Chance The Rapper Full Lollapalooza Set

Chance made some noise this weekend, to say the least, as he closed down Lollapalooza as the hip hop headliner on Day 3, performing while the likes of Skrillex and Kings of Leon were in other areas of Grant Park. He brought out R. Kelly, Vic Mensa, and rocked a crowd said to be over 60,000 people. Now, you can relive or watch for the 1st time, Chance’s 75-minute set with his Social Experiment band. The familiar names are playing: Peter CottonTale, Donnie Trumpet, Lili K, and Eryn Allen Kane. Watch the Chance The Rapper Full Lollapalooza Set above and enjoy!

Lolla The Sound of Your Stay Music Lounge ‘14 [Photo Recap]

Above: Lykke Li headlines Friday night. GWHH Video seen here.

BMF Media held their yearly 2 day The Sound of Your Stay Music Lounge at the Hard Rock Hotel where guests were invited to join in on activities throughout the day and into the wee hours. Free drinks + private artist performances = a one of a kind experience for any festival junkie. Red7Salon offered complimentary hair do’s (much needed when trying to freshen up for late night after parties or just after running around at Lolla) while Heineken Light and others offered up some snazzy refreshments.

Music Lounge @ Hard Rock Hotel
Music Lounge @ Hard Rock Hotel

Late night performances included Lykke Li, ASTR, Joywave, Delta Rae, Betty Who, and Smallpools. The first night we arrived just in time to check out ASTR, her dance moves…simply hypnotic. Lykke Li…unbelievably chill vibe, after a long day of chaos at the festival it was very refreshing to hear an acoustic, more intimate performance.

Lykke Li
Lykke Li

DJ sets for the weekend included Jeffrey Tonnesen, Joe Jonas, DJ Mom Jeans, Mia Moretti, Grouplove, and Captain Cuts. While at the lounge guests had a chance, thanks to Beats Music, to charge up their devices, mingle, and check out new music (for any amateur photographer and/or lover of selfies your phone was likely dying by mid day). Also readily available was the Picks photo booth presented by Fender, another cool way to remember the night.

Joe Jonas
Joe Jonas
Tibs, Heather, Maks
Tibs, Heather, Maks

Gambino Plays with Fire on Lolla Day 3

Originally posted 08.03. 11:55pm

Where do I even begin.  I’ve covered Gambino everytime he has been in Chicago these past two years. If that’s not Gambino Girl status, then I don’t what is.

I think one of the hardest things as an artist must be catering to a music festival crowd. Sound gets lost, there’s rain, exhausted kids, and people that didn’t buy tickets to go to your show in particular. Somehow, Gambino still manages to just kill it. He played and equal balance of old hits and new hits, and of course everything in between.

The Bud Light Stage for Childish Gambino at sunset (via Sgt. Tibs @gowherehiphop | lead photo: @ ibravedtreacherousstreets)
The Bud Light Stage for Childish Gambino at sunset (via Sgt. Tibs @gowherehiphop | lead photo: @ ibravedtreacherousstreets)

I had previously caught his show in SXSW (Austin) and in Chicago back in March and Gambino’s set kept the energy flowing throughout and had a completely different feel each time.  Gambino at the Woodies/SXSW was a little weird and more experimental. I think he was having fun messing with the crowd, playing his latest album Because The Internet, and wearing his trademark homeless person looking threads. Last March at the Vic in Chicago, he was intuitive, deep, and serious.

Revving up the beginning of the show, we hear the slow climax of “I. Crawl” as the rest of Lolla’s concert goings are pouring in after hiding from the rain .  Chicago loves our hip hop so the mastermind dedicated something extra special us – extra deep bass on his tracks.  Rapping his way through some of his toughest lyrics as his shorts could barely keep up with him.  (The waistband broke and were slowing working their way off).  

Of course, there was also his actual physical set that was by far the most creative our team saw all weekend.  It was something along the lines of Salvador Dali graphics and towards the last third of his set, included some surprise pyrotechnics.  To top things off, he finished the show with a complete freestyle encore (heard in full below — with lyrics.)


Gambino’s always changing and I can’t wait to see what he does next.

Set List
I. Crawl
II. Worldstar
Dial Up
I. The Worst Guys
II. Shadows
IV. Sweatpants
Do Ya Like / Got This Money / Heartbeat / Fire Fly / Yaphett Kotto
Death by Numbers
I. Flight of the Navigator
II. Zealots of Stockholm (Free Information)
III. Urn
III. Telegraph Ave.
I. Pink Toes
V. 3005
All the Shine / Sunrise / Freaks and Geeks / Bonfire

Freestyle (Lyrics)


Outkast Closes out Lollapalooza Day 2

Outkast shows no mercy for their crowd following and this is good. They did not come to Lolla to just play the crowd pleasers, they were ready to thank the fans that go way back!

