The initial mad dash to snatch up official Lollapalooza Aftershow tickets is over, seeing the usual suspects all sold out in minutes. And the remains are beautiful. Between the venues hosting these shows and the bands playing them, there are plenty of great shows for those of us unwilling to brave the crowds of Lollapalooza or risk the bitter disappointment of only just barely missing out on tickets.
The National (Saturday, 8/7) and Phoenix (Sunday, 8/8) have both sold out the House of Blues, but the Friday night Dare 2 Dream benefit show featuring MGMT still has $80 tickets available. The New Pornographers (Thursday, 8/5) and the Black Keys (8/7) have sold out the Metro. The buzz factory’s favorite hippie collective Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros sold out Lincoln Hall and the exuberant Brazilians of Gogol Bordello sold out Subterranean.
No fear. Onward intrepid traveler. The Empty Bottle, Double Door, Schubas, Lincoln Hall, and Reggie’s Rock Club have a hot mess of music on slate for the Lolla weekend. Like the festival itself, there are plenty of conflicts, but unlike the festival, once you make your decision there is no going back, no 5 minute trek to another stage, and there is beauty and comfort in that peace of mind.
Indie stalwarts The Walkmen and indie upstarts Warpaint play the Double Door Friday night. When it comes to live music I follow a few simple rules, and at the top of the list you will see “go with great drummers” and “always check out girls that can play.” The Walkmen have a whole lot of everything going for them, but the sometimes thunderous, sometimes rolling drums of Matt Barrick must be special live. Warpaint is an all-female four-piece from LA. They rocked balls in the rain at Do Division. They’ll do it again under a roof. Check it.
Blitzen Trapper, the much-more-than-another-folk-act-from-Oregon, and their Subpop labelmates Avi Buffalo are set to play Lincoln Hall on Saturday. Blitzen Trapper’s 2008 release Furr astounded me with the variety of familiar-but-new styles and sounds in the 13 songs, and this year’s Destroyer of The Void has continued to build on the familiar to create the otherworldly. I, for one, am very interested to see how it all works on stage.
The other Aftershows that have not sold out and deserve consideration:
Wild Beasts — Empty Bottle — 8/6
Wavves, Harlem — Empty Bottle — 8/7
- Minus the Bear, Miniature Tigers — Double Door — 8/7
- Rogue Wave, Gamble House — Schubas — 8/6
- The Soft Pack, Royal Bangs — Schubas — 8/7
- Cut Copy, Dragonette — Metro — 8/6
- HEALTH, Chandeliers — Reggie’s Rock Club — 8/8