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We did the homework so you don’t have to. Check back each week for the scoop on bands you can’t miss at Pitchfork, Lollapalooza, North Coast and Riot Fest this year.

Photo courtesy of ALICE BAXLEY

Photo courtesy of ALICE BAXLEY



FIDLAR is a garage punk band hailing from Los Angeles, California. Formed in 2009, the quartet’s members hail from impressive backgrounds; brothers Elvis (guitar) and Max (drums) Kuehn are the sons of Greg Kuehn, who played keyboards for the Long Beach punk band T.S.O.L., and Zac Carper (vocals) is the son famous surfboard designer John Carper.

Their self-titled debut, which featured skate anthems like “Cheap Beer” and “No Waves” was released in 2013 to good reception from critics and fans alike. The band’s most recent album, entitled “Too”, was released in the fall of 2015, and earned FIDLAR more attention due to the singles “40oz. on Repeat” and “West Coast.”

For any fans of fast, loud, and at times chaotic rock music, FIDLAR is a set at Grant Park that you won’t want to miss on July 31.

Photo courtesy of FRANK TURNER

Photo courtesy of FRANK TURNER

Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls


Formerly of the London hardcore band Million Dead, Frank Turner began his career as a singer-songwriter in 2005. Over the years he’s garnered a large fan base made up of fans of everything from punk to folk music.

His lyrics tell powerful stories of love and loss, and his backing band the Sleeping Souls backs him up with both soft melodies and raucous guitars and drums. He’s released six albums, with the most recent of those, “Positive Songs for Negative People”, released in the summer of 2015.

To celebrate ten years on the road as a solo artist, last spring Turner also published the book “The Road Beneath My Feet,” made up of tour diaries and travel memoirs.

Turner and company are sure to give a performance that will get your body moving, get your feet dancing, and restore your faith in the saving power of rock and roll.

Turner, and his backing band, the Sleeping Souls, are performing July 29.

(Photo courtesy of CAR SEAT HEADREST)

(Photo courtesy of CAR SEAT HEADREST)

Car Seat Headrest


What began as a solo project run out of the back seat of Will Toledo’s car has become one of the most praised acts of the indie scene. Toledo began Car Seat Headrest back in 2010, and uploaded as many as twelve albums onto Bandcamp.

His 2011 album “Twin Fantasy” brought Toledo a large number of new fans, and in October 2015, he released the album “Teens of Style” on Matador Records.

While the music and production of Car Seat Headrest has gradually become less low-fi, Toledo still maintains the strong sense of do-it-yourself (DIY) work ethic that has drawn so many to his music.

His next release, “Teens of Denial,” is slated to be released this coming May, and is already highly anticipated.

Toledo will take the stage at Pitchfork on July 15.