Catch the Black Keys at Metro
on Saturday night.
Festivals offer a great way to hear a lot of bands at once, but they're not so great for truly experiencing those acts. The short sets, the sound bleed, the promise of gyros at the other end of the park – they're all distractions that take away from the musical moment. That's why these Lollapalooza after-parties, which give festival acts a chance to perform in a more appropriate club setting, might be good choices even after a full day of heat exhaustion. The schedule of official and unofficial events follows, with our favorite shows highlighted each night.
Thursday, August 5
The Hood Internet, DJ Car Stereo (Wars), The Dirty Diamonds, Neiliyo, Menya
9 p.m. at Hideout; $7-$10; 21+
Looking to get in a little bit of adult fun before the deluge of youth in Grant Park? This pre-show, dubbed Antecedapalooza, will be mercifully free of drinking-age wristbands – but full of youthful energy, as homegrown Lolla artists The Hood Internet preside over a dance party that includes fellow masher-upper DJ Car Stereo and a live performance from local buzz act The Dirty Diamonds.
The Big Pink, Night Gallery
8 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $20; 18+
Cymbals Eat Guitars, Young Galaxy
8 p.m. at Schubas; $15; 18+
Devo, Dirty Projectors
7:30 p.m. at Congress Theater; $35; 17+
The New Pornographers, The Dodos
8 p.m. at Metro; $31; 18+
Slightly Stoopid, Collie Buddz
8 p.m. at House of Blues; $35.50; 17+
Friday, August 6
The Walkmen, Warpaint
10 p.m. at Double Door; $22–$25; 21+
Honestly, The Walkmen might not be our favorite act among all those playing on Friday night, but this one is really a matter of timing. The quintet got stuck with a 1 p.m. performance slot at the festival, meaning unless you're one of those attendees taking the whole day off on Friday, this set will be your only chance to hear morose rock anthems like "That's the Punchline," "The Rat" and, hopefully, the band's cover of Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers to Cross" (not to mention tracks from the soon-to-be-released Lisbon). Also included on the bill is LA art-rock quartet Warpaint, which has been a favorite of many Hollywood-ites and will finally release its debut album this month.
A-Trak, Treasure Fingers, Peanut Butter Wolf, Mayer Hawthorne, Holy Ghost!
10 p.m. at Spy Bar; $12-$20; all ages
If you didn't get enough dancing in at Perry's today, this is your party. A-Trak is a veteran of Kanye West shows, so you know he can lay it down, while Stones Throw Records' Peanut Butter Wolf has a pretty much unrivaled soul collection. Speaking of soul, Mayer Hawthorne (also of Stones Throw) has been called the second coming of Smokey Robinson – mixed with a little J. Dilla, of course.
Cut Copy, Dragonette
10 p.m. at Metro; $26; 18+
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Freelance Whales
10 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $20; 18+
9 p.m. at Bottom Lounge; $15
10 p.m. at House of Blues; $80; 17+ (benefit show)
Orchard Lounge, Nate Manic
10 p.m. at Smartbar; $10-$12; 21+
10 p.m. at Kingsbury Hall/The Vibe; $30; 21+
Rogue Wave, Gamble House
10 p.m. at Schubas; $20; 18+
10 p.m. at Empty Bottle; $15; 21+
DJ VH1 (Lady Gaga’s official tour DJ) 10 p.m. at LaSalle Power Co.; $10-$20
Saturday, August 7
The Black Keys, The Morning Benders
10 p.m. at Metro; $36; 18+
The Black Keys are one of those bands that actually can stand up to the airy environs of Grant Park – but the boys from Akron are good enough that you’ll want to see 'em again before the weekend is out. The duo’s latest release, Brothers, has been their most successful yet (the fact that one track, "Chop and Change," was featured in "Twilight" probably didn’t hurt), but you can expect a ton of forceful blues rock from throughout their career, as well as some inventive arrangements from the 2009 Blakroc collaboration with various hip-hop artists. Berkeley indie-pop act The Morning Benders will open, supporting the highly acclaimed sophomore release Big Echo (produced by Chris Taylor of Grizzly Bear).
The Soft Pack, Royal Bangs
10 p.m. at Schubas; $15; 18+
You know you've made it in the indie-rock world when Nada Surf covers one of your songs. This San Diego band is more than just "Bright Side," though, with a whole lot of catchy pseudo-punk tracks including "Beside Myself" and "Call It A Day." With the recent release of its first full-length LP, the group looks to be on a continuing upward trend, so this will be a great opportunity to say you saw them when. Add in some Tennesse-bred trip-hop from Royal Bangs and you’ve got an eclectic evening of indie music that'll be a lot less packed than The National show at the House of Blues.
Blitzen Trapper, Avi Buffalo
10 p.m. at Lincoln Hall; $20; 18+
10 p.m. at Cubby Bear; 21+
10 p.m. at Subterranean; $29; 21+
Hot Chip, Rusko, Steve Porter, Ancient Astronauts, Perry Farrell
10 p.m. at Congress Theater; $25; 17+
Minus the Bear, Miniature Tigers
10 p.m. at Double Door; $20; 21+
The National, The Antlers
10 p.m. at House of Blues; $33; 17+
10 p.m. at Empty Bottle; 21+
Sunday, August 8
10 p.m. at Reggie's Rock Club; $10; 17+
Phoenix, Toro Y Moi
10 p.m. at House of Blues; $37.50; 17+
That song in your head? Yeah, there’s a good chance that it's a Phoenix track. The French alternative band has been pretty much everywhere of late, with hit singles "1901" and "Lisztomania" appearing in commercials, movie trailers and, of course, award shows and festivals. The show should be a great way to close out your weekend, especially if you're not that into Soundgarden or Arcade Fire. Chillwave standout Toro Y Moi brings his electronic artistry as the opening act.