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…)
The Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF) took over West Hollywood and reminded the crowd just what a rock concert should be. The sixth annual festival partnered with Music for Relief, a nonprofit organization that festival headliner Linkin Park founded, with a significant amount of ticket sales being donated to help survivors of natural disasters. (more…)
Queens of the Stone Age shredded the Jimmy Kimmel Concert stage last Monday night. QOTSA reminded concertgoers that sometimes rock stars have to get gritty and in their fans’ faces to blow their minds. Front man John Homme brought his old-school leather-jacket rock to the heart of Hollywood as QOTSA rocked a six-song mini set behind the historic El Capitan Theatre. QOTSA’s set fuse perfectly with the dusty parking lot stage across from Hollywood High School luring summer-school students closer to learn about sex, drugs and Rock N Roll. With their highly anticipated performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago just around the corner, these desert boys seemed primed shake up the Midwest. Check out the full review after the jump… (more…)
Posted By Guest Nicole Baptista
The Postal Service’s “Give Up” shifted the emo-indie world of 2003 to a happier place. Its words resonated with the aching hearts of teenagers everywhere, but its “techy-beats” morphed ever-fashionable, emo tears into really bad, white kid dance moves. Still, the album was uplifting, much like Friday night’s 10-year reunion show at Berkeley’s Greek Theatre.
If you’ve been listening to KCRW lately then you’ve surely heard about the upcoming Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros show at the Hollywood Bowl on August 4th. This is all in support of their latest self-titled album that was released on July 23rd under Vagrant Records.
There were no big surprises this past Friday at Ruby Skye nightclub in San Francisco from House Producer/DJ Mord Fustang, just the steady thump of the bass line set below a series of whimsical synth chords, and the busy bee himself, Mord, tending to his equipment to ensure that beat would not quit until he left. (more…)
It has been a bit of a wait since the last psychedelic wave of new and awesome heavy riff California desert rock has penetrated the sound barrier; the better part of the last 6 years to be exact. While us die hard Queens fans obviously freaking loved the re-release of the original 1998 QOTSA album and tour in 2011 along with the experimental all-star party that was Them Crooked Vultures before that, and some of the best television ever with Bourdain on “No Reservations” in between, we have really all been wondering what the hell has been going on since. Well, as expected, Queens of the Stone Age has not disappointed. The front man’s front man, Josh Homme and the ever evolving QOTSA line up have once again delivered another gem that will surely transcend this generation of great Rock’N Roll…Like Clockwork.
Even though they live in Los Angeles, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club made their first musical foray into beautiful Santa Ana (actually only 30 miles away) for a sold out show at The Observatory. “To be honest I didn’t even know where this place was,” Robert Been admitted to the crowd of 550 packed comfortably into the venue’s three GA tiers. But it was OK, everyone at the venue knew who BRMC was. (more…)