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Riot Fest lineup predictions, round one

Plus: New music and shows from Bike Cops, Roach Beach, Ganser, and more

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Now that Lollapalooza has announced its lineup, it's time to make predictions about who'll play Riot Fest in September. This wolf hopes the punk-­centric blowout is where reunited Britpop heroes Blur will make their return to U.S. soil. Other guesses? For now let's say veteran indie rockers Modest Mouse, Compton rap prince Kendrick Lamar, resurrected San Diego postpunks Drive Like Jehu, Minneapolis hip-hop family Doomtree, shock rocker Marilyn Manson, punky Bright Eyes side project Desaparecidos, and Indiana shoegaze band Cloakroom. Oh, and interplanetary scumdogs Gwar, of course.

Chicago bands Bike Cops and Roach Beach share more than their past appearances in this column—they both have evocative names, for instance, and play soulful garage rock. They're made for each other! And in fact they just finished recording a split cassette where they play covers of each others' songs. They'll have copies when they play together at the Empty Bottle on Thu 4/9 (and at State Street Pub in Indianapolis on Sat 4/11).

Chicago postpunk trio Ganser dropped the EP Less in the dead of January—the music's mood fit those bleak, dark days, but winter isn't a great time for going to shows. Luckily Ganser headlines the Hideout on Wed 4/15, after three other locals: experimental singer-­songwriter Rasplyn, hypnotic Verma side project Matchess, and drone artist Cinchel, who recently released an ambient cassette called Worry. The show costs $8 and starts at 8 PM.

Reader music-listings guy and drummer about town Luca Cimarusti has teamed up with bassist Michael John Grant (Cimarusti's bandmate in Basic Cable) and singer-­guitarist Michael Vallera (Cleared) as Luggage. They've posted three blunt, woozy psych-rock tracks on Bandcamp (, cut with a different bassist, and they make their live debut Fri 4/10 at the Empty Bottle.  v

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