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You don’t need to explain if everything’s changed, just know I’m just like you

15 Jun

I’ve posted a few times about this band because I simply cannot get enough.  Grouplove has been on my musical radar ever since I’ve had the amazing pleasure of seeing them live over a year ago.  Since then, I’ve seen them three times and I can’t wait to see them again.  I was beyond thrilled when they were announced to take the stage at our beloved BFD this year.  Of course I was snapping photos and dancing at the same time.  They might not be technically the best photographs for the music world but I couldn’t resist rocking out to one of my favorites 🙂

Love this dress.  Supposedly, Hannah (pictured above) is from the bay area!

Live105 as always bringing the good stuff.

Happy Friday everybody and have a great weekend!  Make sure you tell your dad that you love them this weekend and celebrate Father’s Day if you can 🙂

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What it feels like to really love music – BFD 2012 highlights

4 Jun

Well my favorite day of the musical year has come and gone over the past weekend with no let downs in tow.  Although I may be extremely biased, Live105 throws one of the best concert festivals in the Bay Area every June.  BFD is a day where a wide variety of acts, breaking and mainstream, come to showcase their music.  This BFD was a special one because the queen bee, Robin Rockwell who’s been making this festival happen for years, has left us for another life.  We all wanted to make her as proud as she could possibly be so we poured our hearts into making this one of the best BFD’s of all time.  The Live105 team gave 150% and there was nothing that failed to show that effort and love.  I was shooting photos all day and below are some of the major highlights of the day.

The doors opened at 11am and the first bands were to hit the stage at 11:30 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA this past Saturday, June 2nd.  There were lines of people waiting to get in right when the doors opened.

This was the crowd for one of the first bands around 12p.  It’s amazing the turn out so early on.  This was a show to not miss.

Imagine Dragons were the second band to go on and absolutely SMASHED their set.  This band is from Las Vegas and extremely talented.  The lead singer, Dan Reynolds, came to life when he hit the stage vibing off of the effervescent crowd.  They left me wanting to see them again.  I can’t wait for the next time they come through San Francisco because it’s a show that I look forward to rocking out at.

After the set, they got in the crowd and took pictures, signed autographs, and just took the time to meet and be grateful for the people who came early to support them.  It’s nice to see humbled bands and there wasn’t a short of them on Saturday.

Up next was Geographer.  I cannot say enough good things about this band.  A San Francisco based band with three members producing enough sound for an entire stadium, they were captivating.  I couldn’t help but dance, sing and want more music from them.  At the end of Geographer’s set, I was actually sad that they were not going to play anymore.  If you live in the Bay Area, be ready to catch one of their shows, it’s a very worthy show for the music lover.

Geographer.

The Bud Light Festival Stage also hosted Walk the Moon, an indie rock band from Ohio.  They were vivacious and fun to watch.  Another band on the rise, this is not even close to the last you will hear of this band.  By this point, the crowd had realllly grown with enthusiastic music lovers.

A view of Walk to Moon from the photo pit filled with press and media galore.  Everyone in town was here to cover this event.

There were some real veteran photographers there as well.  Check this shirt out, BFD 1994!!!  Sooo awesome.

The Subsonic Tent was also going off all day long!  From start to finish of the festival were EDM acts keeping the pulse pumping under strobe lights and an outdoor canopied tent.  Here is Miles the DJ rocking the tent in the evening.  Other acts in the tent throughout the day included Knife Party, Dragonette, St. John, the Limousines and many more notable acts!

I stopped in the tent to dance for a few songs and was overloaded with beers!  I didn’t drink them but it was nice of my friends to think of me 🙂  It was also nice to catch up with my friends and enjoy some dance time with them.  It makes me smile sharing music with friends, two of my favorite things.

As the day forged on, the afternoon brought the great Of Monsters and Men.  This folk band gives me goosebumps when they play.  The two lead singers have such soulful and beautiful voices, you can’t help but be memorized.  I’d relate them to Mumford and Sons mixed with Edward Sharpe but at the same time all their own sound.  The Icelandic band has at least 6 members including accordions, trumpets and strings.  Listen and learn to Love, Love, Love.

