Phoenix - Saturday from 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm
They're up against Green Day, yes. Everyone knows "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix" and adored it last year. If you didn't your catchy meter must be as faulty as the early days of the Parking Pay Boxes. Let's imagine that you only know the standards "Lisztomania" and "1901" and spent your evening with France's Phoenix. Odds are in your favor that you've succumbed to the realization you will not dry off that sweat (95% not yours), your wallet is emptied of either beer or water money, and your iPhone just died because of its battery life. Thomas Mars takes the stage sending refreshing wave upon memorable wave of indie pop wonder over you with a soothing "you'll be clean one of these days" vocals over either the stunning "Lasso" or the lulling indie rock romp of "Long Distance Call."
Frightened Rabbit - Sunday from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Admittedly a little late in the Frightened Rabbit game, focusing more on The Twilight Sad and We Were Promised Jetpacks, the Scottish indie rockers follow the same complex soundscapes without the gloom and overcast clouds looming over their musical horizons. Think a barn dance transplanted to the Cairngorms with breaking streams of sunlight, your toes cushioned on ancient moss. One listen to "Good Arms vs. Bad Arms" brings those incandescent lit nights dancing under treetops to you before the piano driven "The Twist", blown up via this past season of Chuck, sweeps everyone off their feet. If you miss it, you better just leave Grant Park and never return.
Flosstradamus - Sunday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
And finally, on the house end of the spectrum we have J2K and Autobot. With no real solid releases out, an extremely anticipated debut album in the pipes, Flosstradamus sculpted their niche in Chicago in the past decade. To the unaccustomed, Flosstradamus is much like the Bean was when it was unveiled. No one really knows what to expect before its unveiled, then all stare in wonder at the distortions reflected back upon you. They are masters of production, and the world is just catching on. Once the album drops, expect Chicago to be at the forefront of the house scene this side of the Atlantic.