Chicago-based electronic duo Louis The Child recently dropped their latest EP “Love Is Alive”. The EP is five tracks long and three of the five had either been teased or released earlier on. One song that had not been released until now “World On Fire” is by far my favorite track from the EP with “Fire” coming in a very close second. Listen to all five tracks below and let me know what you think! Happy Listening music fam 🙂
It’s here everyone, the 2014 Lollapalooza official lineup has been announced. I think it’s a good one, not the best I’ve seen (cough 2010 cough) but there are so many bands I am excited to see like Arctic Monkeys, Phantogram, Grouplove, Lorde, Spoon, Outkast, and so many more! Check out the lineup below! >
Whoo! What a crazy morning! If you were also hanging in the Lollapalooza ticketing standby room you know what I mean. Early Bird tickets were gone in just a few SECONDS. Luckily I was able to get my GA 3 day ticket just before they were completely sold out! Did you all get your tickets?! Stay tuned tomorrow morning for the HUGE line up announcement and single day passes will go on sale tomorrow also! I will be sure to post the lineup here in case you miss it.
On another not…check out the AMAZING official Lollapalooza poster? I had to order it immediately. Let me know if you’ll be going to the festival, I’d love to meet some of you! =D
Ohhh my goodness people! It is getting to be that time of year again, the time when our music festival hero Perry Farrell begins to share with us what amazing bands will grace our presence in what I like to call the Disneyland for music lovers..LOLLAPALOOZA! Yesterday a handful of headliners were announced and a couple of them were bands I had been seriously hoping would be there!
Hello fellow music lovers! Right this second I am working on packing my giant suitcase for my trip to Chicago for Lollapalooza! Well actually right this second I’m procrastinating/watching the Kardashians (don’t hate) but you know…same difference ;p. I’m hoping to get lots of great pictures of the bands I see at Lolla and I will try to upload them as soon as possible =)! Check out my Twitter from time to time, I will definitely be posting on there more so than blogging new music (sry guys! I’m leaving my laptop at home). Anywho I hope you all have an awesome week/weekend! Nighty night =)!
Once again it’s THAT time of year where Lollapalooza is right around the corner and as per usual I am starting to make my many lists I tend to make to get ready (what to pack, what to buy, band schedule, etc.). August 2010 was my first Lolla trip and since then I am making it a tradition to go every year, this year will be my third! Each time I attend a music festival, I learn more and more about how to be be better prepared. I thought I would get together all of the information I’ve picked up along the way and compile a list for you, if you want it, or even just for myself to look back on each year. Whether you are headed to Lolla like me, Bonnaroo, Coachella, Sasquatch or any other music festival…this list will most likely apply to you. I hope it helps you get ready for some of the greatest musical events you’ll ever experience! Without further ado (not “adieu”, I looked it up) here is list..
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Two weeks ago I tweeted Perry Farrell, one of the greatest people ever for creating Lollapalooza, that I cried like a baby when I read the lineup that morning (sadly I really did cry..tears of joy of course!!). Anyways every year when I go to Lollapalooza, I can’t help but constantly mentally thank Perry for putting together something that is honestly one of the biggest sources of happiness for me! I was COMPLETELY and TOTALLY SHOCKED when he tweeted me back, with a hug no less!! Ahh! It made me whole week and I can’t believe I forgot to post/share with you guys! Here is the tweet!
Wow. It took only 21 days for Lollapalooza 3-day passes to sell out…that’s funny, it just so happens it’s Lollapalooza 21st birthday this year! Wellllll congrats to those of you who got your tickets, hopefully I will see you there =D! And for those of you who didn’t get your tickets in time…single day passes are now on sale and Lollapalooza’s site has released the day by day performance schedule too, just for extra motivation! Trust me guys, if you’ve never been you HAVE to hurry and get the 1-day passes, I promise it’s the greatest musical experience and every music lover should get to go at least once in their life time! I will also try to see as many shows as I can and take some decent pictures to post for you guys!!
SEE YOU SOON LOLLA!!
