August 26, 2011
Yesterday on my show I played a couple tracks from Foster the People and a song from Local Natives. Both of these bands were a part of the 2011 line up for the Lollapalooza Music Festival. Based in Chicago, IL, Lollapalooza, a 3 day festival that takes place at the beginning of August, brings in a large lineup of established and up and coming artists. This year the lineup included sets from Eminem, Coldplay, Muse, Cee Lo, Cage the Elephant, and Gold Motel, just to name a few.
This year the festival teamed up with YouTube and streamed several of the sets live in their entirety. I was happy to find out that two of my favorites, Foster the People and Local Natives, were a part of the live stream. If you don't have a few hundred bucks lying around for tickets and airfare to the actual festival, the live stream is an incredible alternative. It is with projects like this that I am so thankful for social media.
Several clips and highlights from the festival can be viewed at Youtube.com/Lollapalooza. Here are a few of my favorite performances from Foster the People and Local Natives.
Foster the People
Pumped Up Kicks
This is the song that has launched Foster the People's career. And man I just love that smile he gets at 3:30 when the crowd takes the lyrics. He definitely has a lot to be proud of. And that whistling just kills me.
Call it What You Want
Not as quality as the Lollapalooza Channel videos but they didn't have one for this song and this was probably my favorite performance during the live stream. I love that little speech he gives at the beginning, information on song backgrounds make them so much better for me. I really hope Lollapalooza releases the version they filmed of this sometime. Be sure to check out a studio version of this song, it is just so so good.
Who Knows, Who Cares
Local Native's record Gorilla Manor is one that I've slowly appreciated each song at a different time. Before watching their stream I hadn't really been in love with this song but this performance totally changed that. And isn't Taylor Rice's mustache just too perfect?
This song has so much energy in it, and this was the song of theirs that really got me into this band. What a perfect way for them to end their set. Hearing them announce that they're working on a second album was a huge highlight. I'm so excited to see what they do next.
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