North Coast Music Festival: Sunday

Lupe Fiasco and Flying Lotus wow Sunday's audience

Dominick Mayer

1:45 – Loyal Divide is…well, they’re a thing. The Chicago-based noise-tinged shoegazer act was an interesting way to start off they day, as there’s no way to ease into their sound. Unlike many bands of their ilk, there’s not much blatant abuse of the loud/quiet dynamic. The energy they bring live is more than enough to attract a crowd, but the general facial expressions were those of confusion or bemusement; a shame, because they’re quite talented...

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Posted by Amy Dittmeier on Sep 07, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

north coast music festival, loyal divide, phantogram, the right now, mayor hawthorne, lupe fiasco, dirty dozen band, benny benassi, stephen paul smoker, flying lotus

North Coast Music Festival: Saturday

Hip hop meets electronica on North Coast's Saturday line-up

Saturday’s line-up started off weak but ended in a flurry of dancing, bass, and music.  The line-up consisted of three main genres: jam band, hip hop, and DJ/electronic.  So you know the crowd was diverse and dreadlocked.  Amy and Dominick took opposite ends of Union Park to find some good music and dodge ten minute Phish tributes...

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Posted by Amy Dittmeier on Sep 05, 2010 @ 11:11 am

north coast music festival, jay electronica, de la soul, daedelus, moby, great divide, the new mastersounds, van ghost, grace potter and the nocturnals

North Coast Music Festival: Friday

Amy and Dominick catch Chemical Brothers, dodge druggies

Imagine a jam band festival colliding with the Perry stage from Lollapalooza with Rock the Bells jumping into the mix just for fun.  The product of that grisly fight is the North Coast Music Festival in Chicago’s beautiful Union Park.  Friday was surprisingly chilly considering the days leading up to North Coast were in the 80s and 90s.  But the cool weather made for a nice evening, with Chemical Brothers and Pretty Lights wowing audiences with their performances and light shows...

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Posted by Amy Dittmeier on Sep 04, 2010 @ 11:11 am

north coast music festival, chicago, chemical brothers, pretty lights, paul van dyke, orchard lounge, paul kalkbrenner

Crate Digging 101 Lesson 7: Genre Overview

Record stores break it down by genre, and we break it down even more.

First year crate diggers will notice most record stores have divided up the vinyl into different style categories. Usually they’re broken down into groupings of  Rock/Pop, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Folk, etc. Some have Hip Hop and Alternative or New Wave bins as well. I personally prefer newly released, sealed albums separated from the used albums.  

The Rock/Pop and Soul categories are usually the largest...

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Posted by Prof Louzlounge on Sep 03, 2010 @ 7:07 am

Nice To Meet You: USS Leland

Leland Lewis honors grandfather with catchy tunes.

I love my grandparents, and I’m sure you love yours, too. But Leland Lewis has decided to make all of us look bad and show the ultimate respect for his grandpa, Rutherford Garry.

Leland’s grandpa fought in World War II, and helped raise Leland when he was little. When Rutherford passed away, Leland started to find out more and more about his grandpa, which led to writing songs in honor of his grandpa’s amazing life.

USS Leland is set to release a three song EP on September 21 through CDBaby entitled Redemption. Redemption features Garry’s old accordion that Leland found while rummaging through his grandpa’s stuff, and a flute and guitar. Have a listen to one of the tracks below, and, if you are like me, maybe put a little bit more thought into your grandparent’s next birthday card.  

Posted by Wes Soltis on Aug 24, 2010 @ 7:07 am

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