Lollapalooza 2015 Lineup

Ain’t no surprise that half of these people are coming through to Chicago once more. With tickets selling out in minutes, be sure to stay up on that phone and computer game for your 1 day passes. While you at it, pop out some Steel Reserve, it might be a minute. Good luck y’all.

Friday, July 31
Paul McCartney, The Weeknd, alt-J, Alabama Shakes, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Gary Clark Jr., Flying Lotus, Hot Chip, The War On Drugs, Father John Misty, Cold War Kids, DJ Snake, Sylvan Esso, MS MR, Tove Lo, Glass Animals, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, First Aid Kit, DJ Mustard, James Bay, BROODS, MisterWives, What So Not, SZA, Jamestown Revival, Philip Selway, Young Thug, Coasts, DESTRUCTO, BØRNS, BADBADNOTGOOD, Mighty Oaks, Bear’s Den, Peking Duk, Black Pistol Fire, Spookyland, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Kyle Thorton & The Company, The New Pacific, Daye Jack, The Pop Ups, Q Brothers, School Of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips

Saturday, August 1
Metallica, Sam Smith, Alesso, Tame Impala, Kid Cudi, Brand New, Carnage, G-Eazy, Walk The Moon, Tyler The Creator, The Tallest Man On Earth, Banks, Chet Faker, Sturgill Simpson, Death From Above 1979, Toro Y Moi, Charli XCX, Django Django, Boys Noize, Delta Spirit, RL Grime, Givers, Ryn Weaver, Travi$ Scott, CAKED UP, Hermitude, Wet, HOLYCHILD, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Zella Day, Mt. Eden, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, SNBRN, Elle King, Beat Connection, Mick Jenkins, Raury, Jack Novak, Pell, White Sea, Hippo Campus, COIN, Danny Weinkauf, School Of Rock AllStars, The Jimmies, Mista Cookie Jar & The Chocolate Chips, The Helmets

Sunday, August 2
Florence + The Machine, Bassnectar, Of Monsters And Men, A$AP Rocky, TV On The Radio, NERO, Kygo, Twenty One Pilots, Nicky Romero, Marina And The Diamonds, FKA Twigs, Lord Huron, Gogol Bordello, Stromae, ODESZA, LOGIC, The Chainsmokers, Wild Belle, Twin Peaks, Angus & Julia Stone, George Ezra, Strand Of Oaks, MOON TAXI, Shakey Graves, Galantis, Night Terrors of 1927, Alison Wonderland, Circa Waves, DMA’s, Sheppard, Mako, Skylar Spence, The Wombats, Halsey, Lion Babe, Black Tiger Sex Machine, VERITE, JackLNDN, ZEBRA KATZ, The Lonely Biscuits, SirenXX, In The Whale, Atarah Valentine, The Pop Ups, Danny Weinkauf, Motown Pete, Q Brothers, School Of Rock AllStars

Underground Wonder Bar – “Follow The Fox” 03.29.14

Hyped from the start, Underground Wonder Bar’sFollow The Fox” was one of many anticipated events going down Saturday night. Needless to say, shit definitely did not disappoint.

Featuring four of Chicago’s most talked about artists – Brian Fresco, Mojek, A Billion Young, and Dally Auston, the whole city came out to show love. Chance The Rapper, making a brief pit stop in his hometown, came through early on the night showing love and hyping the crowd. Even with a tight schedule, Chance’s appearance was a great early reminder that not only are Chicago artists leading the music industry but talent in the Windy city is growing bigger, better, and faster than any other city.

Starting the night off was Mojek or Young Africa, another Chicago-based producer who hit his set hard with a mixture of smooth house tracks and remixed club tunes. Without a doubt, it was clear why he was leading the night. Throwing down crisp tracks while seamlessly upping the energy of the crowd and performers, dude had everyone vibing. Setting the mood for the night, Mojek does a great job transitioning for Brian Fresco and A Billion Young’s set, one of the many highlights of the night.

Brian Fresco was one of the many talked about names of the hour. And for good reason. His energy and his ability to command the crowd were so on point. By the beginning, middle, and end of his performance he had every person in every corner bumping and dusting the sweat off their foreheads. A Billion Young also threw down with Brian Fresco, hitting beat after beat while still showcasing their individual sound. Having already wrote about A Billion Young earlier this week, these guys are even more impressive live. With a special eye for detail and a real passion for their craft, these guys are definitely ones to watch.

Despite the high-note that these guys left, Dally Auston ended the night and came through with the same energy. Showing us why previous laidback tracks like “WSGT$” and “Hol’ Up” is just another layer of his work, Dally Auston gave the crowd another look at this creative process. Throwing down even more dope hooks, fresher verses, and lyrical emphasis, I am excited to see all that Dally Auston is bringing to the table.

