Perry Farrell might be weeping into his ginseng-spiked smart drink, but Lollapalooza’s premature demise has an upside: Your alternative-rock faves will be playing intimate clubs for $20 instead of massive, impersonal genera-sheds for $50. Several of the acts have already paired off for summer jaunts. Here’s a quick rundown of the best Lolla-survivor gigs:
– Yes, they are floating on. Suddenly hot Northwest quartet and MTV/VH1 regulars MODEST MOUSE have teamed up with underrated Dylan-goes-punk New Yorkers the Walkmen on selected dates in July and August, kicking off July 16 in Chico, Calif.
– The Hair-meets-Flaming Lips spectacle that is THE POLYPHONIC SPREE hits the road with British granola-rockers Gomez for 28 dates starting July 16 in Vancouver. Can’t beat a good glockenspiel solo.
– Don’t miss the psychedelic-rock tag-team event of the summer: Thundering, larger-than-life riffers THE SECRET MACHINES are joining forces with the Hello Sequence for a series of shows, including a July 16 stop in Raleigh, N.C.