photo: courtesy kendrick lamar

Kendrick Lamar hosts an aftershow on August 3 at 10:30 at the Aragon.

Although Lollapalooza’s record sell-out this year left many scrambling, but the aftershow list announced today brings some relief—you've now got another chance to get in the Lolla action, and maybe an even better way to get up-close-and-personal with the best acts of the fest.

The post-parties have only grown in the years since Lolla arrived in Chicago. This year, there are five days (July 31–August 4) and nearly 40 options for the ticketless or those looking to extend the party. Just make sure to nab your tickets now—these will sell out too. Tickets go on sale Friday 6/7 at 10 a.m.

Here are some of the top picks:

Kendrick Lamar

His name has been on the lips of everyone in the music scene as of late, and for good reason. This official aftershow curated by Lolla founder Perry Farrell shows why Lamar (above) is the face of new hip-hop.

8/3 at 10:30. Aragon,

Lana del Rey

One of the most beguiled and berated figures in music today gets her second chance to prove her star wattage. This is, to date, her only appearances in Chicago.

8/1 at 8. House of Blues,


Ghost B.C.

Papal costumes, hooded monks, hidden identities – Ghost is a haunting spectacle with classic metal lines a la Black Sabbath.

8/3 at 11. Double Door,


Smith Westerns

Chicago’s Brit Pop-influenced indie rockers have kept quiet in recent years but new album Soft Will and recent appearances at Coachella bring them up to speed.

7/31 at 9. Lincoln Hall,


photo: ratko radojcic

Jessie Ware playing Lincoln Hall in January 2013.

Jessie Ware

Soultress from across the pond has been causing a stir with debut Devotion that has been compared to Adele and Sade. She comes back to the scene of her sold-out Tomorrow Never Knows show from earlier this year.

8/2 at 11. Lincoln Hall,



The trio of sisters won an emerging artist award at SXSW and will only continue to dominate the blogosphere with a mix of synth pop, ‘70s folk and early ‘90s R&B. Playing with chillwave artist St. Lucia.

8/3 at 11. Lincoln Hall,


Royal Thunder

The Atlanta metal trio redefines the term with slick Led Zeppelin riffs and the southern blues belting of ace frontwoman Mlny Parsonz. Equally efficient heavy act Baroness headlines.

8/3 at 11. Subterranean,


Chance the Rapper 

Could he be the next Kanye? Local rapper is gunning for the big leagues and recent sold-out appearances show he’s on a steady climb. See him before he hits Yeezus status.

8/2 at 11. Reggies,


The Lumineers

So the Denver folk rock band is not the Mumford & Sons’ secret show you were hoping for — it’s better than that. Five-member band brings an orchestral feel to simple Americana.

8/2 at 11. Vic,