Here we are dear Surfers, Lolla week arrived, and KPL hit Grant Park solo to journal the fest for those who couldn’t make it out to Chicago’s biggest and baddest annual festival. Meanwhile, TLM hit Lincoln Hall for an unforgettable evening with IDLES and A Place To Bury Strangers at an official Lolla aftershow. After the exhausting weekend we filed through the weeks new releases to discover new works from locals Aweful, tobi lou, and the incomparable Russian Circles. Along with new singles from Deeper, Sean Green, Pivot Gang and Retirement Party, and that’s just the local music we uncovered for your listening pleasure. So get that playlist going and click on in because this one is a bumpy ride through the week in music.

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A Place to Bury Strangers

Lincoln Hall

August 1st


I told the guy next to me it was fucking painful being in the front, and he reminded me that it was also pretty great. He was right; I didn't want to be anywhere but exactly where I was. Feeling the power radiating off the band. The spray of spit and sweat. I simply had to look around at the beaming faces, screaming the lyrics, and I could let go of the pain: Life is pain. It is inevitable, so don't let that distract you from the beauty.




Grant Park

August 1st - 4th

Lollapalooza / 📷 : KPL

After several years swearing off Chicago’s largest music festival, KPL decided it was time to return and experience the cultural swings and mass debauchery Lollapalooza represents. Denied a media pass, he found a $100-under-face-value wristband on Stubhub (only $230, for the record) and set off into Grant Park all by his lonesome (his trusty Canon point-and-shoot as the only ally,) to record for posterity and our Surfers’ enjoyment, the beast that was Lolla ‘19. 





See you at the show Chicago!