. Bonnaroo's non-profit arm, the Bonnaroo Works Fund, will continue to be a priority.

Founded in 2002 in Manchester, Tennessee, Bonnaroo is globally recognized as an iconic cultural landmark of the festival scene, heralded for its peaceful vibes, flawless operations and once-in-a-lifetime musical collaborations.

Bonnaroo happens in June and recently announced the 2015 schedule.

Live Nation also recently announced some new Philly venues.

photo: Coachella 2014 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Coachella

The first weekend of Coachella is just two weeks away and ushers in 2015 Festival Season. Amongst the "prohibited items" listed for both Coachella and Lollapalooza are selfie sticks. Lollapalooza's FAQ says no "GoPro attachments like sticks, selfie sticks & monopods." Coachella's FAQ says no "Selfie sticks / Narcisists." (Good luck on enforcing the latter part of that, Coachella.) If you're going to these fests, you're just going to have to use your arm to take selfies the old fashioned way.

However: neither Governors Ball or Bonarooo's list selfie sticks in their respective prohibited items, though really, you should really not bring them here either.

Lolla

Lollapalooza returns to Chicago's Grant Park from July 31 - August 2, and this year's lineup includes Paul McCartney, Metallica, A$AP Rocky, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Brand New, Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The Tallest Man on Earth, Death From Above 1979, Django Django and more. Tickets are on sale now, and single day passes go on sale at 10 AM CT.

Full lineup below...

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Live Nation

It was rumored before but is now official: Live Nation, the globe's biggest live events promoter (which books shows at Irving Plaza, Gramercy Theatre and other places in NYC) has acquired a controlling stake in independent concert company C3 Presents. The Austin-based C3, who also have a separate artist management division, are behind the Austin City Limits music festival, Lollapalooza and other big festivals around the world (and shows at Emo's and other venues in Austin and around the country).

In a press statement (via Billboard), C3 say "We are excited to join Live Nation and become a part of their global family, while continuing to grow our festivals within a culture of entrepreneurship that will empower our team to keep improving these festivals and the fan experience."

Lolla Berlin

C3 Presents (soon to be part of Live Nation?) and their various partners announce another fest:

Lollapalooza announces Lollapalooza Berlin happening at Tempelhof Airport, September 12-13, 2015. Germany will join Chile, Brazil and Argentina as the fourth international location for the iconic festival, in addition to the original U.S. Festival in Chicago's Grant Park. Lollapalooza Berlin is Lolla's first European edition. Lollapalooza is being brought to Berlin by Festival Republic, the team behind the legendary Reading and Leeds Festivals, and Melt! Booking.

"We have very carefully considered bringing our festival to Europe and frankly, were intimidated by the rich festival history Europe has had for 50 years. Berlin feels like it is ready to explode as a city and cultural center and we want to be there to grow with the city," said Marc Geiger, head of William Morris Endeavor's music division.

More of their announcement below...

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The NY Times reports:

Live Nation Entertainment, the concert and ticketing giant, is in advanced talks to buy a majority stake in C3 Presents, the country's largest independent promoter, with a portfolio that includes the popular Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits festivals.

The prospective deal, in negotiations for months but still not completed, would give Live Nation a stake of 51 percent in C3 Presents, and value C3 at around $250 million, according to two people with knowledge of the talks.

A spokeswoman for Live Nation declined to comment, and representatives of C3 did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Monday afternoon.

C3, based in Austin, Tex., is run by three friends all named Charles or Charlie -- in the music industry, they are widely known as "the Charlies" -- and the company has grown quickly from its founding in 2007.

