Lollapalooza Aftershows: Thursday, July 31 & Friday, August 1

Lollapalooza Aftershows: Thursday, July 31 & Friday, August 1

Get more bang for your Lolla buck at one of Chicago’s hippest music venues.

Lolla aftershows, in which outside groups and many of the festival performers alike take over smaller venues all over the city as Lolla wraps up each night, are a more affordable and intimate way to see just the names you really want to see.  Here we highlight some of the best aftershows of the weekend.

Thursday, July 31

Broken Bells @ House of Blues

Broken Bells. Photo: pouringbeans.com

Broken Bells. Photo: pouringbeans.com

Los Angeles-based indie rock band Broken Bells features a familiar name, but from a different genre.  It’s made up of vocalist and guitarist James Mercer and artist-producer Brian Burton, also known as Danger Mouse.  Danger Mouse and CeeLo Green formed alternative hip-hop duo Gnarls Barkley.  Broken Bells has been at it since 2009, released two albums that have ranked #7 and #5, respectively, on the US chart but #2 and #1, respectively, on the US alternative chart.

  • Also performing: Wild Cub
  • Buy Broken Bells w/Wild Cub Tickets here
  • 329 N Dearborn St; State/Lake Red, Brown, Orange, Green, Pink, and Purple Lines, Clark/Lake Blue Line

Chvrches @ The Vic Theatre

Chvrches. Photo: noisey.vice.com

Chvrches. Photo: noisey.vice.com

Pronounced “churches”, this Scottish electronic band had been gaining momentum even before the release of their first studio album The Bones of What You Believe (2013) last September.  The Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook, and Martin Doherty trio all had experience in music prior to forming Chvrches in 2011, and they chose the name to avoid confusion with actual churches in web searches.  Their music is classified as electronic synthpop, and influences include Prince, Depeche Mode, and Whitney Houston.  Their song “We Sink” can even be heard on the soundtrack of FIFA 14.

  • Also performing: Panama
  • Buy Chvrches w/Panama Tickets here
  • 3145 N Sheffield Ave; Belmont Red, Brown, and Purple Lines

The Kooks @ Park West

The Kooks. Photo: themusicninja.com

The Kooks. Photo: themusicninja.com

British rock band The Kooks is a four member group from East Sussex.  They call themselves a pop band, put their music seems more influenced by punk revival and the popularity of the British in the 60s.  Known for catchy songs, they’ve experimented into hip-hop and funk recently.  2005 debut album Inside In/Inside Out peaked at #2 in the UK for two weeks, gaining them mainstream success.  A lineup change and three albums later (including 2014′s Listen), The Kooks continue to receive praise like “an almost-perfect blend of ’60s-style Britpop, ’90s-style Britpop, and the post-punk of the new millennium.

  • Also performing: CLARA-NOVA
  • Buy The Kooks w/CLARA-NOVA Tickets here
  • 322 W Armitage Ave; 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, and 73 Armitage buses

Friday, August 1

Jenny Lewis @ Park West

Jenny Lewis. Photo: spin.com

Jenny Lewis. Photo: spin.com

Jenny Lewis is originally from Las Vegas, where her parents were both musicians.  Lewis and friends formed indie rock band Rilo Kiley in 1998 with a country sound at first, eventually changing to downbeat indie rock.  Pitchfork praised them for the change and their 2004 album under Warner Bros gained them their first commercial success.  They had another strong album in 2007 before splitting up in 2011.  They had made lots of late night TV appearances and such, so there was demand for Lewis to perform after the breakup.  Her third solo album, The Voyager, will release just three days before this aftershow.  Be among the first to hear it!

  • Also performing: The Apache Relay
  • Buy Jenny Lewis w/The Apache Relay Tickets here
  • 322 W Armitage Ave; 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, and 73 Armitage buses

Cut Copy @ The Vic Theatre

Photo: dailytelegraph.com

Cut Copy. Photo: dailytelegraph.com

Australian electronic group Cut Copy was founded in 2001 by Dan Whitford.  He went from a college radio DJ to touring mostly Australia and Europe with Franz Ferdinand and Junior Senior in just a few years, and Daft Punk just two years after that.  In Ghost Colours (2008) peaked at #1 in Australia and cracked the top 200 in the US and UK.  By this time the full group was assembled, consisted of vocalist/keyboardist/guitarist Whitford, another guitarist, drummer, and bass guitarist.  Zonoscope (2011) and Free Your Mind (2013) were their biggest international hits yet, with the former cracking the top 100 in the UK, top 50 US, and #3 in Australia.

