I've have my ups & downs with this fest ever since it got big. But it's still a great time, just better if they order enough beer & bathrooms. There are still tickets, Death Cab For Cutie headlines tonight and War On Drugs on Saturday. Sylvan Esso and Mac DeMarco are worth catching is you get there Saturday afternoon.
All of my friends are talking about September in Chicago. The Hideout Block Party should be decent - the real excitement is for Riot Fest again which has been moved to the northern half of Humboldt Park. If you don't have tickets for that you had better get moving!
Lucky me, I get to see two acts on my list and I'm not even going to the fest this year. You don't want to miss Courtney Barnett if she's playing to a small-ish crowd and my number one must-see is Parquet Courts who are on tap tonight at Empty Bottle as well.
I like Arctic Monkeys enough to see them anywhere and Calvin Harris to get a little dance in. Cut Copy should never be missed and Chvrches is still pretty hot. Phosphorescent was one of the best shows I saw last year. Rounding out my list are Warpaint, Temples, Lykke Li and Kate Nash. Have fun!
This one is usually pretty under the radar but with all the stuff that's been going on in Logan Square lately The Boulevard Festival could be crowded. Dean Ween, J.C. Broooks & the Uptown Sound and others perform.
I came across Radio XY earlier this week and it might just be the perfect station for me. The only thing it really lacks is a heavy rotation of new music. But it has the 80's to 00's covered with Superchunk, Old 97's, Jimmy Eat World, Hothouse Flowers, Oingo Boingo and Dinasaur Jr. And some obsure listens from Caviar, Bis and Ultimate Fakebook.
I don't usually mention anything about Taste Of Chicago because the artists they invite to play are usually terrible. Tonight you can catch Gary Clark Jr. and Janelle Monae. On Saturday afternoon it's Jeff Tweedy and Lucinda Williams. Might be worth a bike ride, still that field & venue are pretty awful especially when it's crowded.
It's a pretty big weekend around Chicago. West Fest is a great choice for great music featuring Protomartyr, Lee Field & The Expressions, Ssion & more. It's also in a pretty down-to-earth neighborhood so I'm not expecting many Lincoln-Parkers but will be on the lookout for Mega-Hipsters.
Here's a nice & clean list of this year's after shows. I'm looking at a few including Courtney Barnett, The Kooks, Parquet Courts, Chvrches, Phosphorescent, Cut Copy and maybe others. Check for tickets now and later on this week.
Call it what you want, here's the lineup for Sept 5 & 6.
A.V. Fest // Hideout Block Party 2014 Lineup Death Cab for Cutie The War On Drugs The Dismemberment Plan funky METERS Mac DeMarco The Handsome Family Sylvan Esso Valerie June Bad Luck Jonathan Plastic Crimewave Vision Celestial Guitarkestra
Back before everything was posted directly to Twitter or Facebook in short-form, there were some great blogs that existed and did a wonderful job at previewing Chicago music events. This link is spot-on if you are busy choosing your Mondays & Thursdays at Millennium Park.
Finally there is some information for Wicker Park Fest running July 26-27 and it's pretty good. Music features Lydia Loveless, Jeff the Brotherhood, Diarrhea Planet, Woods and others! Full schedule coming soon....