Metro is once again working with Lollapalooza and C3 to present several very special club events the weekend of Lollapalooza in Chicago. The evening events will feature artists who will be playing the Lollapalooza festival that weekend, performing in the intimate Metro setting for Chicago fans as well as tourists and festivalgoers from around the globe.

Read all about it after the jump!

We kick off the festivities on Thursday, August 5, with an official Lollapalooza pre-show event featuring The New Pornographers and The Dodos. The New Pornographers, hailing from Vancouver, have released four albums of critically-acclaimed music and have often been called the greatest indie rock band, with their albums making top pick lists from Village Voice, Blender and Rolling Stone, among many publications. Their fifth album affirms their talent, with backbone and band leader A.C. Newman, singer Neko Case, and Dan Bejar leading the group of musicians in their quest for the perfect album. With Together, released in May on Matador Records, they just may have found it. Openers The Dodos’ wildly-percussive style is still centered around two key elements: the punchy percussion of Logan Kroeber and the Fahey-infused finger-picking of front man Meric Long, joined in the past year by Keaton Snyder, a 21-year-old music school dropout who plays a mean vibraphone. Their third album, Time To Die, was released last year on Frenchkiss Records. Tickets are $31. The show is 18 & over and starts at 9pm.

Friday night, Metro hosts an official Lollapalooza after show with Cut Copy. Tickets are $26. The musical lovechild of Melbournite Dan Whitford, Cut Copy was originally a solo project for Whitford to exercise his love of sampling and instrumental hip-hop. Not too long after the project’s conception, Whitford recruited pals Tim Hoey and Mitchell Scott, traded in the sequencers for soundtracks, and recorded the I Thought of Numbers EP in 2001. Three years later, the posse eventually solidified the Cut Copy sound – scuzzy disco, post-post-punk, electric rock, space pop – on their debut album Bright Like Neon Love. 2008 saw the release of their critically lauded follow up, In Ghost Colours, cementing the Cutters’ dominance and unique sound. The band is currently at work on their third album, due in January 2011. Canadian new wave revivalists Dragonette are a bouncy electro-pop act with a glammy, polymorphic persona. Prior to the formation of Dragonette, singer and lyricist Martina Sorbara had maintained a moderately successful solo career as an adult album alternative solo artist. Sorbara formed Dragonette in 2005 with her husband, bassist Dan Kurtz (formerly of the jazz and electronica-influenced Toronto-based jam band the New Deal), guitarist Simon Craig, and drummer Joel Stouffer. Dragonette released their first single, “I Get Around,” in April 2007. Dragonette’s debut album, Galore, was released in 2008 in the U.S, and was followed up by Fixin To Thrill late last year. The show is 18 & over and starts at 11pm.

Saturday night, Metro hosts The Black Keys and The Morning Benders for another official Lollapalooza after show. Vocal/Guitarist Dan Auerbach and Drummer/Producer Patrick Carney make up the blues-rock duo The Black Keys. More than just genre- and decade-hopping fun, there’s an emotional candor and narrative quality to the band’s songs that offers a whole new level of soulfulness to their floorboards-shaking sound. Their most recent album, Brothers, was produced by Danger Mouse, and was released in May. Berkley California’s The Morning Benders released their debut album Talking Through Tin Cans in 2008, and it was immediately hailed as one of the best albums of the year. iTunes gave them an Editor’s Pick and deemed Talking Through Tin Cans the best indie/alternative album of 2008, and many other critics pegged them as a band to watch. Their second album, which was released this spring, does not disappoint – co-produced by Grizzly Bear bassist Chris Taylor, Big Echo continues the band’s sunny pop song craft and no doubt will keep them at the top of critic’s lists once again. Tickets are $36. The show is 18 & over and starts at 11pm.

Tickets to all Lollapalooza weekend events at Metro are on sale this FRIDAY June 25 at 10am at the Metro Box Office and online at and

Thursday, August 5
$31 / 18 & Over / Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM

Friday, August 6
$26 / 18 & Over / Doors: 10PM / Show: 11PM

Saturday, August 7
$36 / 18 & Over / Doors: 10PM / Show: 11PM
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT: The Metro Box Office in the Official Metro Store (no service fee)

Internet sales at


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