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“Angry Mob” in a display jacuzzi at the Randolph Taste of Chicago’s show featuring the Kaiser Chiefs

Opening up with their hit “Everyday I Love You Less and Less” could have not been more ironic for the theme of the Kaiser Chiefs show on June 14th at the Randolph Taste of Chicago. Through the diverse dynamic of the crowd, including the man in his mid fifties doing a constant power point at the lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs, Ricky Wilson, the entire night and the bass player Simon Rix’s stone cold face radiating the epitome of cool, the crowd at the Kaiser Chief’s Randolph Taste of Chicago set, myself included, seemed to love the Kaiser Chiefs more and more after their phenomenal set. From the mosh pit breaking out in the middle of the Kaiser Chief’s fourth song in their twelve song set, Ricky Wilson fed off of the energy of the crowd. Thus resulting in skinny jean clad Ricky Wilson defying the restrictiveness that is often associated with skinny jeans by going into a series of aberrant dance moves. As Ruby, their eighth song of their set finished, Ricky Wilson took out his ear piece and started a sing along to their hit single Ruby, that finished in Ricky Wilson’s cry of glee of “you do remember us do you”.

 It had been two years since the last time the Kaiser Chief’s preformed in Chicago, and Ricky Wilson was determined to make sure the crowd at the Randolph Taste of Chicago would always remember the Kaiser Chiefs. Defying the restrictiveness of skinny jeans once again, Ricky Wilson fed off the energy of the crowd through “Angry Mob”, the eleventh song of the set by jumping off of the stage and climbing on top of a truck that was located to the right of the stage. Singing part of Angry Mob on the roof of the truck, Ricky Wilson had difficulty getting down from being on top of the truck. Resulting in Ricky Wilson’s decision to jump into a display jacuzzi to the inside the truck and finished the rest of “Angry Mob” from lounging in the display jacuzzi.

 The British band closed with the song “Oh My God”. At the end of the set Ricky Wilson had one request, which was that everyone in the audience as well as the members of the Kaiser Chief’s “stay friends forever. Best friends forever”. As the Kaiser Chief’s ran off the stage, Ricky Wilson yelled to the audience “we love you best friends”, and by going off the crowd’s refusal to leave while chanting one more song, it is safe to say that the crowd at the Randolph Taste of Chicago reciprocates Ricky Wilson’s love after the Kaiser Chief’s dynamic show.

 Author: Grace Farley – PlaylistHQ Intern

 Kaiser Chief’s Randolph Taste of Chicago Set List

 June 14th 2014

 1 – Everyday I Love You Less and Less

2 – Modern Way

3 – Never Miss A Beat

4 – Little Shocks

5 – Less is More

6 – The Factory Gates

7 – Coming Home

8 – Ruby

9 – I Predict A Riot

10 – Misery Company

11 – The Angry Mob

12 – Oh My God


Firefly Music Festival Preview

Firefly Music Festival is right around the corner! It’s going to be four days of nonstop music, food, and fun, and I for one can’t wait. The lineup features tons of amazing artists, including Outkast, the Foo Fighters, and Imagine Dragons. The performances are staggered from June 19th to the 22nd, at various times, which is a relief because there are so many amazing acts, you’re going to want to see them all!

 Here are some of the acts I’m most excited to see live:


Outkast: They’re reunited from a seven-year hiatus and doing a festival tour to celebrate their 20th anniversary, and from what I hear; they’ve still got it.

Catch Outkast’s performance on Saturday at the Main Stage @ 10:20


Foo Fighters: Wicked cool dudes, Dave Grohl’s voice, songs that make you want to jump up and sing along; who could ask for more?

Foo Fighters perform Friday at the Main Stage @ 9:45



Iron and Wine: Cannot wait to finally hear him perform live after listening to Our Endless Numbered Days an endless number of times.

He’ll be performing twice on Friday, first at the Main Stage @ 4:45 and again later at the Coffee House @ 7:30


Hunter Hunted: Found these guys recently through their YouTube channel, and let’s just say I’m already hooked.

They’ll be performing Friday, The Backyard @ 12:24


City & Colour: This is going to be my second time seeing Dallas Green perform live, and I’m just as excited this time around.

Catch him Sunday, at the Main stage @ 2


Imagine Dragons: I don’t know what else to say other than: YASSSSS!

Saturday, Main stage @ 7:15


AER: From Boston, MA, this duo has come up recently with their unique sound: “combining rap, reggae, pop and indie rock aesthetics to create their own brand of music.” (From their Facebook page)

Definitely worth catching their show Thursday, The Forest @ 6:45


Arctic Monkeys: Does anyone else have Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re

High stuck in their head? Just me? Okay.

