What Is Your Music Mood: Exploring eMusic’s Aura Machine At Pitchfork Festival

emusic mood visualizer pitchfork music festival

emusic mood visualizer pitchfork music festival

Yes, we are.

We’re getting closer to doing actual real scientific experiments at concerts. I’m also excited to tell you what I saw because it pushes our experiments forward too.

I say this because during my time at Pitchfork Music Festival I had the pleasure of going into the eMusic Eletromusical Energy Visualizer to see how certain types of music affected my mood and my aura. The booth is part of eMusic’s exploration about the connection between our favorite bands and our auras.

When I frist saw the EEV I was intrigued. I took a look around and then stepped in to see what it was all about.

I slipped on the headphones and put my hands on the sensors.  As I listened to short snippets of Beach House, A$AP Rocky, Ice Age and Lower Dens tunes, the machine flashed and buzzed. Then a few minutes later I step out of the dark booth and was handed a sheet that showed me how my auras were impacted by the different tunes.

emusic mood visualizer pitchfork music festival

Looking at the sheet I thought how clearly part of this is psuedoscience and what I just took part in was largely for my own personal entertainment.

But as I walked away from the booth and took in the rest of the festival, I thought about a few things.

I thought about how something like this could be a great opportunity to merge entertainment and emotional education and create an experience that would be extremely valuable for concert fans.

For starters, as we already know, live music impacts us on a deep level. There’s all types of stories unfolding.

Going to concerts is a spiritual, physiological and psychological event whether you realize it or not. And that’s what the EMV gets us to consider.

Anytime we have the chance to stop and think about how something that happened at a concert is affecting our mood we’re always better after the experience. And that’s what the EMV does, even if it isn’t completely accurate.

emusic mood visualizer

When I stood in the booth I wanted something more.

I wanted to be able to pipe in the live music that was flowing all around me at the festival. I wanted to be able to do a true sensory experiment of what I was feeling at that very moment or during a heightened moment during my favorite song. I know I would pay for something like if it was able to capture and give a visual representation of what I was feeling on the inside.

With our first baby coming this fall, one of the most amazing things during the last eight months has been to see what the baby looks like as it’s growing inside my wife via the ultrasound pictures.

So why not strive to create a similar priceless picture of what concert fans feel on the inside during a concert that just rocked their world?

What They Should Have Done

All that said, I didn’t only want to know how a recorded snippet of music was moving me emotionally,  I wanted to be able to know how the music surging from the stages was impacting my mood.  I had seen Beach House before and had an amazing experience tweeting human emotion  and I wish I could have piped in their set while in the EMV booth.

So maybe next year, eMusic or someone else will figure out how to pull this off.

Maybe a mobile app could do it?

Maybe next year, we as fans will have evolved as a species to a point where we desire to truly know and have scientific data that shows us how our favorite live music experiences are influencing our moods and changing our lives.  I don’t know about you, but I would love to see how my live music mood and aura compares with other fans and my favorite artists. Then if we’re able to to that, we should be able to understand how our auras and moods impact each others during the show. That would be the ultimate communal concert experience!

We going to explore this more on a future episode of Live Fix Radio, so drop your thoughts and comments below and check out these previous Live Fix Experiments about our moods and senses:

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You Should Never Try To Unplug The Boss Or Sir Paul

bruce springsteen dublin power switch


That’s right. You don’t turn the power off on the Boss until he’s done.

And apparently not even Sir Paul could sway authorities to keep the show going after concert organizers turned the switch off last week in England.

As the Huffington Post reports:

Concert organizers pulled the plug on rock stars Bruce Springsteen and Paul McCartney after the pair defied the sound curfew at London’s Hyde Park, silencing their microphones at the tail end of the show.

Springsteen had already exceeded the 10:30 p.m. curfew by half an hour Saturday night when he welcomed McCartney on stage and the pair sang the Beatles hits “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist and Shout.” But the microphones were turned off before they could thank the crowd, forcing them to leave the stage in silence.

