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Jordin Post & Luke Shipstad (KUURO) talk Lollapalooza, Collaborating and Touring

Meet Jordin Post and Luke Shipstad — the two young faces behind the project KUURO (pronounced cure-oh) who popped off at Perry’s stage on Friday from 12:40 pm-1:20 pm. The two collaborated on a project in 2017 that has introduced a new type of bass and trap music into the EDM scene. A perfect balance between danceable and head-bangable, it’s no surprise that the duo is being pulled in different directions all over the world to perform.

Fortunately, they had some time after their set at Lollapalooza for a word with me as a reporter for The Phoenix before setting their sights on O’Hare Airport for their next gig.


Kaylie Plauche: It’s good to meet the both of you. How was your set today at Perry’s?

Luke Shipstad: It was crazy fun! We went into it not knowing what type of crowd there would be because it was a little bit earlier in the day and it was really hot and humid. But it was dope, and people were hype, even with the heat.

Jordin Post: The turnout for a 12:40PM set was insane. There was a mosh pit, we had people backflipping in the crowd.

KP: Are you serious? That’s amazing. Was this is your first time playing Lollapalooza? What was the best part about it for you?

JP: Yeah. I think that it was definitely a bucket list festival. Especially since it’s completely mixed. It’s not purely focused on EDM. I feel like those are the bigger ones to play when you do EDM yourself. 

LS: Getting to play one of these ultra premier festivals with Post Malone and Travis Scott on the bill is super humbling and we’re humbled to have the opportunity just to play in general.

KP: I agree. Everyone adds to the culture. It’s definitely an amazing opportunity for the both of you and what you have created. You both have been to Chicago before, yes?

JP: Not me, no. Luke has!

LS: The last tour we were on, I played at The Mid. That was dope, I had a little taste of the Chicago crowd. They go so hard which is great for the type of music we play and what we like to put into our sets.

KPWho is your favorite Chicago figure or artist?

LS: I really like Chance the Rapper and Earth, Wind, & Fire.

KP:  How do you feel about Kanye?

LS: He’s dope. He’s Insane, but dope!

JP: He’s doing his own thing.

LS: He’s the definition of doing your own thing, which is great, that’s what artistry and music should be all about.

KP: So how did you guys meet and start this project as KUURO?

Kaylie Plauche: It’s good to meet the both of you. How was your set today at Perry’s?

Luke Shipstad: It was crazy fun! We went into it not knowing what type of crowd there would be because it was a little bit earlier in the day and it was really hot and humid. But it was dope, and people were hype, even with the heat.

Jordin Post: The turnout for a 12:40PM set was insane. There was a mosh pit, we had people backflipping in the crowd.

KP: Are you serious? That’s amazing. Was this is your first time playing Lollapalooza? What was the best part about it for you?

JP: Yeah. I think that it was definitely a bucket list festival. Especially since it’s completely mixed. It’s not purely focused on EDM. I feel like those are the bigger ones to play when you do EDM yourself. 

LS: Getting to play one of these ultra premier festivals with Post Malone and Travis Scott on the bill is super humbling and we’re humbled to have the opportunity just to play in general.

KP: I agree. Everyone adds to the culture. It’s definitely an amazing opportunity for the both of you and what you have created. You both have been to Chicago before, yes?

JP: Not me, no. Luke has!

LS: The last tour we were on, I played at The Mid. That was dope, I had a little taste of the Chicago crowd. They go so hard which is great for the type of music we play and what we like to put into our sets.

KPWho is your favorite Chicago figure or artist?

LS: I really like Chance the Rapper and Earth, Wind, & Fire.

KP:  How do you feel about Kanye?

LS: He’s dope. He’s Insane, but dope!

JP: He’s doing his own thing.

LS: He’s the definition of doing your own thing, which is great, that’s what artistry and music should be all about.

Photo by Edwin Tsang

Photo by Edwin Tsang

KP: So how did you guys meet and start this project as KUURO?

JP: We met way back, about 5+ years ago?

LS: We’ve known each other for almost 7 years now-but that was thought the internet

JP: We were both doing more trance and progressive house kind of stuff.

LS: Yeah, and we signed music to similar labels and shared some label spots for awhile. I would play out his music and he would play out mine.