photo courtesy of CBS News Chicago
photo courtesy of CBS News Chicago

As a devoted fan since the beginning, ’93, Outkast has forever been one of those nostalgic acts.  However, their come back tour has been tainted with terrible reviews of their first concert back together the first weekend of Coachella earlier this year. Hearing this was still not going to stop me.

photo courtesy of CBS News Chicago
photo courtesy of CBS News Chicago
They opened with the ultimate crowd pleaser, “B.O.B.” and eventually really got into their groove 20 minutes in.  They hit all the good stuff and Big Boi’s lyrics were as Krispy as krispy can get. Andre of course, sports his iconic wigs.  The crowd went and got drink refills or left to see Calvin Harris when the ATL duo played their throwback records from their ’94 album southernplayaisticadillacmuzik including Players Ball and took us out of this world with hits from ATLiens. And of course, they had to play Skew It On the Bar-B. The ATLiens slowed it down with Sorry Miss Jackson and then ended their set with The Whole World.

Were they the best show at Lolla so far? No, that was Eminem.
Are they back and are everything I ever expected and more? Yes.

In the end, I think it is easy for others to say that Outkast’s set wasn’t as hyped as it could have been, but they were not going reunite to only play crowd pleasers. The duo has aged well and definitely were playing for the fans that have been with them from the start… not the teenagers that have seemed to taken over Lolla.

Full Setlist
1. B.O.B.
2. Gasoline Dreams
3. ATLiens
4. Skew It on the Bar-B
5. Rosa Parks
6. Da Art of Storytellin’, Part 1
7. Aquemini
(with Sleepy Brown)
8. SpottieOttieDopaliscious
9. Ms. Jackson
10. Kryptonite (I’m on It)
(Purple Ribbon All-Stars cover)
11. GhettoMusick
12. The Way You Move
13. She Lives in My Lap
14. Prototype
15. Hey Ya!
16. Hootie Hoo
17. Crumblin’ Erb
18. Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik
19. Player’s Ball
20. Elevators (Me & You)
21. Roses
22. So Fresh, So Clean
(with Sleepy Brown)
23. Int’l Player’s Anthem (I Choose You)
(Underground Kingz cover)
24. The Whole World

(Title image courtesy of Getty Images)

Lolla Weekend: Blood Orange x Ratking @ Empty Bottle 7/31/14

After what seemed like the longest week ever without a doubt I, much like everyone else in Chicago, were more than ready to squad up for Lollapalooza Weekend. First put on? Ratking and Blood Orange at the Empty Bottle. Kicking off the start of the festival weekend, both artists blessed us * insert prayer hand emoji* on a Thursday night. With liquor flowing, beats bumping, and smoke looming around the stage, who gave a fuck about tomorrow’s work day?


Starting off the show, Ratking did what they do best…go fucking hard. My personal moments came from Wiki whose energy was anything but basic. Wiki brought the crowd together with his nasal, high-pitch rapping style. Okay it sounds terrible when I say it like that but his skills are definite throwbacks to Eminem’s Slim Shady days. While Wiki jumped and bashed the mic vocally and physically (nah for real, dude smacked that thing on his head), Hak kept cool, calm, and collected. Rapping in a trance-like state, Hak’s flow was chill and the complete opposite of his band brother, Wiki. Easing his way from one verse and note to another, his raps built momentum to Sport’s beats and Wiki’s harder than hard energy. Combined with his chill allure, Wiki’s “give no fucks” charismatic, and Sport’s heart pumping beats without a doubt Ratking gave the venue a definite rager.

Blood Orange

Dev Haynes, my dude. The best thing about Blood Orange is he gives credit to where credit is due. From showcasing the individual talents of his band to his special shout out to Ratking’s earlier set, Dev Haynes closed and started the night with some of the best vibes. Literally…nothing killed this guy’s upbeat performance. Even when his mic completely went out, he kept it rolling and started a dance. THAT’S WHATSSSS UP. Besides the impromptu dance party I was most happy to jam out to some of my favorite Blood Orange tracks like “Chamakay” and “Bad Girls”. I mean who can resist dancing when you got Dev Haynes moving and grooving in his overalls literally serenading you on stage?


Lollapalooza lineup leaks

… and trolls everybody in the process.

The sharp Lolla 2014 poster has surfaced on the interwebs and in Back To The Future-esque fashion, the text is like, super small and hard to read. What the deuce!

However, some commenters have acted like Allen Iverson below and deciphered some of the artists. Joining previously revealed headliners Eminem, Skrillex, Kings of Leon, and Arctic Monkeys seem to be OutKast, Calvin Harris, Foster The People, Avett Brothers, Lorde, and Zedd. Happy to see OutKast on here as it only made sense they come to the festival of the summer en route to all the other festivals they’re performing at. Expect a full lineup/announcement shortly as it usually supersedes the leak.
Dwight Howard = Lolla Poster, Allen Iverson = Internet users with perfect vision

The Lolla 2014 Poster at current resolution...
The Lolla 2014 Poster at current resolution…
h/t CoS