But the Boss did have the last word when he poked fun at the concert promoters to start, and several times during, the show in Dublin as the BBC reports:

Taking to the stage in Dublin, the star flipped a switch on a huge prop power generator and said: “Before we were so rudely interrupted…”

He then launched into the last minute of Twist And Shout, the Beatles’ song cut short at his Hyde Park concert.

Springsteen also held up a sign which read “Only the Boss says when to pull the plug” while wheeling on a huge on/off switch before playing Dancing in the Dark.

Towards the end of the show, a man dressed as a London police officer came on stage and tried to arrest the musician.

You gotta love Springsteen’s sense of humor in all of this.

That said, writing this post and thinking of what other fans have experienced spiritually and emotionally during his shows reminds me that I still have to make it to a Springsteen show.

Hopefully the stars do align and I’ll get to see the Boss live and it’ll be as good as this hilarious Dublin show.


Have You Danced in The Dark?

Were you at the London or Dublin gig? Have you seen Springsteen live?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Cornerstone Festival Ends, Memories Live On

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They’ve had a long and historic run for the last 28 years, but after this week Cornerstone Music festival will call it quits. The sad news does conjure special memories for us here at Live Fix and more on that in a moment.

As posted on the their website, festival organizers say they’re ending the festival due to financial reasons but they’re all very thankful for the memories:

Dear Cornerstone Festival Family:

We are so grateful to have been able to share with you the gift that has been Cornerstone Festival all these years. Our annual gathering in this truly special community has shaped and illuminated our journeys together and apart, beginning in 1984, when the first Cornerstone drew 5000 people to a small fairgrounds outside Chicago.

Through our peak years in the 90s when tens of thousands celebrated this festival’s amazing unity-in-diversity amid the Midwestern countryside, to more recent belt-tightening days, we’ve traveled our ups and downs together in a way that will be a part of our lives forever.

In 2012, we’ll be celebrating one final Cornerstone Festival together. Based on a range of factors – including changes in the market and a difficult economy – the timing seems right. This was obviously a hard decision, wrestled with over years and particularly over recent months. But with the decision made, we have the opportunity to come together one last time and bring to a happy, grateful – if tearful – close to this chapter of our lives.

Most of you know that Cornerstone Festival grew out of a labor of love from our church and community, Jesus People USA. The festival emerged from JPUSA’s Cornerstone magazine and Resurrection Band. Our community continues to operate one of Chicago’s largest homeless shelters, also bearing the name Cornerstone. We remain confident in God’s faithfulness and grace to lead us on to new chapters in our ongoing journey.

How Cornerstone Changed and Challenged Me

For me, this news does make me sad because I do have great memories of going to Cornerstone in 2000 with a group from my church to see POD, Five Iron Frenzy and other bands that have played big roles in my life when it comes to music that moves and inspires me on deep spiritual level.

And like many in that group that went in 2000, going to Cornerstone was a significant rite of passage for thousands of other young concert fans.

As I’ve shared before, live music is always a spiritual experience for me. But Cornerstone and the memories I made there will always hold a special place in my heart.

It’s actually kind of interesting looking back on my Cornerstone experience and comparing it to other summer music festival moments at Rothbury, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza.

When I went to Cornerstone for the first time, I was in my early twenties and going through a transformative time. I was on a quest to figure out how to integrate faith and culture and express my creativity and spirituality in a way that made sense, wasn’t compromised and felt natural to me.

I remember a series of moments at Cornerstone 2000 when I found myself thinking more and more about what it meant to worship as a community in a church (or christian concert) verus worshiping as a society at large (at a secular concert). I wondered what made Cornerstone different than Woodstock or any other music festival.

I struggled with those thoughts and scenarios a lot at Cornerstone as I watched other fans and listened to how the bands preached from the stage or just play music without saying a word about God.

Taking it all in I struggled to decide if something like Cornerstone was a good thing for anyone to experience.

I wrestled with thoughts about if it was beneficial to have a music festival where only Christian bands played for a Christian audience.

