Archive for June, 2012


Anticipation builds as the time draws closer and closer to this year’s Lollapalooza 2012 festival.  Tickets are selling quickly with only about a month standing between now and the kick-off of the festival in Grant Park located in Chicago, Illinois.

Festival Summery

Lollapalooza 2012 is a music festival that features many popular artists from a wide range of genres including alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock and hip hop. The festival also features comedy acts and craft booths. It has also been known to provide a platform for non-profit and political groups.

Every year there are over 160,000 people who attend the three day long music festival. Numerous bands reached great publicity there including METALLICA, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, NINE INCH NAILS, MUSE, ALICE IN CHAINS, 30 SECONDS TO MARS, FOO FIGHTERS, and many more!

Brief History

Lollapalooza began over twenty years ago with a man who had a vision. In 1991 the lead singer of the rock group Jane’s Addiction, Perry Farrell, began to plan a farewell show for the band. These plans soon grew into something much larger, and transformed into a “larger-than-life musical roadshow” according to Lollapalooza’s website.

Farrell was inspired by Bill Graham who was successful promoter and impresario (a person who funds and organizes concerts, plays or operas).  With the help of Ted Gardener, Marc Geiger, and Don Muller, the festival was put on its way and became a huge success.

What does Lollapalooza mean?

The word Lollapalooza is most commonly known to mean “an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance.” The word can also be used to refer to a large lollipop. Farrell heard the word in a Three Stooges short film.

The extraordinary Lollapalooza 2012 Line-Up

Here is a list of the top 20 bands playing this year:

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS

THE BLACK KEYS

BLACK SABBATH

JACK WHITE

FLORENCE + THE MACHINE

AT THE DRIVE – IN

BASSNECTAR

AVICII

THE SHINS

JUSTICE

PASSION PIT

KASKADE

THE WEEKND

SIGUR ROS

BLOC PARTY

CALVIN HARRIS

MIIKE SNOW

THE AFGAN WHIGS

M83

FRANZ FERDINAND

DISCOUNT CONCERT TICKETS

Lolla 2012 festival begins on August 3rd! So don’t miss out on this awesome experience!

It probably seemed like the weekend flew by for those who attended the three day2012 Bamboozle Fest in late May of 2012. It would seem to be a success with awesome performances by the fantastic dubstep producer Skrillex on the first day, memorable rock n’ roll jams by the Foo Fighters the second day, and  the classic rock tunes of Bon Jovi the third day. So, let’s take one last look at the Bamboozle Festival 2012.

2012 Bamboozle Festival

Day 1 (May 18): Asbury Park, New Jersey welcomes all of its guests to kick off this festival that has been ten years in the making. Today fans are psyched to see some awesome performances by SKRILLEX, INCUBUS, MAC MILLER, and a wide variety of different artists with genres ranging from hip hop to hardcore metal! Other artists included WE CAME AS ROMANS and DJE-V.

Day 2 (May 19): With one successful day down and out of the way, fans return from their respected overnight establishments to begin yet another solid day of fun. It seemed that if one was a fan of modern rock music, today was a good day to be attending. Artists on the second day included the FOO FIGHTERS, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE, ALL AMERICAN REJECTS, and other great acts like NEVER SHOUT NEVER, THE MAINE and MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK.

Day 3 (May 20): Unfortunately, it’s the last day, but at least fans can look forward to seeing some amazing performances by some of the most notable bands yet (at least according to some peoples’ preferences).  Day 3 consisted of the headliners BON JOVI, BRAND NEW, and THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM. In addition, there were performances by BUCKCHERRY, BOYS LIKE GIRLS, LIKE MOTHS TO FLAMES and TEXAS IN JULY.

Overall, it would seem to have been a great three days of music! Bamboozle Fest has come a long way since it evolved from Skate and Surf Festival to The Great Bamboozle in 2003. Its first headliners were Keller Williams, The Roots, and Dark Star Orchestra. To this day, the festival has a group of characters, some being real individuals with fake identities, and others being completely made up. Regardless, they all have their own purpose in the festival to make it run smoothly.

The American pop singer/songwriter from Santa Barbara, Katy Perry, is hard at work building her fame and fortune as 2012 presses on.  Despite her heart-breaking divorce with British Comedian Russell Brand, Perry’s carry has yet to be halted.  The amazing work ethic pushed her on, even though before some shows she’d have to bend down to let tears leave her eyes in order to prevent any make-up malfunctions.

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Drake, how’d he get here?

Drake 2012

Drake 2012

He was born with the name Aubrey Drake Graham, but we all know him as just Drake. He’s a rapper, a singer, and has even done numerous jobs as an actor. He grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada while being influenced by his father Dennis Graham, who played drums with Jerry Lee Lewis. Two of his uncles were also musicians, so I guess music was in his genes!