JP: We never really talked though, but then a couple of years ago I had a show in Seattle. We had a quick dinner beforehand. It was the briefest moment meeting each other, 5 minutes of talking where it was like “Okay, I have to go now but I’ll see you around! Peace!” and then we just kind of stayed in touch after that and shared what we were working on and then at some point were like, well I have a couple of tracks that are completely different from what I’ve been working on, and maybe you’re feeling this….Then it turned out that we shared some major interests. 

KP: You both have been traveling a lot. What are your tour essentials?

LS: My laptop or a gaming device like my Nintendo Switch.

JP: Something for the downtime, especially in between shows when you’re at the airport killing a few hours.

LS: A lot of the time, people say “You’re so lucky. You get to see all these cool places,” but in all reality after you’re finished traveling and everything, the last thing you want to do is go out and explore. Sometimes you just need to chill in the hotel room. Sometimes you have to go straight to the venue and then fly out immediately after your set.

JP: Whenever a fan hits you up and says “you’re in my city, what do you think of it?”-You don’t really know what to answer because you didn’t really get to experience it. It kind of sucks. You want to but you don’t have time for it.

LS: But, this is my second time in Chicago and we’ve explored a a little by trying the local foods. We had some falafel earlier on the street

KP: That’s my favorite, especially the green falafel-out of this world. What’s next for you both?

LS: We’re flying out to Calgary now for Chasing Summer, then the day after that we have Veld in Toronto, then a little bit of downtime. Then, Electric Zoo in New York. It’s a fun festival month for sure.

KPMusic wise what’s next? 

JP: So many things, so many things…

LS: We actually just play-tested a bunch of stuff for the very first time. It’s always risky when it’s your first time, and it’s at such a premier festival. We always feel like “Oh let’s just play something safe that we know works” but you got to try the new stuff-and trying the new stuff out at Lollapalooza-there’s a lot of anxiety behind it but everything went off, the crowd reacted amazingly. The next release will probably be coming out in the next month.

KP: Fantastic! I’ll make sure to check it out. Thanks so much for talking with us, make sure to get some Chicago mix popcorn at the airport and have a safe flight!


KUURO’s music can be found on all streaming platforms such as SpotifySoundcloud, and Apple Music. Stay on the lookout for their new release next month and follow them on Instagram , Twitter, and Facebook.

FLASH presented by FEEDS

Presented by FEEDS, this digital zine examines how music is experienced and circulated through a mediatized gaze. 

To test our undeniably technological condition, we attended multiple live music events throughout the year with a cellphone camera & film camera, then just a film camera, and eventually committed to taking no pictures.

In earlier days, where cellphones hadn't been a concept, live music gave the public an opportunity to socialize and connect with others in the music community. Today some of that solidarity is present but lost in the glow of screens and pitter patter of thumbs on tempered glass. Being without ones mobile device opens up a world of social and spacial anxieties. It's hard to ignore that technology has drastically shaped the ways in which we navigate public spaces, especially venues.

At the end of the day, technology in live music spaces is neither good nor bad, but it does play into our mental and physical conceptions of live music events in relation to our identities, images, and social lives.

 

 

Design + Words by SAM HUDOCK

Photography + Creative Direction by KAYLIE PLAUCHE

Beauty Advisory: Glossier Super Serums

Truthfully, my love affair with makeup and beauty products started when I was in 6th grade. There was never a more blissful moment in middle school for me than rooting through my mothers makeup drawer when she wasn't home, hoarding all her best products in my room, and trying them on for myself. I was most definitely was the only kid wearing purple eye shadow and liquid lipstick, but experimenting with makeup then has helped formed my routine now in some sense. 

If there's any beauty advice I've been given that has stuck with me over time, it was my mother's;

"Makeup should look natural, like you're not wearing any at all. It's there to enhance, not mask".

Which brings us to 2017's hottest online cosmetic company, Glossier. 