If it was good, why? If not, would Cornerstone be better for fans if it didn’t only have Christian bands on the bill?

What Happened During POD

It was during the POD that I remember losing myself in the beautiful thunder and sweaty tribal rap-rock raucous.

POD was a great live band and I will never forget what it was like to experience them with a crowd of thousands surging, stomping and roaring around me at Cornerstone.

And I remember simultaneously enjoying the pleasure of the moment and wrestling with my big thoughts and heavy questions. That’s what I love about live music. You can float between the serious and the fun and still walk away a changed person.

I didn’t arrive at any clear conclusions at Cornerstone and I was okay with that. And ever since I’ve been on a constant journey to figure those questions out.

That said, looking back, those moments at Cornerstone probably planted the seeds for what Live Fix would become six years later in 2007 and that spirit of the POD moment pops up in some way in all the experiments we’ve done over the years.

I especially dig the 1994 POD video below that really puts the band’s impact on Cornerstone in perspective when you compare it with the one above from 2000.

And I’m not the only one reminiscing and mourning the news about Cornerstone ending.

Reading through the Facebook post from fans after the announcement, many other fans had similar experiences like I did in 2000.

And I’d love to hear yours.

What Do You Remember About Cornerstone?

What are your most memorable experiences at Cornerstone? What bands and experiences challenged and inspired you?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.


POD Cornerstone – 1994

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Reflecting On The Radiohead Stage Collapse

Radiohead toronto stage collapse

Radiohead toronto stage collapse


Radiohead has been the focus of several Live Fix explorations over the years and it saddens us to share the tragic news of their stage collapsing in Toronto. Here’s a statement released by the band shortly after the incident.

As you will probably have heard the roof over the stage collapsed at our show in Toronto killing crew member Scott Johnson and injuring three other crew members. The collapse also destroyed the light show – this show was unique and will take many weeks to replace. The collapse also caused serious damage to our backline, some elements of which are decades old and therefore hard to replace.

Whilst we all are dealing with the grief and shock ensuing from this terrible accident there are also many practical considerations to deal with & consequently we have to try and reschedule the following shows:

30 Roma Hippodrome Capanelle

1 Firenze Parco delle Cascine
3 Bologna Arena Parco Nord
4 Codroipo Villa Manin
6 Berlin Wuhlheide
7 Berlin Wuhlhedie
9 St Triphon Carriere des Andonces

We aim to announce the new dates for these shows on Wednesday 27th of June and will also supply information on how to obtain refunds on tickets if you cannot come to the show on the new date.

We will start playing live again at Les Arenes Nimes, Bilbao BBK festival and Lisbon Optimus Alive festival.

We will make every effort to offer the fans the very best show possible under the circumstances – thanks for your understanding and support.

As Rolling Stone reports, the incidenet is still under investigation and many questions remain. And industry experts are still surprised at the collapses that have occured in the last year.

“It’s not a theater, it’s not an arena, so you’ve got to go to a company that builds outdoor stages. Hopefully you’ll check and make sure they’ve got the experience and references,” says John Scher, a veteran New York City promoter who also manages acts such as Art Garfunkel. “It’s the promoter’s responsibility to be able to hire somebody who can deliver the specifications that the production manager and the act ask for.”

Scher, like many fans and concert organizers, is dismayed by the number of stage collapses that have happened since last summer, from a non-fatal incident before a Cheap Trick show at the Ottawa Bluesfest to a horrifying Indiana State Fair tragedy in which seven people died. “I’m puzzled,” Scher says. “This never happens – or hasn’t. We went through 30 years of outdoor rock concerts and the only time you heard of some of this was in Podunk, Utah, when they didn’t use a professional company.”

