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After two years in the grave South Florida’s festival comes back to life! That was the news that Langerado announced earlier this year to much delight of Florida’s music lovers. Since Langerado was canceled in 2009, there have not been any suitable replacement other than few shows from artists nice enough to finish their summer tours in this part of the country. The festival is perhaps the biggest question in the world of music festivals. How will it be? Will it last? Will history repeat itself? Is South Florida really worth of having a music festival? can we handle it? All these questions will be answered with time and with, hopefully, all the support from the music fans.
This year the festival is going back to Markham Park in Sunrise, Florida on October 8th and 9th. There are several interesting bands in the line up, such as, indie favorites Death Cab for Cutie, Brooklyn’s Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and from the other side of the pond, Arctic Monkeys. As a music fan, all I hope is that people do show up, that all of us, together, show organizers and bands that we truly deserve to have a music festival and that we can make it grow and make Langerado as big as its sister festivals Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits.

You can buy tickets on their website.

Here is what the whole line up looks like:

Death Cab For Cutie ~ Trey Anastasio Band ~ Ben Harper ~ Ween ~ Thievery Corporation ~ Arctic Monkeys ~ G. Love & Special Sauce ~ Clap Your Hands Say Yeah ~ Wolfgang Gartner ~ The Glitch Mob ~ Ghostland Observatory ~ Das Racist ~ Etienne De Crecy – Live Show ~ Portugal. The Man ~ Friendly Fires ~ Childish Gambino ~ Super Mash Bros. ~ Conspirator ~ SAVOY ~ Mates of State ~ Smith Westerns ~ The Whigs ~ Yuck ~ Metropolis (Live) ~ Keys N Krates ~ Two Fresh ~ RAC DJs ~ Lance Herbstrong ~ HOTTUB ~ Bobby Lee Rodgers ~ The Kingston Springs

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Soyprensa’s adventure to cover the world famous Jazz Fest in New Orleans began as soon as we stepped out of the airplane that took us from Florida to Louisiana. Not knowing much about the city of New Orleans, other than that it had been hit by one of the worst natural disasters in recent history, we weren’t quite sure what to expect. One of the first things we found at the Louis Armstrong Airport, probably the coolest name an airport can have, was a huge painting of Armstrong playing among some of the other jazz greats such as Fats Domino and Thelonious Monk. The sight of this work of art showed us how this city perceives the art of music. Coming from a town where our home musicians are Latin pop-stars whose music is continuously looped through soap operas, this kind of respect was overwhelming and beautifully appropriate.

We got there on Thursday, May 5th, and tried to immediately make our way to the festival-I didn’t want to miss Lucinda Williams, who was scheduled to perform at 1:40 pm. By the time that we dropped off our bags and registered at the press tent, it was already 2. It was very discouraging to see all the people leaving the stage where Williams was supposed to be playing until 2:55. Forgetting that Louisiana is an hour behind Florida time, I erroneously concluded that she finished her set halfway through and that my chance was gone. With that feeling of a bad start, we went for a walk and ended up at the Gentilly Stage on the other side of the park. On that stage, halfway through their set, we found the local band The New Orleans Bingo! Show. With faces full of makeup, beautiful dancers, and great music, they made a fan of me almost instantly. I immediately picked up a copy of their latest album when they were finished. Next stop was the Original Royal Players Brass Band at the People’s Health Economy Hall Stage. This was a very traditional act. As the band played on the stage we saw several men in suits weaving their way through the tent and pulling up people to dance in the ever-growing line snaking its way through the tables and chairs scattered throughout the tent.

Our next move was to go and check out Galactic. As a general rule, I am not a big fan of jam bands. I usually find them boring and repetitive, however, Galactic put on a great show and pumped the crowd up to see the headliner, Wilco. Wilco took the Stage at 5:20 and played for close to two hours. Frontman Jeff Tweedy was in a good mood as he joked about the background of the stage (the silhouette of a group of people dancing), made fun of their drummer (saying that he was the only one who wanted to play You Never Know, simply because the song starts off with the drums), and playing a lot of their legendary album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Further highlights of the show included a sing-a-long rendition of Jesus Etc., a rousing tribute to New Orleans through Hoodoo Voodoo, and a stellar set-closer with Heavy Metal Drummer.

