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like the big bands? try these little ones! (plus new show listings, of course)

From: james
Sent on: Friday, May 24, 2013 12:06 AM

okay, so we all know the bands that will rock you like a hurricane in the big venues. but, what do you do in between hurricanes? well, in between dropping some serious coin on your beloved big bands, think about having a few summer flings in one of chicago's bazillion great small venues! below is a listing of some big acts you already know and love followed by some little guys you should get to know!

shows for the smaller acts are often just $10-$25, and at some of the venues, you could probably even buy your new favorite band a drink. can't do that with layne staley now, can you? well, yah, ok, because he's dead, but you know what i mean.


like VAMPIRE WEEKEND? then, try...

cayucas: (playing @ schubas next month!)

dios malos:

discovery (feat. a member of VW):

jeremy fisher:

the bees (or band of bees):


like NIRVANA or THE WHITE STRIPES? then try...

the orwells: (playing in chicago on halloween @ subt!)

vox jaguars:

bass drum of death:


like IRON & WINE (playing @ city winery in july!)? then try...


rogue wave:

horse feathers:

owen: (playing @ beat kitchen next month!)


like DEATH  CAB FOR CUTIE? then try...

telekinesis: (just played @ LH)

american analog set:


matt pond pa: (playing @ bottom lounge in july!)

sea wolf: (playing @ LH may 31st!)


like YEAH YEAH YEAHS (june meetup @ first midwest bank ampitheater!) ? then try...


operator please:

pack A.D.:

eternal summers: (playing @ empty bottle in two weeks!)

mother mother: (playing @ reggie's in july!)

joy formidable: (playing taste of randolph next month!)


like XX? then try...

still corners: (opening for chvrches @ LH next month!)

austra: (playing @ LH in august)



and now, for the show listings! don't forget that these listings are posted on the readers website every tuesday night, and are in the printed publication every wednesday night! find your new favorite *small* band today!

see you soon,



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