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As a Glossier-virgin I was super set on ordering the products they're best known for being, The Boy Brow (which I ordered in Brown) and The Super Pack (which includes all 3 serums available). The lip gloss I added in on a whim and I can tell you right now, it's the best lip gloss I've used in all of my 20 years of life-Not too sticky, super hydrating, long-lasting, and comes in a cute little tube reminiscent of the Lip Smackers we all know and love from childhood. I never leave the house without a little swipe of it over some tinted balm. As for the concealer, I was delightfully surprised. It's stretchy and lightweight formula makes it perfect for a minimal make-up look, but one can easily layer it for a fuller face. The avocado and jojoba oil within its' formula keeps you looking dewy and radiant all day. Lastly, I was slightly disappointed with the boy brow. It's defiantly not a brow tint that I would use alone unless I'm running late and just need some sort of brow rehab, or I'm traveling lightly. For a thicker brow, it's best to back comb first and then comb regularly when using this product. 

As for the serums, I predicted that Super Bounce (Hyaluronic + Vitamin B5) would be my favorite. But at the root of it, they're all amazing serums and great substitutes for individuals who dislike heat moisturizers. Each serum performs a different duty for your skin when it's not as balanced or chipper as you would like it to be.

Super Bounce (Hyaluronic + Vitamin B5) gives the skin a good hydrating, plump. I typically only use it under heavy makeup to keep my skin soft and even for application. The serum itself is more of a gel like consistency, making it harder to dispense from the dropper (you may have to go back for seconds when applying). Ultimately, It's best for when you're feeling just a bit fried from tanning or chapped from the winter winds.

Super Glow (Vitamin C + Magnesium) is great for complexion evening and brightening. Just as Glossier's product description states, it's a a full 8 hours of sleep in a water-like drop of serum. I apply this only when I've washed my face, yet still look tired in the morning. It's basically like turning the brightness up on your phone, but for you skin.

Last but not least, Super Pure (Niacinamide/Vitamin B3 + Zinc) is perfect of those gals with redness and breakouts. Since using this product, my redness has diminished significantly. The serums itself is watery, like Super Glow, but more moisturizing. Out of all the serums in the Super Pack, this is the one I use everyday and would recommend the most.

In all, I definitely plan on ordering from Glossier again (unless I ever visit their beautiful showroom in NYC). Since my purchase, the company has rolled out a sunscreen, cremé blush, and mineral powder-All of which I NEED to try. What's your favorite Glossier product? or, if you haven't tried any, what is one product that you look forward to trying? 

 

 

 

Beauty Advisory: Touche Éclat & Blur Primer

If there’s one beauty trend that has everyone’s attention this summer, it’s getting that perfectly highlighted and lifted full face of makeup. Yves Saint Laurent has made this possible with two of it’s latest products; The Touché Eclat Blur Primer and Touché Eclat Radiant Touch.

I don’t usually wear primer, but YSL has a way of changing my mind (as well as my daily routine). Used as a base for a full-on face or alone with the bare essentials, this primer forms a silky smooth complexion. I’ve begun to use it every day after a light serum for a hydrated but slightly matte look. With a swipe of some brow tint, argon oil highlighter, & tinted lip balm I’m ready to take on the day.

The Touché Eclat Radiant Touch has no boundaries in its use. The best places for me to apply have been the bridge of the nose, the lining of lips, eyebrows & smile lines as well as a little in the places normally meant to be highlighted. For me, it's like a little facelift in a click, effectively brightening and pulling shadows away from my features. Since picking this product up, I keep it on hand with my other no-fuss facial cosmetics for when I'm running around the city. 

What are some beauty items that you're dying to recommend to your friends, coworkers, and family? 

 

Coachella Crashcourse

What's better than turning 20 years old?

Turning 20 on your way to see some the best acts in the nation perform in Indio! As one of the most notorious music festivals in the world (among Tomorrowland, Lollapalooza, and Burning Man), I had to see what all the hype was about. For the Record, I love electronic music, but I'm not all about the PLUR-Electric Forest-Ultra lifestyle; It's too intense for me and I personally would rather attend a festival where there is variety of genres rather than a variety of electronic sub-genre's. Besides, I was excited to see what fashion-festival trends I would spot over my 3 days in the valley.

For the ultimate pre-festival vibes, check out my playlist consisting of the 2017 lineup!

