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Lollapalooza Interview: Alex Watson of Rivals of the Peacemaker

Rivals of the Peacemaker will get classified as Americana folk, but don’t just write them off as another band in a genre that is already packed with radio favorites and sing along hopefuls.  The Chicago four piece is made up of an interesting husband and wife duo that brings their differing musical tastes together to make the sound of Rivals of the Peacemaker.  Take a listen to “I’m Gone” and the vocal melodies of singer Alex Watson will remind you of classic country songstresses, but a few minutes in and you are greeted with a one minute long guitar solo from Billy Watson.  And so it is for Rivals of the Peacemaker, balancing the musical tastes of Alex and Billy Watson to create a new sound that embodies American folk with the way they see it fit.  We caught up with the Chicago band before a few days before their Sunday performance at Lollapalooza.  Check out the interview here! (more…)

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Best of Lollapalooza 2013: The Aftershows, Parties and Experience (Part 3)

Even though the bands stopped playing at 10 PM every night, Lollapalooza didn’t end there.  Aftershows and parties scattered throughout the city kept the music and vibe going late into the night in Chicago.  It’s hard to pick the very best of Lollapalooza when so many moments, artists, and events were great.  It’s even harder when the aftershows take on a life of their own at the festival!  It’s one of the things that makes Lollapalooza so unique and special as a festival.  It’s more than 10 hours at Grant Park, it’s a full experience embodied by the spirit of the festival and the city of Chicago.  Here is our Best of Lollapalooza 2013: aftershows, parties and experiences. (more…)

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Best of Lollapalooza 2013: Review in Pictures (Part 2)

Lollpalaooza took over downtown Chicago once again this past weekend for three days of live music from around the world.  Festival goers were treated to live music from new artists and bands that they had never heard of before, while old fans flocked to see their iconic bands play one of the big stages in North America.  Over 100,000 fans packed Grant Park in Chicago everyday to discover new music and appreciate the music they already knew they loved.  It was a gathering of music aficionados from around the world, and Lollapalooza delivered on a grand scale.  Music festivals are about the experience, about being there in the sun and at night, feeling the energy of the band and the crowd.  While pictures can’t do Lollapalooza 2013 the justice it deserves, it at least gives us somewhere to start when trying to convey just how amazing of a weekend of music it was. (more…)

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Best of Lollapalooza 2013: The Music Festival (Part 1)

Lollapalooza 2013 was the summer festival to be at this year- there’s no doubt about it, Lolla lived up to the immense hype it brought upon itself with a stellar lineup and pedigree to match.  When the 2013 lineup was officially announced on April 1st, Perry Farrell’s three day music festival was immediately tagged as the “must attend” summer event of 2013 by us.  The headliners were the perfect mix of current indie favorites and long-standing genre defining icons.  The bands throughout the day ranged from electronic solo acts, four piece folk bands, DJs in inflatable bubbles, surf punk rockers, to guitar slaying maniacs.  And it all took place with the gorgeous backdrop of downtown Chicago on one side and Lake Michigan on the other.  Picking the best from over 130 live acts was no easy task, any many more deserve to be recognized for their performances, but we still had to select the very best of Lollapalooza 2013.  Here we go!  (more…)

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Rabbits Black Guide to Lollapalooza Preshows, Aftershows and Parties

Lollapalooza might be one of the best music festivals in the world with it’s deep and diverse lineup, iconic leader and rich history, and amazing location within the heart of one of America’s greatest cities.  The downtown Chicago location provides gorgeous backdrops to the stages, a lively atmosphere surrounding the festival, easy access to the festivities, and of course a noise ordinance.  Every headliner has to stop by 10 PM, and while that might seem like a super bummer, it’s actually one of the best things about the festival.  The Lollapalooza aftershows and parties are the best of any American music festival.  Don’t believe us?  There’s over 50 preshows and aftershows to choose from starting Wednesday night and not ending to early in the morning on Monday.  We went through every aftershow and picked the 10 that you have to be at. (more…)

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Rabbits Black Guide to Sunday at Lollapalooza

The last day of a three day music festival is never easy.  You’re tired (or at least you should be by now), you’ve run out of suitable clothes for the heat and long days and nights, and you are starting to think about life back at home and at work.  That doesn’t mean you just throw up your hands and give up- it actually means quite the opposite at Lollapalooza.  With a packed Sunday lineup that includes probably the weekends greatest variety of acts, Sunday at Lollapalooza is one you can’t miss or take lightly.  It’s a full day of great music that culminates with a closing set from first time Lollapalooza performers The Cure. (more…)

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Rabbits Black Guide to Saturday at Lollapalooza 2013

Happy Saturday morning on August 3!!! The sun is bright and the music is filtering out of Grant Park early! … I apologize for the exclamation points, I know everyone is recovering from the massive Queens of the Stone Age and Nine Inch Nails sets the night before as well and the inevitable toll  of a Friday night in Chicago. But its ok, this is the day to start slow, it’s a long weekend. Wake up, grab some amazing Chicago deep dish pizza at Lou Malnati’s and then work your way over to the festival. Don’t wait too long though, it’s the quiet days that you have to look out for! (more…)

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Rabbits Black Guide to Friday at Lollapalooza 2013

Rabbits Black is journeying to Lollapalooza in Chicago this year to catch what is sure to be one of the best music festivals in the world this year.  We’ve made this trek many times and we’ve been scouring the lineup for months now to find the hidden gems and the must-see acts of Lollapalooza 2013.  We won’t keep what we found a secret because we think we are on to something pretty awesome here.  Check out our preview of Friday’s lineup and follow along as we map out exactly where you need to be during every hour of the day on Friday! (more…)