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Lollapalooza Announces 2017 Aftershows: Royal Blood, Jon Bellion, Banks & More


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If you missed out on buying wristbands for Lollapalooza this year, or you just want to extend your festival experience, don’t worry because the premiere Chicago festival has announced its full lineup of 2017 aftershows. The aftershows will run from August 1st until the 6th and will feature performances across some of the city’s best clubs and concert halls.

Performing Lolla aftershows this year will be Royal Blood, Jon Bellion, Banks, Spood, Foster The People, Towkio, Mac DeMarco and many more. Tickets for the aftershows will go on sale this Friday at 10AM.

Check out some of our favorite aftershows below and see the full lineup of shows at Do312.com.

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Photos: WKQX’s The Nights We Stole Christmas Brings Weezer, Phantogram & Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness to Chicago


Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Tonight Chicago’s 101 WKQX brought some of the best bands in rock and indie to the Aragon Ballroom for their annual The Nights We Stole Christmas. From top to bottom, start to finish, fans were in for a night that they would not soon forget. And while WKQX stole Christmas, the bands stole the show. With Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness’ opening set, Phantogram’s supporting performance, and of course Weezer closing the night, Night One of the holiday festivities was a huge success.

Up first was indie pop act, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, the Andrew McMahon-led group, who performed in support of their 2014 self-titled album. With McMahon killing it on the piano throughout the performance, taking trips into the audience on a couple occasions, energy levels were high during the entire set. And although McMahon first earned fame through his former band Jack’s Mannequin, no one at the Aragon was doing the #MannequinChallenege because the crowd and Andrew himself were live from start to finish.

Next up, Greenwich New York’s Phantogram returned to the Windy City after their Lollapalooza performance with Big Boi months ago. And just like Lollapalooza, the electro rock duo delivered, even if they were short an Outkast. Performing some of their best tracks, like ‘When I’m Small’ and ‘Fall In Love’, as well as some new tracks for the Chicago crowd, Phantogram rocked out for nearly an hour and exceeded our already high expectations.

Last but certainly not least, Weezer greeted the sold-out crowd to perform their catalog of hits. ‘Beverly Hills’, ‘Say It Ain’t So’, ‘Undone — The Sweater Song’, ‘Buddy Holly’ and ‘Hash Pipe’ were just a few of Weezer’s hit singles that got the crowd wild all through the night. Whether fans came for Phantogram, Andrew McMahon or of course the night one headliners, everyone was able to enjoy Weezer’s nostalgic set, which also included memorable performances from their 2016 self-titled album.

Check out our photos from tonight’s performance below and check out the remaining artists for WKQX’s The Nights We Stole Christmas here.

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EP Review: Big Grams | Big Grams

Big Grams

Sometimes you have things come before you in life that not even your imagination can piece together its perceived quality. Could be good, could be Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. “Don’t knock it ‘till you try it”, is a common expression for supporters of the new, interesting and potentially life-changing. Now, when I came across Phantogram (now one of my favorite electronic groups) on Big Boi’s undeniably experimental 2012 album, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, I was gleefully anxious. Meshing genres is nothing new in the realm of sound; but to take two extremely distinct, creative sounds and to unify them, is no small feat. A feat, nonetheless, that they recently attempted to duplicate.

It had been years since we had heard anything from the nameless, genre-less troupe. Then, as if by fortuitous happening, a song by the name of ‘Fell In The Sun’ hit the net via a group named, Big Grams. Realizing shortly after that this name is a lazily simple melding of the two separate stage names, all I could do was hope the music wouldn’t be so uninspired – and for the most part, it succeeds.

The EP takes off with ‘Run for Your Life’, a song that starts things off on a pretty low-key note. A distant snap of drumsticks colliding provides a simple enough rhythm for Big Boi to lay some of his playful Daddy Fat Sacks bars over. When the chorus reveals itself to us through the airy vocals of Phantogram’s Sarah Barthel it sounds like what you’d expect. While both parts sound singularly good, the track lacks some creative cohesion. From here on out though, that problem quickly fades away as the creativity flows into an ever-increasing current.