Now I know I don’t do a lot of these things (book reviews), mainly because I don’t read as much as I would like to and also because I usually forget what the book was about just a week after reading it. I have Suzanne Collins (author of Hunger Games Trilogy) to thank for getting me into reading again. This post however is not about Hunger Games or Suzanne Collins (although I will mention them a few times), it is about this incredible book “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. After finishing up The Hunger Games Trilogy I started to panic thinking “I will never find another book like this!!” so I went to and searched for other Dystopian novel recommendations. Dystopia is defined as: a society characterized by human misery, squalor, oppression, disease, and overcrowding. Sounds like kind of a downer I know… I think the reason why this genre is so popular right now is because we all have that feeling that the world might end one day, maybe soon, maybe later, and we might be just a little bit curious as to what the world will be like leading up to that. I’m a Christian and I really love to read The Book of Revelation and learn about the end of the world all because of this curiosity. So like I said before I went to Goodreads and they have a VERY helpful list of books to read if you are looking for a dystopia themed book. Divergent was high on the list right after The Hunger Games. I read all the reviews on this book and all of them were very promising but I was also hesitant because I didn’t think there would be a book out there as good, or even better than the Hunger Games…I was so wrong.
Divergent is a novel written by Veronica Roth which takes place in Beatrice Prior’s (main character) Dystopian Chicago where society has been completely broken. As a result the humans separate into 5 different groups of people called factions. The factions are all based on a human ideal that they feel is the opposite of what they think ended the world. The first faction you read about in the book is called Abnegation; the selfless. It is the faction that Beatrice is born into. The people of Abnegation believe that the society was destroyed by selfish people. Abnegation people strive to be selfless, doing community service and charity. They always wear the color grey and are not allowed to look in the mirror on the second day of every third month. They eat very plain food, anything of color or extravagance is too much of an indulgence. They mostly spend their time helping each other and helping the other factions, and also the faction-less which are the people that don’t survive initiation. The other main faction in the book is called Dauntless; the brave. Dauntless people believe that society was destroyed by being cowardly. The Dauntless wear black clothes, have many piercings and tattoos. Their main job is to protect the fence around the city. The other three factions in the book are Candor which is devoted to honesty and believe that liars destroyed society, Erudite who are devoted to a life of learning and believe that society was destroyed by lack of knowledge, and Amity which is devoted to peacefulness who believe that society was destroyed by war and violence.
What happens is you’re born into a faction and raised there for 16 years and on a specific day of every year, all the 16 year-olds have to attend the choosing ceremony where they decide which faction they want to devote the rest of their lives to. The day before the choosing ceremony they take a test in which their brain patterns are stimulated and it concludes what faction they belong in judging by the which of the five characteristics are strongest in their mind. When Beatrice goes in for her test she does not react to it the same the others do. She is equally compatible with three of the factions which means she is “Divergent”. Divergent people are seen as a threat to the government because they can’t be confined to one faction, and in the book the government kill the Divergent unless they keep it a secret.
On choosing day it is up to her to decide whether to stay with her family in the Abnegation faction forever or leave them to pursue what she really is. Beatrice decides to leave her faction Abnegation and transfers to Dauntless. The biggest part of the book is the initiation. In every faction everyone must complete some type of initiation to be accepted as a member. For example in Candor their initiation is full of lie detector tests and truth serum, Abnegation initiates do community service, and Dauntless initiates train in combat, weaponry, and fearlessness. If they fail the initiates they become the factionless or homeless who live on the streets and get taken care of by Abnegation.
More than anything this book is a thriller. I found myself constantly on the edge of my seat unable to stop reading, needing to know what was going to happen next! Of course like all good books there is romance, and also a lot of violence. Reading it, I couldn’t get used to the fact that in the Dauntless faction guys and girls were put up against each other in combat to basically fight until someone is physically unable to continue (those parts were kind of hard to read). What I liked about this book was that people weren’t dying of starvation/desperate for food like in The Hunger Games. People in the book Divergent lived just like we do. This book is mostly relate-able which I think is really a great quality for a dystopian book to have, so that even though you are reading about the future, it’s not short of situations that we may go through in our everyday lives.
Veronica Roth is a month away from releasing the next book in the Divergent series entitled “Insurgent”. She also signed a deal with Summit (the studio that brought us Twilight) to make a movie adaptation of her book. The writer of the new movie “Snow White and the Huntsmen” Evan Daugherty will be working on the adaption..I don’t know about you but if you ask me this only means amazing things are to come! Eek!
On a closing note, I highly recommend you read this book, especially if you loved Hunger Games, I promise you won’t regret it!