Sunday, October 13, 2013

15 Top Defensive NFL Players on Instagram

Dontari Poe sack from @poemans_dream
Okay, so we have had our fun with the best offensive players using IG, but now its time to turn our attention to defense.   If you relish the big hits, forced fumbles and interceptions of great defensive squads in the NFL, then I am about to rock your world.  You can follow many of your favorite NFL defensive players on Instagram to get a glimpse into their lives.

I have put together a list of some of the best known defensive player that are also active using IG.  I am not going to include any players that have just a couple of photos, these are also top players that have shared lots of pictures with fans.  They share shots of the team, press and media events as well as personal shots with their family and friends.   As with offense, the list is skewed toward younger players as they are much more likely to be active on IG than older players.

So without further ado, here are some of the best defensive players to follow on Instagram organized into defensive categories (in alpha order within each category).

Defensive Linemen

Cameron Jordan, Defensive End (New Orleans Saints)
A 3rd year player in the NFL, Jordan is a big part of the resurgent Saints defense in 2013.  Jordan has been a solid force in both the run game and pass rush for the Saints.  Through just 5 games, he has already logged half the sacks (4) that he had in all of 2012.
180 photos  9,700 followers

Dontari Poe, Defensive Tackle (Kansas City Chiefs)
Kansas City has put together one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL in 2013 and 2nd year player, Poe, is one of the keys to that defense.  He has logged 4.5 sacks through 5 games of the seasons and over 19 combined tackles.  This exciting young player out of University of Memphis is definitely worth following.
265 photos  4,300 followers

Robert Quinn, Defensive End (St. Louis Rams)
In just his 3rd season in the League, Quinn has established himself as one of the sacks leaders in the NFL.  He logged 10.5 sacks in 2012 and has already achieved half that number through 5 games in 2013.  He is also an active IG user.
266 photos  4,800 followers

Ndamukong Suh, Defensive Tackle (Detroit Lions)
Playing in just his 4th season in the NFL, Suh has been a lightning rod for media attention.  His aggressive personality has helped him log 137 combined tackles during his first 3 years but also left him fined several times for questionable behavior.  If he can control his aggression within the rules, he may just end up a hall of fame DT.
67 photos  33,000 followers

Demarcus Ware, Defensive End (Dallas Cowboys)
Playing in his 9th season in the NFL, Ware has 115 sacks during that span, and over 550 combined tackles.  Ware continues to be a dominant pass rusher and is off to another good start in 2013. 
230 photos  85,000 followers
Watt at Wisconsin game from @justinjames99
J.J. Watt, Defensive End (Houston Texans)
In just his third season in the League, JJ Watts has established himself as one of the most dominating Defensive Linemen in the game.  He lead the NFL in sacks in 2012 with 20.5, won NFL Defensive Player of the Year and became the first player in NFL history to have at least 16 sacks and 15 blocked passes in a single season.
92 photos  100,000 followers


Lance Briggs, Middle Linebacker (Chicago Bears)
With the retirement of Brian Urlacher in 2012, the Bears staunch defense became Briggs squad and he has relished the challenge and was leading the league in tackles through 5 games.  In his 11th season in the League, he is no longer the fastest linebacker but he makes up for that with brains and a nose for the football.
104 photos  10,000 followers

Clay Matthews, Middle Linebacker (Green Bay Packers)
With the retirement of Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, Matthews becomes the most well known Linebacker in the NFL.  As the anchor of the Green Bay defense, Matthews is fun to follow.  He has not yet started to share many photos but hopefully he will soon.
Victory plane ride home from @rmathis_the1st
15 photos  12,500 followers

Robert Mathis, Outside Linebacker (Indianapolis Colts)
Mathis is playing in his 11th season in the NFL and yet he is still has one of the quickest pass rushes in the League.  He has logged over 100 sacks in the NFL during his career and is off to a blistering pace in 2013 with 9.5 sacks through 5 games.
180 photos  7,100 followers

Shaun Phillips, Outside Linebacker (Denver Broncos)
The Broncos are on a roll this year and currently #1 in the power rankings.  While the offense is amazing, their defense has been incredibly good this year too.  Phillips is one of the reasons why the defense is so improved.  Coming over from San Diego this year, Phillips has brought an aggressive pass rush and has already logged 5.5 sacks through 5 games.  He is very active on IG having shared over 600 photos.
620 photos  8,200 followers

Aldon Smith, Outside Linebacker (San Francisco 49ers)
Smith has quickly become one of the best pass rushers in the game.  In just his 3rd year in the league, he has already registered over 38 sacks.  He was second in 2012, with 19.5 sacks.  He has a bright NFL career ahead and a good player to follow on Instagram.
133 photos  165,000 followers

Defensive Backs

Thomas DeCoud, Safety (Atlanta Falcons)
DeCoud is in his 6th year in the NFL and has anchored the Falcons defensive backfield during that time.  He is a hit master logging over 330 tackles during his career.  He is also one of the most active NFL Instagram users sharing over 1,800 photos.
1837 photos  16,500 followers

Patrick Peterson, Cornerback (Arizona Cardinals)
In his 3rd year in the NFL out of LSU, Peterson is widely considered one of the best cover corners in the NFL.  He has 12 interceptions over 2.3 years in the league and is an exciting player to watch.  He has not started sharing many photos yet but hopefully he will increase it in the near future.
21 photos  9,200 followers

Troy Polamalu, Safety (Pittsburgh Steelers)
In his 11th season in the NFL, Polamalu is probably best known for his long hair that he wears loose during games.  He has been the anchor of the Steelers defensive backfield for all 11 years and has over 30 career interceptions and over 660 combined tackles.
16 photos  62,000 followers

Verner on game day from @atv20
Alterraun Verner, Cornerback (Tennessee Titans)
One of the key reasons for the Titans resurgence in 2013 has been defense and Verner is a key part of that defense.  In his 4th years in the NFL, Verner has developed into top notch DB and already has 4 interceptions over the first 5 games of the year.
313 photos  3,500 followers

Major Wright, Safety (Chicago Bears)
In his 4th season out of University of Florida, Major Wright is a key factor in the Bears takeaway-oriented defense.  During his 3.5 years, he has logged over 198 combined tackles, 9 interceptions and 3 forced fumbles.
191 photos  9,800 followers

Sunday, September 8, 2013

25 Top Offensive NFL Players on Instagram

Torrey Smith, Super Bowl celebration from @torreysmithwr
Finally, football season is here and our Sundays are scheduled up for the next several months!  If you are a huge NFL Football fan, like me, then I have just the thing to enhance your fan experience -- Instagram.  Huh, you mean that social media site that Facebook acquired?  I don't have time for social media, I have 3 fantasy football teams to manage.