The second track, “Lights On’, capably eliminates any negatively juxtaposing elements. Especially evident is the highly melodic rapping from Big Boi. By the time we hit the third track, Big Grams has fully surfaced. ‘Fell In The Sun’ simultaneously overlays Sarah’s light vocals with Big Boi’s lyrics. The production is consistent and has enough Atlanta-esque hip-hop elements reformed within Phantogram’s signature psyche-pop style to allow for a seamless integration. Following right behind is a sample-laden production from 9th Wonder on ‘Put It On Her’. Big Boi smoothly puts down some suave bars about his classy demeanor that leaves women clamoring at his feet. The seductive chorus separates Big Boi’s slick utterings from Josh Carter’s, highly electronic attempt at rapping. While Josh’s style would have little chance of carrying the weight of an album by itself, here, I personally like the variation of the verse – and rhythmically, it is on point.

From bouncy, down-to-earth cadences to intergalactic synthesizers, the production spans both genres without ever being spread too thinly. The final two tracks have Big Grams opening the doors to other masters of their respective genres. Run The Jewels two-piece, Killer Mike and El-P make an in-your-face appearance on ‘Born To Shine’, while Skrillex lends a hand on club-suited banger, ‘Drum Machine’. It’s an intense and fitting end to an EP that took two separate musical entities and amalgamated them, forming something entirely new. While this EP came from nowhere and serves us only a 26-minute platter of creativity, all of its moving parts form a concise, unified whole that is almost always unique and works on more levels than it falters. Which leaves me with one question. Was this was a one-time outing or will it be known as the first breaths of a potential super group?


Outkast’s Big Boi and Phantogram Form New Group, “Big Grams”, Self-Titled EP This Month


Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Looks like Big Boi has moved on from trying to reunite Outkast for another album…for now at least. The Grammy winning rapper and genre-blending duo, Phantogram, have combined forces to form their new group, “Big Grams”. And don’t think that you will have to wait too long to hear some music from the new trio, as they will be releasing their self-titled debut in less than a month, September 25th via Epic Records. 

Pre-orders for Big Grams start tomorrow (9/10) and you won’t want to miss at they pay a visit to Beats 1 tomorrow at 12:40 PM EST as Zane Lowe premiere’s their first track, ‘Fell In the Sun’. Also appearing on their forthcoming 7-track project will be Skrillex, on their record ‘Drum Machine’ and Run The Jewels (Killer Mike & El-P) on ‘Born To Shine’. Coming out of virtually nowhere, this is already one of our most anticipated projects of the year.


Here is What Day 2 of Mamby On The Beach Was Like!


Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Tonight marked a successful end to Mamby on the Beach 2015, where fans of the Oakwood Beach festival saw performances from Passion Pit, Phantogram, Art Department, Claptone, Cut Copy, Holt, Cherub, Tanlines and more. Following Saturday’s sets from Empire of the Sun, James Murphy, My Gold Mask, Cashmere Cat, Zhu, George Fitzgerald, Felix Da Housecat, Robert Delong and more (check out our Day 1 photos here), it is hard to decide which day of the festival delivered more than the other! If you missed out this year, at least now you know not to make the same mistake in 2016.

Experience Mamby on the Beach 2015 Day 2 below, through photos from Do312 and through all the fans that were there first hand.

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Top 5 Artists We’re Excited to See at Mamby on the Beach 2015


Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration
Photo by Dan Garcia/The Early Registration

Mamby on the Beach is just a couple weeks away, and like real estate, it’s all about location, location, location! Grant Park is cool and all but this year a Chicago music festival is inviting some big artists to the Windy City’s scenic Oakwood Beach on July 11th and 12th (get your tickets here). This year the 18-and-up festival will see performances from Empire of the Sun, Passion Pit, Zhu, Cashmere Cat, Phantogram, Cherub, Art Department and many more! And if for some reason you don’t enjoy a nice lakefront breeze, the party doesn’t stop when the festival gates close, as some of Chicago’s best venues will be hosting the official after parties all night long.

Continue to our list of the “5 Artists We’re Most Excited to See at Mamby on the Beach 2015” at the link below, and listen to The Early Registration’s official Mamby on the Beach playlist while your at it!