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Pitchfork: The After-Parties

Pitchfork Fest is sold out and tickets on Craigslist are going for heinous amounts of money. Still left without a ticket? Do not fear! Pitchfork fun is not just limited to Union Park. Clubs all over the city will be hosting after-parties featuring talent as diverse as the range of artists at Pitchfork (including a handful of bands who will be playing at the festival itself). Think of it as Pitchfork on a budget. And for those at the festival who aren't too dog-tired from dancing in the sun all day, here's your chance to keep the party going.


Those Darlins, Puking Pearls and Deep Sea Diver will be hitting up Schubas for a 21+ show at 10:30 pm. Tickets are $10, but a Pitchfork wristband will get you in the door for $5. You could also head over to Wicker Park to see Fucked Up, Total Abuse, Brain Killer, and Manipulation at Subterranean. The show starts at 10 pm and is 17+. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here. Debonair Social Club will be hosting a long roster of DJs, including Chaise Marcel, Kid Color, Willy Joy and Hollywood Holt. Admission is free with RSVP before 10:30 pm, $5 afterward, and 21+. Clayton Hauck will also be there taking photographs of the crowd in their hipster glory. Over at Sonotheque, Adult. will be DJing. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased here, or you can get in at the door for $10 with your Pitchfork stub.


Just two blocks from the Pitchfork grounds, the Bottom Lounge will be hosting Cymbals Eat Guitars, Sybris, Unicycle Loves You, and Midstates and Choir of Ghosts. You can pick up tickets here for $10 (21+). Kimberly Morrison and Jesse Lortz, otherwise known as The Dutchess & the Duke, will be rocking the Hideout Saturday night in a 21+ show along with Chicago's own Vacations. Grab tickets here for $10. Up in Lakeview, Schubas will be having Plants and Animals, Generationals, Stranger Waves, and Buke and Gass. The show is 18+ and $12, but a Pitchfork wristband will get you in the door for $6. The Dutchess & the Duke and Plants and Animals will also be playing at the same time at Pitchfork, so if you're having a hard time deciding between the two you can always see one band at the fest and the other at the after-party. Win-win. Pitchfork darlings The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will be DJing at Debonair Social Club at 10 pm. This after-party is 21+ and free.


Scottish band Frightened Rabbit and Headlights will be playing the Bottom Lounge at 8 pm. The show is 18+ and $15. Tickets may be purchased here. This show will probably be a good bet considering everyone's inevitable post-fest exhaustion and the venue's proximity to the festival (the Bottom Lounge is located two blocks east of Union Park). To get away from the crowd exiting the festival, head over to the Empty Bottle to see Portland's Blitzen Trapper. Loch Lomond, a chamber pop band also from Portland, opens the night at 9:30 pm. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased here.

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Our Final Transmission Days

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