WBEZ | Delta Spirit http://www.wbez.org/tags/delta-spirit Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Lollapalooza, Grant Park, day one August 5, 2011 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-08-06/lollapalooza-grant-park-day-one-august-5-2011-90210 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-06/Muse copy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-06/Muse copy.jpg" title="Muse (WBEZ/Aaron Pylinski)" height="375" width="500"></p><p>Celebrating its 20<sup>th</sup> anniversary (give or take the years in between when the once traveling fest ceased existence), Lollapalooza returned to Grant Park for its seventh year in Chicago. It marked its largest attendance, with 270,000 fans expected over the weekend. Despite the larger crowds, the bottlenecks experienced in years past were less apparent on Friday, the first of three sold-out dates. The maneuverable pedestrian way of Columbus Drive helped clear the constant rush hour around Buckingham Fountain.</p><p>Another noticeable difference was the expansion/locale of the Perry’s stage; the tented area was larger than any dance tent I’ve seen at a festival. It’s also grown beyond the festival confines with numerous official and unofficial Lolla aftershows at local venues, the W and Hard Rock Hotel. The latter hosts an air-conditioned lounge where free massages, facials, tattoos, booze, food, swag and artists entice VIPs and performers.</p><p>But the main draw is, of course, the fest itself. With more than 130 acts appearing across eight stages through the weekend, I set out with my intrepid team: <em>Sound Opinions</em> production assistant Annie Minoff and photographer/writer Aaron Pylinski.</p><p>1 p.m. With a band name like Tennis, you might expect to see a kind of exchange between players. Not so much with husband and wife Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, who shimmied behind her keyboards, letting out smoky “wah ah oh ohs” and “sha la las” (“She’s so hot!” exclaimed the guy next to me). The couple perused tunes from their debut album, <em>Cape Dory</em>, a musical recounting of their seven-month sailing trip down the east coast, but I got more of a beachy retro-surfer vibe. <em>-AM</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-06/TheNakedandFamous.JPG" title="The Naked and Famous (WBEZ/Aaron Pylinski)" height="350" width="500"></p><p>1:30 p.m. New Zealand’s The Naked and Famous drew a large crowd for an early slot. Singers Alisa Xayalith and Thom Powers’ female/male vocal interplay and round robins, coupled with zippy synths and beats and a whole lotta energy, elicited an all-out dance party in the field by the time they closed with their infectious single, “Young Blood.”</p><p>2:17 p.m. The first unitard sighting came courtesy of Reptar keyboardist William Kennedy. Their sound at first recalled Vampire Weekend, but later with some dual drumming action, it got more cosmic, when the song “Blastoff” hit an electro swirl, jammier groove.</p><p>2:35 p.m. Delta Spirit’s took us on a roadtrip through the American south, and encouraged more handclapping from an audience who they apparently felt wasn’t quite “on the bus.” “C’mon Chicago!” singer Matthew Vasquez yelled. He dedicated a song to “anyone who has had to do construction for a living. Drywall is a beautiful thing.”<em> -AM</em></p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-06/FosterthePeople.JPG" title="Foster the People (WBEZ/Aaron Pylinski)" height="387" width="500"></p><p>3:02 p.m. By the time Foster the People hit the stage on the South side of the park, it was almost headliner crowded. It also marked the first cover song I caught, Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold.” Of course the band saved their one hit for near the end, but the crowd was pumped from the beginning, crowd surfing through some otherwise relaxed pop before “Pumped Up Kicks” arrived.</p><p>3:30 p.m. Mexican punk band Le Butcherettes took to the Google+ stage, slaying the crowd with their indelible garage sound.