Summer in Chicago brings artists in from all over the world. That means no matter what kind of music you are into, you can find something you are going to like. Now if you dont sit around all day trying to find new bands to listen to, then it might be a little overwhelming trying to find the acts you want to see. But fear not, thats what I’m here for. Lets see if we can’t find something that you don’t want to miss this summer.
Starting again with Sunday at Lollapalooza (Hey Rosetta! from last pt1 was also Sunday at Lolla) is The Big Pink. I heard about them at Coachella this year and after watching a few videos from their show there, I feel like I missed a good show. Coming in from London, this 4 piece band bring nothing but energy to their sets. And in the tradition of The Hold Steady, they look like they are having more fun on stage performing, then the crowd has listening to them.
Performing on Friday at Lollapalooza is the South African group, Die Antwoord. To be honest, it took me a minute to realize what was going on with this group. Actually, I still dont know what is going on, but I know its fuckin’ awesome! Every time I watch them I cant help think of how weird they are, but my next thought is about how much I love what I’m watching. They are pure attitude. Once you start watching them you are just enthralled and can’t take your eyes off of them. I feel like I can already say this is going to be a top 5 show of Lolla’s weekend.
Absolutely not a new name on the scene, Hot Chip is coming to Pitchfork this year. Combining indie-rock with electropop and often … a steel drum? Hot Chip is a set you know you will be dancing at. They are definitely not new to the festival scene, so expect them to bring it to the smaller Pitchfork crowd. This will be a good set to meet up with your crew and dance around at. Just be careful, its know that Hot Chip will break your legs… just a Warning.
And finishing off pt2 is the Chicago group Midnight Conspiracy. Performing both at Spring Awakening and Summer Camp, you should have plenty of opportunity to see this great act. Combing wicked beats, an intense laser show, and a powerful mustache, they are an electronic act not to be overlooked. I’ve been lucky enough to catch them a couple times over the past year or two, and the keep getting better. Day or night, indoors or outside, Midnight Conspiracy brings it.
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