IMF has once again linked up with talented photographer Isaac Joel Torres to bring you one of the most intriguing women we’ve had the pleasure to work with, Samantha Sunderhuse. While she does enjoy starring in front the lens, her talents go far beyond. As an eco-friendly stylist and vintage shop owner, Samantha hopes to create environmental awareness and own physical shops internationally. Aside from styling wardrobe for big budget films, Samantha hopes to exercise her love for cinematography and create legendary imagery. IMF, Mr. Torres, and Samantha all linked up to co-create this latest visual to drop. Did we mention that the entire wardrobe used for this video features some of Samantha’s vintage pieces? Hit the jump to check out the the entire collab.
2012 marked the inaugural year of Summer Set Music & Camping Festival hosted by React Presents, Sound in Motion and Majestic Live. Knowing that React Presents already has the method down with large-scale music events like Spring Awakening and North Coast Music Festival, we decided it was worth the six hour journey to Somerset, Wisconsin for another weekend full of good music and good company. Although camping was available, we had spent countless nights camping this summer at festivals and decided to treat ourselves to a water-front cabin along the St. Croix river.
Summer Set took place on the grounds of Somerset Amphitheater surrounding the Wisconsin countryside. Upon entering the actual grounds, we noticed how security was almost non-existant. After a quick pat-down, we began scanning what appeared to be vendor row and some smaller art exhibits. At this point, all three of the stages were now in view. The Main stage and then two smaller, genre-specific stages. The hockey rink attracted dance music fans and the second stage catered to smaller cult artists.
Over on the north side of the hill, I could see a huge Groupon sign so decided to wonder over there and check out what they had to offer. As I got closer, I noticed it was a sponsored tented area known as the Groupon Hammock Hang-Out Hut and was great for anyone looking to catch at the top of the hill at the main stage for anyone looking to relax in the shade. With the main stage still in view, it was a peaceful getaway for attendees.
Dixon, Illinois: The quintessential American small town: the high school looks like a castle, there’s a replica of the Berlin wall, and some local guy drives a car shaped like a chicken. They also have a lively main street, a thriving downtown, and a riverfront park on the banks of the iconic Rock River. On Saturday August 19th, Mumford & Sons took it over along with their friends from Gogol Bordello, Dawes, Abigail Washburn, The Very Best, Apache Relay, Haim, and Nathaniel Rateliff. The end result: pure awesomeness dubbed the Gentlemen of the Road.
The GOTR tour features 7 various stops including locations in Portland, California, with stops also overseas in the UK and Ireland. And if you couldn’t tell already, we had the pleasure of visiting their Dixon Illinois stopover which also coincidentally happened to be the only stop you were able to camp at. It just kept getting better and better folks. The stop was also hosted by none other than comedian Reggie Watts whose hair is almost as amazing as his jokes. We came, we saw, we had literally the time of our lives, and this is our recap through the haze of Jack Daniels.
On Saturday August 11th, Dutch DJ/Producer Nicky Romero stopped through Chicago to give fans a little taste of how he gets down while in the booth. Having not been to The Mid in quite awhile (we took a break), it was business as usual outside. Fans trying to get in, packed lines, pretty ladies in heels, and a lot of bros. On one end I was a little surprised, on the other, it was Saturday night and people wanted to come spend their hard earned money on bottles and sparklers. Take a peek at a little something something we shot in partnership with our friends at Electronic Spotlight!
We’re still slightly in recovery mode from the ridiculous weekend that was Lollapalooza. I’ve never seen more people in one place at one time in my life, but it was a pretty cool thing to experience. After the festival let loose at 10pm, there was a plethora of things to do around the city, aka. all the after shows. We had the pleasure of hitting the Filter Magazine party with Neon Indian and Passion Pit Thursday night, an M83 DJ set at SpyBar on Friday, and then we wrapped things up at Congress Theater with Zeds Dead on Saturday. I took the camera out for a little while and snapped a few shots of everything and turned it into a little video. Above is the end result. Enjoy.
Some of you may remember Deadmau5 hitting Chicago to perform an unhooked set at Studio Paris back in May, and before we saw the madness that was his set, we stopped by the Trump International to sit down with the beautiful Audrey Napoleon before she opened for him. We got the low down on where she came up with her name, her EP Ornamental Egos she just released yesterday, new material she’s working on, and much more.
If you’re not familiar with her music, we highly suggest you make yourself familiar. 2012 has already been a great year for her and she’s showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Head over to iTunes to purchase her EP Ornamental Egos and stay tuned because she’s dropping another EP in just a few months! Thanks to Audrey and John Ochoa!
I’ve encountered some sort of EDM overload lately which I attribute to the heavy doses of womps and wobbles I took at Electric Forest and Spring Awakening. Since WebMd has not been able to give me a cure for too much bass in my face I decided to take it upon myself to self medicate my ears with some smoother sounds at the Pitchfork Music Festival. The Pitchfork tastemakers didn’t skip a beat this year bringing an incredible lineup of hip hop and indie acts to town for an unbelievable weekend of music, fashion, and hipsters. This was my first year attending the festival and it was just what the doctor should have ordered for my EDM overload.
“If you a trill bitch get your motherfucking hands up”
I was indeed a trill bitch and arrived just in time for the A$AP mob to request my hands in the air before a rowdy rendition of “Pretty Flacko.” Since I missed the opening of his set I decided to quickly make my way into the thick of the crowd in order to get the full effect of the madness. Luckily I was schooled in all things A$AP Rocky by Zwalkk since the debut of his mixtape late last year and was easily able to part the seas of bodies spitting along with Rocky and bopping to the beats as I made my way front and center. As the rain started pouring I looked around to see a familiar scene of a high school and college aged crowd dancing wildly to “Bass” and shooting finger glocks in the air. I was home.
Continue reading our Pitchfork recap after the jump.
With an incredible influx of music festivals happening all across the states due to this whole “EDM invasion” or whatever you want to call it, more and more festivals are popping up but lacking key elements to make them memorable. Sure the music will be great (maybe), sure you’ll see a few of your favorite artists, but is the festival really creating an experience that will leave a lasting impression on your psyche? Probably not. Two companies however seem to have all their ducks in a row and fully grasp what it takes to create the ultimate festival experience, Insomniac and Madison House Presents. Together, they brought 20,000 music lovers the second year of the Electric Forest Music Festival and we’re pretty sure it won’t be the last time either.
Perhaps best known now for its unparalleled attention to the seamless integration of music, art and community, Electric Forest continually takes the festival experience to the next level. The festival’s now-legendary Sherwood Forest, located in the heart of the festival site, each year raises the bar of patron expectations with its state-of-the-art, jaw-dropping light displays, intricate and earthy artful touches, and everything in between. – Madison House Presents
And they couldn’t be more correct. We embarked on a four day journey to the forest complete with a 13-car caravan, tents, food, and more boxes of glow toys than we knew what to do with. Follow us as we recap our journey to Electric Forest.