Lollapalooza is a celebration of many genres and tastes in music and this year’s festival did not disappoint. Here were some of Joonbug’s favorites:
Ok Go put on an incredible show, full of smolder, swagger and plenty of good humor. The four band members dressed head to toe in either red, blue, green or yellow suits; played a song with sublime intensity on the hand bells, indulged the audience with old favorites and introduced new tunes. A favorite moment included lead singer Damian singing from the middle of the crowd a heart-string tugging acoustic gem. Tongue-in-cheek, honest and power-packed, Ok Go was the delight of the afternoon. Tinie Tempah graced the stage just before OK Go, delivering a set that bubbled with effervescent energy. The beats were crisp, fun and instantly catchy. He is one to watch.
Young Man (Colin Caulfield) broke onto the music scene when he began uploading covers of his favorite songs to YouTube. Several notable covers later and a rather flattering acknowledgement from Dearhunter front man, Bradford Cox, Young Man is set to release his debut EP titled “Boy” on August 31. I recently caught up with Colin to talk about his distinguished YouTube presence, a sold out show with Local Natives at Governor’s Island, and his debut release.
Q: What kind of experience did you have while writing and recording "Boy" ?
YM: I was writing it during the last summer that I was living with my parents. I go to school in Chicago. I live there now but I would go back and live at home for the summers, like most people do. So for me the subject material and the idea of growing up and dealing with your future, I was in the midst of all that. At that point I was starting to grow out of being a kid. It was a very emotional experience writing the album, because for one, I’m not a five-year-old. Writing from that perspective is draining in a way because to really put yourself in that position is weird as a 20-year-old. So I just got really into it and I think it shows.