On Saturday, our second day in New Orleans, and first day with the correct time, we decided to do typical tourist things in the morning before leisurely making our way back to the festival. We opted for 11 am drinks in the French Quarter and watched a great band, The Smoking Time Jazz Club, perform in the street. This little ensemble played without microphones or light shows, but easily rivaled many of the official Jazz Fest acts and ended up being one of my favorite performances of the whole weekend. Accompanied only by their instruments and a couple dancing (I fell in love with the female dancer), they drew a big crowd that sat quietly listening to their music and watching the show.

Stimulated by the spectacular street performances, we arrived at the festival with our spirits high, thanks in part to alcohol and in part to the beauty of the city. The first thing we did was grab a beer and head back to the Gentilly Stage to check out country music’s Jamey Johnson. With wild hair that made him looked more like a roadie for White Zombie and less like a guitar hero of country music, he dazzled the audience and put on a really great show. Johnson finished his set around 5 pm, but we had already left to catch the last twenty minutes of the local boys Better Than Ezra. Better Than Ezra has been kicking around for some years and I’ve seen them on festival lineups before, but never quite made it over to check them out. I was grateful that we decided to catch the end of their show because I really liked what I heard. With a sound very much in between indie and mainstream, the Louisiana band had people dancing and singing along. After they were done, the crowd stayed put and began to increase in volume. The reason for this was that the Grammy award winners Arcade Fire were schedule to perform next. The Canadian band took the stage at 5:35 pm on the dot and, as now is customary, opened the show with the aptly named Ready to Start. After that, it was an hour of complete bliss as the band played their way through their catalog. After the crowd exploded with Rebellion (Lies) the band left the stage for a few minutes only to come back with a special guest, Cindy Lauper. The surprise guest was well-received by the audience as they went into an Arcade Fire-ish rendition of Lauper’s infamous Girls Just Wanna Have Fun followed by Sprawl. After they thanked the pop legend, lead singer Win Butler led the band to close the show the best way they know how, playing the now timeless Wake Up, and sent us home with a rejuvenated love for them.

We finished our trip filled up with great food and delicious drinks from unparalleled bars. We met the nicest locals and enjoyed conversations with some of the most pleasant and charming people we’ve had the pleasure of getting to know in a long time. We had the great fortune of seeing fantastic local bands performing for tourists and locals alike, and we even got to meet some of them. All in all, we had a great time at the festival and roaming around the city. This is a festival that everyone who loves music can go and enjoy, one that goes hand in hand with the city’s spirit of love, respect and protection of their heritage and music in general.

Here are some pictures taken by our staff photographer Nancy Florian:

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MGMT, Avett Brothers, Sublime with Rome, Jason Mraz and many others gave life to the Sunfest in West Palm Beach this year. The festival was set in the very picturesque bay in West palm Beach. Soyprensa’s adventure at Sunfest consisted in two days in the festival, opening day and Saturday that featured the ubber-hipster MGMT.

The first day of the festival took place from 5 in the afternoon to 10:30 at night. Our first stop was to check out the reggae band The Supervillians. The band took the stage a little passed 7 PM, and consisted in six surfers playing a Ska-ish reggae, in other words, the perfect band to play in that stage before Sublime. After a while of this, we decided to go to the “Tire Kingdom Stage” (No kidding, that was the real name) to see the very excellent Avett Brothers. Now, I have to say something about this band, all of us here at Soyprensa are huge fans of this bluegrassy/folkish/punkish ensemble, so don’t judge us if we’re biased. The North Carolina band took the stage around 8:15 PM and from the beginning had the crowd in the palm of their hand. After an hour and a half of beautiful melodies, aggressive Banjo and pure energy, the Brothers left us wanting more and wishing for their speedy return to Florida.

To end the night, we decided to check out Sublime. Rome (The new singer) sings and plays very similar to the late Bradley Nowell, and the band seemed to enjoy playing in front of an audience again. Here’s the thing about Sublime, they sound outdated. This may be due to the fact that after their success so many bands tried to emulate their sound, some succeeded at this, and this made their once original sound become some how generic, and it showed on this show.