Radiohead has since announced on their website dates for the rescheduled shows:

Thursday 20th – Switzerland, Canton de Vaud – Quarry of St Triphon
Saturday 22nd – Italy, Roma – Hyppodrome Capanelle – Rock in Roma
Sunday 23rd – Italy, Florence – Parco Delle Cascine
Tuesday 25th – Italy, Bologna – Arena Parco Nord
Wednesday 26th – Italy, Codroipo (Udine) – Villa Manin
Saturday 29th – Germany, Berlin – Wuhlheide (this replaces the 6th July show)
Sunday 30th – Germany, Berlin – Wuhlheide (this replaces the 7th July show)

All original tickets are valid for the re-scheduled date.
However, if you are unable to attend the re-scheduled date please visit the tour date page and click on the relevant date for refund information.


The Profound Power of Live Music

As with all the other tragic stage collapses we’ve explored in the last year, we’ll continue to keep you updated this Radiohead story.

That said, here’s a few Live Fix experiments that have got me reflecting on the emotional impact of the Radiohead incident. Reading the press release it’s obviosus that this moment will profoundly influence the band and their fans during their live show for a long time.

And as you cruise through these explorations it’s obvious that live music plays a major role in helping us process and cope with traumatic events that happen at concerts or during other times of our lives.

Have You Witnessed A Tragic Concert Event?

Have you seen Radiohead live before? Will you be seeing them when their tour continues?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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What Does Madonna’s Istanbul Nipple Flash Mean To Istanbul Fans?




As we know, Madonna live always makes for a very interesting concert experiment especially when she does free Super Bowl shows to promote her latest album MDMA.

And now we have some more fleshy and controversial fodder to continue our exploration. (Note: the video above includes brief nudity just before the 3 minute mark, so it’s NSFW.)

As Idolator reports, the Material Girl had her own politically-charged and artistically premeditated wardrobe malfunction while on tour when she recently bared her breast during a concert in Istanbul.

I’m not all that shocked by the nipple-flashing because this kind of thing has always been a part of Madonna style and m.o. throughout her provocative career.

That said, Madonna has never been one to just do something without a purpose behind her actions.

There’s always a method to the Queen of Pop’s madness.

For example, according to reports from the Huffington Post:

So, by assertively flashing her nipple in Istanbul, Madonna was, in the cultural realm, doing something similar for the women of Turkey, perhaps helping to liberate them just a little bit. And what would she follow that up with? A few days later, last week in Rome, she flashed her butt to the crowd. I happened to be in Rome, and I got a chuckle when some in the Italian media actually took note that Madonna’s ass was facing the Vatican. Was she mooning the Pope?

and the Ironcross,

Islamic fundamentalism starts with the oppression of women at home. It starts with a so-called man who oppresses his closest companion, his wife, into a state of virtual slavery. The man decides what the wife will wear, who she will contact, and what she will do. The answers being a full covering of the hijab or burkha, she will have contact with no one, and she will not have a career. The next step comes with a morbid fear of female sexuality. See Mohammed Atta’s, the lead hijacker, last testament which rails against women far more forcibly than anything of a political bent. These people just can’t handle the fact that girls have a sex drive and devote their entire lives to trying to deny that fact. I do not buy into Sigmund Freud much but if he is correct it is in the world of Islam.

Which makes Madonna, a strange messenger to be sure, a perfect vessel to raise the proverbial middle finger to the oppression of women through a nipple in the face of islam. Perhaps she knows not what she does, nor may this be what I am reading into it, but I have to say the Material Girl has her moments.

From an artistic point of view it has great imagery as it shows Islam its greatest fear: a woman with a sex drive and who is proud of it. From a political standpoint: deliberate wardrobe malfunctions have been turned into political statements.

Was It Meant To Inspire, Provoke or Entertain?

I would say it little of bit of all of those. Which of course demostrates the brilliance of how Madonna goes about stirring the political and cultural pot for her worldwide following of fans.

But you still have to wonder…

If Madonna’s breast-barring was a political statement, was it intended to inspire liberation for the oppressed Islamic women in the crowd?

And if it was meant to inspire then does this kind of statement turn the female (and male) fans at the show into active participants or does it keep the audience stuck in neutral as passive entertainees, aka Looky-Loos?

