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Lollapalooza 2010 Aftershows: More Tough Choices

Lollapalooza has released the schedule of aftershows for 2010 — and just like Lollapalooza itself, there are several difficult choices to make. It’s shocking and unfortunate that each night, every show has a conflicting schedule. Wouldn’t it be nice to see one show, then head to another? Not going to happen.

Let’s start with Thursday, August 5:

Devo, with Dirty Projectors are at Congress Thetaer at 7:30

Slightly Stoopid with Collie Buddz are at House of Blues at 8.

The New Pornographers with The Dodos are at Metro at 8.

The Big Pink with Night Gallery are at Lincoln Hall at 8

Cymbals Eat Guitars with Young Galaxy are at Schuba’s at 8

Out of these, our choice is Slightly Stoopid with Collie Buddz. It’s a tough call over The New Pornographers and Cymbals Eat Guitars. But Slightly Stoopid is perfect summer music and House of Blues is a great downtown Chicago venue.


Friday, August 6:

MGMT is at House of Blues at 10.

Cut Copy with Dragonette is at Metro at 10.

The Walkmen with Warpaint is at Double Door at 10.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros with Freelance Whales at Lincoln Hall at 10.

Wild Beasts at Empty Bottle at 10.

Rogue Wave with Gamble House at Schubas at 10.

Lackluster, if you ask me. But we’ll go with Edward Sharpe and Freelance Whales. The two bands go well together, which should make for a good all-around experience and Lincoln Hall is one great venue.


Saturday, August 7:

The National with The Antlers at House of Blues at 10.

The Black Keys with The Morning Benders at Metro at 10.

Minus the Bear with Miniature Tigers at Double Door at 10.

Blitzen Trapper with Avi Buffalo at Lincoln Hall at 10.

The Soft Pack with Royal Bangs at Schuba’s at 10.

Wavves with Harlem at Empty Bottle at 10.

Gogol Bordello at Subterranean at 10.

Precision Guided Musicians featuring Hot Chip (live), Rusko, Steve Porter Ancient Astronauts and Perry Farrell at Congress Theater at 10. CANCELED

Far and away, Saturday features the most difficult choices. I’d be happy with The National, The Black Keys, Minus the Bear or The Soft Pack. I’ve seen The Black Keys several times, although not on the most recent album. I’ve seen The National at Pitchfork. I’ve seen Minus the Bear at The Riviera. All are impressive. The one I haven’t seen is The Soft Pack and they are one of our new favorite bands — so we’ll choose them by default. That is, unless we see them at Lolla. If so, it’s The Black Keys once again. Seriously, you can’t go wrong.


Sunday, August 8:

Phoenix with Toro Y Moi at House of Blues at 10.

Health with Chandeliers at Reggie’s Rock Club at 10.

Phoenix should be entertaining.

What do you think? Leave your comments below!

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Sound Citizen Radio 12: Summer Sounds

This edition of Sound Citizen Radio (at the bottom of this post) is all about summertime. As such, we present four bands with songs that should fit nicely into your summer playlists, and three of them have outdoor Chicago concerts coming up.

It’s summer concert season in Chicago, so stay tuned for future episodes of Sound Citizen Radio to make sure you don’t miss out. Don’t forget to subscribe to Sound Citizen Radio in iTunes, where you can also catch up on back episodes. And if you like what you hear, please don’t hesitate to give a “thumbs up” at the top left of this page.

This week’s lineup:

Love Language, “Heart to Tell”
June 20, Taste of Randolph, Chicago, 4pm.

Ben Keeler and The 500 Club, “Water, Water”
June 17, Abbey Pub, Chicago
June 20, I Am Fest, Chicago
July 10, Folk and Roots Festival, Chicago

The Thermals, “Now We Can See”
July 5, Millennium Park, Chicago, FREE

Thao and The Get Down Stay Down, “Bag of Hammers”
June 28, Lincoln Hall, Chicago (with Mirah and The Most of All)

2010 Lollapalooza Schedule: Thoughts and Decisions

The day-by-day 2010 Lollapalooza schedule has been released. And that means some tough decisions need to be made, especially if you’re not going for the entire weekend. But even if you do go for all three days, the constant congestion of walking paths and sprawling distance between the main two stages means there is little time to bounce around stages when two of your favorites are playing close together. With that in mind, let’s dive in and make some picks and air some grievances.

