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Lollapalooza 2015: Friday, Saturday, & Sunday Recap

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!

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Balko – Fiona

Sydney band Balko, standing a golf course maybe.

With a sound that effortlessly blends lo-fi, psychedelic rock and indie pop, Sydney five-piece Balko has crafted music that is at once incredibly of the moment while possesing a timeless, nostalgic quality.

Obvious comparisons are fellow Australian groups Pond and Tame Impala, but Balko is also reminiscent of British outfit Peace, who also make their bones with ageless, guitar-based rock.

Their most recent track, “Fiona,” begins as a wonderfully dreamy, slightly wistful song and builds into a freewheeling blur of guitar and hard-pounding drums.

Balko’s music has an incredibly warm, organic quality that stays with you. “Fiona” is as close to stream of consciousness as a song can be; each note seems to effortlessly spill forth and blend together perfectly.

The band also touches on some interesting ideas lyrically, as Jack Bennett sings over and over on the chorus, “Every moment stretches time.”

Overall “Fiona” is a breezy single that illustrates Balko’s creativity and chemistry as a group.

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Mashup Monday | Week 140

Mashup Monday

Haven’t done a Mashup Monday in a hot minute, but the time has come, my friends! Back on my grind, and in need of some good party tunes, so why not turn to mashups, naw mean? Hit the jump for a whole list of the best mashups I could get my hands on.


1. Nate Belasco – Black Skinhead x Elephant (Kanye West x Tame Impala)


2. Ricky Cervantes – Forever This Young (Avicii & Aloe Blacc x The Knocks x TheFatRat)


3. DJ BAHLER – Summer Luv (The Knife x Ashanti x Fat Joe)

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“Desire Be Desire Go” – Tame Impala

Remember back when, when I posted a Tame Impala review? Agreed with a fellow blogger and said it sounds like the Beatles were put in a time warp and came back to life to create a new album, titled Innerspeaker and under the name Tame Impala. Well, I was driving home from work today, iPod was on shuffle, and this song came on. This is the absolute perfect example of how Tame Impala can sound like the Beatles. A little bit of grunge rock sound, but beautifully created, with a guitar solos that you hear in several Beatles songs, heck even the singer’s voice sounds familiar! And then one more thing…they hit and hold notes you wouldn’t expect, and bring sections of the song up in key a bit, just like the Beatles did in several songs…it’s just a crazy, uncanny resemblance in this song. And that’s not to say that Tame Impala sounds like they’re jacking the Beatles’ style – this is fresh, and it seems I’m not the only one who thinks so, as this album is creeping into speakers and headphones all around the world this summer.

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Solitude is Bliss


“Solitude is Bliss” – Tame Impala

I just bought this album, Innerspeaker, a few days ago, and I’ve already given it a couple of listens. Mainly because I wasn’t sure exactly what to think the first time around, but it wasn’t because I didn’t like it. It was because there was so much to listen to. I read a great write-up from In Your Speakers, and since I couldn’t do nearly as good of a job describing the album, I’m going to go ahead and post what they said here.

Imagine this: John Lennon has been reincarnated. His new birth name is Kevin Parker, co-founding member of Australian trio Tame Impala, a project he’s been working on since he was 13. The music is new, of course, but tonally it is straight out of the 60s. Plausible? You bet!

Tame Impala are the closest thing to what The Beatles would sound like if they had been cryogenically frozen for the past thirty years and had decided to modernize their chops upon thawing out. And yes, that is a compliment. Parker’s voice is stunningly similar to Lennon’s—everything from how his words are pronounced to the slapback delay and heavy reverb enhancing his vocal lines. And vocals aside, Tame Impala have recorded some incredible and incredibly catchy music for Parker’s crisp voice to float upon. Though the music is recorded in a similar fashion as the fab four’s later, more expansive albums, Innerspeaker doesn’t seem derivative in the slightest. It is fresh and stunningly original considering the obviousness of their influences, which is a welcome rarity given the infinite number of bands claiming identical inspirations. Read the rest at In Your Speakers

It’s really, in my opinion, worth getting. I know I’ve been saying the same thing in the past few posts (blah blah blah, buy the album), but I just bought these albums myself and haven’t regretted it for a second. In fact, they’re some of the better albums I’ve purchased in a while. Plus…I only tend to post music that I really love on this site.

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