Did I mention we also had a dunk tank so that listeners could dunk their favorite Live105 jock?!  Here’s No Name about to get dunked.  What a great and fun idea in the hot bay area sun!

I think everyone knows how I feel about Grouplove…  They are one of my all time favorites and once again they did not fail to give their musical hearts to us on Saturday.  I’ve seen this band three times now and I want to see them again.  They always are on point sound and energy wise, giving their all at every single show.

Guitarist from Grouplove getting up to get down!

Neon Trees gave a very theatrical performance and rocked their set.  The energy was undeniable and they knew how to get the crowd listening to what they had to perform.  By the time they got to their hit song “Animal,” everyone in the venue was singing along.

Oh yes, and to all my Blink182 lovers… Tom DeLonge with Angels and Airwaves also graced us with his presence. I’m not the biggest fan of Angels and Airwaves but will always have a soft spot for Blink182, therefore I give my support.

Our on air jocks gave intros to each band and here is our amazing Megan Holiday hyping up the next band!

Oh yes and how could we forget Fun?!  They were literally fun to watch (no pun intended).  I’ve blogged about them previously but I’d never seen them actually performed and I was pleasantly surprised.  They looked like they were just happy to be there and grateful for the pulse of a crowd.  With thousands there, singing the lyrics to their songs, they closed out the Festival Stage and really set the tone for the rest of the main stage acts.

As the sun started to drop, it was time for the main Amphitheater to fill for the main acts.  This was maybe my favorite photo of the day, could these little babies front row and center get any cuter?!  This will be my kids someday when I start a family.  They will see the beautiful side of music at an early age 😀

Be still my heart… The Naked and Famous then kicked off the main stage… I don’t know what it is about this band but one of the lead singers, Alisa, gets it.  Her lyrics are something that can resonate with almost anyone in a personal way.  This New Zealand indie group brings heart to dance music.   Playing Punching in a Dream to Young Blood, my friends and I danced away while screaming every song in excitement.

The bowl slowly filled to capacity officially selling out for the rest of the main stage acts including: Cake, Garbage, Silversun Pickups and Jane’s Addiction to close out the night.  It was an incredible day with fluid execution of bands hitting the stages at the right times.  It’s a show that deserves more than all the credit it’s given.  The Live105 team busts their booties for a good portion of the year just aiming to please the listeners and fans of the bands.  They want the bay area people to hear the good music circulating the airwaves and join in the celebration with all the other music lovers out there.

Some personal highlights of the day besides hearing some of my all time favorite bands and rocking out with friends are below.

I was invited to be a part of a GoPro project where they are documenting the music festival experience.  I was the photographer’s experience and mounted a the GoPro on top of my camera.  I’m so excited to see how the edit comes out.  It was a great conversation piece as well, I mean it’s a camera on top of a camera!

Chelsea and I ADORE Silversun Pickups so when they hit the stage, we took to some seats that just so happened to be RIGHT next to the guys from Of Monsters and Men!  We were so caught up in Silversun that we didn’t realize who we were rocking out next to until one of them had to scoot out of his seat.  We snagged a photo with them and thanked them for the good times.  At big festivals like this, you never know what will happen or who you will run into.

I can’t even begin to fathom what our next Live105 event will bring.  Throughout the week, I will post more photos from each artist.  This is just the beginning of all the magical memories and photos from Saturday.  If this hasn’t convinced you to go to a Live105 event, I don’t know what will 😀

Coachella – There’s no stopping us right now

18 Apr

Wow is all I can say.  With being the music lover I am, I cannot believe I missed so many years of the infamous Coachella in Indio, California.  Every year I had to miss out for one reason or another and always was so bummed to hear what a great festival I missed out on.  Well this is my year of no regrets and so far I think I’m doing pretty well.  A lot of large changes but all have enhanced my life and have really allowed me to spend close time with some of the best friends the world could give you.  We packed our bags and hit the road for one of the most epic weekends I’ve ever experienced.