Think again football fans -- Instagram is an excellent way to supplement your football fandom.  Many NFL players are using IG to share behind the scenes looks at life as a pro player.  Hundreds of players are on IG including some of the top names in the game.  And flipping through Instagram is easy on your smartphone.  It is the perfect activity during annoying commercials.

You can also follow all of the NFL teams on Instagram but I have not included them here because it is very easy to do a search on IG and find the official account for your favorite team.

Gear Up For NFL Sundays!I am starting this week with some of the top Offensive Players to follow on Instagram.  I will publish a second article next week with the top Defensive Players to follow.  I have put a lot of research into finding these players IG accounts because there are not verified accounts like on Twitter.  I hope you enjoy the article and follow many of these offensive players to enhance your NFL experience.

NOTE: Players are in alpha order by category. Please don't be offended if you could not find your favorite player, it probably means they do not have or are not active on IG.

There are not a lot of NFL Quarterbacks on Instagram, but luckily some of the most exciting young QBs are there:

Kaepernick with Desean Jackson from @kaepernick7
Colin Kaepernick (San Francisco 49ers)
Few NFL stories last season were as compelling as Colin's.  Taking over the team in Week 10  after an injury to Alex Smith, Kaepernick and the 49ers got on a roll that ended with them losing to the Baltimore Ravens in the Super Bowl.  This will be Colin's first full year as a starter and the future is looking very bright in SF.
160 photos  625,000 followers

Matt Hasselback (Indianapolis Colts)
A long-time NFL starter for the Seattle Seahawks and Tennessee Titans, Matt is now the backup in Indy and helping to mentor Andrew Luck in his QB role.  Going into his 15th season in the NFL, Hasselback is the epitome of QB longevity.
230 photos  6,300 followers

Christian Ponder (Minnesota Vikings)
Christian Ponder is going into his 3rd season in the NFL after his playing his college ball at Florida State.  Ponder became the starter midway through his rookie season and was firmly entrenched last year throwing for over 2,900 yards in his sophomore year.  More importantly, he does not make a lot of mistakes (only 12 interceptions) so that the team can keep handing the ball off to Adrian Peterson.
45 photos  16,000 followers

Russell Wilson (Seattle Seahawks)
Wilson came into camp his rookie year as a sure backup, but he impressed the coaches so much that he ended up starting the his entire rookie season.  He threw for over 3,100 yards his rookie year with a 100 QB rating.  He did not make a lot of mistakes and the Seahawks are a serious contender again.  Look for a great sophomore campaign this year.
250 photos  138,000 followers

Running Backs
Running backs have been more active on IG and here are some of the top running backs to follow on Instagram.
Reggie and Calvin Johnson from @reggiebush

Reggie Bush (Detroit Lions)
One of the most exciting runners in the game, Reggie Bush has been in the media spotlight since his playing days at USC.  Now with his third NFL team, the Lions, he is teamed up with an explosive offensive that includes Matt Stafford and Calvin Johnson.  He is as good of a pass catcher as runner so perfectly suited for the Lions offense.
200 photos  276,000 followers

Jamaal Charles (Kansas City Chiefs)
Unless you play fantasy football, you might not have ever heard of Jamaal Charles because he plays for the Kansas City Chiefs.  However, he is one of the most dynamic young running backs in the game.  In his first 5 seasons in the NFL, he has rushed for over 1,000 yards in 3 of them and was out with a knee injury for one of those seasons.  In 2012, he gained for over 200 yards in two games demonstrating his explosive running abilities.
440 photos  19,000 followers

Matt Forte at Camp for underprivileged kids @mforte22
Matt Forte (Chicago Bears)
Matt Forte is one of the most flexible RBs in the NFL.  In his first 5 seasons in the league he has combined for more than 1,400 total yards in 4 of them, including 2011 when he only played in 12 games.  He is a great pass catcher and a quick fast runner that can elude tackles both at the line or downfield.
80 photos  12,000 followers

Chris Johnson (Tennessee Titans)
Going into his 6th season in the NFL, Chris Johnson is one of the most powerful runners in the game.  He has gained over 1,000 yards in each of his first 5 seasons in the league and ran for over 2,000 yards in second season, 2009-2010.  He probably would have gained even more yards playing with a more consistent offense.
325 photos  19,000 followers

Marshawn Lynch (Seattle Seahawks)
Lynch is a large bruising back who is going into his 8th season in the NFL.  He has split time between Seattle and Buffalo and rushed for over 1,000 yards in 4 of his 7 seasons.  He is coming off his best year in 2012 when he gained over 1,500 yards.
Doug Martin signing autographs from @dougmartin22
45 photos  23,000 followers 

Doug Martin (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
Doug Martin was one of the most exciting rookies in the NFL in 2012.  He rushed for over 1,400 yards and had another 470 receiving yards during his rookie season, including a 251 yard effort against the lowly Oakland Raiders.  Bucs fans are excited about the future with this exciting Boise St player on the roster.
200 photos  12,000 followers

Alfred Morris (Washington Redskins)
Most of the rookie accolades last year went to the phenomenal RG3, however, another quiet rookie on the Redskins had a spectacular season, Alfred Morris.  A little known player out of Florida Atlantic University, Morris shocked the world to amass over 1,600 yards during his rookie campaign.  Redskins fans are quite happy with their two Sophomore superstars.
69 photos  36,000 followers

Adrian Peterson (Minnesota Vikings)
When healthy, Peterson is the currently the best in the game.  After rehabbing reconstructive knee surgery during most of 2011, Adrian came back last year to gain over 2,000 yards rushing and joining an elite group of running backs in history.  In only 6 seasons in the NFL, Peterson has racked up over 8,800 total yards.  He is not yet very active on IG, but only just got started.
24 photos  18,500 followers

CJ Spiller (Buffalo Bills)
Like the Denver Broncos, the Bills have a real knack for finding great running backs.  Their latest find is CJ Spiller out of Clemson.  Last year was a breakout year for Spiller, who gained over 1,700 combined rushing and receiving yards last year.  Fantasy fans expect more big things from Spiller in 2013-2014.
87 photos  25,000 followers

Receivers and Tight Ends
More than any other football group, the wide receivers and tight ends have embraced Instagram to share lots of photos and posts.  You will find three of the most prolific NFL sharers in this group including Desean Jackson, Vernon Davis and Torrey Smith.