  • Also performing: Bomba Estereo
  • Buy Cut Copy w/Bomba Estereo Tickets here
  • 3145 N Sheffield Ave; Belmont Red, Brown, and Purple Lines

Spoon @ Metro

Spoon. Photo: heyreverb.com

Spoon. Photo: heyreverb.com

Austin-based Spoon is an indie alternative rock band of five members, formed in 1993.  After falling short on a couple LPs in the late 90s, they signed on with Merge Records in 2000 and immediately turned it around with LP Girls Can Tell.  A 2002 album earned them appearances on many late night talk shows, 2005 album Gimme Fiction debuted at #44 on the US chart, and they were musical guests on Saturday Night Live on October 6, 2007.  By the late 2000s they were all over TV shows and video games, in 2010 they had a Starbucks iTunes Pick of the Week, and Metacritic named them the “Top overall artist” of the 2000s for their consistently high reviews.  Basically they’ve been everywhere over the last 15 years from humble indie beginnings.  Their new album They Want My Soul drops just four days after this show; could there be a sneak peek or preview live?!

  • Also performing: Wildcat! Wildcat!
  • Buy Spoon Tickets here
  • 3730 N Clark St; Addison Red Line

The Head and the Heart @ House of Blues

The Head and the Heart. Photo: voidlive.com

The Head and the Heart. Photo: voidlive.com

Seattle-based indie folk-rock band The Head and the Heart is a six-member group that met at through open mic nights at a Seattle pub.  The group’s name refers to ‘the head’ telling the band members to get a stable job and career, while ‘the heart’ tells them they should stay in the band and pursue their musical dreams.  Local record stores couldn’t keep up with their sales in the early 2010s, then they started opening for big names like Vampire Weekend and Dave Matthews.  A 2011 Conan appearance didn’t hurt either. Let’s Be Still (2013) has their latest and greatest work on it.

  • Also performing: Vance Joy
  • Buy The Head and the Heart Tickets here
  • 329 N Dearborn St; State/Lake Red, Brown, Orange, Green, Pink, and Purple Lines, Clark/Lake Blue Line

Gramatik @ Concord Music Hall

Gramatik. Photo: eargrub.com

Gramatik. Photo: eargrub.com

Denis Jasarevic has been hailed as ‘game-changer’ for EDM.  By age 13 he was created his own beats on a computer and soon began sharing his tracks on Beatport.  In 2008 he dropped his first album of hip hop beats.  In 2009 he signed with Pretty Lights records, which just consisted of him and Derek Vincent Smith, known as Pretty Lights, now a big name in EDM.  He’s made the transition to electronic beats lately, and one cool thing about Gramatik–he gives out his music free.  He believes in freeing music by keeping music free, even now that he’s made huge strides into playing major venues like Red Rock Amphitheatre.

  • Also performing: HeRobust, Russ Liquid & Gibbz
  • Buy Gramatik w/ HeRobust, Russ Liquid & Gibbz here
  • 2047 N Milwaukee Ave; Western Blue Line

Iggy Azalea @ Studio Paris

Iggy Azalea. Photo: highsnobiety.com

Iggy Azalea. Photo: highsnobiety.com

Australian artist Amethyst Amelia Kelly, known by stage name Iggy Azalea, moved to Miami at age 16 to pursue a career in hip hop.  After a few controversial yet viral YouTube videos, she was the first female and non-American on the cover of XXL magazine’s Top 10 Freshman in 2012.  Her debut album The New Classic released on April 21, featuring singles “Work”, “Bounce”, “Change Your Life” (featuring T.I.) and “Fancy” (Charli XCX).  Azalea is featured on Ariana Grande’s “Problem”, which hit the chart at #2 when “Fancy” was at #1, making Azalea and The Beatles the only acts to ever hold the first two spots with their first two Hot 100 hits.  She’s all over the radio right now and the public can’t get enough.

  • Buy Iggy Azalea Tickets
  • 59 W Hubbard St; Grand Red Line, Merchandise Mart Brown and Purple Lines
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