The second day arrived with grey skies. The probability of rain was high, and that is a dangerous thing for a family festival such as the Sunfest. Luckily it was just the clouds and no water. The first band of the day was the indie rock band Steel Train. The band from New Jersey performed for a little over an hour, and their garage guitars and folk influence was the perfect sound for all hipsters and scenesters that were getting to the grounds for the MGMT show. After Steel Train left the stage it was MGMT’s turn. People went crazy when they started playing, and the band reciprocated that energy. The band played for an hour and a half and pleased the audience with all their hits, psychedelic sounds and a impromptu race by the barricades that separated the crowd and the stage. It was very obvious that the band from Connecticut enjoyed their time playing here and gave their all.

All in all, the festival brought a great crowd, erasing the lines between demographics thanks in part to it’s eclectic line up, in part to the lack of shows coming to this part of the country during summer, but most of all, thanks to bringing artists that people wanted to see. It’s unfair to compare this year’s festival to last year’s. A lot has happened since, people are not so afraid to spend some money; I’m not so mad about the Flaming Lips cancelling at the last minute (that happened last year) or maybe it was just a better line up for my taste in music.

All we can hope for is that Sunfest keeps up the good job and that the revival of Langerado becomes a healthy competition of bringing the best music possible to South Florida.

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Some pics of the festival, enjoy!

Photos by: Veronica Peña
& Liliana Mora

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The fourth annual Outside Lands Music & Arts festival returns to San Francisco’s historic Golden Gate Park this year from August 12-14. Previously lionized as “two days of genre-and generation-crossing music (plus chicken and waffles,” Outside Lands is a surefire way to keep your summer grooving with a genre-bending and exciting musical
lineup. With Muse and Phish headlining alongside Grammy-dominating Arcade Fire, Outside Lands is certain to be comprehensive and exhilarating event. An action-packed and jovial event, Outside Lands is once again bringing together a diversified musical lineup that features new, relatively unknowns alongside living legends like John Fogerty and Mavis Staples. Other household names on the billing include The Black Keys, Deadmau5, MGMT, The Decembrists, Girl Talk, Erykah Badu, and The Roots. A huge new addition to the festival lineup, The Strokes are scheduled to appear in their first live appearance since 2009.

After exploding onto the festival milieu with a star-studded program in 2008 (Radiohead, Beck, Tom Petty), Outside Lands returned with another stellar schedule in 2009 (Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, Tenacious D). The festival downsized in 2010 to a two-day affair, but is coming back strong in 2011 with a return to three days of delicious food, fine wine, eco-awareness, and a first-rate musical lineup. Diligently working to become a lovable and revered addition to San Francisco over the past three years, portions of every ticket sold to Outside Lands benefits the San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department.

As complement to the musical merriment, the festival’s Taste of the Bay Area once again welcomes local restaurants purveying their top-selling treats, and the festival’s famous Wine Lands returns again, a glorious tent filled with wine cask tabletops and samples from some of California’s finest vineyards. Festivalgoers can sip their
full-bodied reds as they navigate the Festival Marketplace, which is back for 2011 and boasting some of the best shopping west of the Sierra Nevada. The Festival Marketplace is chock full of quality craftsmen, artisans, vendors, and official festival merchandise. Outside Lands is also welcoming back its Eco Lands. Eco Lands is the tangible representation of the festival’s sustainability mission and commitment to environmental conservation and carbon footprint reduction. The festival encourages recycling, composting, biking and boasts a solar-powered Panhandle Stage and farmer’s market. Ever environmentally conscious, Outside Lands is offering a refillable water program as well as valet bike parking and urban gardening workshops.

Three-day and VIP passes are available on the festival’s website, and range in price from $199.50-$450.00. At the time of this writing, there are only limited Regular and VIP tickets available.