Anquan Boldin (San Francisco 49ers)
Anquan is going into his 11th season in the NFL.  He played with Larry Fitzgerald in Arizona for the first 7 years and then played three seasons with the Ravens including getting a Super Bowl ring last year.  He is now with the 49ers and looking to get another ring with this contending NFC team.
54 photos  37,000 followers
Vernon Davis after practice from @vernondavis85

Vernon Davis (San Francisco 49ers)
One of the early adopters of Instagram, Vernon Davis is probably the most followed NFL player with over 1.1 million followers.  Vernon is a testament to the fact that you will gain more followers if you actively post photos and he has posted hundreds of photos for fans.  As one of the key components to the 49ers Super Bowl run, Davis is a must follow for any NFL fan.
740 photos  1.1 million followers

Desean Jackson (Philadelphia Eagles)
Maybe the most prolific sharer in the NFL, Desean has posted over 1,300 photos on IG.  In his 6th season in the NFL, Desean is a speedster out of California (Berkeley).  He has gained for over 1,000 yards in 2 of his first 5 seasons and it could have been more if Philadelphia could get a consistent QB starter.
1300 photos  207,000 followers

Larry Fitzgerald (Arizona Cardinals)
There are three receivers in the NFL that you would come to mind for both greatness and longevity, Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson (Houston) and Steve Smith (Carolina).  Fitzgerald is going into his 10th season and has gained over 10,000 receiving yards in his first 9 years.  He is a sure NFL Hall of Famer and a must follow for true NFL fans.
120 photos  48,000 followers

Garcon signing autographs from @pierregarcon
Pierre Garcon (Washington Redskins)
In his 6th NFL season, Garcon started his career playing with Peyton Manning at Indianapolis but he spent a few years as a backup before getting the starting job in 2011.  He amassed over 900 yards receiving that year.  Last year, he moved to Washington to pair with RG3. He was hobbled by injury in 2012 and only played in 10 games but still caught 67 balls for over 600 yards.  Redskins fans are excited to see what a healthy RG3 to Garcon connection will produce in coming years.
91 photos  21,000 followers

A.J. Green (Cincinnati Bengals)
Often the third year is the breakout year for a wide receiver.  However, it is hard to imagine AJ Green getting better than his first two seasons in which he had over 1,000 receiving yards in both.  Last year, he caught 97 balls for 1,350 yards and 11 TDs.  He is a dynamic receiver who stands 6'4" and is nearly impossible to cover.  His future is very bright.
140 photos  51,000 followers

Andre Johnson (Houston Texans)
Andre Johnson is often overshadowed by the other prolific Johnson receiver in the NFL, because he plays down in Houston and is less flashy than Calvin.  However, fantasy fans have known Andre is a consistent fantasy superstar for years.  Going into his 11th season in the NFL (all with Houston), Andre has gained over 11,000 yards receiving in his first 10 years.  He has 6 years of receiving over 1,000 yards, including 3 where he caught for over 1,500 yards -- thus his moniker ajohnson1500!
140 photos  75,000 followers

Julio Jones (Atlanta Falcons)
Julio is off to an amazing start to his NFL career.  In his first two seasons, he caught 133 balls for over 2,100 yards and 18 TDs.  He is a TD maker, with dynamic moves that lead to lots of yards after the catch.  Playing in the explosive Falcons offense will give Julio lots of chances to show of those moves in the years to come.
 82 photos  63,000 followers

Brandon Marshall (Chicago Bears)
Brandon Marshall clearly has a special relationship with QB
Jay Cutler. His first two full years with Cutler at the Broncos, he averaged about 1,300 yards per year.  During his next 3 seasons with other QBs, he only averaged 1,100 yards per season.  Then reunited this past years, Marshall exploded for 1,508 yards.  It will be exciting to see what they can do together in the years ahead.
Torrey & Coach Harbaugh - White House @torreysmithwr
100 photos  11,000 followers

Torrey Smith (Baltimore Ravens)
Like Vernon Davis, Torrey Smith is an incredibly active Instagram user sharing nearly 1,000 photos.  Given his breakout year with the Super Bowl Champion Ravens, Smith is a great follow for football fans.  Smith is going into his 3rd year out of Maryland and he caught over 900 yards in each of his first two seasons.  I am guessing, 2013-2014 produces his first 1,000 yard season as the go-to guy in Baltimore.
914 photos  133,000 followers

Offensive Linemans 
I have to admit that the offensive lineman were the toughest group to research.  First, there is not a clear ranking of o lineman like you find with the scoring positions -- because of fantasy football.  Second, these guys fly below the radar.  They are not followed by as many of the typical outlets I use to find players on Instagram.  Having said that, I was able to find some of the top offensive lineman on Instagram and have shared them here.

Bryant McKinnie (Baltimore Ravens)
The Ravens offensive line is considered one of the top 10 in the NFL and McKinnie is one of the keys in this top line.  In his 12th year in the NFL, McKinnie has moved to the starting LT position for the 2013-2014 season.  McKinnie is also one of the most active IG users among NFL players having posted almost 1,000 photos.
967 photos  25,000 followers

Michael Oher (Baltimore Ravens)
Michael Oher brings both a Hollywood and NFL connection.  If you have seen the tremendous movie, The Blind Side, it is the story of Oher's life.  A heart warming story, Oher is a great NFL follow because you get some NFL, some Hollywood stars and a brief glimpse into the family behind the story.
270 photos  50,000 followers

Joe Staley looking dapper with fiance' from @jstaley74
Wade Smith (Houston Texans)
Wade Smith is a the starting LG for the Texans, a Top 15 offensive line.  He is going into his 11th season in the NFL, all with the Texans.  The Texans continue to threaten a deep run to the Super Bowl so Smitty is a good follow for NFL fans.
200 photos  6,900 followers

Joe Staley (San Francisco 49ers)
Staley is a 7th year player with one of the Top 3 offensive lines in the NFL.  Staley is the LT anchoring the solid left side of the 49ers line. 
143 photos  25,000 followers

Monday, August 12, 2013

25 Top Techno and EDM Artists on Instagram

Great crowd shot in Los Angeles from @Zedd
Every generation has its own music genre that is embraced by teens, and of course, scares the hell out of their parents.  This generation's favorite music genre is Electronic Dance Music ("EDM").  EDM comes in many different variations from traditional House Music to Techno to Dubstep to Trap Music.

While the music itself is fairly innocuous combining catchy pop music melodies and earth shaking bass beats, it is the "trance" and "rave" events that scare these teens parents.  Many of the young attendees are "rolling" on designer drugs like Ectasy and its powder form, Molly, or psychedelics like mushrooms and LSD.

