Russian Circles

This weekend, Lollapalooza, its surrounding parties, events and, of course, its thousands of attendees will take Chicago’s by storm. For live music lovers who didn’t purchase a ticket or just aren’t interested in the festival scene, there are plenty of other great live music happenings around the city to explore. We’ve highlighted a few of our favorite picks of Lolla-alternative rock concerts.

Major Major Major at The Burlington (Friday)

Also playing: Bike Cops, Blast Beats, Totally Wrecked

Austin, Texas-based power-pop duo Major Major Major brings its quirky, upbeat melodies to Chicago this weekend. Tickets available at the door.

Jungle Rot at Cobra Lounge (Friday)

Also playing: Never We See, Whut?, Young and Deal

Kill that feel-good festival feeling with a mix of old school thrash, death metal, and crust.
Buy tickets here.

The Thermals at Ultra Lounge (Friday)

Also playing: Heliotropes, Aye Nako

Brooklyn Vegan and Invisible Oranges present super catchy Portland-based indie trio, The Thermals, along with fuzz-rockers Heliotropes and indie/queercore quartet Aye Nako. Admission is free, plus enjoy complimentary beer from Sapporo.

Dan Vapid and the Cheats at Cobra Lounge (Saturday)

Infectiously-catchy pop-punk from a group comprised of members of prominent Chicagoarea punk bands including the Riverdales, the Methadones, and Sludgeworth, and fronted by former Screeching Weasel guitarist Dan Vapid.

Victor Villarreal at Township (Saturday)

Also playing: A Tundra, 3dCosby

Former Cap’n Jazz / current Joan of Arc guitarist, Villareal creates sweeping experimental compositions that bridge indie-rock, metal, and neo-classical styles. Tickets available at the door.

Russian Circles at Ultra Lounge (Saturday)

Also playing: An Esthetic Anesthetic, Carbon Tigers

The final concert in the Brooklyn Vegan / Invisible Oranges takeover of the Ultra Lounge features Chicago’s own Russian Circles in what may be the most intimate club surroundings the band has played in its hometown in several years. Come early as this show will undoubtedly max out the venue’s capacity limits pretty quickly. Admission is free, plus enjoy complimentary beer from Sapporo.

Tim Barry, Corey Branan, and Bryan McPherson at GMan Tavern (Sunday)

Former Avail frontman Tim Barry, Bloodshot Records recording artist Corey Brannan, and Boston-based folk artist Bryan McPherson join forces for an evening of heartfelt, sociallyaware acoustic music. Buy tickets here.

Philip H. Anselmo & The Illegals at House of Blues (Sunday)

Also playing: Warbeast, Author & Punisher

Legendary Pantera / Down vocalist Phil Anselmo stops in Chicago on tour for his recentlyreleased album (and first with new project The Illegals), Walk Through Exits Only (Housecore).
Buy tickets here

Written by Jamie Judwig, Rock Editor,

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