&nbsp; They played their hit song, “Dress Off’ as front woman Teri Gender Bender crooned and crowd-surfed. The set was so intense that drummer Gabe Serbian vomited into the photo pit. <em>-AP</em></p><p>4:00 p.m. London’s White Lies is a band with one theme. Well, maybe two: love and death. “Let’s go home together and die at the same time,” singer Harry McVeigh sang. “You’ve got blood on your hands, I don’t know its mine.” Tinny background keyboards played up the eerie morbidity. <em>-AM</em></p><p>4:12 p.m. Chicago’s Smith Westerns wrapped up their set with the one-two punch of “Weekend” and “Dye the World.” Their sing-along, harmonized pop seemed overly sweet when contrasted to the naughtier, sexier vibe of The Kills, who launched their set at 4:29 p.m. Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince turned up the sizzle with Mosshart’s gritty, sexy growl meeting Hince’s more subdued delivery. They revved, rocked and rolled us into the early evening.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-06/Kills1.JPG" title="The Kills (WBEZ/Aaron Pylinski)" height="375" width="500"></p><p>5:10 p.m. Two Door Cinema Club singer Alex Trimble took the stage visibly flushed. “Ginger people aren’t supposed to be in this kind of heat,” he joked. The Northern Irish band’s pop was precise and danceable, if predictable. But Trimble’s vocals weren’t quite making it to the back of this significant crowd. I couldn't help thinking he might have done better if he took off that stylish but undoubtedly stifling sports jacket. <em>-AM</em></p><p>5:35 p.m. Pete Wentz’s new project, Black Cards, wasn’t quite what I expected. Three young gals danced, with one singing some pedestrian, dance-styled pop, while Wentz spent time behind a DJ setup or up front thanking fans and his mom. He told the crowd, “I just wanna have fun,” and explained, “this song’s about getting trashed and hanging out.” He stage dove. He threw toilet paper rolls into the audience. Fun, maybe? Funny (intentional or not), for sure.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-06/BlackCards.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 360px;" title="Black Cards (WBEZ/Aaron Pylinski)"></p><p>7:00 p.m. Strolling by Perry’s stage, Skrillex has a crowd overflowing way outside the tent. I wonder if that’ll be the scene where there might be some issues over the weekend. I hear an ambulance siren, but there doesn’t appear to be any problems at the moment.</p><p>7:00 p.m. Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst interrupted a solid rock n’ roll set to play the breathtaking acoustic folk song, “Landlocked Blues.” It made me realize how few political songs I’ve heard at the festival so far. “And the whole world must watch the sad comic display/If you’re still free start running away/’Cause we’re coming for you!” he sang. By turns muted and ferocious, he had the audience inthralled. He closed out the performance by descending from the stage to hug members of the crowd (and stage security). <em>-AM</em></p><p>8:17 p.m. Muse hit the stage flanked by honeycombed LED screens and illuminated by vibrant, colorful lighting. Their dramatic musical turns were met with perfectly timed fireworks that serve to augment the already thunderous rhythms onstage. Amid crowd faves, like mega-hit “Uprising,” they inject a Hendrix-styled rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.” Meanwhile, over on the other side of the park…</p><p>8:30 p.m. Coldplay entered to the strains of cheesy orchestral music. Fireworks crackled overhead. They’re 15 minutes late.&nbsp;They went with a colors theme: Multicolored lazers beam out from the stage as the band launches into old faves like “In My Place” and “Yellow.” With a title like that the stage lighting designs itself. <em>-AM</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Sat, 06 Aug 2011 06:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-08-06/lollapalooza-grant-park-day-one-august-5-2011-90210 WBEZ staff pick their favorite songs of 2010 http://www.wbez.org/story/69-boyz/wbez-staff-pick-their-favorite-songs-2010 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/cd.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated 12/16/2010: Download file changed</em></p><p>At this time of year it seems everyone's suddenly a music critic. There's no shortage of lists carefully ranking albums in order of cultural significance. And this year, the most interesting part of most of them is finding out where Kanye's album fell. (Except, of course, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/reasons-living-20-best-albums-2010">Jim DeRogatis</a> and <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/shownotes/2010/121010/shownotes.html">Sound Opinions</a>' lists).