EDM festivals have begun springing up across the US including Electric Zoo in NYC, Spring Awakening in Chicago, Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas and the Detroit Electronic Music Festival.  In addition, the traditional music festivals like Lollapalooza, Coachella and Bonnaroo have all added a lot of top Techno acts to their line-ups.

The Perry's Stage at Lollapalooza has been the most consistently popular stage at the festival for the past two years.  Packed with high school and college students, Perry's at Lolla 2013 was a whirling vortex of writhing teens bouncing to the powerful beats of Steve Aoki, Steve Angello, KnifeParty, Major Lazer, Flux Pavillion and many more.

The EDM artists have all embraced social media, and in particular Instagram.  They share photos from their travels around the world and often post photos from the stage of their sets.  We are highlighting the accounts for some of the most popular EDM artists on Instagram (listed in alphabetical order).  Note that if you do not see your favorite Electro artist here, it probably means that we could not find them on IG.

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Nick van de Wall (aka Afrojack) is an EDM artist and producer out of the Netherlands.  He is one of the most commercially successful of the Techno DJs with several successful radio hits including "Take Over Control" and "Can't Stop Me".
210 photos 170,000 followers 

Alessandro Lindblad (aka Alesso) is Techno artist from Sweden.  Starting first with remixes of others songs, he has transitioned into an original music artist with several popular EDM songs and his first single release this year called "Under Control" which is a collaboration with Calvin Harris.
240 photos 163,000 followers 
Steve Angello
Steve Angello is an electronic artist out of Sweden and a member of Swedish House Mafia, whose hits include “Don’t You Worry Child” and "Save the World".  He tours as a solo artist and is a headliner at EDM festivals all over the world.  Check out the video above to get a taste of the finale from his outstanding performance at Lollapalooza 2013.
600 photos 260,000 followers  

Steve Aoki
Steve Aoki and Lil Jon at Lolla from @steveaoki
Steve Aoki is an electro composer, musician and record producer from Newport Beach, CA. Steve produces a combination of remixes and original music and travels the world performing for huge crowds.  He was also a headliner at Lolla 2013 and added a surprise guest, rapper Lil Jon.  Aoki shares more photos than most other celebrities so he is a lot of fun to follow.
2,200 photos 620,000 followers  

Harry Bauer Rodrigues (aka Baauer) is Trap music artist from NYC. He grabbed international attention with his viral video hit "Harlem Shake".  Which is the first single to ever reach #1 on the Billboard charts based on its youtube success without ever achieving major radio airplay.  While his original video has been viewed over 20 million times, it has also spawned hundreds of thousands of copycat videos.
370 photos 42,000 followers

Lorin Ashton (aka Bassnectar) is an electronic dubstep music producer from Santa Cruz, CA.  Heavily influenced by the metal bands of the 80s and 90s, Bassnectar brings a more edgy mix of techno music to his fans.  He travels around the country and has a hardcore group of fans, called Bassheads, that travel to many of his shows.
280 photos 64,000 followers 

Boys Noize
Alexander Ridha (aka Boys Noize) hails from Hamburg, Germany and is an electronic Techno DJ, artist, songwriter and founder of Boys Noize Records.  He has released several albums and singles including a collaboration with Snoop Dogg on "Got It".  He recently teamed up with Skrillex to release a few singles under the moniker, Dog Blood, and the two are currently touring together.
280 photos 64,000 followers 

Deadmau5 with a jet engine from @deadmau5
Joel Thomas Zimmerman (aka Deadmau5) is one of the original progressive house and trance music producers and very well known around the world.  His signature "mouse head" is an iconic logo that is instantly recognizable to most people under the age of 30.  He has won many awards as an electronic music producer but has not yet received the radio airplay of many of the contemporary techno artists.  However, Deadmau5 is doing just fine selling out shows around the world and selling hundreds of thousands of albums.
620 photos 770,000 followers

Dada Life
Dada Life is a Swedish Electro house music duo including Olle Corneer and Stefan Engblom.  While they have been rocking out crowds in Sweden since 2006, they have only recently burst onto the international scene with "Kick out the Epic Mother***" and "So Young So High".  Their songs typically feature a distinctive child-like computerized voice singing their lyrics.
440 photos 90,000 followers

Thomas Wesley Pentz (aka Diplo) is an LA based Techno DJ, music producer, songwriter and founder of Mad Decent Records.  He has worked on production projects with Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Usher.  He has released 3 albums and several EPs.
1250 photos 310,000 followers

Dogblood is a side project collaboration between Skrillex and Boys Noize. While each of these EDM stars have their own thriving careers, they are currently touring together after having collaborated on a few singles.  Dogblood's music falls into the acid techno music with edgier sounds than typical techno.  It falls into the same category with Kill the Noise and Knife Party.
50 photos 11,000 followers
Stage shot from @flosstradamus

Flosstradamus is a Chicago-based EDM duo including Josh Young and Curt Cameruci.  They have collaborated with several other top hip hop and EDM stars including Baauer, Kid Sister and Diplo.
300 photos 41,000 followers

Flux Pavilion
Joshua Steele (aka Flux Pavilion) is a EDM dubstep music producer from Great Britian and cofounder of Circus Records. His brand of techno dubstep tends to be a bit edgier than most.  He has built a devoted following with his distinctive sound such as "I Can't Stop" and "Bass Cannon".
210 photos 30,000 followers

Dillon Francis
Dillon Francis is an electronic music producer from Los Angeles, CA and one of the pioneers of the moonbahcore form of trance music. After working on a lot of remixes as a DJ, Francis released his first EP of original music in 2010.
800 photos 117 ,000 followers

David with Steve Aoki from @davidguetta
David Guetta
David Guetta is a French Electro house music producer who achieved international success with his 2009 release of One Love, which included hit singles "When Love Takes Over", "Sexy Bitch" and "Memories".   His follow-up 2011 album was just as successful with hits like "Without You" and "Titanium".  He has sold over 6 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide and certainly one of the most successful house music composers to date.
160 photos 600,000 followers

Calvin Harris
Adam Richard Wiles (aka Calvin Harris) is Scottish electronic artist and producer.  He is one of the most commercially successful of the EDM artists releasing three studio albums with several Top 10 Billboard songs including "I Need your Love" and "I'm Not Alone" with Ellie Goulding, "Sweet Nothing" with Florence Welch and "Let's Go" with Ne-Yo.
620 photos 530,000 followers

Keys N Krates
Keys N Krates is a Toronto based EDM band and one of the most unique acts in the Techno universe.  Unlike other EDM artists which are primarily behind mixing equipment, Keys actually combines drums, keyboards and mixing equipment with three band members, Adam Tune (drums), David Matisse (keyboards) and Jr. Flo (mixers).
70 photos 1,400 followers

