Lollapalooza continues its southward expansion with the announcement of the new Lollapalooza Colombia, to be held in Bogota’s Parque Simon Bolivar in the fall of 2016 with dates and lineup TBA. This will be the sixth edition of Lollapalooza, which currently holds festivals in the USA, Chile, Brazil, and Argentina, with the first edition of Lollapalooza Berlin set to take place this September. Joining C3 and WME in promoting Lollapalooza Colombia will be Bogota-based promoters T310 | Absent Papa, promoters of various festivals around the country including SOMA, Festival Estereo Picnic (the best selling music festival in Colombia), Breakfest in Medellin, Sultana Festival and iconic Spanish progressive festival Sonar, which will make its debut in Colombia in December 2015. “We have had the ambition to bring Lollapalooza to Colombia for some time now, and have found partners who are true professionals and share our passion for the music. Fans in Colombia have a true love of alternative music and we are excited for the rest of the world to find out what we already know about this wonderful country,” said Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell in a statement.
by Joel Domanowski
The Columbus, Ohio duo known as Twenty One Pilots has been making music since 2009. Borrowing their name from an Arthur Miller play, Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun take the approach of making a lot out of a little. Usually only armed with a drum set, keyboard and Joseph’s vocals, the two-piece creates a large atmosphere filled with charming melody and sticky beats. Drawing from the soul of hip-hop, Twenty One Pilots successfully crosses a thinly disguised line into modern alternative by fusing a slick lyrical flow with pop-inspired caroling. No strangers to Lollapalooza (the group also played last year’s fest), Twenty One Pilots is riding high off of the May 19release of their fourth LP Blurryface as well as the 25+ million views for singles “Fairly Local,” “Tear in My Heart,” and “Stressed Out.” Clearly these Pilots are ready to take off.
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by William Kosh
Eugene Hütz has an accent that sounds like a fan fiction in which Dracula and Zoro adopt and raise a child. But the true story of his origin is more mundane, a cliche tale in which Hütz grows up with his grandmother’s gypsy clan after his family flees Ukraine in the wake of the Chernobyl meltdown. That old chestnut? What the hell is this? A John Green book? No, it’s a band. And they’re rad as hell. A Gogol Bordello show is a three-ring circus of snares, cons, and shady uncles from abroad. It’s a ritual that opens a gateway to a world in which borders are the scars of forgotten wars and culture is a debonair mask. Their music is the blistering theatricality of Queen contained within the old-worldly cool of Tom Waits, with every song an anthem for trans-continental hustlers and road warriors from the world’s darkest corners.
by Jackalynn Howell
Despite their outward appearance, Of Monsters and Men are hardly your ordinary indie band. With lyrics like poetry and arrangements like symphonies, they’ve done nothing but create a new breed of indie music as fresh as the air in their seaside hometown of Keflavik, Iceland. They inhale full drums that lead each melody alongside smoky male and female vocals before exhaling insight to purity and appreciation for exceptional musicianship. Authenticity runs through their veins and the incorporation of ‘70s-style rock guitar riffs along with their sweet, melodic lyrics of love and self-embrace encapsulate the defining aspects of their creative aesthetic. The full, warm tones that their high-quality studio production envelops their ingenious writing in, however, is best portrayed through the exhibit of their musical abilities on the stage. A long four years since their top-10 charting debut My Head Is An Animal, sophomore LP Beneath the Skin dropped in June.