And since Madonna is a woman performing such an action for a crowd of women, it brings back thoughts of how women experience live music in general and in other countries?

And does this type of action during a concert have any long-lasting impact on the lives of the female fans who witnessed it live?

Well, whether it’s Super Bowl shows or moments of political flesh-barring, Madonna sure is giving away a lot for free lately. Or was the nipple included in the cost of the ticket? And do Istanbul fans feel that they got what they paid for and so much more?

Were You At the Istanbul or Rome Show?

Have you seen Madonna live before? Post your thoughts and experiences below and we’ll share them on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Grouplove and First Concert Experiences

grouplove live chicago metro

grouplove live chicago metro


During this episode of Live Fix Radio, we’re continuing our exploration of the wonders of our first concert experiences. Listen in as Matt, who won our Bears/Packers wager, shares how Grouplove filled his cup and left him tongue-tied during his first show at Metro.

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Show Notes:

Segment one: News and other cool stuff you should know about:


Link love, experiments and more goodies


Segment two (21:44): Interview with Matt: his first concert ever, comparing live music to baseball and what would he ask other Grouplove fans.

Segment three (34:10): Grouplove’s tattoos, what (and why) we remember from our first concerts. 

Music played during the show
  • Grouplove “Lovely Cup”
  • Grouplove – “Tongue Tied” Live at Metro (credit: thanks for the video snap shot!)
  • Grouplove – “Colours” Live at Metro

What Are Your First Live Concert Experiences?

What do you remember the most about those shows? The people, the venue, the music?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts about this podcast in the comments below, on Twitter @livefixmedia, on Facebook, Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Does Live Music Make You Pleasure Sweat?

johnny cash folsom prison vinyl album

johnny cash folsom prison vinyl album


That question popped in to my head as I was cruising through my vinyl collection and I noticed the detail on one of my favorite live album covers: Johnny Cash Live at Folsom Prison.

As I studied that bead of sweat trickling down the face of Mr. Cash, I thought how usually it’s the artist who is doing all the sweating during a show.

But what if the concert is truly moving us, as fans, beyond the internal emotional experience?

What about the shows that truly make us sweat?

Do we get more enjoyment out of shows that move us physically and physiologically?

Do fans like the Dancing Guy have more fun and pleasure than fans, or Looky-Loos that just watch the show without breaking a sweat?

If there’s a difference between how women and men experience live music, is there also difference between how women and men pleasure sweat during a show?

Is there a connection between the dopamine released when we’re sweating and experiencing a runner’s high and when we’re pleasure sweating during a concert?

And if there is a connection, can we use that sweat ratio as a way to more accurately measure the pleasure of our favorite shows?

And on the flipside, if we keep cool during concerts and don’t get more physically active to produce sweat, are we selling ourselves short and not getting the most out of our favorite shows?

Yes, there’s lots of angels to this question. And of course, there’s good concert sweat and bad concert sweat.

And while you’re pondering all these very important questions and posting your thoughts in the comments below, here’s two related chats I had with concert fans that got me thinking about this topic:

My chat with Rich Wagner of Rediscover Records where I bought the Johnny Cash album.


My chat with Benjamin Slayter about why we seek altered concert experiences while rocking out at shows.

I’m looking forward to hearing about what makes you sweat during a show and sharing  your thoughts on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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The Bieber Tops Beatle With Free Mexico City Concert

justin bieber mexico free concert


Our Bieber fever and Beatles explorations continue with this news about Justin Bieber’s recent free concert in Mexico City that drew 300,000 bielebers topping Paul McCarntecy’s show that drew 250,000 fans just a few weeks earlier.

Here’s how Bieber responded to and reflected on the experience according to MTV.com:

While his fans displayed their devotion for the singer by braving the crowd to see him perform, in a press conference earlier that day, Bieber admitted there’s only one guy he would camp out to see perform. “There is no one I admire so much to do something crazy, but if Michael Jackson were here,” he said, “I would do it for him. So, I do understand the emotion that the girls feel, and that makes me feel very honored.”