Kill the Noise
Jake Stanczak (aka Kill the Noise) is an electronic music producer from Rochester, NY.  His music comes with a definite edge that attempts to bridge the gap between metal and techno music.  He has collaborated with metal band Korn and rapper Ludacris.
160 photos 24,000 followers

Knife Party
Knife Party is an Australian electro house duo consisting of Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen. Originally, members of a metal band, they changed course after hearing Konflict’s “Messiah”.  Their dubstep style is much edgier than most other electro DJs and fits into the acid house category with Kill the Noise and Dogblood.  Only Gareth seems to be an active Instagram user.
210 photos 25,000 followers

Hamsterballing from @MajorLazer
Krewella is an EDM trio from Chicago, IL consisting of Jahan Yousef, Yasmine Yousef and Kris Trindl (Rain Man).  Formed in 2011, they band has not wasted any time to release their first EP, Play Hard, in 2012.  They plan to release their first full album in September 2013 and Billboard Music has declared that it is going to be a huge year for Krewella.
240 photos 81,000 followers

Major Lazer
Major Lazer is electro reggae project created by Diplo (see above).  Diplo and two other artists, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire record and tour as Major Lazer.  Their music is unique in the EDM space because of the reggae, island flair.  They are also one of the few groups that usually crowd-surfs in a giant hamster ball at their shows.
420 photos 88,000 followers

Modestep is an EDM band from London. Their members include brothers, Josh and Tony Friend, Matthew Curtis and Nick Tsang. Josh Friend is the lead singer and official Instagrammer for the group. He is very active posting pics on and off stage.  You can also follow the Official Modestep IG account but it is much less active than Josh.
600 photos 15,000 followers
10 photos 1,500 followers

Paul Oakenfold
Paul Oakenfold is an Electro DJ and music producer from Britian.  At 50, he is one of the oldest players in the game he is still highly relevant as he has transformed his style with the changes in the industry.  He has collaborated with many musical artists and served as agent for The Beastie Boys and Run-DMC back in the day.
210 photos 16,000 followers

Sonny John Moore (aka Skrillex) is an American Techno and Dubstep artist and songwriter from California. Moore started his music career in a hard rock band called From First to Last but left as the techno movement was taking hold to become an EDM artist.  He has released 6 EPs as a solo artist and won 6 Grammy Awards.  He recently began to collaborate with Boys Noize on Dog Blood, and the two have been touring under that band name.
480 photos 910,000 followers

Tijs Michiel Verwest is a Dutch musician and EDM music producer.  He started as a DJ back in the 90s and progressed to one of the new breed of software-enabled Techno musicians in the 2000s.  Tiesto has released 5 studio albums and has won a number of European music awards. 
570 photos 440,000 followers

Cal and Rez at Wrigley while in Chicago for Lolla @timeflies
Timeflies is an American electro music duo consisting of Rob Resnick and Cal Shapiro.  The two met at Tufts University in Boston and moved to NYC together after graduating.  They released their debut album in September 2011.  They released an EP in 2012 and both records did well on iTunes.  However, it is their first radio single, "I Choose U", released in April 2013 that is catapulting them to international success.
240 photos 45,000 followers

Anton Zaslavski (aka Zedd) is a Russian-born, German musician and EDM music producer.  He is a musical prodigy that began playing instruments at age 4.  Zedd is a brilliant songwriter that has created some incredibly catchy songs at a very young age.  Zedd released his first album in 2012 and its first single "Clarity" reached #8 on the Billboard charts.  However, there are several other songs from this album that are also likely to hit the Top 10 after the receive radio airplay including "Spectrum" and "Follow You Down".
130 photos 144,000 followers

Friday, July 26, 2013

40 Intriguing Instagram Celebrities to Follow

Alicia Keys and Nicki Minaj from @aliciakeys feed
Instagram provides a very different glimpse into a celebrity's life.  It is almost as if they become their own paparazzi and provide us a behind the scenes look at their lives.  From musicians to movie stars to pro athletes to reality stars, you can find fascinating celebrities on Instagram. Unlike Facebook Pages or their own publicity-based celebrity websites, Instagram is for sharing personal photos. These celebs share photos taken by them and their friends and family. It is a fun way to increase your insight into your favorite celebrities lives. 

One of the great things about IG is that the photos are taken by the users.  They are not stock photos, or movie stills, they are shots of Taylor Swift with her cat, or Justin Bieber and his mom.  You are getting real pictures from their real life, not the make believe publicity life.   It is also not a spammy site where people try to market other websites. Instead it is purely a photo sharing site, usually by the person that snapped the photo.

But you have to know who to follow on Instagram and their IG handle.  So here is a little roadmap for you to follow some of the biggest celebrities using Instagram.  We are highlighting 40 active Instagram celebs that bring a unique and compelling flair to their photo sharing. We have included users from four distinct categories; Pop Stars, Actors and Actresses, Sports Figures and some Edgy IG Celebrities.

While IG is only accessible as a mobile app, there are several web based viewers for IG photos. Three of the most popular viewers are Webstagram, Statigram and Ink361. This can make it a bit easier to navigate and monitor people you are following, make comments, etc.  I have provided a link to one of these sites for each celebrity so you can easily follow them on Instagram.

You will notice a lot more young celebs in the list because young people have taken to IG than their older counterparts.  Hopefully over time more of the older celebrities will also start sharing photos on IG.

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Pop Star Celebrities on Instagram
Musicians and pop stars have taken to IG faster than most other celebrities.  In fact, rappers are one of the most active group of IG users.  We have highlighted some of the most followed and interesting Pop Music celebs using IG.