The full line up for this year’s event is below:

Muse, Phish (2 Sets) • Arcade Fire • The Black Keys, Deadmau5 • MGMT • Girl Talk •The Decemberists • John Fogerty • Erykah Badu • The Original Meters • Beirut • The Roots • Arctic Monkeys • Big Audio Dynamite • STS9 • Warren Haynes Band • Big Boi • Major Lazer • Julieta Venega • Sia • OK GO • Greyboy Allstars • Josh Ritter & TheRoyal City Band • Old 97?s • Mavis Staples • !!! • Latyrx f. Lyrics Born & Lateef • Best Coast • Collie Buddz • Phantogram • Charles Bradley • Foster the People • Lotus • STRFKR • Junip • Pajama Party • Infamous Stringdusters • The Vaccines • Toro Y Moi • Vetiver • The Limousines • The Stone Foxes • Joy Formidable • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis • Wye Oak • Ana Tijoux • Orgone • Lord Huron • Tamaryn • Grouplove • Fresh & Onlys • Ximen Sarinana • Ty Segall • Sunbirds • Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers • Diego’s Umbrella • Ghost Robot.

 

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Sunfest returns to its beautiful waterfront location in downtown West Palm Beach. This year the festival will last from April 27th to May 1st. Much like last year, the musicians in attendance have worldwide acclaim. The good people behind Sunfest have put together an exceptional lineup for the 29th: the celebration will peak with music legends Earth, Wind and Fire along, Jeff Beck, and indie music darlings MGMT and Neon Trees. Sunfest is quickly building itself up into a can’t miss destination for music fans in Florida. This year’s lineup spans a wide spectrum of musical tastes from reggae to jazz to rap and even swing. In addition to well-known headliners, one of the nicest things about Sunfest is that they give local bands the opportunity to participate and perform, so please dear reader, make sure you check these guys out. This is how the whole line up looks like:

Jason Mraz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Styx, MGMT, Sublime with Rome, Cee Lo Green, Jeff Beck, Taking Back Sunday, Gregg Allman, Neon Trees, The Avett Brothers, O.A.R., Mike Posner, Sick Puppies, Never Shout Never, Prince Royce, Anberlin, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies, Toad The Wet Sprocket, The Supervillains, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Circa Survive, Brooke Fraser, Ziggy Marley, The New Planets, Nothing Rhymes with Orange, The Elements of Jazz, Funky Seeds, Andre, Inspired Flight, ¡Mayday!, Panic Bomber, Steel Train, Memphis Soul Revue, Tribal Seeds, Mann featuring Rock-It! Scientists, The Kinected, Jesse Young Band, Bobby Lee Rodgers, Variety Workshop, Dharmata, Jeff Harding, Joel DaSilva & the Midnight Howl, Pee Wee Lewis and the Hues, Shazman, The Gallery, Sarah Packiam, The Vegabonds and Peter Baldwin.


For tickets and information you can visit their website at www.sunfest.com.

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The New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival is one of the most traditional and popular music festivals in the United States. Located in the heart of New Orleans, the festival displays the vast history and culture of Louisiana, as well as their rich variety of foods. Jazz Fest, as it’s known, offers a great line-up of artist year after year, and this year is not an exception.
With a great assortment of music genres, Jazz Fest offers something for everyone, classic rock (Bon Jovi and John Mellencamp), Indie headliners (Arcade Fire and the Strokes), and new Americana music (Wilco and the Avett Brothers) and maybe, just maybe a brief Fugees reunion (Miss Lauren Hill and former Haiti presidential candidate Wyclef Jean are schedule to perform!). Other artist include Cindy Lauper, Willie Nelson and Jeff Beck.
The Festival will take place from April 29th to May 8th. For more information and tickets you can visit www.nojazzfest.com. Here’s the full line-up:

Arcade Fire • Bon Jovi • Jimmy Buffett • Kid Rock • John Mellencamp • Wilco • The Neville Brothers • Willie Nelson • The Strokes • Robert Plant & the Band of Joy • Ms. Lauryn Hill • Tom Jones • Jeff Beck • Michael Franti & Spearhead • Sonny Rollins • Robert Randolph & The Family Band • John Legend & The Roots • Wyclef Jean • The Avett Brothers • Dr. John • Cyndi Lauper • Lupe Fiasco • Mumford & Sons • Alejandro Sanz • Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue • Mystikal • Bobby Blue Bland • Allen Toussaint • Fourplay • Marcia Ball • RAM of Haiti • Jason Mraz • Jesse Winchester • Walter “Wolfman” Washington & the Roadmasters • Maze feat. Frankie Beverly • Better Than Ezra • Arlo Guthrie • Jamey Johnson • Fantasia • The Radiators’ farewell • Cowboy Mouth • Kenny G • Irma Thomas • The Decemberists • Vickie Winans • Gregg Allman Blues Band • Pete Fountain • Lucinda Williams • Galactic • Robert Cray • Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk • Keb’ Mo’ • Mighty Clouds of Joy • Ron Carter Trio w/ Mulgrew Miller and Russell Malone • Kermit Ruffins & the Barbecue Swingers • Big Sam’s Funky Nation • Edie Brickell • Amos Lee • Ahmad Jamal • The Rance Allen Group • Ricky Skaggs • John Boutté • Tabou Combo of Haiti • Papa Grows Funk • Rebirth Brass Band • Tab Benoit • Sonny Landreth • Henry Butler • Glen David Andrews • Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile • Fisk Jubilee Singers • Terence Blanchard • Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti • Boukman Eksperyans of Haiti • Maceo Parker with special guest Pee Wee Ellis • Ivan Lins • Michelle Shocked • Charlie Musselwhite • Soul Rebels Brass Band • Preservation Hall Jazz Band • more, much more!

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Fall is here, and with it so many concerts in the city of Miami that makes this arguably the best fall ever. Let’s do a quick round up of this impressive line up of shows:

Oct. 5: Yeaseayer hit’s Miami beach with a show at the Fillmore. The experimental band from Brooklyn is finally expanding their touring horizons with a show way down south. I got the opportunity to check out this band at Austin City Limits a couple of years ago and believe me when I say that these guys put a hell of a show.
The show is brought to us by the good folks at livenation and you can get your tickets here or at the box office.

Oct. 6: LCD Soundsystem with special guests Sleigh Bells at the Fillmore – More music from Brooklyn coming our way, after only a day of Yeaseayer, in the form of the noise pop duo Sleigh Bells. However, the main attraction that night is going to be when mister James Murphy brings the better excellent LCD Sounsystem to Miami beach.
Tickets can be found at the box office or you can head to Livenation.com and get them.

Oct. 13: Vampire Weekend at the Fillmore – When Vampire weekend took the world of indie music by storm with their self-titled dbut album, several critics and music fans wrote them off arguing that the wouldn’t be able to keep up the momentum for their sophomore release. The band from New York prove them all wrong with the release of an instant indie rock sweetheart, Contra. Now the band is touring the world and selling out venues, and their long tour brings them here.
Tickets can be found here Update: Show is sold out.

Oct. 14: Matt and Kim at the Culture Room – Seems like all the hipster bands from Brooklyn are meeting in South Florida during the month of October. The very popular pop duo will be performing in Broward just one day after Vampire Weekend plays in Miami dade.
For tickets go here or you can head to the box office.

Oct. 16: The Flaming Lips at Sunset Cove Amphitheater – Much like when the Flips played in South Florida a couple of years back in Pompano Beach, they decided to play in a smaller city more central for the Palm Beach residents. The Flaming Lips have been hand picked by critics as one of the bands to see live. Their shows usually involve UFOs, costumes, and if your lucky Wayne’s space bubble.
The psychedelia will take place on October 16th and tickets can be found at Ticketmaster or at the box office.

Oct. 19: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes at the Culture Room – Alex Ebert’s second band has been on fire since their debut last year. Their song home has been feature in movie trailers amd earn them a reputation of a band full of melodies and feel good songs. Fresh from their great appearance at Loolapalloza this band, led by the charismatic Ebert, will take the stage at the Culture Room on the 19th of October.
Tickets can be found on the box office or here.

Oct. 24: MGMT at the Fillmore – The good people at the Fillmore keep bringing all these great bands for us. It’s great. A big thank you to them. On the 24 of October they are bringing probably the biggest band from Brooklyn they could get, MGMT. The indie pop group will be here promoting their sophomore album Congratulations and as all these bands from Brooklyn, you can expect catchy rhythms and a quality show.
For tickets go here.