Before taking the stage, Bieber opened up about the performance in a video he shot backstage. “I can’t say how thankful I am … This show here in Mexico City, it’s going to be incredible. I just wanted to make this video and tell you guys you inspire me just as much as I inspire you. God has really blessed me,” he says amid the shouts of his fans in the background. He added, “I hope to have this journey for a long time.”

Interesting that Bieber would mention Jackson in that way during the interview. The MJ shoutout and the craziness of the Mexico City show reminds me these previous Live Fix experiments.

Check ’em out, post your thoughts below and we’ll share your experiences on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Look Out Jay-Z, The Flaming Lips Want To Break A World Record Too

flaming lips world record

flaming lips world record

Well, my friends there seems to be a trend emerging.

Yes, now the Flaming Lips have joined the Guiness World Record festivites.

Here’s what’s happening according to Pitchfork as Wayne Coyne and the Flaming Lips attempt to break Jay-Z’s record of the most shows in a 24-hour period.

“Like when the Sex Pistols did their one and only American tour, the weird mid-south (Memphis to New Orleans), has something very absurd about it when contrasted with radical visionary musicians. … Elvis and Jazz were at one time radical, but are now mainstream tourist attractions. … I don’t remember if I was asked or if I volunteered. … But, I’ve accepted the job of, not DRIVING, but commandeering the Magical Mystery Merry Prankster bus. … I’ve accepted the attempt at breaking the world record of performing 8 shows in 24 hours. And I’ve explained to the music freaks at MTV, VH1 and CMT that I am not a host. … But, I always liked the way Jerry Lewis would get all sweaty toward the end of his yearly telethon. … To play and sing Flaming Lips songs at 8:00 in the morning… Well… I’m open to new experiences…”


Remember the Parking Lot Experiment?

This is all very fun and it’s not surprising considering what Coyne attempted at SXSW in 1995 with the Parking Lot Experiment. The action starts at the stroke of midnight on June 27 at the MTV O Music awards. And here’s a video via Mashable where Coyne talks about the upcoming adventure.

We’ll be keeping a very close eye on this one as it all unfolds and if you’re going to be at any of the shows or would like to share your thoughts on a rockin’ Flaming Lips concert experience, post a comment below and we’ll feature it in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.



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Concert Review: Lots Of Lovin’ Going On During Grouplove Gig At Metro

grouplove metro chicago bw

grouplove metro chicago bw

Yes, Grouplove has passed the live music test. And I have to give a special thanks to my cousin Matt for winning our Metro/Bears/Packers bet and wisely selecting to see Grouplove as his first concert at Metro.

Ever since Matt picked the show I’d been digging Grouplove’s tunes on their debut release Never Trust a Happy Song, a unique and clever mix of upbeat indie-pop, rock, folk and groovy songwriting with some Beach Boys Pet Sounds melodies and rhythms tossed in.

And in the days leading up to the show my curiosity grew and a whole bunch of questions started bouncing around in my head.

I wondered how they would transfer the energy of the songs to the stage.

I wondered how the fans would embrace the band live at this very early stage in their career.

Would the band’s chemistry be developed enough to captivate and amaze?

Would fans get emotional?

Would it be the same as the Gayngs and Ra Ra Riot show?

Well, Grouplove certainly brought the goods.

And fans did spread the love and feel-good vibes on many levels.

And with the sold out Metro just about ready to burst, the quintet charged through their set with reckless abandon.

grouplove metro chicago fan hugging and loving

During the show I saw many fans like the ones above hugging and lovin’ on each other in many creative ways.

Some were arm-locked, while other fans were locking other body parts during the whimsical surging anthem “Itchin’ on a Photograph,” the summertime gem “Naked Kids” and especially the encore crowd-pleaser “Colours.”

Experiencing all of this for over an hour made it hard to believe that Grouplove had been together for barely a year.

And the band wasn’t shy about their lack of live show inexperience either. They declared graciously several times that this was their largest headline crowd to date.