Like any experienced festival-goer and music lover, I always have my essential items. For Coachella, staying hydrated is absolutely essential and extremely easy if you have a camelback! Sunscreen, chapstick, a bandana to protect yourself from the dust (Avoid the "Coachella Cough" at all costs, trust me), Advil or Tylenol, wet wipes, earplugs, facial mist, an extra battery pack to charge your phone, and your favorite pair of sun shades to top it all off. After about the first day of Weekend 1, the grass of the festival space turns to dust due to all the foot traffic. I made sure to pack my custom iridescent Huaraches and classic navy Doc Marten's to be as comfortable as I could be.

Before I go on any further, there's once thing I must address..Whenever we talk about fashion, especially festival fashion, there's always some controversy. For the record, I'm talking about cultural appropriation and how when a cultural symbol is taken out of it's relative setting the meaning behind that symbol is lost or denigrated. I came into the experience thinking that because I was in one of the more liberal states in America, that I wouldn't encounter these things-Boy, was I wrong. The first day, I saw countless red, glittery bindi's adorned on girls foreheads with matching crop tops and white shorts. The second day, I observed a full grown woman prancing around in a Native American costume, headers and all *cringe*. So when it comes to this folks, just don't do it. Not only is it tacky but ignorant and disrespectful to those whose cultural heritage has been ridiculed, colonized, and actively made into a joke or even oppressed today (See Standing Rock, or any Aziz Ansari's Master of None for more).

Day 1:

First thing's first....what did I wear?

-Hair in braids so that I could move (and later mosh) comfortably while also getting a base tan.

-Tank Top from Boomboomthelabel Long Weekend Contrast Two Piece- (that has unfortunately been discontinued).

-Vintage Harley Davidson patch shorts from my mom (Thanks, Ginger!).

-Doc Martens

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Tennis

The first time I heard Alaina Moore's 50's-esque, sun-washed voice was off the track "Marathon" that I had downloaded from an Urban Outfitters monthly playlist (I was in 8th grade, so bear with me). I like to imagine that if Vampire Weekend had gone with a female vocalist instead of Ezra Koenig, whose existence and style I am wholly living for, their sound would've turned out much like Tennis'.

This is a pretty early assertion, but I have to say that the members of Tennis as individuals and as a band had the best outfit selections of my Weekend 1 experience. I'm a sucker for silk and I was obsessing over Alaina's yellow and emerald green pairing. The neutral winged eye was a subtle but completing touch for this look. And how can you not love Patricks Gucci bengal tiger print polo?

Mac Miller

When I heard Mac Miller's first album, I was NOT a fan. I think that Blue Slide Park was very infantile and targeted at college age/high school kids with minimal taste. Once Mac Miller dropped Watching Movies With the Sound Off, I did a double take. Anyone with Tyler, the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt,Action Bronson, and Schoolboy Q has my attention. Additionally, the candor of his lyrics focused on dealing with his substance abuse problems made me gain a lot of respect for Mac.Since then, every song off of GO:OD AM & The Divine Feminine have a home somewhere in the depths of my playlists. As for his performance-soulful, energetic, authentic, and just plain fun. Everyone around me felt the music inside them as much as I did.

Mac Miller performing at the Sahara Tent

Mac Miller performing at the Sahara Tent

 

Crystal Castles

Alice Glass has/will always be one of my biggest fashion inspirations among Cherie Curie and a younger Liv Tyler. Naturally I was deeply saddened by her departure from the group in 2014. Despite that, I still staked out for a front row spot see how the new front woman Edith Frances would match up.

Edith Frances' online presence is very little to none...But  she was featured in a Rolling Stones interview  where she expanded upon the groups latest album  Amnesty (I)  and taking Alice's place.

Edith Frances' online presence is very little to none...But she was featured in a Rolling Stones interview where she expanded upon the groups latest album Amnesty (I) and taking Alice's place.

