For the first time in what seemed like years, a drop of rain didn’t hit the Lollapalooza grounds. Sure, a looming thunderstorm threat caused the festival organizers to evacuate concertgoers Sunday afternoon for a bit (and they even shut down headliners that night 30 minutes early), but Lollapalooza 2015 looked more Coachella than Tough Mudder competition for once. It was three days overflowing with underdressed teenagers melding and moshing to classic rock, new age hip hop, electronic dance, and blissful pop while the sun beamed down and set to a perfect Chicago skyline each evening.
Between A$AP Rocky, Kygo, Paul McCartney, and everybody in between, #SunsetFam was represented over the long Lollapalooza weekend. Below, enjoy a day by day recap of the most righteous sets, and be on the lookout for an official Sunset SoundCloud playlist to relive the sounds from the festival over and over again in the coming days!
With Lollapalooza about to hit Chicago like a fiery, musical comet this weekend, hundreds of thousands of concertgoers will flood Grant Park to witness the likes of Paul McCartney, Metallica, Florence + The Machine, Sam Smith, and The Weeknd among others, rock the fuck out. Sure, the headlining acts typically prove to be the best sets. They’re polished, have an expensive stage design, and possess a catalog of hits that, in some cases (cough Sir Paul cough), stretches decades.
But what about the ‘little’ guys? The blog-certified up-and-comers. The indies about to boil to mainstream. The sub-headliners that could very well be taking the main stage in the not so distant future. Not to worry, we got your back. Here are the 10 Must-See Acts That Aren’t Headliners at Lollapalooza this year, conveniently broken down by day and set time.
Believe it or not, Garrett Borns (or simply BØRNS) earned his chops as a professional magician before he hit it big with jams like “10,000 Emerald Pools.” Don’t miss his groovy, psychedelic brand of pop at Lollapalooza this year. He’s sure to have a trick or two up his sleeve.
Young Thug (6:50-7:30)
Thugga Thugga has been a surefire hit machine between his own cuts and guest verses alike. His eccentric flow, fashion-forward style, and summer-friendly beats will make for a must-see set on Friday night. I know there’s gonna be good times.
Sylvan Esso (7:45-8:30)
If you’re searching for something that’s equal parts folky and electronic, look no further than the duo Sylvan Esso. Chilled out, synthesized beats will meet seductive female vocals at this set. Expect lots of eyes closed swaying and swooning.
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Sam Smith has been blowing up the world and our hearts so it’s only fair we get a new remake of a song here or there. “I’m Not the Only One” is a track that definitely stands out on his gorgeous debut album, so it’s exciting that he’s managed to add a new twist to it. When you think Sam Smith, collaborations with hip hop artists may not pop in your mind but that can now end. ASAP Rocky has added his own edge to the beautifully sorrowful track “I’m Not the Only One” and it’s a good one. Listen to the feature below.
“We think to dance, and dance in thought. But to hibernate in the mind, is to bring upon us an apocalypse of the Soul.”
– Ilyas Kassam
Ahh, 2012. We laughed, we cried, but we laughed a lot. And more often than not, those laughs came at the expense of more than a couple people in the music industry. Since we got all nostalgic for last year, we decided to grab a few of our favorite moments and tack on some commentary in an attempt to make you laugh. Let us know how we did.
On the eve of Jay-Z Day (Happy Born Day, Hova) A$AP Rocky took to the net to present to us the artwork for his debut album Long.Live.A$AP (above) and its release date (1.15.12). He also gave us the video to one of my favorite songs from the fall, which is predictably full of rappers and bad b*tches. If you have some time and are in need of a good laugh, I recommend looking for the clean version of the video: “I LOVE BAD BAD THAT’S MY THAT’S MY PROBLEM”
Big Boi released a new song with A$AP Rocky and Phantogram a couple days ago and it’s a gem. The track is a peek at what’s to come from his upcoming album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors. I like the genre bending that Big Boi tends to get into, and he certainly carries that forward with this track. I fear this track might hit the radio, because it’s catchy as hell, and then it’ll likely be overplayed to death, but for now, it’s a great song that deserves to be heard. And it’s got an all-star cast on it.
Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors due out December 11 via Def Jam.
I’ve been waiting for this since this snippet dropped of A$AP, Lana, and The Kickdrums in studio. Produced by the glorious Kickdrums, this track is an instant banger. I’m not the biggest Lana fan but her voice goes incredibly well with Rocky’s hear, and the Kickdrums bring it all together with great production.
Not much more to say about this one other than that my excitement was fully satiated by this full track–LongLiveA$AP is about to be reallllly, really dope.
I truly believe A$AP is here to stay. He’s got a huge career ahead of him, and I plan on enjoying it to the fullest.
So my buddy Cameron posted this on my facebook wall, and it’s easily one of the dopest A$AP videos I’ve seen to date. I’m not sure where it’s from, but it was shot when Yung Rakim was in the dirty dirty ATL for a concert. Full of interviews, freestyles, and other tidbits of the hip hop life, this 10 minute video is worth watching in full.
Rocky, as I’ve stressed before, is one of the very few rappers who still truly freestyles–spitting off the dome, not just regurgitating previously written raps.
He and other members of the A$AP mob kill it in their freestyles, especially the last one. Truly impressive shit yo.
A$AP and ScHoolboy recently dropped off their visuals to Brand New Guy, a standout off of LiveLoveA$AP. I’ve gotta be honest–although I thought A$AP might have been overly hyped when I first heard his stuff, he has quickly become one of my favorite rappers. I am more excited for his album to drop than I am for any other upcoming release. “Goldie” was incredibly dope, the clip we heard with Lana Del Ray (whom I’m typically not a fan of) was nuts, his verse on Big Spender was tight…he’s on a roll right now and doesn’t seem like he’s going to be stopping anytime soon.
Visually, there’s nothing too special about this video directed by The ICU and Rocky himself, but it’s a solid visual accompaniment regardless.
Rocky’s blowing up, and he’s only going to get hotter. Stay tuned.
A$AP Rocky just dropped the much anticipated visuals for his new Hit-Boy produced single “Goldie.” I’ve been pretty disappointed with the quality of popular hip hop music videos (with the exception of anything Jason Goldwatch has touched), but I was really pleased with this.
The video depicts Rocky and the A$AP mob rolling through Paris and their native Harlem. Rocky easily has some of the best fashion sense in the game right now. He’s rocking Raf Simmons, Jeremy Scott, and Martin Margiela at various points throughout the video, and it’s cool seeing a rapper with his style rocking some of the most refined fashion houses.
This song is easily my favorite song right now, it’s been tough recently to listen to anything else, and this top-notch video makes it all the better. Seriously crispy visuals and I love the framing of the shots, especially the driving shots throughout Pareee. Enjoy.
Damn. I know I post a lot of The Hood Internet, but I think they really outdid themselves this time. By throwing Purity Ring and A$AP Rocky into a blender, the Chicago based mashup duo cooked up something much weirder this time around–but awesome nonetheless. This one takes bars from That Pretty Motherfucka’s cult hit “Peso” and lays them over Purity Ring’s “Obedear.” Swoop!