Lollapalooza Plan of Action: Friday

August 1, 2008

I promised myself I wouldn’t do Lolla this year (after doing all three days the last two years), but dammit, they really do book a fucking awesome show.  And the sheer size of the event allows C3 to hedge their band bets:  covering all the bases just by booking every band in the entire universe to play in Chicago on one weekend.  (Note to self: Buy PBR now before the entire town runs dry).

Thankfully, I’m able to volunteer this year, which means I miss a bit of the middle-shows, but I’m seeing what I can for free-ninety-nine. 

Here would be my recco/wish-list of who to see today:

Anything before Noon:  I have no idea, so, go crazy. 

Holy Fuck: Should be fun.  Band was made to play live, and they’re damn entertaining.  Also, maybe they’ll play their mix of the Radiohead’s “Nude” they entered in that contest.

Rogue Wave: I hear they’re actually not that great live, but c’mon.  How cool would it be to hear “Lake Michigan” right next to Lake Michigan?

Yeasayer:  Why not?

Tiny Masters of Today:  Badass little kids.  CSS, Karen O., and !!! love them, so why can’t you.  What thread connects all these bands —  the fact that their lyrics are terrible but it doesn’t matter. 

The Black Keys / Golgol Bordello:  Meh.  This might be a good time to take a late lunch.  These are definitely the two bands you should prolly see, but I’m not particularly a huge fan of either.  Do you prefer your rock bluesy or gypsy-y?

 Mates of State: Adorable

Grizzly Bear: A swell combo of pretty and creepy.  Pretty Creepy.  And a bit Sleepy.  If you’re not up for this, I’d recco heading straight over to…

VHS or Beta DJ Set: VHS or Beta played a REALLY good live Lolla set two year back, but now they’re just here to DJ, which is a bummer.  That said, there’s plenty of Robert Smith-leads-a-dance-punk-bands these days.  20$ they play Cut Copy.

The Cool Kids / CSS:  Can’t really go wrong here, but CSS will probably be the most entertaining, but then again, Chicago Party Rap is the new Brazilian Electro Pop.

Radiohead: duh.

 

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Middle-By-Middle Middle

March 7, 2008

originally posted on URChicago here.

Chicago’s fortunate to have a super-supportive (nay, incestuous?) music scene, many of whom have roots back to a lil’ place called The Hideout. So who better than Hideout to host “Sending the Four Star City to the Lone Star State” party? The mini-fest is a fundraiser for all the bands travelling’ down to the Sundance Film Festival, oop, I mean South By Southwest in Austin.

Performing is a laundry list of the city’s faves, some of whom will soon be called “indie buzz bands” by Entertainment Weekly or something. A mere $10 gets you into this shizzle:

12:00 – Sybris
12:45 – Apteka
1:30 – Cameron McGill
2:15 – Mittens on Strings
3:00 – JT and the Clouds
3:45 – The Hood Internet (DJ STV SLV)
4:30 – Hollywood Holt
5:15 – Bound Stems
6:00 – Make Believe
6:45 – Reds and Blue
7:30 – Pit Er Pat
8:15 – Waco Brothers
9:00 – Tight Phantomz
9:45 – Killer Whales
10:30 – Icy Demons
11:15 – Tom Schraeder & His Ego
12:00 – Ezra Furman & the Harpoons
12:45 – Scotland Yard Gospel Choir

Rounding down, that’s like, $0.72 a band. Your door cover will let you go in & out for the whole day (like there’s anything else to do on Wabansia & Elston), but it will be packed by the end of the night.