Chicago loves Disclosure, there’s no doubt about that. After countless sold out shows and an incredibly packed Lollapalooza audience it seems as though fans cannot get enough of the English duo. After scoring two consecutive top 10 hit singles with “White Noise” and “You & Me”, a vote into the BBC Radio 1xtra ‘Hot Ten For 2013′, these brothers continued their momentum well into the year. The release of their debut studio album Settle hit number one on the UK Albums Chart while also charting in many countries across Europe and Australia, it also received four stars from the Guardian and a 9.1 score on Pitchfork. Not bad for a debut studio album from a duo who have only been active for the last couple of years.
Lets fast forward to one week ago: Thursday night, Chicago, House of Blues. With a line wrapping around the building, anxious fans awaited an intimate night with two of their beloved House artists. The sounds of opener T. Williams who also hails from England leaked out of the building only growing the crowds anticipation to get inside that much greater. If you’re unfamiliar with the sounds of T. Williams I highly recommend you check him out. Not only did he bless the crowd with various house tracks, he incorporated hip-hop fused baselines into the mix to give people that scrunched up face as they turned to look at their friends as if they were having a heart attack. The lights went low, T. Williams wrapped up his set, and the crowd roared. Disclosure was up next.
Back in high school I used to listen to a lot more ‘rock’ style music than I do these days. I think that stems from the lack of quality material that typically trickles out from the major record labels currently in the industry, but what can you do. Lucky for us, we get a big taste of nostalgia from the people behind Riot Fest. Since its inception last year, it has managed to create a huge following due to its awesome lineup, a curious man behind their Twitter account, and its multiple stops across the country including Denver, and Toronto.
I had the opportunity to shoot the festival and despite the cold weather gripping the evening hours, it was nothing short of amazing. Shots include Fall Out Boy, the festival attendees, and an overall look at the carnival aspect which I absolutely loved. I mean what other festival has a wrestling ring setup where Nacho Libre can be seen giving someone the pile driver? Can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year but in the meantime, take a look at our photo recap after the jump.
Summer not only brings out the heat, girls from hibernating, and amazing weather, but thousands of different music festivals across the world. As they pop up in various forms, from farm towns and forests to the concrete jungle or even a small town in Ohio called Troy, there is one thing that is for sure – the Gentlemen of the Road Tour is one of the best festivals to ever grace the Summer season. Want to know why? We’ll help take care of that for you and hopefully incite some interest in curiosity in checking out a Stopover in a town near year next year.
“In 2012 we began hosting our Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers, a global series of events in small cities and towns around the world. We spent months selecting unique places, creating venues, building the lineups, planning the aftershows, and getting to know the local people who helped make the whole thing work. The results were some of the most amazing and memorable shows we’ve ever played – and we’ve played a lot of shows! We hope those of you who made it had as much fun as we did.
This year we’ve expanded the lineups, changed the format, and worked to improve the experience in ways big and small. We have new towns, new countries, new artists, and new campsites that will become an intimate part of each event. Plus tons of surprises you’ll have to see for yourselves! We really couldn’t be more excited. But the spirit of the project remains: a music festival that celebrates local people, food and culture, where everyone pitches in and everybody gets something back.” – Mumford & Sons
We witnessed the changes. We were part of the experience. Follow us as we give you the scoop on why it’s one of the best festivals of the Summer.
Alessandro Lindblad, more commonly known as Alesso made his way to Chicago this past weekend to perform in front of a ‘sold out’ crowd at Congress Theater. After being name ‘one of 2011′s hottest artists, it was enough for MTV to name him an EDM artist to watch in 2012. With 2013 fully kicked off and as festival has just begun, Alesso is proving himself to be one of the finest progressive house DJ’s – just ask any of his fans. With his most recent hits “Years” featuring Matthew Koma as well as his remix to One Republic’s “If I Lose Myself”, Alesso is solidifying his presence in the dance music world and he’s only going to become bigger thanks to the love he’s constantly shown by other DJ’s including Avicii, members of Swedish House Mafia, Tiesto, and many more.
After a long hiatus from Congress, the crew was rounded up and the birthday of one of our good homies was celebrated properly with a trip to see Alesso on Friday April 12th. We arrived around 10:30pm, just in time to catch Adventure Club and witness the madness that has become all too common outside of Congress. With a line wrapping around the corner and people shivering due to the cold April weather, we made our way inside. A huge rush of nostalgia hit me as I walked in, with waves of flashbacks from previous shows littering my brain. It was good to be back. Another plus side to the Congress hiatus is that over the course of however many months, they’ve been doing some renovations and I must say, things are starting to look better and that includes security. Don’t get my wrong, it’s still security, but I didn’t feel as though I was dealing with the TSA when I got there.