Friday, the Main Stage @ 5:45


Third Eye Blind: Still so, so good.

Don’t be non-dairy creamer! Catch ‘em Saturday, the Main Stage @ 3:30


Childish Gambino: My friends are seething with jealousy over this one. “Childish Gambino is and has been changing the way we see hip hop.” ‘Nuff said.

Sunday, The Lawn @ 8:40


Weezer: WEEZER! That’s all.

Sunday, Main Stage @ 3:45


And a few others for good measure:


            Portugal. The Man: Friday, The Backyard @ 5:45


            Airborne Toxic Event: Friday, The Porch @ 5:45


            Young the Giant: Friday, The Backyard @ 8:15


            Phosphorescent: Thursday, The Backyard @ 9:45


            The Jezabels: Friday, The Forest @ 8:15


            Grouplove: Saturday, The Coffeehouse @ 8


On top of awesome music, Firefly boasts a huge selection of high quality cuisine and a craft beer bar. There is also an arcade, a customized Toms store, and an on-site farmers market. Seriously, is there anything this festival doesn’t have?

 Be sure to check out the Firefly Music Festival preview playlist, generated by PlaylistHQ:




Features songs from every artist performing, to tide you over until June 19th!

Who are you most excited to see at Firefly this year?


-Kacey Rainone (PlaylistHQ intern)

May Concerts

May is the month where everyone is coming home from college, school is ending, graduations are happening, and summer music festivals are beginning. But first, there are some shows in Chicago that are happening which you should DEFINITELY check out. Here are some of groups that I’ve been really into lately:

May 5 – Chromeo @ Lincoln Hall

I’ve been really into Chromeo recently. Just a big dance party. You gotta check it out.

May 8 – Milk Carton Kids @ Old Town School of Folk

I am just real excited that MCK is going to be at this venue. Old Town is a small, intimate setting that is perfect to sit back and enjoy some drinks. A date night even. I am totally bummed to be missing this show. 

May 8 – Ray LaMontagne @ Park West

If you’re really not into MCK or are more into LaMontagne, then head to Park West that night and get more of a singer/songwriter vibe that night. He’s definitely on a more relaxed route as well, but totally something to get to.

May 9 – Nickel Creek @ The Riv

I mean, why WOULDN’T you want to go to this show? They JUST released another album since 2006! It is absolutely amazing. This album strongly highlights each member and their talents. The songwriting is incredible, and I’m going to put on my musician hat for a moment, but the whole composition of each song is just amazing and smart. I would LOVE to see this show.   If you can’t catch this show, be sure to see them at The Taste of Chicago!

May 10 – Lily & Madeleine @ The SPACE

Any artist that The SPACE brings in is just wonderful. They’re always so fun and talented. Up North of Chicago, Evanston to be exact, this little place is attached to a hipster, new age space. Before this show, grab a pizza and some craft beer. Last time I was there, I was offered to try their beer of the day which was from a new brewery that opened up in town. 

May 14 – Cage the Elephant @ Aragon Ballroom

If you haven’t been to Aragon, you need to check this out. Cage is amazing and I’m surprised I haven’t even seen them yet. This is a perfect show to grab some drinks, a group a friends, and just rock out for a few hours. Dress light…it gets pretty hot in there.

May 16 – Foster the People, feat St. Lucia @ The Riv

FOP has finally released their second album and it’s pretty good. They somehow have the capability of writing extremely morbid & unsettling lyrics and make them the happiest most upbeat songs possible. Another show you can grab some friends and go to. St. Lucia is rumored to support, and I hope it’s true because they are pretty sweet and have been on repeat for the past few months for me.  If you miss this show, catch Foster the People at Lollapalooza!

May 16 – Of Montreal @ Lincoln Hall

This group is just groovy. I’m not going to say anything else.

May 17 – Haim @ The Vic

This group of sisters is so groovy. They have catchy guitar/bass licks and their voices have some haunting quality about them. They are fun to watch and just bring a new sound and look to music & girl bands.

May 30 – JD McPherson @Subterranean 

Flashback to the 1950s. Buddy Holly, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, all radiate out of JD McPherson. It’s so fun, full of life, and just makes you want to dance all night. Bring your parents. They are also playing at Do Division Fest!

May 31 – Kishi Bashi @ Smart Bar 

You might know this artist by his one song on the Windows 8 commercials… It’s so catchy and fun. I’m definitely heading to this show to see how it works out. This guy is extremely talented. He has toured with of Montreal and Regina Spektor, the latter who is a wonderful songwriter and musician. 

It was extremely hard to narrow all of these down…ask me if you want to know about any more of them!

–Julie Campbell (PlaylistHQ Intern)