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Lollapalooza 2014: 7 Must-See Acts That Aren’t Headliners

Lollapalooza is fast approaching this weekend with main-stage legends coming by way of Eminem, OutKast and Kings of Leon. The annual Chicago music festival held against the city’s skyline is hip-hop top heavy this year, and it make sense when you think about the town’s emerging rap scene. It’s hard to say who’s the bigger or more exciting bill between Em and OutKast, but I may have to give the nod to Slim Shady since Big Boi and Andre 3000 are hitting virtually every U.S. city this summer. So, who else do you have to catch that won’t be playing at the Bud Light or Samsung Galaxy stages?

If you find yourself in the Windy City this weekend, make sure to check out these other great non-headlining sets.

7. Iggy Azalea

Iggy’s breakout summer jam “Fancy” has dominated charts all season. Though she’s a rising name in hip-hop, you already know this crowd is going to be filled with chicks getting white girl wasted. Bring it on.

6. Phantogram

Haunting, bouncy, and beautiful all at the same time, Phantogram blends sample-based electronic music with lead singer Sarah Barthel’s tragically smooth vocals. Expect a super cool light show too.

5. Foster The People

You probably remember Foster The People destroying radio waves a few summers ago with “Pumped Up Kicks.” Well, their new song “Best Friends” is pretty addicting too. This will be sure to be an awesomely bouncy set.

4. Nas

This Queensbridge-native is a certified living legend, and he’s been performing his classic Illmatic in full all summer to celebrate its 20th anniversary. You don’t want to miss this kind of momentous show.

3. Flume

Flume breeds a kind of electronic music that is quite unlike anybody else. Both brooding and infectious, the Australian-born producer will be sure to deliver a rave for the ages.

2. Chromeo

Chromeo sets are guaranteed to be funky, fresh, and fun. Expect lots of high-flying guitar and super-soaked synths that sound like they’re blaring straight from the 80s.

1. Chance The Rapper

Hometown hero Chance The Rapper was grossly under-staged last year at Lolla, but this year he’ll be closing down Perry’s stage. With a flurry of syllabic rhymes and an addictive turn-down-for-what energy, don’t be surprised if this MC’s crowd rivals Skrillex or Kings of Leon playing nearby.

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The Five Best Dance Songs of the Week

“Almost nobody dances sober, unless they happen to be insane.”
― H.P. Lovecraft

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Jaden Smith – The Cool Cafe: Cool Tape Vol. 1 [Free Download]

I didn’t want to be this guy. But I have this thing where I’ll post something if I enjoy it and see potential in it. That’s what happened earlier today when I half-jokingly pressed play on The Cool Cafe: Cool Tape Vol. 1 by Will Smith’s 14-year-old son… I liked it.

Let me set a few things straight before you do that thing where you scoff, roll your eyes, and skip on to the next post. I don’t like every song on this tape. But a lot of the songs are good if you just listen to them with an open mind. Sure, much of the tape is spent finding a definite voice (there are moments of full-on Drake impressions), but can we just remember that this is a mixtape by a 14-year-old kid? The lyrics aren’t bad (I’d be surprised if he wrote them all himself), and the beat selection is spot on. Whoever decided young Jaden should rap over Purity Ring and “cover” SBTRKT is really smart. Blogs eat that shit up. Um, y’all was that meta?


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Tape Tuesday: The End of the World

New Tape Tuesday!

I think it was last year. I don’t even know because clearly I’ve repressed the memory. I humiliated myself. I don’t want to talk about what I did, but it was just a disaster. I felt like it was the end of the world. Instead of dealing with the problem at hand, I ignored it and buried it in the depths of my memory, while I worked on other things, trying to keep my mind off of the situation. It’s kind of what I do. I started a music blog, and one of the mixes I made on it was called nostalgia, ULTRA, named after Frank Ocean’s awesome mixtape. Anyway, I looked back on my iTunes and dug up some of the songs from that and stuck them on this mix. THE END OF THE WORLD is a rehashing of an embarrassing moment in my life. It contains both old and new songs and is super personal and dear to me. Be sure to download it and play it one year from tomorrow. Honestly, that was just a coincidence.


  1. Passion Pit – Tonight, Tonight (Smashing Pumpkins Cover)
  2. Don Trip – Cheers (jj’s Save Our Souls Remix)
  3. Dan Mangan – The Indie Queens Are Waiting
  4. Oliver Tank – Beautiful (Snoop Dogg Cover) (ft. Fawn Myers)
  5. Common – The Believer (ft. John Legend)
  6. Shy Girls – Gonna Get My Name Back
  7. Jai Paul – BTSTU (Edit)
  8. recess – love in the streets of bklyn.
  9. Michael Cera’s Interlude
  10. Ed Sheeran – You Need Me
  11. The Killers – Mr. Brightside (Cry Wolf Remix)
  12. Moby – The Day (Yeasayer Remix)
  13. Foster the People – Miss You
  14. Electric Guest – Troubleman
  15. Grouplove – Tongue Tied
  16. Skizzy Mars – Shangri-La
  17. Fibes, Oh Fibes! – Cerahtonia
  18. 2AM Club – Tell Her Hi
  19. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis – The End
  20. Youth Lagoon – Goodbye Again (John Denver Cover)
  21. The Tallest Man On Earth – The Drying of the Lawns
  22. Wintersleep – Weighty Ghost


New Tape Tuesday!