Oct. 26: Phoenix with special guest Wavves at the Fillmore: Phoenix have been red hot ever since their second album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix hit the airwaves. You’ve heard them in commercials, TV shows, movies and it’s trailers, commercial and independent radio stations and in your friend’s beat up Honda Civic. The point is that the French band is big. Big enough to headline Lollapalooza. If that’s not enough to make you want to go running to your computer to get the tickets, they will be join by Pitchforks sweetheart, the very unpredictable, Wavves. Wavves is the brainchild of Nathan Williams, and is a low -fi, pop, noise duo from California. They have released two albums and both have been a critical and financial success for this band.
This great show is brought to us by Livenation and tickets are available here or in the box office.

Nov. 10: Wolf parade at the Fillmore – All the way from Canada comes this very good band. they have been around since 2003 and every year they keep turning heads with their work and with their secondary bands Sunset rubdown and The Handsome Furs. Keep your eyes on tickets for this concert, these guys are meant for greatness.
Tickets can be found here or at the Fillmore box office.

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Ever since funeral hit the indie mainstream back in 2004, the Arcade fire has been hold as one of the best bands in the world. Rock gods such as David Bowie and David Byrne have endorse them as the next legends, and the band itself have turned doubter into believers. By the time their sophomore album, Neon Bible, came out, the Canadian group was headlining their own amphitheater’s tour. No doubt it has been a very eventful half of a decade for Win Butler and his band of merry Canadians (which includes Butler’s wife and brother). So it was not to anyone’s surprised when the band’s third record debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 edging for the top position the likes of way more mainstream musicians such as Eminem, Lady Gaga and Avenged Sevenfold. With all these accolades, the band took their show on the road and Soyprensa was there to see them steal the show at Lollapalooza and to their own show in the beautiful Alpharetta, Georgia.
The show in Georgia took place in the evening of august 11th. It started like any other show, people filling the place slowly, lines to get overpriced T-Shirts and overpriced beer. However, there was one different with this show, fans made sure to get to the venue early to check out the first class opening act Spoon. The Austin band took the stage very punctual at 8 P.M., they all wore black except for ,lead singer, Britt Daniel. Spoon set included a variety of special features, including a six piece trumpet section for a couple of songs, a guest musician, in the form of Arcade Fire’s drummer Jeremy Gara, and a kick ass cover when they did Wolf Parade’s Modern World. Spoon’s set wet for about one hour, and left the crowd red hot for the main act.
At about 9:30 P.M. the Arcade Fire took the stage. The Canadian band wasted to time ti reciprocate the high level of energy fans had by staring the show with the appropriately named song, from their last album, Ready to Start, and were we? In such fashion that overwhelmed Win and Co. The show was an hour and half of the Canadian band Showing us how music should be treated and why they are considered by many the finest rock band at this moment. The show closed, as it did in Lollapalooza, with Wake Up, with a amphitheater-size chorus singing buck-up vocals for the crowd as if we were a small nation being prepped for war. I’ve been told that the Arcade fire will be touring around Europe soon, I can tell all of our European friends that this is a show not to be missed.
Here’s how the set-list looked like:

1. Ready to Start
2. Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
3. No Cars Go
4. Haïti
5. Half Light II (No Celebration)
6. Empty Room
7. The Suburbs
8. The Suburbs (Continued)
9. Ocean of Noise
10. Keep the Car Running
11. We Used to Wait
12. Neighborhood #3 (Power Out)
13. Rebellion (Lies)
14. Month of May
15. Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)
Encore:
16. Intervention
17. Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
18. Wake Up