</p><p>But how often does cultural significance line up with what people actually listen to? Sure, the Arcade Fire's album makes a big statement, but can any of the tracks hold their own against Ke$ha's &quot;Tik Tok?&quot; It's an MP3 world after all.</p><p>In that spirit, we decided to put a little twist on the annual &quot;critic's list&quot;.&nbsp;&nbsp; We simply asked our colleagues here at Chicago Public Media to pick their favorite song they listened to in 2010.&nbsp;</p><p>And together, they served up quite a range of responses. Some picks were heartfelt, others not so much.&nbsp; Most of them simply had a good beat.&nbsp;</p><p>Without further ado - for your listening pleasure - we present&nbsp; the top songs playing on iPods at 848 E Grand Avenue this year.&nbsp; Enjoy!</p><p>(<a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/WBEZ Staff 2010 Mix.mp3" target="_blank">Download an abridged version of this mix here</a>)</p><p><strong>(0:00) Robin Linn, Producer, Sound Opinions</strong><br />F- You by Cee Lo Green</p><p><strong>(4:27) Jason Marck, Director, Eight Forty Eight </strong><br />Into the Wind by Bei Bei &amp; Shawn Lee</p><p><strong>(7:58) Jim DeRogatis, Co-Host, Sound Opinions </strong><br />Garbage Truck by Beck</p><p><strong>(12:03) JR Nelson, Co-Host, Hit It or Quit It </strong><br />Yamaha by The-Dream</p><p><strong>(16:58) Jason Saldanha, Producer, Sound Opinions </strong><br />All I Want by LCD Soundsystem</p><p><strong>(23:43) Molly Adams, Co-Host, Vocalo Morning Amp</strong><br />Runway Love Remix by Kanye West featuring Justin Bieber</p><p><strong>(29:01) Icoi Johnson, Pritzker Fellow </strong><br />The Perpetual Self or &quot;What Would Saul Alinsky Do?&quot;by Sufjan Stevens</p><p><strong>(31:41) Alison Cuddy, Host, Eight Forty Eight </strong><br />MmmHmmm by Flying Lotus</p><p><strong>(35:55) George Lara, Director of Internships and Mentorships </strong><br />No Viniste by Carla Morrison</p><p><strong>(39:52) Melanie Palmer, Master Control Engineer </strong><br />The Best in Me by Marvin Sapp</p><p><strong>(44:18) Susie An, News Producer </strong><br />Exuses by the Morning Benders</p><p><strong>(48:53) Brian Babylon, Co-Host, Vocalo Morning Amp</strong><br />Stylo by Gorillaz featuring Bobby Womak and Mos Def</p><p><strong>(53:44) Natalie Moore, Reporter </strong><br />Miss Me by Drake</p><p><strong>(58:07) Bill Healy, News Freelancer</strong> <br />Sinister Kid by The Black Keys</p><p><strong>(62:11) Nick van der Kolk, Producer, Vocalo Mixtape</strong> <br />An Apology by Future Islands</p><p><strong>(66:04) Tony Arnold, Reporter </strong><br />Sick of You by Cake</p><p><strong>(69:42) Alison Scholly, COO </strong><br />Tightrope by Janelle Monae</p><p><strong>(74:40) Samuel Vega, Pritzker Fellow </strong><br />Battle Cry by Joell Ortiz</p><p><strong>(80:24) Greg Kot, Co-Host, Sound Opinions </strong><br />Albatross by Besnard Lakes</p><p><strong>(85:04) Liz Bustamante, Master Control Engineer </strong><br />Winterwind by the Bottomless Pit</p><p><strong>(91:56) Richard Steele, Interviewer </strong><br />Wonderful Savior by Mavis Staples</p><p><strong>(94:15) Andrew Gill, Web Producer </strong><br />Bottled in Cork by Ted Leo and The Pharmacists</p><p><strong>(97:57) Nathan Biggs, Membership </strong><br />Bushwick Blues by Delta Spirit</p><p><strong>(101:32) Beth Maggard, Strategic Communications </strong><br />Terrible Love by the National</p><p><strong>(106:05) Tony Abraham, Web Development Intern </strong><br />Shutterbug by Big Boi</p><p><strong>(109:38) Janet Gould, Strategic Communications </strong><br />Positive Dance by SMAP</p><p><strong>(114:11) Alex Keefe, News Producer </strong><br />Tootsie Roll by the 69 Boyz</p><p>Share the song that defined 2010 for you in the comments.</p></p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 18:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/69-boyz/wbez-staff-pick-their-favorite-songs-2010