Bieber and crew on the road from @justinbieber feed
Justin Bieber is one of the most followed celebrities using Instagram.  He has bounced between #1 and #2 with Kim Kardashian.  He shares lots of pictures and leads a very fun and interesting life as one of the biggest sex symbols in the US.
750 photos 8.7 million followers

Taylor Swift may be the most popular country star of all time.  Yes, I know she is actually a crossover act that largely sings pop now, but her roots were in country.  She is beloved both among young girls as well as older generations because of her honest, wholesome image and her ability to write great songs.
120 photos 5.3 million followers

Rihanna is another one of the most followed musical artists on Instagram. She is a very active photo sharer, but she does not appear to have a filter.  She will post photos about any aspect of her life and some of them can get quite racy.  Be warned if you don't want to see it all!
1,300 photos 7.6 million followers

Alicia Keys has a growing following on IG and she gives us an interesting perspective on the city that never sleeps, NYC.  She is fairly active poster and provides us a glimpse into her taste for fashion, music and more.
420 photos 1.8 million followers

Carly Rae Jepsen is one of the new pop stars emerging from reality TV.  She was a runner-up in the Canadian X Factor and her #1 hit from 2012, Call me Maybe created some of the most viral youtube videos of all time.  She knows social media and you will find her actively using IG.
Interesting shot from @jason_mraz feed.
850 photos 1.1 million followers

Jason Mraz is no stranger to technology and uses IG to touch base with his growing fan base.  His unique style of New Orleans jazzy folk rock is representative of his quirky personality and you will find his eye for photography is just as unique.
540 photos 870,000 followers

MC Hammer is a blast from the past, but he has jumped into Instagram with both feed and shares many photos each day to his Instagram followers. He provides some interesting perspective from a different era of Hip Hop.
1070 photos 130,000 followers

Kris Allen is the American Idol winner from Season 8.  Surprisingly, he has not built as big a following as some of the other American Idol participants but he is a very active photo sharer.
470 photos 37,000 followers

Jay Z is one of the most talented recording artist of the 2000s.  Starting as a rapper, he has since branched into producing, promoting and then became an entrepreneur and eventually a part owner of the Brooklyn Nets.  Couple these multiple interests and a wife named Beyonce and Jay Z lives an interesting life.  Follow him on IG to get a backstage pass.
75 photos 370,000 followers

Mike Shinoda is the rapper of the rock band, Linkin Park and also the organizer of the rap group Fort Minor. Mike tours the world with his bands and his photos give us a glimpse into the rock star life.
220 photos 87,000 followers

Chris Rene was the runner up in the first season of American X Factor. His is a great story as he was once a drug addict, got sober and then tried out for X Factor. From there it has been a meteoric rise finishing 2nd on the show and releasing hip hop hits.
550 photos 30,000 followers

Actors and Actresses on Instagram
You will find lots of film and TV stars on Instagram if you know where to look.  We have highlighted some of the most followed and interesting actors and actresses from all media outlets.

Jessica with Steven Tyler and Celo Green from @jessicaalba
Jessica Alba is one of the most followed actresses on IG because she is also a successful entrepreneur and founder of The Honest Company. The Honest Company creates non-toxic and eco-friendly products for families from diapers to sunscreens to cleaning products and more. This combination of entrepreneur and actress has really created a following for Jessica.
880 photos 1,800,000 followers

Zooey Deschanel is one of the funniest and quirkiest comedians in Hollywood.  Before getting her hit TV show, New Girl, Zooey starred in many movies including Elf, Almost Famous and 500 Days of Summer. Zooey has also been seen on Apple commercials and recorded a music album with M. Ward under the band name, She & Him.
160 photos 1.9 million followers

Emma Roberts has grown up on movie sets starring in a number of kids and teen movies. She is the daughter of Eric Roberts and niece of Julia Roberts.  She has a fun loving personality and likes to share beautiful photos of fashion, food and art along with her normal daily photos.
530 photos 700,000 followers

Kim Kardashian is not an actress in the strictest sense, but she has become one of the biggest Reality TV celebrities after the success of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. And she is also one of the most followed people on IG.  She has bounced between First and Second most followed with Justin Bieber.
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1260 photos 8.5 million followers

Lucy Hale is star of TV's Pretty Little Liars, a popular teen drama about a group of friends trying to solve a mysterious murder. Hale plays Aria on PLL and also dates Chris Zylka, of the Amazing Spider-man film.
790 photos 1.7 million followers

Victoria Justice is a teen star in Disney's Victorious sitcom.  She is also one of the multi-talented Disney stars who is also producing pop music albums.  She is tapped into social media and has over 1.4 million Instagram followers.
520 photos 1.4 million followers

Ashley Tisdale is another of Disney's biggest stars.  Tisdale started on sitcoms with Disney, then was a key member of the cast of the High School Musical trilogy. She is also singer who has produced a couple of albums. She dates author Scott Speer.
300 photos 1.27 million followers

Ashley Benson is another of the Pretty Little Liar stars where she plays Hannah.  The show is a huge hit among teen girls and they all have huge followings on IG and Tumblr as a result.
850 photos 1.76 million followers

Cute shot from @cmoretz IG fee
Chord Overstreet is the the handsome, Sam Evans, on Glee. Chord has embraced Instagram and posts backstage photos from Glee and also with his brother who is the lead guitarist from Hot Chelle Rae.
230 photos 320,000 followers

Chloe Grace Moretz was the star of one of my favorite comicbook movies, Kickass.  She was the hero, and overall badass teen, Hitgirl.  But Chloe also has an artistic flair that definitely comes through in the photos she shares on IG.  If you did not see Kickass, you might also have seen her in Hugo, 500 Days of Summer, Let Me In or Dark Shadows.
1,300 photos 480,000 followers

Sports Stars on Instagram
Unfortunately the sports world has not yet embraced Instagram as much as the Music and Acting industries. For instance, Kobe Bryant does not even have an IG account.  However, certain the stars of certain sports have picked up on IG more than others.  For instance, NBA players have become very active on IG.  The NBA Dream Team started off the NBA Instagram craze last summer during the Olympics but many more NBA stars have picked up on it since then.

Lebron James has quickly become one of the most followed celebs in the US and probably the most followed sports stars.  He has been active sharing photos with fans which feeds the fire adding more followers.
From @bethanyhamilton IG feed
300 photos 2.5 million followers

 Bethany Hamilton is the Soul Surfer, the famous pro surfer who lost her arm to a shark attack in her teens.  She has become a charity leader around the World on the strength of the book, movie and other public appearances.  She is great to follow as she travels the World helping others.

1000 photos 360,000 followers.

