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Projecting Quiet Noise with @shygirlsmusic

For more wistful photos on the road, follow @shygirlsmusic. To see more from Lollapalooza as the festival unfolds, follow @lollapalooza and browse the #lolla hashtag.

The R&B band Shy Girls (@shygirlsmusic) takes photos to match their music—soft and soulful with the occasional playful punch.

“We try to convey a sense of place and scenes from our travels,” says keyboardist Akila Fields (@sleepyvillain), who runs the band’s Instagram account. Though Shy Girls is fronted by singer-songwriter Dan Vidmar, Dan relies on Akila’s creative eye to capture important feelings and moments from their tour.

The entire feed is in black and white, which Akila prefers because of its simplicity. “It’s something we’ve been playing with from the beginning, even in our music videos,” he says of the Portland-based band, who released their first EP last year. “There is an intimacy and a quiet energy to our music that I hope translates to the photography.”

Shy Girls are also first-time performers at Chicago’s Lollapalooza (@lollapalooza) music festival this weekend, where Akila hopes to roam the event in search of interesting shots.


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Over 250,000 music fans attended Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park this past weekend. Lollapalooza 2012 experienced a first for the 15 year old festival: on Saturday, a sudden storm forced everyone out of the park grounds. The evacuation took just 38 minutes.

Concert goers were encouraged to tag their Instagram photos with the hashtag #lolla, some of which were projected on jumbotrons during the festival. Couldn’t make it this year? Check out more photos tagged #lolla, taken by the official @lollapalooza account, or captured at Lollapalooza 2012.