The 15th anniversary of the Ultra Music Festival has sadly come to a close but with every new beginning comes an end – that end happens to be the most successful Ultra year to date. Spanning over 2 weekends, Bayfront Park in Miami was graced by over 300,000 visitors from across the world and over 10,000,000 fans tuned in online to catch the excitement. Yes, you read that correctly – 10 million people. It’s a great feeling to know I was able to experience it all firsthand but now that I’ve popped my Ultra cherry, I know what I would do differently next year and I’m here to pass those tips along to you. So without further delay, lets take a look at what made this years Ultra so special.
If you’ve never been to Ultra you have no idea, even the slightest idea what it’s like. 7 stages all going at one time, hundreds of thousands of EDM fans wandering around from stage to stage enjoying the worlds best DJ’s and an atmosphere like no other. The word organized chaos comes to mind. Due to the million different things happening at any given time in Miami, our Ultra experience kicked off around 6pm every day. We opted to take advantage of the various pool parties happening on South Beach during the day which consisted of multiple visits to the invite-only Redbull Guest House. The Guest House featured performances each day from John Talabot, Jamie XX, and an OWSLA Records party which boasted performances from Skrillex, Alvin Risk, Blood Diamond and a few others. Keep this is mind when you decide to plan a trip to Miami. It’s very overwhelming at times and schedule conflicts are bound to occur.
This past Saturday, February 23rd to be exact, Denis Jasarevic aka Gramatik hit Chicago’s Riviera Theater for an intimate night of lights and some of the best music to grace the electronic music scene. To be completely honest, I have several friends who have been into Gramatik for some time now, but I had never really explored his work – until now. After being signed to the Pretty Lights Music label, he’s continued to give out his music to his fans for free.
“As an artist that based his entire career on the platform of free file sharing, I’m dedicating it to the fight against severe internet censorship bills we’ve been hearing about so much in the past months. Bastards have been trying to cripple the internet on a global scale with bills like ACTA/SOPA/PIPA and I’m sure there’s more of them coming, so this one goes out for spreading awareness! Reject them all, they will never stop the sharing, the Internet is our realm, digital freedom!” – Gramatik
He couldn’t have said it any better. For someone who gives away record after record for free, he has quite a huge fan base and it shows. The Riviera Theater was packed and everyone, I mean everyone, had a smile from ear to ear during the whole thing. People genuinely seemed to be there for the music vs. some other artists sets I’ve seen here in Chicago.
The LONGLIVEA$AP Tour stormed through Chicago last Thursday at the infamous Congress Theater with guest appearances from the A$AP Mob, chipped-tooth Danny Brown, Qunicy Hanley, better known as Schoolboy Q, and about 20 of their friends who bopped around on stage like a scene out of E-40′s “Tell Me When To Go” video. After releasing his debut mixtape LiveLoveA$AP almost a year ago this October 31st, Rocky began to receive heavy acclaim due to it’s southern feel, production featuring woozy soundscapes, low and mid-tempo beats, and chopped and screwed choruses.
With it being my first time catching Rocky live, I was curious as to how the show would go. Considering myself a Hip-Hop show veteran, I’ve become accustomed to rappers and their “stage presence” which typically includes a DJ stand, maybe some sort of backdrop, and then it’s all topped off with a bunch of random people standing on stage looking into the crowd. Would this be any different I wondered? The answer: not really. Do keep in mind that these are the opinions of myself and not necessarily those of IMF, but we can get into the details behind my opinion further into this review. Now, lets paint a picture of what went down for those of you who may happened to have missed A$AP Rocky and the Mob live at Congress Theater.
Four years ago Electric Zoo was just an idea. Now it’s been named the “Best Electronic Dance Music Festival in the United States” by Billboard.com. You don’t have to be a genius to realize that’s an astronomical feat, considering the competition. Labor Day weekend has since come and gone, but not without leaving some people saying “That was the best weekend of my life.” Electric Zoo 2012 was a massive success, thanks to Made Event and Plexi PR, the two largest organizations assigned with the daunting task of organizing a party that is New York’s largest electronic music festival.
With so many festivals all around the world, I can’t help but scrutinize over the tiniest details. It’s not just about the music anymore; it’s about the whole experience, at least for some people. The experience not only includes events and attractions during the festival, but everything surrounding the festival a few days before and a few days after. So as I write this review I tell myself to think BIG. Think about everything that goes into the preparation and coordination of a music festival, and sum it up as best as possible, while still providing insight from all possible points of view.
The Calm Before The Storm
Electric Zoo comes at a perfect time of the year. Labor Day weekend is for some the unofficial closing weekend of the summer, while for others is a time where school starts back up and football season commences. Some are just happy because Monday is a public holiday and most businesses are closed. Whatever the reason, EDM fans around the country only had one thing on their minds: The Zoo. It seemed to take forever to arrive, but the weekend finally came, and everyone was ready. Hit the jump to check out our complete recap.