Frances definitely tried to emulate the high energy and radical performances that Glass trademarked from the inception of Crystal Castles; complete with dousing herself in water, jumping offstage/thrashing about onstage, and smashing a bouquet of roses during her cover of Not in Love (feat. Robert Smith from The Cure) for dramatic effect. I'm going to be honest here-because it wasn't Alice Glass performing, the whole thing seemed...artificial to a degree. But on the contrary, the whole aesthetic and anarchy that is at core Witch House is embedded in their branding as an act. Ethan Kath (who wore black pantyhose over his face like a burglar, by the way) wasn't going to abandon their whole foundation as a group just because Alice left-afterall Edith Frances is an addition, not the founding member of a new group. Also, how can I complain? Amnesty (I) was a stellar album, her vocals are great, and she likes Slowdive. 

Sampha

After dropping acclaimed album Process earlier this year, I knew I had to see tracks like Plastic 100°, Blood on Me, and Incomplete Kisses live. Sampha didn't disappoint and is thankfully playing a variety of festivals this summer. With a powerful voice and soul, this is one artist you don't want to miss.

Denzel Curry

Let me preface that I have no photographic evidence for this artists due to the rowdy nature of the crowd. I've seen Denzel Curry once before at Riot Fest 2016 and it was pretty rough, but the mosh pit was not anywhere close to the one at Coachella. I'm not usually one for moshing, but because I had my hair braided and a sweatshirt on at that point, I jumped right in. Once I emerged I somehow was able to find my friend by a stroke of luck. Although, If I hadn't decided to recede in order to find him, I definitely would've been in the front. Ultimately the lesson I learned here is that if you're brave enough moshing can upgrade your viewing space and that Denzel Curry gets better with every performance.

Travis Scott

This was definitely one of the more packed performances of Coachella. People were beginning to shove and push over other just to get a chance to advance, even if they were dead center. The atmosphere reminded me of when I saw Kanye West make his return to Bonnaroo in 2014-lit but hostile. 

Credit: Travis Scott Instagram 

Credit: Travis Scott Instagram 

Day 2:

WDIW?

-Skirt and off the shoulder top from American Apparel  -Bandana from A$AP Mob  -Sunglasses from a street vendor in Spain

-Skirt and off the shoulder top from American Apparel

-Bandana from A$AP Mob

-Sunglasses from a street vendor in Spain

Thundercat

Drunk, his latest album, has been a crowdpleaser. Adorned with an exotic cat pelt, fangs and all perched atop his head, him and his band fostered a funky atmosphere for all. Songs such as "Them Changes", "Show You the Way", "Friend Zone" made the cut as well as guest performance by Michael McDonald.

Mura Masa

I'll be honest here; I didn't know who Mura Masa was before Coachella. Day 2 of the lineup had some great performers but no one that I was dying to see besides Nicolaas Jar & Bon Ive. Although Mura Masa's dance tracks and a plethora or special guests for just about every song put me onto him as a fan and not just a one time spectator. Bringing A$AP Rocky (who was donning the Louis Vuitton X Supreme leather pants pre-released) out to close the set was the best way to win me over as well. 

Bon Iver

As one of the larger and more legendary artists (in my opinion) at Coachella, I wanted to fully enjoy the music and took to the great lawn surrounded by artists installations to enjoy Justin Vernon's melancholic and powerful words. He performed mostly numbers off of his most recent album, 22, A Million. Once thing I really loved about his performance was that he did not talk much, but when he did he advised the crowd to do one thing-to love each other and welcome each other as much as they can in life. With all the political turmoil in the U.S. at this time, artists music and presence has a big impact on not only the youth but the perception of others looking at our country and its' people. Hearing such peaceful melodies and musings paired together so naturally is just one of the reason Mr. Vernon's album is plastered upon my bedroom wall.

Nicolaas Jar

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Since the release of Sirens, I have been especially excited to see Nicolaas Jar perform live. All the work that his does is completely live, meaning nothing is pre-recorded. The first 10-13 minutes consisted of harsh noise and screeching synthesizers, causing a good amount of people to leave. I'm personally curious as to whether that was his way of warming up or weeding people out of the crowd. Regardless, those that left REALLY missed out. With red lights, fog machines and a wave of fresh electronic sounds he blew the remaining audience away. You know when you go to a concert and your body just feels everything, like it just knows what's going to happen next and how to move? It was that kind of atmosphere only better. His droning voice, the way he moved to the beat and felt confident in his own decisions made him a must see performer for any lineup.

Day 3

WDIW?

