Guest post of the week thanks to Jay!
Lollapalooza has taken a lot of heat for becoming an over-commercialized, over-priced festival consisting only of big name acts that can draw huge crowds. And while much of that is true, the real soul of Lollapalooza can still be found in the acts not on the main stage (and fortunately without the crowds too). Two electronic rock this year acts which stood out among the rest were Twin Shadow and The Big Pink.
Twin Shadow, real name George Lewis Jr, hails from Brooklyn and has experienced a dramatic rise to fame in the past two years, playing several major festivals around the country. Two of his more famous songs, Five Seconds and Slow, are prime examples of his musical prowess for combining 80’s guitar riffs with electronic indie sounds. A visit to his Soundcloud station will also allow you to experience his production skills, including several up and downbeat remixes he’s made.
On the other end of the spectrum is the electronic rock band The Big Pink. Primarily composed of two, but usually up to five, members this band hails from England with their specialty in combining typical alternative rock with DJ/production effects. Having live programming gives The Big Pink a killer dynamic when performing in front of crowds as well. Their most famous song Dominoes was sampled/butchered by Nicki Minaj for her atrocious song Girls Fall Like Dominoes, but the original is still a fantastic track. An earlier single, Velvet, is an even better example of the band’s versatility.