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Discover Lolla 2013: Preview

Lollapalooza2012-crowd

That’s right, 69 days now until Lollapalooza 2013. With over 75+ sets to jam out to under the blazing sun, this year’s bill is packed with old & new artists- who are you most excited to see? Come hang out with WCRX-FM’s, The Scene, as we count down the days until Lolla 2013.

The Orwells (Sunday, August 4th)

From the outskirts of Chicago, five seventeen-year olds come together and create unmistakable, raw rocky garage punk sounds- they like to go by The Orwells. Last August, the quintet released their debut album, Remember When, and have since then performed numerous shows, including at Beat Kitchen, SubT, Austin, Texas’ SXSW, and now a set at one their home town’s biggest music festivals.

The Orwells’ Other Voices EP is scheduled to be released 6/25.

Palma Violets (Sunday, August 4th)

Last year was the breakout year for London’s psychedelic rock band, Palma Violets. After the school friends met in 2010 and played countless live shows at a small, sweaty studio in Lambeth, Palma Violets began to draw attention with their performances and songs that emulate a ‘60s garage rock and soul feel. In 2012, their first studio recorded track, “Best of Friends,” was released and then shortly named NME’s #1 track of the year, as well as a spot on the cover of the magazine. This past February, Palma Violets’ debut album 180 was released, hand-in-hand with an announcement of a tour: including a set at Chicago’s Lollapalooza 2013.

Wild Belle (Sunday, August 4th)

Get ready for rocksteady beats and groovy sounds from Chicago’s sibling duo, Wild Belle. After dabbling with each other’s musical lives for a while, the bro/sis combo came together in 2011 and began writing songs. A year later, Wild Belle was born and their  first single, “Keep You,” was released, which created quite the buzz. After officially releasing their debut album Isles this past March, performing all over, Wild Belle will be filling their native city’s park with groovy island music at Lollapalooza.

Little Green Cars (Saturday, August 3rd)

From the charming city of Dublin, Ireland, indie folk rock band Little Green Cars. This quintet of 20-some year old bandmates also happens to be great friends: and what could be a better combination to write absolutely soul bearing, down-to-the-core honest music. Little Green Cars just released their debut album Absolute Zero this year, and since then have toured the UK and US widely, appeared on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, performed a set at SXSW as well as Coachella, and excitingly are now on the bill for Lolla.

Machines Are People Too (Sunday, August 4th)

What began as a two man synth-pop project between friends from Chattanooga, TN, quickly evolved into the unique pop quartet, Machines Are People Too, who produces energized dance music that gets you off your feet. The band released their first EP Dreams in July 2012 and has since has toured all along the east coast, playing huge festivals such as Bonnaroo, Hangout Music Fest, and are now hitting up the Midwest to fuel Lollapalooza 2013 with grooves throughout Grant Park.

Machines Are People Too are currently recording their follow up EP, which is scheduled to drop this summer.

Discover Lolla 2013: Preview

Lollapalooza2012-crowd

The schedule has been announced, tickets have been sold, and with 80 days until Lollapalooza it’s about time you started planning your method of attack.  Don’t worry WCRX FM is prepared to be your personal festival assistant. From The Killers and Kendrick Lamar to Steve Aoki and The Art Department we shall leave no new artist left behind. Welcome to Discover Lolla 2013.

D-Pryde

d-prydeFirst up  D-Pryde a 19-year-old Canadian rapper/singer/songwriter
often compared to a cross between Drake (is it the way he turns ‘about’ cleverly into ‘auboot’?) and Eminem. Coming off the buzz of his 2012 mixtape “Flagship”  Pryde is embarking on his first national headlining tour this summer & release a brand new EP.

Check out his cover of Drake’s “Girls Love Beyonce” and pencil him into your Friday schedule.

Lianne La Havas

lianneGrabbing inspiration from the likes of Jill Scott, Prince, and Stevie Wonder, our next stop on the Lolla discovery train is  Lianne La Havas. After catching major airplay in the states with her single “Is Your Love Big Enough” this UK import is a rare live concert experience you won’t want to miss. A truly raw and agressive voice will prove that not everyone needs exploding pyrotechnics and acrobats for a memorable Lolla show. Lianne is a great example of balance in an artist, exhibiting friendly yet polished tracks in a  complex mannor.

Pacific Air

pac airPreviously operating under the Koko moniker, Southern California brothers Ryan and Taylor Lawhon renamed their musical project Pacific Air. Spicing reinvention into their music, the brothers played tribute to their former selves on the EP “Long Live Koko“. Six months later we have “Pacific Air” and a band who is ready to release their debut album “Shut Up“. The lead single “Lose my Mind” is all you could ask for in California pop. Its a cold sarcastically named drink in front of a beautiful beachfront sunset. Or in our midwestern case, its an Old Style and a crisp Chicago sky. 

The Bright Light Social Hour

BLSSThe Bright Light Social Hour is an American rock band from Austin, Texas. Born out of a university art-rock collective, the band first gained attention in Austin from their incendiary live performances and innovative vision of rock and roll. Their first full length album dropped in 2010 and they haven’t looked back since. They have performed in front of thousands of new fans, most notably at SXSW 2012, Wakarusa Festival and opening for Aerosmith at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City. Current plans include producing their second album on their own in Austin Texas.  They certainly dont mind you pulling up a patch of Lolla lawn and watch them cavort on stage as they have been chronicling their recent adventures.  Bright Lights Social Hour has released a series of self-produced tour documentaries depicting their life on the road. 

Keys N Krates

keys-n-krates1We’ve landed on one of our personal favorite acts in this years line-up.  Keys n Krates are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with. They recently wrapped up their first BBC Radio 1 mini mix, dropped the super hot “Lucid Dreams EP” and remixed everyone from Kanye West to Zedd.  The Canadian trio comprised of Adam Tune on drums synth David Matisse on keys, and internationally award-winning Jr. Flo on turntables. We have no doubt “Treat Me Right” will be the festival anthem of the summer.

Daryn Alexus on The Scene

Daryn Alexus
Daryn Alexus
Photographer: Duran Johnson

A lot can happen in 365 days for example: you can release your very first mixtape, start your senior year of college, audition for your college’s biggest talent competition, rehearse for that big competition, perform at a historical Chicago venue and win that big competition, work on your follow up full-length album, oh and graduate!

Talk about hustle!

Daryn Alexus winning 2013 Biggest Mouth at The Metro
Daryn Alexus winning 2013 Biggest Mouth at The Metro

 

 

Daryn Alexus, D.C native & Columbia College Chicago senior managed all of that in the last 365 days of life. Lucky for The Scene; Daryn took some time out from rehearsal, recording, and winning oversized checks to reminisce about the last year plus gave us the inside info on her upcoming project.

Don’t miss Daryn Alexus live May 17th on Manifest Main Stage @ 4:25pm

Daryn’s  newest project Vintage Heart Modern Love Vol 2 drops May 21st.

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