In 2001, he got his first job as an actor, playing the role of Jimmy Brooks in the television series Degrassi: The Next Generation. He made appearances in 138 episodes. In addition to his role in Degrassi, he made appearances in television series like Blue Murder, Soul Food, Instant Star, Beyond the Break, Punk’d and more.  Drake also acted in movies such as Charlie Bartlett, Mookie’s Law, Breakaway, and Ice Age 4: Continental Drift.

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2012 One Direction Tour

One Direction 2013 Tour

When it comes to One Direction’s career, you could say there is much more to come. After finishing in third place on the seventh season of the popular television series The X Factor, One Direction was sure to be a success!

The One Direction album Up All Night became a huge hit in the United Kingdom in 2011. When it debuted in the United States in 2012, it reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, making them the first UK group to ever debut at No. 1 with their first album in the country.

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Lady Antebellum, taking country music by storm

Let’s take a moment and reflect on the history of such a great musical group, known as Lady Antebellum. The country pop trio was formed in Nashville, Tennessee in 2006 by the three original members who still remain in the group. Lady Antebellum members consist of Hillary Scott (lead and backing vocals), Charles Kelley (lead and backing vocals), and Dave Haywood (backing vocals, guitar, piano, and mandolin).

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Madonna isn’t Lady Gaga, and she wants you to know

Madonna, the 53-year-old pop icon/superstar veteran recently kicked off her “MDNA” tour in the holy land of Jerusalem. She incorporated her hit songs from over the last three decades into this performance including “Like a Virgin”, “Gang Band”, and “Revolver”. Of course she used the material from her recent album “MDNA”!

It would seem, however, that the pop star had something to prove in her performance at the Ramat Gan stadium on Tel Aviv’s outskirts. While performing, she managed to fit in a newly added sampling of Lady Gaga’s song “Born This Way” in to her song “Express Yourself”.  At the end of the song she yelled “She’s not me!”

The pop diva, Lady Gaga, made her way into stardom four years ago, releasing hits like “Poker Face” and “Bad Romance”. Since, she has acquired an enormous following and her own risky reputation. Gaga’s influences included Elton John, David Bowie, Queen, and you guessed it, Madonna.

There have been rumors and thoughts of a rivalry between the two superstars, as both show similar characteristics both with their music, performances, and philosophies. Many Fans and critics link Gaga with Madonna in the late 1980s.

So is there a hidden rivalry between these to pop stars? Does Madonna want superiority of the younger version of herself? You be the judge!

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Man accuses Justin Beiber of battery.

Justin Beiber had his big break after being discovered through his homemade videos that he uploaded onto YouTube.  He made his first album at the age of 15-years-olds and became a teen sensation gaining 41 million fans on Facebook and 20 million fans of Twitter.

This teen superstar allegedly ran into an altercation with a photographer while walking to his car. In Los Angeles, a man called the deputies in Calabasas, complaining that the beibs had roughed him up while he was taking pictures of the pop sensation and his girlfriend, Selena Gomez, who is well known for her acting roles on the Disney Channel.

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Lil-Wayne

Lil-Wayne

At game 3 of the western conference finals, the Young Money rapper, Lil Wayne, was denied access into the Chesapeake Energy Arena due to one simple reason. According to Thunders’ spokesman Dan Mahoney, the rappers people contacted OKC’s front office in regards to complimentary Oklahoma City Thunder tickets, but demanded front row seats, which were most-likely unavailable.

Apparently, this rapper felt it was his right to have front row seats with or without a ticket, unlike everyone else. He tweeted, “”Was going to go to the Thunder game tonight but was denied by the team to be in their arena. Wow. Smh. Go Spurs!”

Despite the hard feelings Mahoney claimed that Oklahoma City has sold out every game this season.  He then stated “We’d love to have him a game, but like anyone else, he needs a ticket.”

On a lighter note, let’s talk about the future of Lil Wayne. It seems the rapper has some future projects that he will be bringing to the table. He will be making a collaboration album called I Can’t Feel My Face with the rapper Juelz Santana. This project has been in progress for several years.

He will also be releasing a sequel to his 2010 album I Am Not a Human Being, with I Am Not a Human Being 2, which will be debuted this summer. It is also said he will create a sequel to Rebirth, yet another 2010 album.

 

Usher brings it all to the table

Usher Raymond, an R&B singer and songwriter from Chattanooga, Tennessee, has made quite a name for himself since he rose to fame in the 1990s. Between then and now, Raymond has made and released six studio albums, including My Way, Confessions, and Raymond v. Raymond, which is currently the latest album released in 2010.

It has become apparent that R&B star will be releasing a seventh studio album this year. The album Looking 4 Myself is due to be released on June 12, 2012. Usher shows how he has grown from a teen sensation, to a dignified man, to a full on artist who expresses 100% artistic integrity.

According to a Reuters interview, the singer stated, “It was damn near a rebirth. I felt open and creative because I didn’t have anything in my mind. At some point, after making music for a long time, you have to find very new creative and innovative ways to do what you love.”

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