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The 7 Sweetest Moments from Lollapalooza 2014

Every year for what’s now been 10 years running, Lollapalooza has invaded the grounds of Grant Park in Chicago, IL and grips the city in an awesome and unavoidable way. In the week leading up to the festival, you can feel the metro area swelling up, as if to prepare for the oncoming chaos. And regardless of what you thought of this year’s lineup (meh), Lolla is always a party full of spectacular moments.

This year’s fest was no exception to this rule. It’s a tall task to sum up 72-hours of music, mud, and general mayhem in just 7 small yet encapsulating moments, but I did my best for everybody’s fleeting attention spans.

Here are  The 7 Sweetest Moments from Lollapalooza 2014 below.

7. Portugal. The Man Covering It’s Always Sunny’s “Dayman”

Covers can be cheesy and predictable. Sure, we’ve all heard the indie band who does a rendition of an old Snoop Dog song or something and people go nuts over it. But, what about when a band dramatically covers a song from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia? Awesome.

6. Toothless Gosling and Prison Mike Sinage

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Festival signage usually falls within the realm of inside joke or completely and randomly awesome. These are both examples of the later.

5. Andre 3000 Bringing Girls On Stage To Shake It Like A Polaroid Picture

It’s impossible to not dance when “Hey Ya” comes on. It’s perfect. To prove this point, Andre 3000 brought some Beyonce’s and Lucy Lu’s on stage to get down to his now classic hit. I’m not complaining.

4. Grouplove Covering Beastie Boys’s “Sabotage”

Sooo, remember that thing I said about indie bands covering hip-hop songs earlier? Yeah, still awesome.

3. Malia Obama Snapping Photos With Concertgoers Like It’s No Big Deal

The First Lady was recently spotted with her daughters at the Chicago stop of the “On The Run” tour just the other week. These gals have a pretty good taste in music, I’d say.

2. Rihanna Joining Eminem for a Rendition of “Stan”

With Em and Ri kicking off a tour in Detroit soon, many expected the duo to share the stage at some point during the legendary emcee’s Lolla set. Well, it happened and it was especially awesome that she stuck around for “Stan.”

1. Chance Bringing Out R. Kelly for “Ignition (Remix)”

Chance’s set was something of a momentous event. A hometown kid headlining Perry’s stage with a crowd that arguably rivaled next door neighbor headliners Kings of Leon and Skrillex. And then Chano brought out another Chicago legend just to put icing on the cake. Nailed it.

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20 Must-Have Summer Songs of 2013, Part 1

We’re about one month into summer so it’s only right for the Sunset Fam to give you a dose of our favorite songs of the season so far.  We’ve compiled a list that’ll make you want to cruise to the beach with your windows down, with no worries in the world.  Here’s our top 20 must-have tracks to get you going for the rest of this lovely season.

 

1. Netherfriends – Uptown Boys

There’s not much I can say other than this jam by Netherfriends is one of the coolest songs I’ve ever heard. If I could only transport back to college and just drive around campus blasting this song with my windows rolled down. Fuck it, though, I’m just going to put my headphones on, play this song on repeat, and strut around living like it’s a summer day every day. It’s easy to dream when you’re always high. Lydia

 

2. La Plage – Rendez Vous

La Plage gives us that light, fun indie summer track we all need in our lives.  It’s dreamy and sweet like a summer treat. (Yes, I just said that with no shame.)  Alicia

 

3. Sol – Jump In

To be honest, I go back and forth on Sol. Sometimes I think his content is lacking substance. But when it comes to a summer tune, sometimes the last thing you want is heavy content. That’s part of what makes this song so perfect. It’s light, airy, and catchy as ever. music is my baby, she drive me crazy – Lydia

 

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Songs of the Week: July 8 – July 14

If you were slackin’ this week, let’s catch up on the best of what you missed! Songs of the Week, July 8 through July 14 edition.

1. Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red & Blue (Passion Pit Remix)

Plain and simple, this one is just a proper jam. Portugal is a great band, and with the help of Passion Pit, this remix is impossible to not dance to. It’s a struggle to stay sitting just to write this post, to be honest. I saw Portugal a few years ago at Lollapalooza and have been a fan ever since–the combination of them and Passion Pit on this one is almost too much for my weak heart to handle.

2. Ghost Beach – Moon Over Japan

This is pretty much the music I would expect Passion Pit to create if they were to experience with serious hallucinogenics. Jordan calls them indietronic (indie + electronic) which I guess makes sense, but if I had to put a label on it, I think I’d call it Triptronic. It makes me think I’m Mario gokarting down rainbow road on a quarter ounce of mushrooms. Ya know?

3. King Krule – Easy Easy

I’ve seen King Krule‘s name before, but this is the first time I’ve ever actually listened to his music, and I really dig it. The minimalist, hip hop influenced (I think?) rock that he’s making is simultaneously niche and accessible. His ability to evoke emotion through such barebones musicianship is quite impressive. There’s beauty in simplicity. Well if you’re going through hell, just keep going.

4. Beach Vacation – I Saw You

So it’s no surprise here that this song sounds tailor-made for the beach. Perfect song for cruising in a Jeep Wrangler, or better yet, a Land Rover defender, just all around a pretty perfect summer sound. Beach Vacation is a definitely a newcomer to keep your eyes on.

5. as†ronomyy – Things I’d Do For You

This is also my first time hearing as†ronomyy, and to me it kind of sounds like The Weeknd meets Schlomo. Floating, ethereal, mysterious, the artists describes the track as “an escapism song, which is why it sounds a little dreamy and otherworldly.”  This is a name we will be seeing in the future, I am sure.

 

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Portugal. The Man – Purple Yellow Red & Blue (Passion Pit Remix)

When Portugal. The Man first released “Purple Yellow Red & Blue,” I liked it. But I didn’t love it. I didn’t think it had enough oomph to it, so I wasn’t able to get myself to listen to it too many times. It was so close to being really good, but it was too slow…almost like it was having to be dragged along. The vocals were awesome, but the song just had a bit of a molasses feel to it. In that position, what’s a girl to do but hang her head and cry? It had so much potential.

Then, BOOM. Passion Pit apparently had the same reaction that I did. But they knew how to fix the problem. So they took the song, sped it up, and reenacted the moment when Forrest Gump broke out of his leg braces and just…started…runninngggggg. RUN, FORREST, RUN. This song just became an instant jam.

All I wanna do is live in ecstasy

 

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Portugal. The Man – People Say

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I’m reblogging this from somebody else on Tumblr…I hadn’t ever heard of this group before, but I like their sound. Below is what the original poster had to say about them:

“People Say” – Portugal. The Man

As you may have seen in one of the photos below, I was fortunate to catch Portugal. The Man at Bonnaroo. Though I had to miss most of their incredible feature set, I did catch their acoustic performance on the Sonic Stage. I am a more recent fan of the band, but many of their songs have a pleasant familiarity as if I’ve been grooving to them for years. “People Say” is off their new album The Satanic Satanist, coming out towards the end of July. I first heard this song a few days before leaving on my trip and couldn’t wait to share the love. It represents all the band’s great elements including powerful guitar riffs, keyboard licks and beautifully tailored harmonies that support lead singer John Gourley’s distinct singing style.

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