C3, best known for owning those festivals, is also a major force in the Austin rock club scene. They recently bought the Emo's name (and its new location, Emo's East), and book shows at Stubb's, Lambert's, The Parish and other places. They also had a lot to do with Metallica's Orion Festival (which took place in Atlantic City and then Detroit).

photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Cut Copy / The Districts / Bomba Estereo / Killer Mike
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For the 2nd year in a row, we took over a stage inside the Toyota Soundwave tent at Lollapalooza with live performances and Q&As with our host Billy Jones. This year we were excited to have appearances by CHVRCHES, Into It. Over It., San Fermin (Q&A), So So Glos, Lucius, The Districts, Cut Copy, PAPA, Anna Lunoe, Bobmb Estereo, Killer Mike, and more. A full set of on-stage photos isat our Facebook, and there's a separate set of portraits there too. Pictures from day Soundwave and all of Lolla Day One are HERE. Lolla Day Two HERE. Lolla Day Three HERE. Soundwave Days Two and Three continue below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza 2014 in the Toyota Soundwave tent (pics: Cut Copy, Districts, Anna Lunoe, Killer Mike, San Fermin, more)"

Vic Mensa at Lollapalooza last weekend (more by James Richards IV)
Vic Mensa

Chicago rapper/Chance the Rapper associate Vic Mensa has been on the rise this year, doing pretty cool things like playing "Clint Eastwood" with Damon Albarn, touring with Disclosure, and then making a song that sounds influenced by touring with Disclosure. He now just released a song with another hot electronic producer Kaytranada (who will release an EP on XL and tour later this year). It's called "Wimme Nah" (as in, now that he's getting hyped, all these people are with him now), and you can stream it below.

Video has also surfaced of Vic taking on The White Stripes' "Seven Nation Army" at his Lollapalooza set this past weekend, and you can watch that below too.

Vic was in NYC last night (8/7) playing the FADER / Goose Island show at Rough Trade. (Anyone catch that?) His tour continues tonight (8/8) in Philly, playing the first of four Mad Decent Block Parties that he was recently added to (in place of his pal Chance the Rapper who dropped off). Vic's also on the one happening in Coney Island's MCU Park this Saturday (8/9) with Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis, Diplo, Dougie F & DJ Fire, DJ Snake, Flosstradamus, Grandtheft, Walshy Fire and Young Kyle 187.

All of Vic's dates are listed, with the new song stream and video, below...

Continue reading "Vic Mensa released a song w/ Kaytranada, covered "Seven Nation Army" at Lolla, playing Mad Decent Block Parties"

by Wyatt Marshall

No Biting

Ebola is back, bedbugs are on the N Train, and now one more thing to worry about: being bitten at a concert. Last Friday, at Lollapalooza, Ben Lenet, 29, was allegedly the victim of a biting attack that occurred during Arctic Monkeys' day one closing set. You can see a graphic photo of the chomp over at the Chicago Sun Times, who reported the incident. Lenet described the incident on Reddit in an effort to try to identify his attacker. Here's what Lenet wrote:

Me and two other friends are enjoying the show and have even made some friends around us. The mood of the crowd is really happy and a nice departure from the normal drunken debauchery. Suddenly, I turn around and some guy none of us have ever seen or spoken to, without warning, body slams my friend and begins using his hands to choke him. My other friend begins hitting the assailant in the face. I come from the other side and place my right arm on his right arm and my left arm on his right shoulder, trying to pull him off. The attacker then turns his head and clamps his teeth into my arm for a good 5 seconds. He's not nipping at me. He's trying to bite through my arm. At this point, all three of us are hitting him, trying to get him off me...

...Finally he lets go and lunges at the feet of the original bodyslammed-friend, trying to bite him too. He is then kicked pretty squarely in the face.

The attacker has now taken 10-15 blows to the head and been punted in the face. He gets up and walks away. Not stumbling. Not woozy. He just fucking walked away in a straight line. CPD would later tell me they only see assailants like that who are on PCP or bath salts.

As Lenet told the Chicago Sun Times, "I don't know of a UFC fighter who could've taken that punishment and just walked away." Lenet, who has attended Lollapalooza for the past six years, also told the Sun Times that he does not think he will return next year. As the bite broke the skin, he could have been exposed to HIV or a form of Hepatitis, and was put on a number of drugs and an antibiotic as a precaution. Bloodwork tests came up negative, but he will have to return for additional tests to confirm he was not infected.

