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Early Warnings Roundup

Posted By on 05.05.11 at 01:57 PM

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Great Lake Swimmers
I may or may not have been too mesmerized by the brand-new Reader design to post an Early Warnings roundup last week. That's the excuse I'm running with, at least. It looks pretty damn good, huh? The print version of Early Warnings has gone through a bit of a transformation too, including a snazzy new look and a "sold out" category full of newly unattainable shows for you to get bummed out about each week.

The current issue's Early Warnings aren't a mind-melting selection of must-see-before-I-die bands, but there are several standouts, including an emo comeback special from Braid at Metro, hammock-lounging folksiness from the Great Lake Swimmers at SPACE in Evanston, hip-hop from People Under the Stairs at Subterranean, and Ravinia's annual buffet of rockin' fogey music, with concerts by Chicago, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Steely Dan.

Other notables include Digitalism at Congress Theater, Trevor Watts with Paul Metzger at the Empty Bottle, Yob with Dark Castle at Subterranean, and ZZ Top at the Venue at Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. (I know that last one is far, but gambling away hard-earned cash and watching ZZ Top on the same night sounds kind of magical.)

Check out my full list after the jump:

Braid on August 27 at Metro (on sale Saturday at noon)
Chicago on August 27-28 at the Ravinia Festival
Digitalism with Caspa on August 12 at Congress Theater
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones on July 21 at the Vic (on sale Saturday at 10 AM)
Great Lake Swimmers on August 26 at SPACE (on sale Saturday at 11 AM)
Kaki King on June 28 at SPACE (on sale Saturday at 11 AM)
Lenka on June 17 at Subterranean (on sale Friday at noon)
Lynyrd Skynyrd on September 1 at the Ravinia Festival
Matisyahu with Toots & the Maytals on July 14 at Congress Theater (on sale Friday at noon)
People Under the Stairs on June 24 at Subterranean (on sale Friday at noon)
Sia with Oh Land on July 22 at Metro (on sale Saturday at noon)
Steely Dan on August 12-13 at the Ravinia Festival
Taking Back Sunday on July 31 at House of Blues (on sale Friday at 10 AM)
Telekinesis on June 8 at Schubas
Trevor Watts with Paul Metzger and Jozef Van Wissem on June 21 at the Empty Bottle
Yob with Dark Castle on July 8 at Subterranean (on sale Friday at 10 AM)
ZZ Top on August 7 at the Venue at Horseshoe Casino (on sale Friday at noon)

Make sure to visit the Reader's Early Warnings page for a full list of upcoming and updated shows. You can also sign up for a weekly Early Warnings e-mail blast.

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