Saturday, 9 July 2011

Music: The Search for Lollapalooza - Pt. 1

I am trying my best to get a post out every other day or so, but sometimes time doesn't work with you!

Anyways, I had mentioned previously that I would be attending this years Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, Illinois from August 5th to 8th, and because of this, I have set a personal goal of checking out each band before the trip to figure out my ideal concert experience. 

So, I plan on doing a little series which I will be calling The Search for Lollapalooza, previewing the bands that I find interesting, and hopefully get a good understanding of the festival layout!

Young The Giant

Genre: Light Rock/Folk
Lollapalooza Show Time: 1:00-1:45 on Friday at the Bud Light stage.
Band Profile: Formed in 2004 as The Jakes, this Cali band's "made it" moment happened when they won a contest to open for the King of Leon in 2009 at the Chicago House of Blues, and ever since has been creating buzz through the release of their debut self-titled album and frequent song-drops on MTV and other TV networks.
Personal Opinion: I'm liking their style, but I think they need to bring a bit more energy to the table if they want to become big. As their set is one of the first of the day, I expect them to get a good crowd as the first day of a festival is usually the best day to play an early gig.

The Naked and Famous

Genre: Psych/Future Rock
Lollapalooza Show Time: 1:30-2:15 on Friday at the Sony stage.
Band Profile: A New Zealand band, The Naked and Famous have skyrocketed into the scene, having only recently released their first set of songs and have gained quite a following in such as short time. 
Personal Opinion: New bands are always hard to figure out, as they don't have much to judge from, you don't know a lot about them, and you don't even know if they'll be around in a year. But I guess that's the fun part, isn't it? Some people compare these guys to MGMT, and I can see where that comes from. I would just hope that The Naked and Famous can continue to expand their influences and develop a unique path.

  • Any Opinions on these two bands?
  • Like my new series?
  • Anyone else going to a festival this year?
Let me know below!


  1. this is a good idea you have to enjoy the festival. I've never heard of either of those two bands, but like what I hear.

  2. i like the "future rock" naked and famous. sounds pretty awesome

  3. I'm not going to any festivals. Gotta save money.

  4. The Naked and Famous sounds interesting. The links to MGMT are definetely there, but they're no real copy. Hope taht there will be more.

  5. I hope you have fun at lollapalooza, it's a good idea to try and find out more about the bands before you go :)

  6. Interesting, i will listen a bit more of both bands. Lollapalooza Chile was crazy, Chicago should be no different.

  7. Never head of either band before now, but the Naked and Famous sound more my speed.

  8. wish i could go to lollapaloza.

  9. I'm supposed to go to this as well, might have to cancel because of a wedding going on though.

  10. Being from California, I have no idea how I never have heard of Young the Giant, they're not bad, lots o' potential.

  11. The naked and famous are pretty cool.

  12. Skrillex for the win!
    +followed ;)