Friday, August 6:

the strokes lollapalooza 2010The competing headliners on Friday are The Strokes (pictured) and Lady Gaga — by far, the easiest headliner decision of Lollapalooza 2010.

Some others of interest are The Walkmen at 1pm, Mavis Staples at 2, The Black Keys at 6, and Jimmy Cliff at 7:15. While there are some other good bands in there, nothing that knocks my socks off.

Friday’s toughest decision is between The New Pornographers and Devo, both at 4pm. When it comes down to it, I just can’t pass up The New Pornographers. Then again … it’s DEVO! This might come down to one of those see-a-few-songs-then-make-a-dash-to-the-next-stage … things. And, in that case, the ending set to see is Devo, for “Whip It” alone.

Saturday, August 7:

green day lollapalooza 2010Saturday’s competing headliners are Phoenix and Green Day (pictured). I have never seen Phoenix, so I can’t comment on their live show. I do like some of their music and would be interesting in seeing them perform. However, I have seen Green Day and, armed with that knowledge, it leaves little in the way of a decision. Their show is high-energy, fist-pumping garage rock at its best. Sure, they’ve evolved and perhaps sold out a little but they are undoubtedly an iconic band and not to be missed.

Of note on Saturday are The Morning Benders at noon, The Soft Pack at 12:30 and Dawes at 3:30 (two of our picks for Lollapalooza 2010 show-stealers), Grizzly Bear at 4:15, Deer Tick at 5 and Spoon at 6:15.

Saturday’s toughest decisions are between Dawes and The xx at 3:30 and 3:15, respectively, and Grizzly Bear and Deer Tick, at 4:15 and 5. In these cases, I’ll pick Dawes over The xx and catch a couple Grizzly Bear songs before heading over to Deer Tick.

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Sunday, August 8:

Sunday is typically the day for the biggest headliners. But this year, with Soundgarden and Arcade Fire competing, it feels a little anti-climatic. They are both very good bands but compared to names like Green Day and Lady Gaga (I said names), 2009′s Janes Addiction and 2008′s Radiohead … Anyway, I have to go with Soundgarden here. I realize that this might be a total bust but the fact is, Soundgarden was HUGE to me back in the day and I just can’t pass it up. If they suck, I’ll walk the 20 miles to the Budweiser stage.

Other bands of note on Sunday are The Antlers at 12:15, Blitzen Trapper at 2, and Hockey at 3:30. There are several other very good bands on Sunday – by far, the day with the most difficult decisions. They are:

Minus the Bear vs. Mumford & SonsĀ  (pictured) vs. Freelance Whales – 3 pm.

mumford & sons lollapalooza 2010Why, Lollapalooza did you do this? I would like to see all three, but that’s just impossible. Minus the Bear is one of the most unique bands around and Freelance Whales are emerging as an indie gem. But for my money (and lots of it) I’ll be at the Playstation stage for Mumford & Sons. Their combination of rock, folk and bluegrass is just too good. Plus, I’ve seen Minus the Bear before. But I’ll miss them.

Frightened Rabbit vs. Erykah Badu – 5 pm.

Again, I’d like to see both. Erykah Badu is not typically on my playlist but I have a lot of respect for her and she’s a master of her craft. Frightened Rabbit has real talent and seems like a nice one to catch in the waning hours of a long afternoon. Going with Erykah here – I’ll probably never go out of my way to see her but I know I should at least once.

MGMT vs. Wolfmother – 6 pm.

I’m not a college girl and I like rock music. Done.

Cypress Hill vs. The National – 7/7:15 pm.

Cypress Hill falls into that Soundgarden category for me, but The National are pretty damn good. This is tough because I’d love to see a pot-fueled crowd get down with “Insane in the Brain” but The National offer a more diverse experience. And, to me, rap is more difficult to carry off live. I’m going to have to split the middle on this one and see about half of Cypress then catch the rest of The National.

So there you go – Lollapalooza picks ala Sound Citizen. If I had to pick one day, I’m leaning toward Saturday because of The Soft Pack, Dawes, Grizzly Bear and Deer Tick, Spoon and Green Day. But Sunday has Mumford & Sons and they are very high on my list right now.

What are your thoughts? Please comment below!

I’m very interested to see a list of 2010 Lollapalooza aftershows — that might make these decisions easier. From experience, I can tell you that it’s well worth sacrificing a day (maybe two) of Lollapalooza to spend that money on aftershows instead.

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