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Empty Out Your Wallet

By Marcus Gilmer in Arts & Entertainment on Jul 10, 2008 8:02PM

We're gearing up for the stretch-run of Chicago's premier music fests, Pitchfork and Lollapalooza. But there are some pretty great shows still happening unrelated to those fests and lots of tickets going on sale or already available. It's too hot to mull it over any more, so here we go.

2008_07_10_vedder.jpgEddie Vedder is coming to town sans Jam for a pair of late-August shows at the Auditorium Theatre. New Zealander Liam Finn opens. Tickets are kind of pricey, but from what we've seen of Vedder in recent years, including Pearl Jam's performance at Lollapalooza last year, it'll be well worth it.
Eddie Vedder w/ Liam Finn, August 21 and 22, 7:30 p.m., Auditorium Theatre at Roosevelt University, $60 - $75, Tickets on sale tomorrow (Fri. July 11) at 11 a.m. via Ticketmaster

So the Smashing Pumpkins are doing that anniversary tour and we've already shared our feelings about that. While major cities, including Chicago, will be announced soon, the only show officially on the books is in...Hammond, Indiana. Huh.
Smashing Pumpkins, August 9, The Venue in Hammond, Indiana, $83 (!!!), Tickets on sale tomorrow (Fri. July 11) at 11 a.m. via Ticketmaster

If you're more into bands that were formed after 1993, indie rockers Ra Ra Riot hit up Subterranean in September with Chicago's own Walter Meego supporting.
Ra Ra Riot w/ Walter Meego, September 11, Subterranean, 17+, $12 via TicketWeb

Speaking of indie faves, The Walkmen will be coming to Metro in support of their new LP, You & Me (out August 19). They'll be supported by Golem.
The Walkmen w/ Golem, September 12, Metro, 18+, $15 in advance, $17 at the door, Tickets on sale Saturday, July 12 at 12 p.m. via eTix

And if The Walkmen aren't your thing, maybe you can spend your September 12 at The Vic seeing the Tankboy-approved Dandy Warhols, touring in support of their new record ...Earth to the Dandy Warhols..., available now digitally and out in hold-in-your-hand format on August 19. Darker My Love and The Upside Down will open.
The Dandy Warhols w/ Darker My Love & Upside Down, September 12, The Vic, $23 via Ticketmaster

Photo of Eddie Vedder by Danny Clinch taken from Pearl Jam's Flickr page