A day later, on Saturday (8/2), Roberto Alcaraz-Garnica, 25, was accused of biting off the tip of another man's finger at a Beyonce-Jay Z concert at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. The alleged incident occurred after Alcaraz-Garnica groped the victim's girlfriend (allegedly). When the victim confronted Alcaraz-Garnica, a fight ensued. In the course of the fight, Alcaraz-Garnica allegedly bit off the tip of the victim's finger. He has since pleaded not guilty.

Finally, in non-concert-but-still-biting news, CNN senior international correspondent Arwa Damon allegedly bit two medical workers at the US Embassy in Baghdad on July 19. Damon was reportedly intoxicated during the incident, and bit the EMTs on their forearms as they tried to treat her. The incident is being investigated by the State Department, and the EMTs filed a $2 million lawsuit against Damon and CNN yesterday. In an email apology from Damon to US embassy staff obtained by the New York Post's Page Six, Damon wrote, "I had not had proper food all day and clearly miscalculated how my body would handle the alcohol consumed ... Needless to say, I am utterly mortified and take full responsibility for my actions, which are inexcusable."

photo by Dominick Mastrangelo

Brooklyn's Lucius have been touring nonstop this year, playing festivals this summer, and continuing with a full slate through November. Their last NYC show was Governors Ball but they'll cap off their busy year with a BIG NYC show at Terminal 5 on December 6. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (8/8) at noon with an AmEx presale starting Wednesday (8/6) at noon.

Lucius was just at Lollapalooza over the weekend (check out our pics), and while they were there, we invited them into the Toyota Soundwave tent to pose for our photographer Dominick Mastrangelo. His portrait is above. A bigger version of the same photo and more from his sessions from the entire  weekend are over at Facebook.

All Lucius tour dates are listed below.

Continue reading "Lucius on tour, playing Terminal 5 in December (dates)"

First Daughter's First Lollapalooza (photo via @cleaaaaver)
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The Obama's tall 15-year-old was with three friends and was happily chatting away as she left the muddy venue. Despite blending quietly into an oblivious crowd, she was flanked by two huge guards, apparently Secret Service agents in plains clothes, who made sure she and her friends - two girls and a boy - had plenty of space to make their exit.

The crowd on Columbus was light as she walked well after the bulk of the crowd has gone at about 10:15 p.m.. Malia was wearing a yellow v-neck romper, but more importantly, she and her guards had managed to stage clean in Lolla's messy, muddy fields. - [Chicago Sun-Times]

We didn't spot Malia Obama at Lollapalooza on Sunday, but we we got lots of pictures of Day One, Day Two and Day Three of the Chicago fest.

Chance the Rapper was one of the artists she was seen checking out. We have pictures from his set on day three, but not pics of R Kelly who Chance brought out on stage for three songs.

In related news, the controversial R Kelly was recently booted off an Ohio festival lineup after many protested.

photos by James Richards IV

Chance the Rapper / wet Glen Hansard / Run the Jewels / London Grammar
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Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 3

4:20 PM: When his phone is handy, Killer Mike likes to tweet out a 4:20 reminder every day. During Run the Jewels' set at the Palladia Stage he needed a little help: "Happy 4:20 -- Somebody tweet that for me!" he yells.

4:22 PM: During Run the Jewels' performance, El-P screams at security to stop roughing up a female audience member. Then, moments later: "Oops, my bad, it's a guy... And I just added insult to injury calling him a girl!"

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9:09 PM: Chance The Rapper offers a real hometown treat when he brings out surprise guest R. Kelly. The fellow Chicagoan warbles the chorus of "The World's Greatest," the intro of "Bump 'n Grind" and some of "Ignition (Remix)" alongside the young MC. - [Billboard]

Lollapalooza 2014 wrapped up on Sunday (8/3) with sets from Chance the Rapper (who brought out R. Kelly), Run the Jewels, Chromeo, London Grammar, The Avett Brothers, and lots more, plus a few cloudbursts which were embraced by mud dancers as well as Glen Hansard as you can see above.

