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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