All in all, great job last night! With a fusion of different music, fashion, and art lovers all in one room and supporting the music community, the love and energy was definitely a great reminder why other cities really don’t got shit on us. In other words, Chicago artists have and always will be the ones to put the industry on. Period.

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Kanye West x Rhymefest: Donda’s House

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Launched August 2013, Donda’s House “Got Bars” program is slowly making its mark as the creative hub of our generation. Founded by the legendary Kanye West and led by Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Rhymefest, childhood friend and West’s cowriter, started the “Got Bars” program with the focus on music/lyric composition and performance. This unique program aimed towards 15-24 year olds, prides itself on the “90’s artist environment” where all artists are pushed to become creative mentally and physically.

Backed by the largest names in hip hop, Kanye West and Rhymefest, applicants from different corners of the city wrestled the cold Chicago weather to be part of the Donda Family. As the air grew thicker inside the Ark of St. Sabina, tensions ran high as applicants proved why they earned their title as an artist.

This statement could not be truer than the moment one walks in. Decked in the freshest gear and applications at hand, crowds of candidates huddled in rooms. Nervously waiting, practicing, and watching as judges, volunteers, and renowned entertainment figures moved from room to room. As candidates scanned the rooms, a mixture of excitement, fear, and raw passion filled the air.

From the blurbs of sound coming from the gymnasium, emerging artists battling on the staircases, or the young vocalists humming a tune in the hallway, creative energy spilled from all corners of the building. “You can feel the energy. Every inch of this building is buzzing,” said Donnie Smith, Executive Director of Donda’s House.

With the boom of artists hungry to showcase their talent, Donda’s House prides itself in harboring this type of energy.  However, with limited resources diminishing the edge for creative expression, Donda’s House aims to nurture and give a home to the city’s growing creatives.

“We want to give artists an environment where they can collaborate and really nurture their artistry. In reality to be a great artist, it takes time, dedication, and money. But here we take away the financial hardship and provide our members with premium access to the best in the business,” Che “Rhymefest” Smith noted.

Beyond the high-profile names backing this program, “Got Bars” is more than perfecting your craft as an artist, “it’s about being a better you and letting your experiences shine through your work,” “Got Bars” alumni Diamond Pugh said. Take it from her, she was one of the first to earn her spot in this program.

Born and raised in the Southside of Chicago, Pugh, 21 a veteran at Donda’s House fell in love with music at a young age. After answering an ad for Donda’s House in hopes to pursue music, Pugh not only got accepted but now leads many endeavors for the organization. However, her journey to Donda’s House wasn’t easy, as she too, had to endure the same rigorous audition process.

“It was nerve wrecking being in front of Rhymefest. Not because he is so well known in the industry but the fact that what he has to say won’t always be what you want to hear,” Pugh said, “But he cares and it shows. Being in this program I don’t think I would have pushed myself as hard as I did if it wasn’t for him telling me I could do better.”

The love from Donda’s House is apparent whether candidates are accepted or not. “We care about you and your dreams deeply. This whole process has a purpose, a deep purpose. It’s beyond the concept of making music, it’s about one living up to their potential,” Rhymefest said closing the event. “All of you are talented beyond means and we welcome you all to come back. Regardless if you have been here for a day, a month, or a year, you are all family.”

As the audition comes to a close for its second consecutive semester and the organization continues to grow their programs, it is without a doubt that Donda’s House will soon be at the forefront in the creative community. For more information about Donda’s House, please visit dondashouseinc.org.

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FREE Ticket Giveaway: Manic Focus EP Release Party 03.21.14

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Yes! What a great way to start the weekend of March 21st off at an EP release party. Dancing and boppin’ your head to Chicago’s very own, Manic Focus with opening acts that include WICK-IT The Instigator, MUZZY, and Inverse Universe. If you haven’t bought your tickets yet, you’re in luck! We’re giving away TWO PAIRS – for FREE! All you have to do is repost the picture below on Instagram (Bonus for following on Twitter @gowherehiphop) and the winners will be chosen on March 19th. We could all use a good show to go to – for FREE.

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To be eligible, you must: – Know how to have a good time – Be 18 years or older – Be fun and exciting – Follow the rules above. Location: Concord Music Hall (2047 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, IL.) Date: Friday, March 21, 2014 Time: 8:00 PM – 2:00 AM Tickets courtesy of: 2AMPR Sponsored by: Silver Wrapper and React Presents. Tickets available at: www.clubtix.com