Pictures from Day One are HERE and Day Two are HERE. More pics from Day Three below...

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photos by James Richards IV

Outkast / Kate Nash / Nas / Parquet Courts
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Besides Eminem on Friday, Saturday was heavy on hip-hop heavyweights. First up was Nas, who dedicated the first half of his set to his 1994 debut album "Illmatic" from start to finish. Unlike Eminem, and other EDM-based acts this weekend, Nas commandeered the massive stage on his own, accompanied by only a DJ. "All I need is one mic, two turntables and you," he said. True enough, those songs remain poignant, especially the funk saga "N.Y. State of Mind," the jazz-fused street scenes of "It Ain't Hard to Tell" and "One Love," a universal shout-out to incarcerated friends. The personal imagery in those songs, combined with his solitary presence onstage, summoned the sense of a testimonial before God, his peers, a lover, his family -- It was all packed in there ready for unpacking. - [Chicago Sun Times]
Day Two at Lollapalooza 2014 seemed mostly smooth sailing, seeing performances by hip hop icons Outkast and Nas, indie rock from Parquet Courts and Spoon, not to mention Kate Nash, Vic Mensa, Phosphorescent, Duke Dumont and lots more. Pictures from Saturday (8/2) are in this post.

Lollapalooza Day Three is just getting underway in Chicago's Grant Park, with performances today by Darkside, Chromeo, The Avett Brothers and more. They are also streaming some of the performances live today starting at 3 PM EST. If you're there, be sure to stop by the Toyota Soundwave Tent where BrooklynVegan will be hosting live performances, artist Q&As and more.

Pics from Lollapalooza Day One are HERE and more from Day Two, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day Two in pics: Outkast, Nas, Parquet Courts, Cut Copy, Kate Nash, Vic Mensa, Phosphorescent & more"

photos by James Richards IV; Soundwave Tent and Arctic Monkeys photos by Dominick Mastrangelo

Lykke Li / Courtney Barnett / Blood Orange / Chewbacca
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Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1
Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1

"Ker-plunk!" The first raindrops of the day splash down, but no matter. Courtney Barnett is in the house and delivers a convincing set. The Australian singer-songwriter headlined Schubas two days ago, and now, in front of an audience at least 15 times bigger, she and her trio play a muscular brand of no-frills indie-rock ornamented by nuanced melodies and sharp lyrics. The singer plays hooky little guitar riffs underneath her deadpan vocals, which brim with wit, discontent and slacker wisdom. "I sleep in late, another day/Oh, what a wonder, oh, what a waste." She is definitely not wasting anyone's time here. - [Chicago Tribune]
While day one of Lollapallooza 2014 dealt with some rain, computer problems and Blood Orange's unfortunate, unpleasant run-ins with security, for most it was festival-as-usual, with sets from Arctic Monkeys, Eminem, Lykke Li, Lorde, Coutney Barnett, Jagwar Ma, and lots more. Pictures from Lollapalooza Day 1 are in this post.

Billy Jones talking with San Fermin / Rudimental
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Lollapalooza 2014 - Day 1 - Toyota Soundwave Tent

Meanwhile, BV was hosting interviews and performances over in the Toyota Soundwave Tent. Cohosts James Davis and Billy Jones chatted with CHVRCHES, San Fermin and Vic Mensa and had live performances from Into It Over It and Rudimental. Pictures of that are in this post. If you're going today, stop by to see performances by So So Glos and The Districts, plus Q&As with Cut Copy, Duke Dumont, and PAPA. Schedule is here.

Lollapalooza Day 2 is just getting underway in Grant Park, with performances today by Outkast, Spoon, Jenny Lewis and more. All of those sets can be streamed live if you're not there. More photos from Day 1, below...

