Monthly Archives: July 2011

Filligar at Wicker Park Fest

This past Sunday I got to catch one of my favorite groups perform at Wicker Park Fest. The Chicago band that can be classified as anything from indie to rock, Filligar, graced the Center Stage of the festival. Singer Johnny Mathias, doing his best Tyler The Creator impression by performing with a broken foot, wowed the crowd with energizing vocals while brothers Pete (drums) and Teddy (bass), and longtime friend Casey Gibson accompanied with dizzying melodies that made you feel weird if you didn’t find yourself humming along or tapping your foot. I’ve followed this band for quite some time now, really noticing the progression they have made musically…now playing a more traditional kind of rock, which has led to sell outs all across the nation.

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Lollapalooza 2011: What to Wear

Fashion magazines are already buzzing about the must-have looks for fall, but I’m not willing to give up the fact that there is still over a month of summer left, and there is no better place to whip out the season’s hottest trends than for my favorite weekend of summertime Chi- Lollapalooza.

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Pitchfork Day One: Curren$y, Das Racist, and James Blake

Pitchfork Music Festival had its 7 year anniversary (Comin’ for you Lolla) this past weekend in Union Park, and like in past years, the carefully selected lineup did not disappoint. With three day passes selling out in a little over an hour, I showed up to the fest Friday to see a bunch of hipsters already in full concert mode.

Check out reviews of Curren$y, Das Racist (INCLUDING A FULL VERSION OF A BRAND NEW SONG), and James Blake here. Continue reading

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Black Keys and Florence and the Machine: Highlights of Summerfest 2011

Summerfest wrapped up its 44th year Sunday after an eleven day showcase of over 700 bands. I was lucky enough to snag tickets for the popular Milwaukee festival on Wednesday to see The Black Keys, Florence and the Machine and Cage the Elephant live. Cage the Elephant kicked off the night’s performances, and my friends and I arrived at the festival in time to catch a few of the band’s songs. I cannot say that I was the biggest fan of the Kentucky-originated band before I saw them live, and I have to admit that their performance did nothing to alter my opinion. Although the band put on a high-energy show, with lead singer Matthew Shultz weaving his way into the crowd on multiple occasions, Cage the Elephant proved to be a bit too scream-o for my taste.

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