10 Fresh Acts To Catch In Chicago This Festival Season

Wanna catch up on the hottest new acts before the big show? Here’s your guide to the coolest bands you’ll definitely want to know.

1. Hey, Marseilles

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Who: Hey, Marseilles
When: Friday, August 2, 5:40PM-6:20PM
Where: Lollapalooza, BMI

Hey, Marseilles is a six member indie rock band from Seattle. They’ve gained praise from NPR, Three Imaginary Girls, and The Seattle Times.

Check out their music here.

2. Half Moon Run

Who: Half Moon Run
When: Sunday, August 4, 6:50pm-7:30pm
Where: Lollapalooza, BMI

This Canadian indie rock band hails from Montreal. They have released one album “Dark Eyes” which has earned critical acclaim, especially for their super clean three part harmonies.

Check out their music here.

3. Little Green Cars

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Who: Little Green Cars
When: Saturday, August 3, 1:30PM-2:15PM
Where: Lollapalooza, Lake Shore

This five piece band from Dublin, Ireland has recently started touring the US and performed their single “Harper Lee” recently on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Check out their music here.

4. Blondfire

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Who: Blondfire
When: Saturday, August 3, 6:50PM-7:30PM
Where: Lollapalooza, BMI

This indie pop, brother and sister duo hail from Los Angeles. Formally named Astaire, Blondfire is currently signed with Warner Bro. Records.

Check out their music here.

5. Frontier Ruckus

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Who: Frontier Ruckus
When: Saturday, August 3, 12:00PM-12:40PM
Where: Lollapalooza, BMI

This Michigan band brings together strong lyrics and heavy banjos to create a modern folk rock sound. The band has earned acclaim from NPR and Ryan Adams.

Check out their music here.

6. St. Lucia

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Who: St. Lucia
When: Saturday, August 3, 12:15PM-3:00PM
Where: Lollapalooza, The Grove

This one man band brings together depth and variety to create songs that are beyond catchy.

Check out their music here.

7. Palma Violets

Who: Palma Violets
When: Sunday, August 4, 1:00PM-1:45PM
Where: Lollapalooza, Bud Light

London band Palma Violets brings good old fashioned garage rock to the masses. Their song “Best of Friends” was voted NME’s song of the year for 2012.

Check out their music here.

8. The Orwells

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Who: The Orwells
When: Sunday, August 4, 1:00PM-1:45PM
Where: Lollapalooza, The Grove

This garage rock revival band from Illinois is currently working on their second record after only very recently graduating high school.

Check out their music here.

9. San Cisco

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Who: San Cisco
When: Sunday, August 4, 9:30PM (Doors)
Where: Studio Paris
Tickets: Here.

This four piece indie pop band hails from Australia. They’ve released two EPs and one album to good reviews. Their song “Awkward” won “Most Popular Single” and “Most Popular Music Video” awards at the 2013 Western Australian Music Industry Awards.

Check out their music here.

10. Deap Vally

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Who: Deap Vally
When: Friday, August 2, 1:30PM-2:15PM
Where: Lollapalooza, Petrillo

This rock n’ roll duo was formed in LA and has released two full-lengths. They’ve opened for Muse, The Vaccines, and appeared on BBC2’s Later with Jools Holland.

Check out their music here.

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