Continue reading "Lollapalooza Day 1 in pics (Lykke Li, Blood Orange, Arctic Monkeys, Lorde, CHVRCHES, Courtney Barnett & more)"

Urbani and Hynes during Blood Orange Lollapalooza set (photo by @alwayssonny)
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Dev Hynes and Samantha Urbani are claiming the were assaulted by security guards at Lollapalooza following their Blood Orange performance at the festival on Friday (8/1). Via Hynes' Twitter feed last night:






Both Hynes and Urbani were wearing homemade "Stop Police Brutality" t-shirts, and his bore the names of victims Eric Garner, Jordan Davis, and Trayvon Martin. Garner died July 17 after being put in a chokehold by a New York police officer and his death was officially ruled a homicide on Friday.

Last night, Urbani also tweeted that "BTW after talking w lollapalooza ppl we've discovered the guards who assaulted us were NOT lolla staff, but privately hired for that stage" but that tweet has since been deleted. She wrapped up her tweets with these last night:

Lollapalooza has now issued a statement:
Late Friday night, we learned of an incident involving an artist and a security guard on site. Since then, we have been in contact with those involved and the authorities, as we work together to resolve the situation. As always, our top priority is to ensure the safety of everyone at the festival.
More on this as it develops.

dark clouds loom over Grant Park (via @livingmyfestivallife)
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Lollapalooza 2014 is now underway in Chicago's Grant Park -- you can watch Courtney Barnett via their live stream as we post this -- and the fest isn't without its hiccups. Weather is always a potential issue, and Mother Nature is rearing her head today, as those clouds in the picture above show:

All three stages are currently on 15-delay from the rain. Let's hope they don't get anything like 2012. Meanwhile there are some technical snafus as well:
Let's hope the computers that are controlling the electric bracelets used in their cashless system are working ok. It seems like most attendees are rolling with the punches, though.

If you're at Lollapalooza, stop by the Toyota Soundwave tent and visit us. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram (BVChicago too) Stay tuned for photos and more coverage throughout the weekend.

fun with Ghost BC in last year's Lolla Soundwave tent (more by Cory Dewald)
Lolla

Lollapalooza returns to Chicago for the 10th consecutive year this weekend, taking over Grant Park from Friday, August 1 through Sunday, August 3. The lineup, which is partially streaming online all weekend, includes Eminem, Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Spoon, Cut Copy, Run the Jewels, Into It. Over It., Chance the Rapper, and many more. We're happy to announce, that like last year, BrooklynVegan is again hosting some of the artists in the Toyota Soundwave tent.

With the help of our on-stage host Billy Jones, we'll have performances and Q&A sessions from Cut Copy, Lucius, San Fermin, The Districts, Duke Dumont, Shy Girls and more. You can find the BrooklynVegan-presented & suggested part of the schedule below, and you can find the Soundwave tent on the Lollapalooza 2014 map north of the central fountain, and just south of Jackson Drive -- not far at all from the BMI Stage, and stumbling distance from Da Beers Garden.

Schedule below...

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Lollapalooza 2013 (more by James Richards IV)
Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza 2014 starts today in Chicago's Grant Park and if you aren't there you can still check out a lot of the action though their live webcast. Today's webcast starts at 3:15 PM EST and you can watch Courtney Barnett, Interpol, Arctic Monkeys, Jagwar Ma, Broken Bells, Lykke Li, Phantogram and more. There are also apps on AppleTV, Chromecast, Android and other devices. Stay tuned for pics from all three days. Meanwhile, Lollapalooza's full streaming schedule can be found here.

Lolla

Lollapalooza 2014, which goes down from August 1-3 in Chicago, announced its 2014 lineup. Artists include Eminem, Outkast, Kings of Leon, Arctic Monekys, Skrilex, Broken Bells and tons more. 3-day passes are sold out, but single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.

Full lineup below...

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