-HD bleached shirt from The Vintage Banana  -Fishnets from Topshop  -Doc Martens   -Choker from Framework

-HD bleached shirt from The Vintage Banana

-Fishnets from Topshop

-Doc Martens 

-Choker from Framework

 

Skepta

I arrived a little later than expected to the festival site on the last day, so I immediately hightailed it over to the Sahara tent so that I could catch Skepta. Konnichiwa, the recipient of the Mercury Award, is one of those albums that I will never stop listening too. I missed my favorite track "Ladies Hit Squad", but was able to catch "Numbers", "Corn on the Curb", "Shutdown", "That's Not Me", "It Ain't Safe", and "Man" and I pushed through he crowd to the front. Aside from an enthusiastic performance with features from ASAP Bari and other grime rap stars, Skepta's visuals had my head spinning. Flashing sirens, a telephone booth, and tour footage danced on the monitors all around me. Although I missed Stormzy, Skepta was the right choice for me.

Lil Uzi Vert

The self proclaimed "rock star" was just that as he appeared on stage 10 minutes late with a whole posse of about 10 people (and 2 children?) and left about 10 minutes early. If there is one thing that I can compliment Lil Uzi on is his control of a crowd. He knows how to conduct an audience all based on hype. Even more so when flexing his new Marilyn Manson chain, brought out personally by his jeweler Baller Ben. Track such as "P's and Q's", "Money Longer", "You Was Right", "7 AM", "Do What I Want", "Top", "Erase Your Social", and the banger of the summer "XO TOUR Lif3" made up the bulk of Uzi's performance. The highlight of Uzi's anticipated performance for me personally was a guest performance by Playboi Carti. The duo performed "Lookin" and "Wokeuplikethis*".

Kaytranada

99.9% reigned as the top album for WLUW's charts for a good chunk of time and has been revered by Consequence of Sounds & Pitchfork as one of the best Electronic albums. Kaytranada is no doubt on the best producers my generation has seen, but he also shows a very soulful, sweet, and sensual side when performing. I specifically was blown away by his extended mix of "All Night ft. Chance the Rapper" with a whole rendition of "Chicago" as well as his guest performer Shay Lia and his full synchronized dance routine.

Hans Zimmer

I didn't stay long enough to really get invested in Hanz Zimmers set, but I can say WOW this guy is dedicated to his craft. Zimmer brought an entire orchestra-AN ENTIRE ORCHESTRA-to the coachella valley to perform soundtracks from Pirate of the Caribbean soundtrack, Inception, The Dark Knight, and Gladiator for which he brought out Pharrel Williams. 

Lorde

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Lorde's show was not just a performance, but a choreographed live art performance complete with storyline and characters. She proclaimed herself that her upcoming album Melodrama was written around the storyline of a night out with ones friends; making more a riveting show and 10/10 pop music. Ella chose to perform highlights from Pure Heroine like "Royals", "400 Luxe", "Tennis Court", "Ribs", and "Buzzcut Season" alongside newer songs  "Green Light" and "Liability". The young pop queen also gave us a special treat with a rendition of Kanye West's "Runaway" and a live debut of "Homemade Dynamite" for the first time-making for a magical night.

Kendrick Lamar

To give some context, DAMN had just been released the thursday night of Coachella week 1. Rumors had been buzzing around all weekend about what K Dot was going to do for this. As the headliner and closer of the whole festival, we knew it would be big. And honestly no pictures I or anyone else took could do it justice. Kung Fu Kenny took his title to a whole other level with pre-filmed shorts based around the journey of a kung fu warrior complete with outfit changes and choreographed fighting ninjas. While paying attention to his new album, he also payed homage to OG tracks like "m.A.A.d City", "Backseat Freestyle", and "Money Tree's". Kendrick also brought out Future to perform "Mask Off" and Travis Scott for "Goosebumps". As an extra special treat he also threw in "untitled 2/7" from Untitled Unmastered. In all, Kendrick threw not just a show but a 5 Star production. For the fans, he popped up on a lit up structure in the middle of the crowd halfway between the main stage and sound booth, then made his way through the middle and touched the front row's hands. I was fortunate enough to shake hands with the man; A festival finale I will most certainly not forget.