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Lollapalooza came and went for one more year. Perry Farrel’s festival took place in the beautiful Chicago from August 5th to the 7th in a very hot weekend. The windy city welcomed thousands of music fans, hipsters and groups of teenagers who seemed to be in their first concert because of their lack of coolness. Lollapalooza was the only major festival in the U.S. that didn’t sell out. There are several theories for this, but the most popular one is the quality, or lack of rather, of the headliners. Perry Farrel wanted to be hip and with the kidz, as they say, and he decided to book the biggest pop star of this year, Lady Gaga. The problem with this decision, other than the quality of the music, is that it turned off the usual festival goers. The second headliner was Green Day. There’s actually not that much wrong with this pick, Green Day still has some music credibility, even though it’s very little after they went crazy with their “Punk-opera” attempts and just really awful music, it’s just that they needed stronger co-headliners to work. The final headliner was the one who were supposed to bring the usual lolla fans, the brand new reunited Soundgarden. The problem with this is that Soundgarden’s fans have moved on, partly because of Chris Cornell’s crappy solo albums, who’s going to take him seriosly after that? Trent Reznor doesn’t. The second reason is that their fans are old and probably have money and rather see the grunge band in their own town when they come around.
But enough about the negative, the festival had plenty of high points. These were represented by the sub-headliners, such as Phoenix, The Strokes and the very great Canadian band The Arcade Fire among others. Spoon, Metric, Stars and MGMT also made this a great festival to go to. Also the fact that Lolla takes place in a city so beautyful and vibrant as Chicago makes this a place to go to. And finally, if you take out all the annoying teenagers and snobby hipsters, there were some really nice people around. Soyprensa was at the festival and we had a blast watching the bands we loved and skipping all the headliners.
Here are some pictures of this great event taken by Soyprensa’s photographer Liliana Mora, enjoy…

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April 28th began in a bittersweet fashion. The excitement was palpable on the way to West Palm beach for two days full of music and good times. Just as reference let me say that Soyprensa’s headquarters in the U.S. are located in Miami which is proximately one hour and forty minutes away from West Palm Beach. It was  just before half of the way when the news broke out, the Flaming Lips were canceling their performance on the Sunfest due to an emergency in which Steve Drozd had to be rushed to the hospital. TOTAL BUMMER. The flaming Lips were the main reason for many fans to buy tickets to this festival. Now, the anger that you are reading doesn’t have anything to do with the festival, or with the band, it just pain sucked and i had to put it in this article somewhere. So anyway, we scratched covering the second day when we heard the news (Sorry ZZ Top fans). After the initial shock, however, we ponied up and went for the opening day which actually had a pretty decent line up.
The first stop after getting to the festival was These United States. This is a band from Washington D.C. and they play a really good style of rock, mixing classic, indie and southern rock. The band played at 5 in the afternoon and sadly the crowd was just a handful of people at that time. The band seemed to not really care and they put a great performance and as a first time listener , I can safely say that their music wasn’t bad at all.

Next, after an hour break, we went to check out Constellations. Constellations, along with These United States, are up and coming bands that have been touring for most of the year and will be performing in big stages later this summer such as Lollapalooza. Constellation’s music consisted in a mix of hip hop, rock and funk, not my favorite mix but the crowd seemed to dig them. Other than making me fall in love with one of the band’s background singers, the band offered nothing new and their set was a little monotonous.

When the constellation’s were done with their set a bigger crowd gathered in the Tire Kingdom stage (the other one was the Bank of America stage. so much for indie music festivals huh?) to wait for the great We Are Scientist. The band from California took the stage the crowd finally seemed like a music festival crowd. The band started at eight on the dot and went into a high energy, punkish guitars and full sound that are characteristic of We are Scientists. After the fist couple of songs the audience was red hot and the band got more comfortable on stage with their comedic antics. They even poked fun at the Sunfest by saying that every time they banter between songs they were required by the festival to plug a different product. They played for an hour and a half, but sadly a big chunk of the crowd left because they were scheduled to play until 9: 30 and Weezer started to play at 9 on the other stage…bad timming.
At 9 P.M. Weezer took the stage, after the worst introduction by two very annoying local DJs, they launched into Hash Pipe and followed with Troublemaker and Surf Wax America to kick off their set. Not too shabby. Weezer played hit after hit and some people were really into it. Rivers Cuomo did his best to be a lead singer by putting aside his functions as a guitar player and he actually did pretty good. They did get in the set a couple of their new song from the not-so-great Ratitude, but mostly their set consisted in an abundance of songs from the blue album, Maladroit, and well known singles such as Beverly Hills and Island in the Sun in which Cuomo played all the instruments by looping them and making the crowd sing the very famous “Hip Hip”. One of the most memorable and eclectic moments of the night came when after the first encore break Weezer covered MGMT’s Kids with an insert of Lady Gaga’s Pocker face in the middle of the song, with Cuomo sporting a blond long hair wig. The band Sign off with Buddy Holly sending all concert goers home happy.