Mike Tyson has become cool again since the release of the first Hangover movies.  He likes IG and shares some cool photos as he travels the world.  He posts lots of photos with other celebs he meets up with in his travels.
190 photos 540,000 followers

Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson is one of the most controversial players from the NFL.  A former player now, he was exciting and always had some interesting TD celebrations in store for fans.
680 photos 800,000 followers

Floyd Mayweather is a pro boxer whose large following on IG stems from his exciting life traveling the world.  He shares photos with a wide range of photos with celebs from Rappers to politicians. 
470 photos 1.2 million followers

Amazing shot of Tony by @dupedupe from @tonyhawk
Tony Hawk is a pro skateboarder and entrepreneur who is well known by kids around the World.  He shares a lot of photos of himself and other skateboarders performing amazing tricks on boards.
1,900 photos 800,000 followers

Stephanie Rice is an Australian swimmer who competes around the world.  She was fun to follow during the London Olympics and posts frequently.
630 photos 78,000 followers

Mick Fanning is one of the leading surfers in the country and he loves sharing photos from the around the World. Like skateboarders, surfers lead an interesting counter-culture life.
630 photos 75,000 followers

McKayla Maroney is the adorable gymnast from Team USA's Fab Five who became a viral sensation with the "not impressed" face after winning the Silver Medal on the Vault.
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1000 photos 570,000 followers

Adrian Clayborn is a 4th year DE with Tampa Bay and one of the most active NFL players on Instagram. 
700 photos 6,700 follower

Usain Bolt is the fastest man on the planet and has now won gold in the Men's 100 meter in two straight Olympic Games.
240 photos 500,000 followers

Edgy Instagram Celebrities
These IG users are very interesting to follow but they are not always for the faint of heart.  Rappers are some of the most active Instagram users but their feeds are definitely not G rated.  They often provide photos of drinking and drugs and other illicit behavior so proceed with that warning in mind.

Snoop Dogg is one of the most followed music stars on IG and posts 5 to 10 photos a day. Of course Snoop Dogg lives a very different life from all of us and it is quite interesting to watch what is going on in his life each day
2,500 photos 1.8 million followers

Whiz Khalifa is a true rap fan's rapper but his feed requires some parental guidance. There is no filter on his feed, you will see lots of herb and other eye-opening shots. But if you wondered what a rapper's life was like, you will get a good glimpse here.
770 photos 2.0 million followers
Life of a young rapper from @meekmill feed

Meek Mill may not be well known by pop music fans, but rap fans definitely know of him.  There are not many IG users that have shared as many photos as Meekmill.  
4,300 photos 1.5 million followers

Soulja Boy is another popular rapper and a prolific IG user. He has been known to Instagram and Tweet right from the stage during shows.
1,600 photos 910,000 followers

Mac Miller is a young rapper from Pittsburgh.  He has become very big in the college scene and like other young music stars loves to share behind the scenes shots of the rap life.
390 photos 620,000 followers

Chris Haslam is a Canadian skateboarder who also plays bass guitar in a metal band. He is a rocker and a skater and his photo gallery reflects these edgy themes.
1260 photos 30,000 followers

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lollapalooza Bands to Follow on Instagram

Logo from @lollapalooza IG feed
Lollapalooza 2013 is less than three weeks away so anticipation is building. If you are lucky enough to be attending this year’s festival, we have accumulated some of the most active Instagram users among the bands at this year’s Lollapalooza. If you can’t make the shows this year, you can still follow these music stars on Instagram to get a backstage pass into the festival.

If you are a music fan, you need to check out IG as a great tool to follow your favorite acts. We have published a separate broad article on musicians on Instagram, so you might want to check that one out if your favorite acts are not at Lolla this year.

Lollapalooza is scheduled for August 2-4 at Grant Park in Chicago. Lolla is always a pretty good reflection of the musical tastes of young people in the US and this year is no different. There is a heavy influx of Electronic, Dubstep and Alt-Pop bands as this genre has gained huge popularity over the past 3-4 years. The Indie and Folk genres are also well represented.

If you would like to sample songs from this year’s artists to find out who you want to see, check out this great music community on Kumbuya for soundclouds and videos of all the bands.

Because not all bands are active on Instagram, we have broken the article into two sections; music stars that are very active on Instagram and Lolla bands that are less active but on Instagram. We have put each category in alphabetical order to make you favorite artist easier to find.

You should also follow the Official Lollapalooza Instagram Account

If you don’t find your favorite artist at all, it is likely they are not on Instagram or at least we were unable to find them. We also were not able to search for all the less known acts as there are over 125 total bands at Lolla this year.

Lolla Bands that are Active Instagram Users (in alpha order):

American Authors
American Authors is an alt-pop band from Brooklyn, NY.  After an early incarnation under another name, they renamed the band American Authors in 2012.  Their first single, Believer, is fairly popular on alternative radio stations, but it was the incredible catchy and upbeat second single, "Best Day of My Life", that is putting them on the national map.  Many of us first heard it in a Lowe's commercial and now it is becoming a viral sensation.  They do not have a group IG account but the members have accounts.  Here are the two most active.
Zac Barnett – Zac is the lead singer and plays guitar for the band.
280 photos 500 followers
Dave Rublin– Dave is the bassist for the band and most active IG user.
675 photos 500 followers 

Interesting stage shot from @steveaoki
Steve Angello
Steve Angello is a Swedish DJ and musician who first came to fame on the Swedish reality show Svenska Hollywoodfruar. He is also a member of the huge EDM group, Swedish House Mafia, who has produced several large hits including 2013’s “Don’t You Worry Child”.
540 photos 237,000 followers  

Steve Aoki
Steve Aoki is an EDM artist, musician and record producer from Newport Beach, CA. He is also the founder of Dim Mak Records. Steve produces a combination of remixes and original music and travels the world performing for huge crowds.
1,900 photos 560,000 followers  

Atlas Genius
Atlas Genius is an alternative rock band from Australia. The band consist of brothers Keith and Michael Jeffrey. They released their first single, “Trojans”, in May 2011 and then their first EP with Warner Bros in 2012. They are gaining momentum with their unique alternative sound.
270 photos 55,000 followers
Keith Jeffrey – Keith is the singer and guitarist for the band.
212 photos 2,300 followers
Michael Jeffrey – Michael is the drummer for the band and prolific IG user.
485 photos 2050 followers  

Azealia Banks
Azealia Banks is a female rapper from Harlem, NY. She initially released a couple of EPs and singles under the name Miss Bank$. She is currently working on her first full studio album which is expected to be released this fall.
540 photos 281,000 followers  

Beast Patrol
Beast Patrol is an alt rock band from New York City.  They combine solid rock sensibility with the dreamy vocals of Vanessa Bley.  You will definitely notice strong influences from The Pretenders and Garbage in their music.
540 photos 281,000 followers 

Chance the Rapper
Chancelor Bennett, known as Chance the Rapper, is a rapper and hip hop artist from Chicago. He has been gaining popularity during the past year, especially since releasing free mixtapes online. He has been touring as a backup act with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, as well as Mac Miller and Eminem.
407 photos 57,000 followers  

Flux Pavilion
Joshua Steele, known as Flux Pavilion, is a EDM dubstep music producer from Great Britian and cofounder of Circus Records. He has released a mix of original singles and remixes.
210 photos 28,000 followers

