Live Fix Radio Episode 41: Live Music Fashion On Stage and Beyond

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On this episode of Live Fix Radio we’re continuing our exploration of live music fashion and chatting with special guests Brittany Abeijon, editor in chief of The Facets Magazine, and JP Chookaszian, Urban Offering as we traverse through the exciting and controversial topic of what fans wear (and shouldn’t wear) when we go to concerts.

Not only do they dish out some crafty concert fashion tips and dapper insights, Brittany and JP both share excellent stories about how Woodstock, Sigur Ros, Jimi Hendrix, Sufjan Stevens, Ray Charles and Lady Gaga have all influenced and inspired their sense of style and personal creativity. Rock on and thanks for listening!

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Show Notes

News and other cool stuff we talked about:

 

Music featured during the show:

  • Sigur Ros – “Inni
  • Lady Gaga – “Born This Way”
  • Of Monsters and Men – “Your Bones (live at Park West in Chicago)”
  • Sufjan Stevens – “Christmas Unicorn (live at metro in Chicago)

 

Got a thought on this show or an awesome idea for a future episode of Live Fix Radio? Drop a comment below or share your feedback and concert stories with us on Twitter @livefixmediaFacebook , Google Plus, or call the concert fan hotline at 773-609-4341.

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Grouplove and First Concert Experiences

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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:

News: 

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

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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.

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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.

 

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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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Concert Preview: Getting Ready For Grouplove and Matt’s First Show at Metro

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It’s taken a while but we’re excited to share the news that our Bears vs Packers: Who Will Win A Free Show At Metro will continue next weekend as my cousin Matt and I head out to see Grouplove in Chicago.

To recap, I bet Matt a free show at Metro that the Bears would win and head to the Super Bowl 2011. Well, as you know the Bears lost and the Packers went on to win the Big Game.

And after a long and very careful decision process Matt has chosen to see Grouplove for his very first show at Metro. So will this adventure be like our other first time at Metro adventure?

Who knows? But either way we’ll certainly share all the details on a future episode of Live Fix Radio.

Until then, check out the video of Grouplove’s single “Colours,” and this live set from their recent visit on Letterman, both of which have got me thinking about what their live show will be like as a sold out crowd gathers to celebrate Matt’s first Metro gig.

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Paranormal Activity Haunts Chicago’s Live Music Venues

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Bands perform scary shows all the time. But what about the venues themselves? Are there live music haunts in Chicago that play host to local ghosts and spirits who are waiting for one more encore from the band?

Yes, Chicago’s live music venues do have a spooky history, and to continue our Halloween celebration this year, we spoke with a paranormal pro to see what venues have the scariest live music fans still hanging around the stage and lurking in the balcony.

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What Emotions Do Fans Feel During A Ra Ra Riot Show?

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Ra Ra Riot has come a long way since I first saw them perform in 2007 at moe.down festival near their home in upstate New York. During their recent show at Metro in Chicago earlier this month, I had the chance to see how they’ve grown, get glimpse of their future and wonder what emotions fans feel during their performance.
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Concert Review: Good Times With Gayngs At Metro

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To answer my own question and complete for you yet another curiosity-filled Live Fix Experiment, I will tell you that, yes, Gayngs was just as good live as they are on their debut album Relayted, one of my favorite albums of 2010.

But read on, because there was more to this show that just Gayngs rocking the joint and getting all funky and silly with the auto-tune.

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Concert Preview: Ra Ra Riot Leads Fans Through The Orchard

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Ra Ra Riot has come a long way since I first saw them perform in 2007 at moe.down festival near their home in upstate New York. And I’m wondering what will be in store for fans during their current tour.

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Concert Preview: Is Gayngs Going To Be Just As Good Live?

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One of my favorite albums lately has been the debut release from Gayngs called Relayted. And tonight at Metro we’ll see if the new album is just as good live as it has been between my headphones these past few weeks.
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Rock For Kids: Pitchfork Interview, Auction & Metro Bootleg Release Party

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While we were at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival we had the pleasure of talking with non-profit organization Rock For Kids about what inspires them to give children the opportunity to have their lives forever changed by learning how to play music and rock live in concert.

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Rock For Kids: Pitchfork, Tom Petty Ticket Auction and Metro Compilation

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Pitchfork Festival Tom Petty tickets Rock For Kids Time is winding down for your chance to bid on Pitchfork Festival and Tom Petty tickets. So read on my fellow concert fans to see how you can get a piece of the action and scoop up a special Metro Live compilation and more to help out the kids.
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How The Fratellis’s “Chelsea Dagger” Makes Blackhawk Fans Go Nuts

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Well, it’s not quite a Cubs championship. But it’s still pretty damn cool to celebrate the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup this week. And we tip our concert caps to the Champs with this special Live Fix tribute.
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K’NAAN in Chicago: Micro-Moments Create Mega Pleasure

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Concerts are full of micro-moments of pleasure and excitement. And often those moments rush by us so fast we don’t even know what we felt or have time to think about why we felt so good and lifted. So let’s travel back through some of the micro-moments that made up the mega pleasure at K’NAAN’s recent show in Chicago at Metro.
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Beach House At Metro: Live Tweeting Human Emotion

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It seems so long ago. But really it’s only been a couple of weeks since I was engulfed in the mysterious and enigmatic music of Baltimore dream pop duo Beach House. It was one of the best shows of 2010 (so far). So let’s see what was conjured inside the heart and mind of one fan and see how Twitter can be used to understand live human emotion during a concert. Continue reading

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