It was a most joyous and beautiful blur.


grouplove chicago metro matt and chris


And to top it all off I had the honor and pleasure to share the show with my cousin Matt who, I found out before the show, had not only never been to a Metro show, but had never been to a rock concert ever. Double bonus!

This was truly a scared moment, my friends.

And as I mentioned before we’re going to explore and share more as we talk with Matt about his first concert experience on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

Until then, we’d love to hear what you thought of the Grouplove show, so go ahead and post your comments and thoughts below and we’ll include your experiences in the episode.

In case you’re wondering I took these shots with my Droid X2 and originally shared them via Instagram as part of our ongoing mobile experimenting. Follow me on Instagram by searching for “livefixchris.” I’d love to see what kinda of concert magic your capturing with your smartphone too.

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Van Halen Cover Band Wants To Finish The Tour



Our  Van Halen concert experiment continues with some very interesting developments.

In the wake of the band’s recent announcement that they will be canceling their tour, according to TMZ, a Van Halen cover band Van Halen Army has stepped up and said they would like to finish what was started.

…if the real Van Halen is too “burnt out” and too old to finish their postponed tour dates … they are more than happy to take over.

Joe also says, “We could easily do it — our singer sounds exactly like David Lee Roth!”

That’s a pretty funny point of view. But nonetheless it’s got me wondering…

Is this what the fans want?

Would you go see a cover band because the real band couldn’t finish the tour?

Is it possible that the cover band would put on a better show?

Is there enough time and technology to create a hologram of the band just like Tupac?

The real Van Halen is above and the Army is below. Which would you choose to see on tour?

Share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341, and we’ll include them in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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Jack White Attempts Strange Metaphoric Concert Record



Well, this is a fun continuation of our ongoing White Stripes experiment. Of course it’s only Jack White attempting a new world record as he voyages out in the wake of his new album Blunderbuss.

Here’s the news according to a press release that I received and chuckled through as I read the details of this strange metaphoric concert quest.

Jack White has again decided to take on the tremendous challenge of making it into the Guinness Book of World Records.

During the rest of the performances on his current tour supporting his new album “Blunderbuss” (which incidentally is currently in the running for the world record of “the fastest named album in history” *pending), Jack White will every night on stage attempt to break the world record for most metaphors in a single concert.

The attempt may prove very exhausting and at times even dangerous, but the results could prove to be glorious and possibly even vainglorious. White and Third Man Records are certain that the extremely scientific and intricate analysis of the metaphors that occur will be examined in accordance with Guinness’ usually very thorough methods probably, or at the very least if somebody answers the phone at the pub.

Third Man Records encourages all attendees of said concerts to please not interfere or interject with any metaphors that they witness occur during the show as to not disqualify or worse yet, trivialize the metaphor in question. In addition all concert attendees are encouraged to entice as many metaphors to occur during the show that they possibly can as long as they don’t endanger themselves or Mr. White.

Sounds like fun, right?

Well, for the most part it will be entertaining to watch this unfold.

But I think if audience participation is not encourage White will be missing out on an intriguing opportunity for concert fan crowdsourcing. And if fans are just observers and not participants in this strange quest then we might have another unfortunate Looky-Loos situation on our hands.

Jack White vs. Guinness

The other twist to the story is that this isn’t the first time that Jack White has tried to make Guinness World Records history with his live show.

As Pitchfork reports, back in 2007 The White Stripes attempted to set a record for the shortest concert ever with a one-note show. The attempt was captured in the excellent film Great White Northern Lights and here’s what happened back then:

“Ultimately they turned us down,” White told Aldrin, calling the Guinness organizers “elitist” and their decision arbitrary.

“There’s nothing scientific about what they do. They just have an office full of people who decide what is a record and what isn’t. I mean, there is some stuff like Olympic records where they have a committee. But most of the records in there-who has the biggest collection of salt-and-pepper shakers or whatever-are just whatever they want them to be. So with something like the shortest concert of all time, they didn’t think whatever we did was interesting enough to make it a record. I don’t know why they get to decide that, but, you know, they own the book . . . Maybe this will help us get the word out.”