Dillon Francis
Dillon Francis is an electronic music producer from Los Angeles, CA. After working on a lot of remixes as a DJ, Francis released his first EP of original music in 2010.
760 photos 96,000 followers

Ellie Goulding
Ellie is a British singer-songwriter and musician who burst onto the scene in the US in 2011 with her hit single, “Lights”. It became a #1 hit on the Billboard 100. Of course she has been a big star in Britain for several years, so much so that she sang at the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
670 photos 910,000 followers

Icona Pop
Another of the electro music phenoms coming out of Sweden, Icona Pop is a duo of singers and DJs, Caroline Hjelt and Aino Jawo. They have successfully bridged the gap from Electronic Dance Music to pop sensation with their mega-hit “I Love It”.
410 photos 29,000 followers

Imagine Dragons
Band shot on the bus from @imaginedragons
One the hottest alt-pop acts this year, Imagine Dragons are set to breakout after their appearance at Lollapolooza. Much as Macklemore did last year and Muse in 2011, I think Imagine Dragons are going to the be the runaway hit after their Lolla performance.
490 photos 165,000 followers
Daniel Platzman - It appears that only drummer, Daniel Platzman, is personally active on IG at this point.
550 photos 2,500 followers  

Knife Party
Knife Party is an electro house duo from Australia. The two partners, Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen, first met as members of a metal band Xygen. However, after hearing Konflict’s “Messiah”, the two decided to get into the bass and drum, electro music scene. Only Gareth appears to be an active Instagram user, so this is his info.
210 photos 23,000 followers

The Lumineers
The Lumineers are an indie rock/folk band from Denver, Colorado. Their 2012 debut album peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 but their hit “Ho Hey” was the most played song on Spotify for much of the 4th quarter of 2012 and peaked at #3 on the Billboard 100.
270 photos 114,000 followers

Makeshift Prodigy
Makeshift Prodigy is an alternative band from Chicago suburb, Tinley Park.   I really like their single, Chasing Daylight, and if I compared them to other Lolla2013 acts, I would call them a blend of Imagine Dragons, Vampire Weekend and The Killers.
Anthony Bagnara
Anthony is the lead singer of the band and active on Instagram and Tumblr.
130 photos 400 followers

Matt and Kim
Matt and Kim are an indie pop duo from Brooklyn, NY. They met and began dating while at the Pratt Institute. Though they released their first album in 2006, it wasn’t until 2011 that they started to get some radio airtime with their single, “Good for Great”. Then in 2012 their latest album had several singles that did well in the chart.
200 photos 31,000 followers

Nick onstage from @joshmodestep
Modestep is an electronic rock band from London. Their members include the Friend brothers, Josh and Tony, Matthew Curtis and Nick Tsang. Josh Friend is th lead singer and official Instagrammer for the group. He is very active posting pics on and off stage.
590 photos 14,000 followers

The National
The National is an indie rock band from Cincinnati, OH. The band is comprised of two sets of brothers, Aaron and Bryce Dessner and Scott and Bryan Devendorf, and lead singer Matt Berninger.
325 photos 88,000 followers

Emeli Sande
Emeli Sande is a pop artist from Scotland.  She first came to fame singing collaborations with the rappers, Chipmunk and also Wiley.  Her latest album became the #1 selling album in the UK during 2012.  She is also an accomplished songwriter and has written for Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Leone Lewis and Susan Boyle.
290 photos 240,000 followers

Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara are a Canadian Indie Pop band formed by the twin Quin sisters of the same name. While they have been well known in Canada for since the early 2000s, they are now gaining popularity in the US with the release of their 7th album which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200. The sisters are both openly gay and have been proponents of gay rights.
330 photos 110,000 followers

Timeflies is a pop music duo formed by Rob Resnick and Cal Shapiro, while in Tufts University.  The pair are from the NYC area and currently call Brooklyn home.  They has self produced their 2 albums and an EP.  Their latest single "I Choose U" was released in April 2013 and has begun to get significant radio air time.
220 photos 42,000 followers

Vampire Weekend
Interesting artistic shot from @matsor
Vampire Weekend rose to fame with the release of their debut album in 2008 and recently released their fourth album which immediately rose to #1 on the Billboard 200 album list. From NYC, the band appeared on Saturday Night Live in May 2013 and could not be hotter right now. While the band does not have an active Instagram account, three of its members are very active users:
Rostam Batmanglij – Rostam is the lead guitarist and also plays keyboards, backing vocals and one of the main songwriters. His handle is his first name backwards.
480 photos 9,700 followers
Chris Baio – Chris Baio is the bass guitarist and also provides backing vocals for the band. His handle is his last name backwards.
300 photos 6,200 followers
Ezra Koenig – Ezra is the lead singer and another guitarist for VW. He is not as active on Instagram but still fun to follow. Following the trend, his handle is also his first name backwards.
90 photos 34,000 followers  

Wild Belle
Wild Belle is an indie band from Chicago started by brother and sister, Elliot and Natalie Bergman.  They combine a dreamy mix of alternative, reggae, ska and electronic styling in their music.  Natalie is very active on IG.
Natalie Bergman – Natalie is the young of the two siblings and the main singer for the band.  Her distinctive voice provides continuity throughout their varied musical mix.
430 photos 2,000 followers

Lolla Bands on Instagram but Less Active (in alpha order)

Shot of the banjos from @mumfordandsonsofficial
Mumford and Sons
Mumford and Sons is a folk rock band from London, England. They have been gaining huge popularity during the past three years, first in the UK and now in the US. Their second album was released in the fall of 2012 and became the fastest selling album of 2012 in the UK.
78 photos 38,000 followers
Ted Dwane – Ted Dwane is the Bass Guitarist and backup vocalist for the band. He is the only member of the band that we could find on IG personally.
140 photos 4,800 followers

Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails is an industrial rock project founded by Trent Reznor in 1988. While most bands lose their edge over time, NIN and Reznor have been able to maintain that edge over 25 years. Reznor is the only permanent member and sole writer for the band’s music. He enlists rotating musicians for the bands tours and recordings.
15 photos 26,000 followers
Trent Reznor –Sole permanent member and singer/songwriter for NIN.
15 photos 20,000 followers

Queens of the Stone Age
Queens of the Stone Age is a heavy rock band from Palm Desert, CA. They were first formed in the late 1990s and had a strong stint through the early 2000s. The band went on hiatus for a few years as a few of the members tried to sober up. Now reunited, fans are extremely excited to get new music from the band.
29 photos 5,000 followers

Check back with us leading up to the show as we will be adding more Lollapalooza acts on Instagram.