Since the Jonas Brothers parted ways last year, Kevin, Joe and Nick have slowly started creating a career outside of being one-third of the pop-rock band that first gained notoriety and attention on the Disney channel. As Kevin enjoys fatherhood, Nick makes a go at a solo musical career — listen to “Chains” now — and explores acting, Joe is trying his hand at being a DJ, songwriting, and returning to the small screen.
Tucked into the back of a service kitchen at the Hard Rock Hotel, Joe sits down with VH1 ahead of his performance as the hotel’s resident DJ at The Sound of Your Stay Music Lounge on the first night of Lollapalooza. It’s there he opens up about DJ Danger, being a foodie, and going solo.
In its tenth year at Chicago, Lollaplooza welcomed over 100 bands, hundreds of thousands of fans and a number of surprises over the course of three days. As the festival continues to expand into a more mainstream affair with Perry’s tent — no longer a tent but rather a stage that has helped usher in EDM and hip-hop acts — and broad appeal headliners, which have included major pop acts and classic rockers, there’s still room to shock or shake things up. This year was no different as Eminem brought out Rihanna, President Obama’s daughter was spotted in the crowd, and Nas and Outkast relived the ‘90s.
With over 100 bands performing at Lollapalooza this weekend, there’s a lot of music to digest at the three-day festival. Everyone from Kings of Leon to Calvin Harris are performing representing a variety of genres from EDM, alt rock, hip-hop and indie pop.
Among the performers on the festival’s eight stages — one being Palladia, marking its debut at Lolla — are a number of VH1 You Oughta Know alums, including Lorde and Foster the People, that have been storming up the charts over the past year. Many are first-time performers and sure to bring a new flavor and sound to the long-running festival.
Grunge. Even the bands hated the term, which was apocryphally attributed to Mudhoney singer Mark Arm and exploited to great effect by Bruce Pavitt in the ad copy for the releases on his Sub Pop record label. Though the word itself means dirt or grime it is now forever synonymous with those grimey rockers that emerged from the Pacific Northwest in the late ‘80s and by the mid ‘90s had changed…well, pretty much everything. Read more…
In case you missed it: VH1 Top 20 Countdown host Jim Shearer talks to several of your favorite acts, including Mumford & Sons, Icona Pop and Ellie Goulding, backstage at the 2013 Lollapalooza. Shearer sat down with each group ahead of their performances to talk about everything from what it is like headlining Lolla to getting pumped up before a show. Oh yeah, and he talks to Shaun White about his new band!
Ah, the early 1990s. The era of flannels, of cut off shorts worn over long johns and the first painful dalliances with the tattoo gun and mosh pit as Generation X apathetically ambled into the mainstream. Last weekend thousands flocked to the annual Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago’s Grant Park to see such well-mannered bands as Mumford & Sons and Vampire Weekend however the festivals’ roots were a more raucous affair altogether as the emerging alternative rock nation brought together the leading lights in underground rock, hip hop, industrial and, oh yeah, GRUNGE. Take a gander at the following gallery and see if you can guess these first generation Lollapalooza artists.
Even though Lollapalooza is over we are still enjoying looking back on all the best performances that helped make 2013 the best Lolla ever. We can’t get over the fact that Shaun White got top billing at The Grove on Saturday night, that 2 Chainz ended up drawing a crowd that rivaled Vampire Weekend’s, or that Mumford & Sons closed day 2 with their headlining performance. Check out all the amazing photos of all the bands on stage.
What happens when you let a bunch of bands and artists run around backstage and in the media tent at Lollapalooza? They take selfies, of course. Last weekend, when bands, such as Phoenix and Matt & Kim, weren’t tearing it up on stage, they were snapping pics with the VH1 Twitter Mirror. The mirror, which has been a guest of the Oscars and GRAMMYs, made its first official visit to a music festival to help make sure fans and bands alike had the best Lolla ever. Savvy fans may have seen a few of these selfies shared on the @VH1Music Twitter account but we gathered them all together here for you to check out.
I’m not sure what it is about music festivals that brings out the freaks, the fashion-challenged and the over-confident fashionistas, but they show up every time. This year’s Lollapalooza was no different. Everything from guys in speedos to girls in fanny packs made their way around the festival grounds and onto this blog. Here are the most questionable fashion choices. Now, that it’s over lets burn these clothes and (hopefully) never see them again.