I was a little bit hesitant to how the festival would be because I don’t always do well in large crowds and feeling trapped but this was a mass of people that were all there for the same reason – to enjoy some of the best music the world has to offer.  It was impossible to catch every band that I wanted to but some of the highlights for me were: Miike Snow, Feist, Calvin Harris “Feel so close” and Rihanna’s guest appearance for “We Found Love,” Grouplove, Justice, the Shins, M83!!!, and so many more.  There were guest appearances left and right on any set stage and the music was going all weekend long.  The sound quality was nothing short of excellent and the Tupac hologram that performed was UN-REAL.  Snoop and Dre were a set I wasn’t sure I’d like but ended up loving.  Eminem, 50 cent, Wiz Khalifa and Usher were all guest rappers to close out the weekend of all time.

The weather was the coolest it had ever been for Coachella and I was not complaining.  At a perfect 70-75 degrees the entire weekend, we maintained the sun living while not sweating our lives away in the normal 100 degrees this festival usually is.  The forcast for weekend 2 is hitting triple digits so bring your water bottles to the festival to re-fill at all of the watering stations.

I couldn’t bring my nice camera in and my little camera wasn’t always charged but I tried to shoot some photos of the atmosphere of Coachella is like so that if you’ve never been you can have a little taste of it for yourself.  On the grounds were some of the largest art sculptures and lights to just add another amazing element to the scene.  Oh and did I mention this is held on polo fields so there are horses everywhere?!  Talk about my heaven!  I’ll have some more posts this week on Coachella Weekend 1 but for now I give you these, enjoy!

The iconic Ferris Wheel.

Palm trees.

Just ONE of the many stages/tents.

Dance parties everywhere.

Grouplove ❤

Cooler weather rolling in for the night time.

Sculpture made out of recycled cans.

Huge light sculpture by the main stage.

The light sculpture from far away.  Gives you the idea of how large it is!

All of the past Coachella line-ups.

Sunshine and balloons.

Manchester Orchestra!

If you are going for weekend 2 be prepared for nothing short of amazing.  However, be careful with the scorching weather and go prepared.  I can’t wait to share the rest of my experience with you all!

Top 5 Albums Released in 2011

22 Dec

Now that my music love has been boldly expressed throughout my blog, I thought I’d throw my 5 favorite albums of the year out since there have been so many out of this world ones released this year!  These albums are not to be missed or overlooked.

The Naked and Famous – Passive Me, Aggressive You

Florence and the Machine – Ceremonials

The Wombats – This Modern Glitch

Grouplove – Never Trust a Happy Song

Foster the People – Torches
You may be over “Pumped Up Kicks” but the rest of the album is wonderful.

All of these albums I can listen to from beginning to end and deserve the nod of top 5 albums of 2011 in my book 🙂

GroupLove I love you

9 Dec

Last night, my work had a pre-concert concert.  That may sound silly to some of you but I find it one of the most awesome ideas in the world.  When you are a music lover, you understand this need for good live music.  Stand out artist of the night was Grouplove last night.  Here are some photos, the lighting was hard to shoot with but because I was right above them – the lighting almost made some of the photos look wide angle which was good practice for me for tonight!

They danced like there was no tomorrow, it was amazing.  So much positive energy contagiously sprawling across the room.

Molly Ringwald’s twin is in the band!  OK, not really but they looked a lot alike.

So damn cute!

The Joy Formiddable was up next!

Last photo of the night.  The Joy Formiddable.

Last but not least one of my all time favorites The Naked and Famous played but I couldn’t hang around to see their set unfortunately 😦  I will however get to see them in a week so I will stop pouting for now 🙂

Some must listens from Grouplove:
“Tongue Twisted”
“Gold Coast”
“Lovely Cup”