Summer is on us and that means a few things. The one that gets me excited is that means its music festival season. Not including street fests, there are around 20 days of official music festivals. Musicians from all over the world are going to be flooding into Chicago to spread a little influence. It can be a little overwhelming trying to wade through all of them to find the acts you really want to see. So let me make a couple suggestions.
The first video you should watch is by the Canadian group Hey Rosetta!. Last fall they impressed me with their video for the song ‘Bandages’. Sadly, beyond that video I didn’t give them much of a chance. But over the past couple weeks I haven’t been able to find enough of their music to listen to. This is one act at Lollapalooza this year I do not want to miss. With their popularity growing impressively since 2005, this one show I expect to be able to sit in the lawn surrounded by a crowd singing along with every song.
Now if you are looking for a little more bass in your music, Spring Awakening Festival is going to be a great spot for you. The one act that really stands out to me is Flux Pavilion. Using aggressive and powerful beats, you have no choice but put a hand in the air and bounce around. Seriously, watch this video and not at least bob your head around. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
Justice is not going to be a new name for most people. Sadly, while looking at the line-up for Lollapalooza this year, it looks like they might be going up against Jack White on Sunday. Decisions Decisions. The question is where do you put them? Are the big enough to handle a main stage Sunday night, or will they be closing out the Perry’s Tent? Either way, their performance should be epic. And even with seeing them already this year at Coachella (Greatest Moment of Week 1), it is going to be a tough not seeing them again.
And finally, coming to North Coast is Atmosphere. Hailing from Minneapolis, Atmosphere has been bringing great performances to Chicago for years. I got to see him a few years back at Lollapalooza, and again last year, and been a fan ever since. His live shows are fun and energetic. Whenever his set falls, he will be worth checking out. His lyrics are honest and relatable.
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