When you read about bands that struggled before becoming successful, it's always inspiring. But with Strand of Oaks, that struggle is taken to a different level.
There's a glass-half-full perspective that should be considered by even the grumpiest of festivalgoers -- one that's probably a big part of why events like Lollapalooza sell out completely before their lineups are even announced.
Female artists, particularly pop musicians, are continually defined within parameters that are practically impossible to satisfy: Not too sexy but not too prudish, not too aggressive but not too meek, not too serious or smart but not too fun or "dumb." And it sets them up to "fail."
As commercialization increases, Super Concerts are labeled as music festivals and made to be a hot ticket of the summer. This is not the natural progression for the thriving music festivals in America and around the world, but a bastardization and redefinition of the concept of a festival.
With the determination of a quarterback driving his team down the field in the final two minutes, the charming and versatile front man of Cold War Kids Nathan Willett plays to win, either through his voice or various instruments (piano, guitar, keyboards, percussion).
Drake and The Black Keys are among the headliners for this year's Governors Ball, which invades Randall's Island Park nestled in the East River between Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx. A three-day, round-trip ferry pass between Manhattan and the park costs $55, and a three-day pass for round-trip shuttle rides between Randall's Island and Brooklyn costs $65.
It seems any time a female artist sings about the opposite sex in a way many male artists do all the time, they're labeled a "bad girl" or filled with angst. Alanis Morrisette got that when she broke out 20 years ago.
As the Chicago skyline shone directly to my west, thousands of teens and 20-somethings wearing plastic wristbands streamed past me. Some waved open purses and backpacks in my direction, assuming I was there to inspect both. When I did neither, their pace quickened.
In addition to always hosting some of the biggest artists out there, the festival is famous as a launching pad for the careers of some of today's most popular acts. Here are 3 emerging acts from a variety of genres that we think will stand out at Lolla this year.
If you're coming for Pitchfork or Lollapalooza, don't miss out on what the rest of the city has to offer. We wait all year for summer -- you may have heard that we just had an epically terrible winter -- and this is the best time to take in all that's awesome about Chicago.
So you didn't get tickets to Lollapalooza. It wasn't even a "you snooze, you lose," situation -- those passes sold out in minutes, not hours. Thankfully, Chicago has so much more to offer in the way of live music festivals.
Festival season has kicked off for the year, with events nationwide inspiring music and comedy fans, foodies and travelers to hit the road this spring and summer. The best way to enjoy the shows is to do a little planning beforehand.
Are movie trailers to movies what book covers are to books? Do you ever judge an event/movie/festival by its trailer? Promoters, like publishing houses, bet that you do.
A sea of denim, grunge-wear, and Lana Del Ray look-a-likes dominated the fashion scene for Chicago's largest music festival, and I was there with my lens to capture the most dynamic, fashion-forward looks of the weekend.
Some vacationers look for Marriotts and McDonald's, anything to uphold the status quo. Not me. I blaze into a city, a country, a destination looking for one-of-a-kind rarities, attractions I will likely have but one opportunity to see.
For the past few years, I have been reliving a youth spent in a world without the equivalent of the modern music mega-festival.