Well, it seems that it did.

Guinness World Records have now explained their decision to NME. The White Stripes were, apparently, recognized for their accomplishment in a 2009 edition of the book. But then Guinness received a barrage of applications from other bands attempting to outdo the White Stripes. The organization realized that “the nature of competing to make something the ‘shortest’ by its very nature trivialises the activity being carried out,” they told NME. They decided to do away with a range of “shortest” categories, including shortest song, shortest poem, and shortest concert. Also adding to the decision, they told NME, was how different interpretations of what constitutes a “concert” made the category hard to work with.

All this said, White’s metaphoric quest seems more like a personal mission between him and Guinness, than a fun thing for him and fan’s to experience during the forth-coming tour. Either way, I’m sure it will be entertaining to see if White can pull it off and see if Guinness finally approves.

What do you think about White’s quest?

Were you at the one-note show? Would you want to help White with his metaphoric adventure? What would you do to make this a true artist and fan collaboration?

Rock on my friends and do share your concert experiences and thoughts in the comments below, so they can be included in a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

Jack White’s Tour Dates:

05/18-20/12 – Gulf Shores, AL – The Hangout Music Fest

05/19/12 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel +

05/21/12- NY, NY – Roseland Ballroom +

05/22/12 – NY, NY – Roseland Ballroom +

05/24/12 – Detroit, MI – Scottish Rite Theater +

05/24/12 – Detroit, MI – Scottish Rite Theater (all ages matinee show) +

05/26/12 – George, WA – Sasquatch Music Festival

05/27/12 – Vancouver, BC – Queen Elizabeth Theatre +

05/28/12 – Eugene, OR – Hult Center for the Performing Arts (Silva Concert Hall) +

05/30/12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern +

05/31/12 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern +

06/21/12 – London, UK – O2 Academy Broxton +

06/22/12 – London, UK – Hammersmith Apollo +

06/23/12 – Hackney Marshes, London, UK – Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend

06/25/12 – Amsterdam, NL – Heineken Music Hall

06/26/12 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom

06/27/12 – Cologne, Germany – E-Werk +

06/29/12 -Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter

07/01/12 – Belfort, France – Les Eurockeennes

07/02/12 – Paris, France – L’Olympia +

07/03/12 – Paris, France – L’Olympia +

07/05/12 – Hamburg, Germany – Docks +

07/05-08/12 – Roskilde, Denmark – Roskilde Festival

07/20-22/12 – Dover, Delaware – Firefly Music Festival +

07/25/12 – Melbourne, Australia – Festival Hallm +

07/26/12 – Sydney, Australia – Hordern Pavillion +

07/27/12 – Byron Bay, Australia – Splendour In The Grass Festival +

07/27-29/12 – Niigata, Japan – Fuji Rock Festival +

08/03-05/12 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza

08/08/12 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater

08/10-12/12 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands

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Infographic: How Have Smartphones Changed The Festival Experience?

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This is a very interesting infographic via the Hypebot about the historic evolution of the smartphone and its impact on the music experience since Woodstock.

There’s some good data points in here. But what this infographic really reminds of is our chat with Alex from StagePage about mobile apps and how we need to foster more context and meaning around all the media that concert fans create during shows. I’d like to see an infographic that illustrates that conversation.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll share your story on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

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What Would You Pin? Ticket Stubs, Album Covers and Concert Art?

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Continuing our exploration of sites, apps, tools, other cool stuf for concert fans, we’ve been experimenting with the new social media bookmarking site Pinterest. It’s a great site and we’ve posted several boards for you to enjoy.

Here’s our Pinterest Live Fix collection of boards. So far we’ve created boards for concert infographics, ticket stubs, cool stuff for concert fans, live show shots and more.

But, as always,  we’d like to know what pins and boards you would create. Post your ideas in the comments below and we’ll share them on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.



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