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Empty Out Your Wallet

By Julene McCoy in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 20, 2007 4:39PM

There is nothing more that we want to get done than this installment of Empty Out Your Wallet, so we can get outside and enjoy this day. Leave it to the Ticketmaster gods to curse us once again with numerous great shows making our job harder.

2007_07_lipscrowd.jpgThe show that our readers were looking forward to last week, The Flaming Lips at the Aragon, goes on sale at 11 a.m. on Saturday. This should be a great time. Having seen the Lips at Lollapalooza for the first time last year and feeling the joy created by their onstage mayhem, we're looking forward to seeing the show inside and feeling that euphoric buzz again.
Sept. 7, Aragon, $37.50, all ages, on sale 11 a.m. Saturday

Onto a festival that proves we aren't the only ones who download music impaired, The U.K.'s Download Festival comes to Northerly Island. The Shins, Snoop Dogg, Wolf Parade, and more all are slated to perform. We wonder if they will shuffle themselves, so it seems like a private concert playlist on our iPod.
Sept. 2, Northerly Island's Charter One Pavilion, $20 - $40, all ages, on sale noon Friday

With their newly released video, "The Money Maker", Rilo Kiley are garnering some choice commentary for the length, porn star interviews and disco-y sound, but we could care less. We've been listening to More Adventurous and Take Offs and Landings for so long without seeing the band live, that we just don't know how we'll react to them in the flesh and blood. We hope it doesn't involve tears, that'd be uncool.
Sept. 15, Riviera Theatre, $26, all ages, on sale 10 a.m. Saturday

We're gettting cabin fever, so we're skipping on mentioning Macy Gray; Kanye West's fundraiser at House of Blues; Of Montreal; The New Pornographers; or Pit Er Pat's takeover of all the stages in Chicagoland. That's all until we get another paycheck and can clear out the wallet next week.