Archive for August 2014

Concert Review: North Coast Music Festival 2014 (Saturday, August 30, 2014 - Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, STS9 and more)

Concert Review: North Coast Music Festival 2014 (Saturday, August 30, 2014 - Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, STS9 and more)
Saturday marked the opening of Labor Day weekend with performances by Kid Cudi, Talib Kweli, STS9 and more on the second day of the popular fifth-annual hip-hop and electronic dance festival known as North Coast Music Festival... ...

Part Two: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)

Part Two: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)
In part two of my interview with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, we delve into the ongoing series of Smashing Pumpkins album reissues and discuss the future of rock and roll in the social media era.  Billy Corgan performs a rare solo set Saturday night at Ravinia... ...

Part One: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)

Part One: Q&A Interview With Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins - A Ravinia Concert Preview (Saturday, August 30, 2014 in Highland Park)
Gearing up for a show Saturday night in Highland Park, I spoke with Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan about what it's like to look back on his work with Smashing Pumpkins, Zwan and more over the course of the last twenty-five years as he prepares for a rare solo performance at Ravinia... ...
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Concert Review: Lollapalooza 2014 (Saturday, August 2, 2014 - Outkast, Jenny Lewis, Vic Mensa, Spoon, Nas, Foster the People and more)

Concert Review: Lollapalooza 2014 (Saturday, August 2, 2014 - Outkast, Jenny Lewis, Vic Mensa, Spoon, Nas, Foster the People and more)
Day two of Lollapalooza 2014 featured outstanding sets from artists like Jenny Lewis, Nas, Spoon and Foster the People as well as one of the year's most anticipated reunions in Outkast... ...

Concert Review: Lollapalooza 2014 (Friday, August 1, 2014 - Lorde, Interpol, Lucius and more)

Concert Review: Lollapalooza 2014 (Friday, August 1, 2014 - Lorde, Interpol, Lucius and more)
Friday afternoon in Grant Park, the first of nearly 100 bands got started as Lollapalooza 2014 kicked off with performances by Roadkill Ghost Choir, Lucius, AFI, Courtney Barnett, Temples, Johnnyswim, Portugal. The Man, Iggy Azalea and a transcendent set by Lorde... ...

Concert Review: Lorde Live at Lollapalooza (Friday, August 1, 2014 in Grant Park)

Concert Review: Lorde Live at Lollapalooza (Friday, August 1, 2014 in Grant Park)
Friday afternoon in Hutchinson Field at Grant Park, Lorde provided the type of communal live music moment I wasn't entirely sure we were still collectively capable of having during a transcendent set on day one at Lollapalooza 2014... ...
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