This Week in Great Music: 8/2 – 8/8

So, there’s this little festival called Lollapalooza rolling into Grant Park this weekend.  Maybe you’ve heard of it?  I’ll be there all weekend, Tweeting and taking bad photos bitching about the heat and the crowds, and hoping my phone doesn’t run out of battery.  (I swear, I’m actually fun to be around!  Honest!)  I’ll have my rundown of bands I’m excited about seeing, later this week.  For now, here’s a picture of my picks for this week’s otherwise very slow concert lineup.

Monday, August 2
Portland Cello Project; Millennium Park.  6:30, free
Robbie Fulks; Hideout.  7 pm, $10 suggested donation
Matthew Perryman Jones, Kim Taylor; Schubas.  8 pm, $10

Tuesday, August 3
New York Songwriters Circle: Chicago Showcase, featuring Nelken, Donnie Biggins, Rachele Eve, Sabrina Chap, Matt Crews and Andrew Francis; Schubas.  8 pm, $10

Wednesday, August 4
The Constellations; Metro.  5:30 pm, $13
Tributosaurus, tribute to Johnny Cash; Martrys.  7 pm and 10 pm, $15

Thursday, August 5
The Boxer Rebellion, Wild Beasts; Apple Store (679 N Michigan).  6 pm, free
Devo, Dirty Projectors; Congress Theater.  7:30 pm, $35
The New Pornographers, The Dodos; Metro.  9 pm, sold out
Phosphorescent, J. Tillman, Ceiling Stars; Empty Bottle.  9:30 pm, $12

Friday, August 6
The Walkmen, Warpaint; Double Door.  10 pm, $22-25
MGMT; House of Blues.  11 pm, $80 (benefit for the People’s Music School)
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Freelance Whales; Lincoln Hall.  11 pm, sold out

Saturday, August 7
Toby Lightman, Aslyn; Schubas.  7 pm, $12
Melissa Etheridge, The Chicago Theatre.  8 pm, $38-103
Gogol Bordello, Ryan Olson; Subterranean.  10:30 pm, sold out
The National, The Antlers; House of Blues.  11 pm, sold out
The Black Keys, The Morning Benders; Metro.  11 pm, sold out
Minus the Bear, Miniature Tigers; Double Door.  11 pm, $20
Blitzen Trapper, Avi Buffalo; Lincoln Hall.  11 pm, $20

Sunday, August 8
Switchfoot; House of Blues Back Porch Stage.  10:30 pm, free
Phoenix, Toro Y Moi; House of Blues.  11 pm, sold out