Monthly Archives: September 2011

Pygmalion Music Festival 2011 Champions

What a wonderful, exhausting, awesome 5 days. It was my first of I hope many Pygmalion Festivals, and I was treated to a great lineup, enthusiastic crowds, weird hipster dancing, and a photo pass (pictures are here if you don’t want to read show reviews). Texas’s own, Explosions in the Sky, headlined the first night, with the rest of the festival boasting acts such as Cut Copy, Toro y Moi, Washed Out, MiMOSA, and the Hood Internet among others.

Who would win the 2011 Piggy Crown?

Somewhere the "Lollie" Award winners are wishing they could be involved in this contest

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VOTW: Pumped Up Kicks Dance Routine

I’m not one that’s particularly into the whole dubstep scene, but I got mad respect for people that dance really well. Sebastian’s Embody video is one of my favorite videos of all time, so I HAVE to give some love to Marquese “Nonstop” Scott, the dancer in this video. It’s the dubstep remix of Foster the People’s Pumped Up Kicks, and it literally looks like this dude is in space dancing. Gravity doesn’t apply to him. Check out below for ACITM’s video of the week….

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Precious Junk – Treasure Hunting at the Randolph Street Market Festival

Braving the rain of last Sunday morning, my friend Adam and I arrived at the Randolph Market Festival eager to add vintage peices to our personal treasure collections. Showcasing unique necklackes, antique home goods and handbags dating back to the early 1900s, the Randolph Street Market Festival could easily be renamed “Any Stylish Chicagoan’s Goldmine.”

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The Badger Short Bus Invades Chicago

University of Wisconsin- Madison fans swarmed Chicago this past weekend for the UW vs. NIU football game at our hometown staple- Soldier Field.

As a proud UW alum myself, I pulled up to the game in style – on the infamous Badger Short Bus. Owned by five young gents, Paul O’Hara, Tom Davich, Dain Peer, Brian Snouffer and Tom Rohlf, the Badger Short Bus acts as a shuttle service to home and away Wisconsin football games. The arrival of the Badger Short Bus to the Soldier Field parking lot on Saturday signaled the start of a tailgating party hours before the start of the game.  Badger fans of all ages, decked out in red attire, striped overalls and cow print threads, eagerly awaited kick off. Check out the video above for a taste of the Badger Short Bus Festivities.

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Top 10 Acts to See at Pygmalion

If you’re a U of I student tired of totes ragin’ every night at the krazy keggers at Sigma Delta Zeta Phi Omega Zeta Beta Kayta and want to see good music for 5 days (instead of hearing Bruno Mars and New Boyz at the ∑∆πΩZßK house), this festival is for you. If you’re a Chicago resident still really upset that Pitchfork/Lollapalooza/North Coast had to end, and just a little more music would make you feel better, this festival is also for you. Pygmalion Music Festival can be seen as summer’s last stand, or fall’s bright start. The festival that takes place September 21-25 offers 90 bands playing at 10 different locations throughout the Champaign-Urbana area.

As we did with Lollapalooza, picking the shows you could not miss and basically crafting your schedule for you (It’s ok to admit it), here are the top 10 acts to see at Pygmalion.

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Video You Have To See- Crystal Castles @ HOB

Today’s video of the week is a compilation I made after attending the Crystal Castles Lollapalooza pre-show held at the House of Blues. The light show in the video is awesome, and it makes for a perfect backdrop for Alice Glass’s original Ipod ad-inspired dance moves. There are some great shots of Alice jumping into and singing on top of the audience about halfway through the video as well.

Enjoy!!

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VOTW: Lost Count-A Love Story (RIP Rodney Kyles)

This week’s video is in memory of the Scoom Squad ambassador himself, Rodney Kyles Jr.

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Sebastian + Diplo @ The Congress Theater (NCMF After Show)

This wasn’t your typical concert. This wasn’t just some rave you hear about randomly through a string of text messages. The Mad Decent founder, Diplo, was in the house, the prince of Ed Banger, Sebastian, was also in the house, and this was the last weekend of the summer (for all of us young’ins). If you can’t get up for something like that, well, you can’t get up for anything.

Photo by Bill Whitmire

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UIC’s Spark in the Park

UIC’s second annual Spark in the Park featured performances by Flosstradamus, Cool Kids and self-proclaimed “UIC alum” Lupe Fiasco.

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VOW: Theophilus London “I Stand Alone” (Official Video!)

This week’s video of the week………… Theophilus London!

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