You whispered, “Don’t you love music? It’s such a gift, and I’ll give it to ya. But you gotta use it.”

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Friday At Five [Weekend Music]

Friday at Five

#TGIFAF. I think I’m still hungover from last weekend. The first ever Big Ten Championship game in Indianapolis was awesome. It was my first time in Naptown, and treated me well Naptown did. If you’re ever around, Wild Beaver Saloon is a dope spot. Any readers from Indy? Anyway, I’ve collected five tracks for you guys to drop it like it’s hot as the workweek/school week comes to a close. What’s everybody up to this weekend?

1. “Bass Down Low (Proper Villains Remix) – Dev

The Cataracs ft Dev- Bass Down Low (Proper Villains Remix) by proper villains

Eletro beatsmith Proper Villains takes this quintessential Dev jam and makes it completely filthy. Shouts to tha brother for finding this one. #DirtyGirlsLoveDubstep

2. “Just Wanna Dance Yrself Clean (Jay-Z x LCD Soundsystem) – The Hood Internet

Just Wanna Dance Yrself Clean (Jay-Z x LCD Soundsystem)
by hoodinternet

What happens when you strap together a hook from Skateboard P, bars from Jigga and production from
James Murphy? IT’S. ABOUT. TO GO. DOWN!

3. “Levels (Haydn Hoffman Remix)” – Avicii

Avicii – Levels (Haydn Hoffman Bootleg Remix) by haydnhoffman

California native Haydn Hoffman puts his own spin on Jordan’s favorite song. Ever. Seriously, he fucking loves this song.

4. “Helena Beat (Com Truise Remix)” – Foster The People

Foster The People – Helena Beat (Com Truise Remix) by Com Truise

Indie blog darlings turned played-at-every-bar-I-went-to-this-summer Foster The People get a nice treatment by hilariously named Com Truise. At least it’s not “Pumped Up Kicks,” right? Right.

5. “Make Her Say (Sammy Bananas Remix)” – Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi – Make Her Say ft. Kanye West & Common (Sammy Bananas Remix) by Sammybananas

Is it safe to say that Lydia is BANANAS for Kid Cudi. See what I did there?

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Foster The People ft. DJ Reflex & Kendrick Lamar – Pumped Up Kicks

One of the most underrated lyricists in the game, Kendrick Lamar, links up with DJ Reflex to provide this remix to the “oh so popular” song Pumped Up Kicks by Foster The People. Not the type of instrumental Kendrick usually goes in on, but who doesn’t like Foster The People?

Foster The People ft. DJ Reflex & Kendrick Lamar – Pumped Up Kicks Remix

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Tape Tuesday: Songs for an Actress


Oh my Bruce Almighty, please acknowledge Zooey Deschanel on the cover. Take your time, too. I don’t care if you’re a girl or a boy. Zooey transcends genders. Needless to say, I had fun making this.

Now, let’s talk about the mixtape. It’s kinda long at 26 songs, but it’s really really good. The tape is named after a Hoodie Allen song of basically the same name and kind of tells a story that culminates at the lyrics, I think I finally know what I want / I want to be two places at once. Sound interesting enough? I recommend that you download it in its entirety. Preview some tracks below.



01. King Charles – Love Lust

02. The Tough Alliance – Something Special

03. TEACHERS – Gold

04. Said The Whale – Out on the Shield

05. Givers – Ceiling of Plankton

06. Mando Diao – Dance with Somebody

07. ANR – It’s Around You

08. Reptar – Stuck in my Id

09. Little Red – Forget about Your Man

10. Hoodie Allen – Song for an Actress

11. Tokyo Police Club – Favorite Colour (PUNCHES Remix)

12. Foster the People – I Would Do Anything for You

13. The Dø – Too Insistent

14. Sufjan Stevens – All for Myself

15. The Weeknd – The Birds (Part 1)

16. Hugo – 99 Problems (Jay-Z Cover)

17. Girls – Magic

18. Summer Camp – Better Off Without You

19. Jens Lekman – An Argument with Myself

20. Gotye  – Somebody that I Used to Know (ft. Kimbra)

21.  The Lighthouse and the Whaler – Under Mountain, Under Ground

22. Team Me – Me and the Mountain

23. Mount Auburn – Something New

24. St. Lucia – All Eyes on You

25. The Sound of Arrows – M.A.G.I.C

26. Keepaway – Yellow Wings


Songs for an Actress Back Cover

I forgot track 13 on this cover on purpose, because it’s unlucky? Will people actually believe that?

Arjun || Twitter



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e-dubble – Be Okay

e-dubble! My man! Haven’t posted any of his music in quite some time, but he’s back after an apparent computer crash with a Foster the People sample, a Nicki Minaj impersonation (well, that’s what I take of the British accent), and one of the better tracks I’ve heard from him yet. Damn, he even has a little bit of a Kanye impression at one point, with the fuzzed-out talking rap section saying ‘we gonna be okay, at least I hope so!’ I am REALLY feeling this track. e-dub, I’ve always loved you, brotha, but from then to now, you have taken your talents to a whole new level. Very well done, sir!
e-dubble – Be Okay by edubble

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