Festival season, also known as summer, is an exciting time—bands and fans come together to rock out in the sunshine or really, really unwelcome rain. To make it through the festivities with all your toes intact, here’s an abbreviated music festival survival guide.Stay hydrated. Beer doesn’t count.Drinking water beforehand is essential, but you should keep chugging (H2O, not booze!) during and after the festival too. And keep an eye out for the symptoms of dehydration: dizziness, heart palpitations, and little cartoon flames inside your eyes all indicate that something’s not right. You’ll want to get some shade, water, or help from a first-aid tent, lest you topple over onto someone else’s picnic blanket.Don’t be so quick to dismiss the value of steel-toe boots.If you’re lingering toward the back of the masses, it might be safe to wear flip-flops, but if your plan is to get up front, closed-toe shoes are the way to go. Hobbling to the medical tent is a lousy way to miss the encore.Keep your wits (and friends) about you.Remember to indulge with moderation, pace yourself, and have a blast, but not so much that you can’t make smart choices (or operate Instagram properly). Failing all else, use the buddy system: make sure you and a friend are keeping an eye on each other or sharing a pair of three-legged pants, and arrange for a place to meet up at the end of the evening in case you get separated.Trash cans are a hot spot for The Enemy. Bees love trash cans. They love trash cans, and they hate you. This cannot be overstated. Get in, deposit trash, get out.Illustration: Jess Snively, Groupon.Read More
Park Ridge Civic Orchestra’s "Valentine Romance"
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Park Ridge Civic Orchestra’s "Valentine Romance"
As much as people couldn’t wait to take in the performances at this past weekend’s Pitchfork Music Festival, some were just as eager to show off their style. For every face-melting St. Vincent guitar riff and Kendrick Lamar headbanger, there was an outfit we couldn’t resist asking to photograph, or a hairstyle that made us seriously consider chopping off our own sweat-soaked locks. Here, our 10 favorite outfits from Pitchfork 2014. Looking for more street-style inspiration? Find more stylish Chicagoans here. Photos: Andrew Nawrocki, GrouponRead More
It’s been a busy summer for Chicago rapper Tink. In April, super-producer Timbaland announced that he would be working with her on her album. Later that month, she put out two great singles: “Don’t Tell Nobody,” with Jeremih (of “Birthday Sex” fame), and “Want It,” a collaboration with singer Kelela (who performs at Pitchfork Fest this month). Ever since, she’s been traveling around the country, doing shows and making frequent trips to Timbaland’s Miami studio, The Hit Factory. Tink has passions besides music, though. In a January interview, she told Rookie that if she wasn’t rapping, she might be studying fashion. Recently, we decided to follow that thread and talk with her about her favorite look from this summer, which she wore to perform at Northwestern University’s spring music festival, Dillo Day. The look: Track jacket and sneakers (both from Puma) with a bustier-style crop top and high-waisted shorts (both from Forever 21). On Forever 21: “[Forever 21 is] my go-to spot. I won’t lie. I’ve been shopping there since high school.” On her high-waisted shorts: “I’m tall, so I like high-waist jeans and shorts so I don’t look off balance. They fit my figure better.” On her bright yellow nails: “Summertime, neon colors are the best.” On her hair: “This is the first day I ever did pigtails! Groupon’s getting the exclusive.” On her track jacket: “The jacket reminds me of like a ‘90s vibe. With my music, I love the ‘90s. You can tell with some of my songs. But it’s just the zebra print, the checkerboard…it’s so funky. ‘90s funky. I like that.” On why this is the perfect Tink outfit: “There’s gonna be one piece of clothing that just stands out.” Here, it’s the jacket; in the video for her song “Bars,” it was a vest. “The hood was cheetah print. That was dope to me. The whole interior was actually cheetah print.” On the Dillo Day crowd: “I was kind of shocked. It was a college crowd, so I wasn’t sure if they were up on my music, but they turned up to everything we played…[They were] more so into the music than me, which was great. I didn’t have to work so hard, I was just taking them off the beat!” On running into fellow Chicago native Chance the Rapper there: “We were on the same show like two years ago, and we had just shook hands, but we actually go to talk at Dillo Day, which was real cool. Shout-out to Chance!” Photo: Andrew Nawrocki, GrouponRead More
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