Lollapalooza Aftershows: Saturday, August 2
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.
Flume @ Concord Music Hall
Flume is an electronic music instrumentalist also known as Australian Harley Streten. He released a self-titled debut album in November 2012 which received positive reviews and charted at #1 in Australia. Some of the biggest songs from the album include “Holdin On”, “Sleepless”, and a remix of “Hyperparadise” by Hermitude. Flume took home four awards at the 2013 ARIA Awards, including Best Male Artist, Breakthrough Artist, Best Dance Release, and Producer of the Year. See one of the hottest acts on the Australian music scene!
- Also performing: Duke Dumont and Anna Lunoe
- Buy Flume w/Duke Dumont and Anna Lunoe Tickets here
- 2047 N Milwaukee Ave; Western Blue Line
Young the Giant @ House of Blues
Known as The Jakes from 2004 to 2009, Young the Giant is an indie alternative rock band from Irvine, California. They were busy early on as band members were either in different colleges or high school, but after a few personnel changes they stuck together and got some big notoriety playing at SXSW in Austin. After the name change their ascent continued, playing big shows and making TV appearances. Their self-titled 2010 album peaked at #42 on the US chart, but Mind over Matter, released this January, got up to #7. One of their most popular songs, “Cough Syrup” gained a lot of popularity because of a Top 40 radio station in Los Angeles gave it significant airplay. “Mind over Matter” is the most popular song on the Mind over Matter album. Don’t miss Young the Giant as they get closer and closer to mainstream popularity!
- Also performing: The So So Glos
- Buy Young the Giant w/The So So Glos Tickets here
- 329 N Dearborn St; State/Lake Red, Brown, Orange, Green, Pink, and Purple Lines, Clark/Lake Blue Line
Glen Hansard @ Metro
Folk rocker Glen Hansard dropped out of school at age 13 in Dublin and became a street performer. At age 20 in 1990 he formed The Frames, a mainstay on the Irish music scene for most of the next two decades. The Frames released nine studio albums between 1991 and 2006, hitting #1 in Ireland on three of them. Since then he’s continued on with a solo career. His 2012 album Rhythm and Repose his #21 in the US. He’s also gained notoriety through appearances in film. In 1990 he attended a New York film school in preparation for a role in The Commitments, a role he has said he regrets taking because it distracted him from his music career. But he did act in Once (2007), for which he earned notable awards.
- Also performing: The Districts
- Buy Glen Hansard w/The Districts Tickets here
- 3730 N Clark St; Addison Red Line
Cage the Elephant @ The Vic Theatre
Based out of Bowling Green, KY, brothers Matt and Brad Schultz, Daniel Tichenor, Jared Champion, and Nick Bockrath compose Cage the Elephant. They captivate fans at their concerts, originally focusing on classic rock, funk, and blues, and recently having transitioned somewhat into punk rock. The group formed in 2006 and has released three albums; so far, 2011’s Thank You, Happy Birthday has been the most successful, charting at #26 in the UK and #2 in the US. The “Melophobia” tour continues with this stop at Lolla.
- Also performing: Bear Hands
- Buy Cage the Elephant w/Bear Hands Tickets here
- 3145 N Sheffield Ave; Belmont Red, Brown, and Purple Lines
The 1975 @ Park West
Although they formed in 2002, The 1975 did not release their debut album until 2013. The English indie rock band’s self-titled album jumped right to the top of the U.K. charts. The band includes Matthew Healy (vocals, guitar), Adam Hann (guitar), Ross MacDonald, and George Daniel (drums). The themes that the band often touches on have been said to be sex, love, drugs, hope, death, and fear, and they are said to be influenced by electro-pop, guitar pop, and R&B. The band’s appearance at Coachella in 2014 marked the first time they played at a major American music festival.
- Also performing: Gemini Club
- Buy The 1975 w/Gemini Club Tickets here
- 322 W Armitage Ave; 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, and 73 Armitage buses
Jhene Aiko @ Reggie’s
LA native Jhené Aiko is one of the fastest-rising vocal stars in R&B right now, but she’s garnered much attention for her solo career from expanding her talents to the world of hip-hop. Appearing on Drake single “From Time” and Big Sean’s single “Beware” meant a whole new base of people got to hear her deep, soothing voice. Aiko has quite a background and personal story that makes her unique. She’s of Japanese, African American, Native American, and Dominican descent, and has a six-year-old daughter named Namiko. Aiko has taken creativity to the next level, introducing the public to one of her 12 alter egos, J. Hennessey, on recent songs. J. Hennessy is her aggressive rapper alter ego. Singles “The Worst”, “Stay Ready” featuring Kendrick Lamar and “Bed Peace” featuring Childish Gambino excellent works as well.
- Also performing: Shy Girls
- Buy Jhene Aiko w/Shy Girls Tickets
- 2105 S State St; Cermak-Chinatown Red Line
Calvin Harris @ Studio Paris
30 year old Scottish DJ Calvin Harris has arguably achieved as much mainstream success as any other DJ in American hit music today. He’s been at it for 15 years now and became popular in the UK first in the late 2000s. He gained notoriety from touring with Rihanna on the Loud Tour in 2011 but his third studio album 18 Months (2012) unleashed a loaded list of stateside hits including “Bounce”, “Feel So Close”, “Let’s Go”, “Sweet Nothing”, “I Need Your Love”, and “Thinking About You”. Forbes noted he was the highest-paid DJ in 2013 at $46 million. Whether it’s at the club, the beach, or on the radio, Calvin Harris is seemingly on more often than not. His latest hit “Summer” has fittingly been a classic summer jam of 2014.
- Buy Calvin Harris Tickets
- 59 W Hubbard St; Grand Red Line, Merchandise Mart Brown and Purple Lines