"I'm not telling you all I'm going through," Dylan Baldi repeats on "I'm Not Part of Me," the first single from Cloud Nothing's Here and Nowhere Else. Well, hey, have it your way, Dylan, but that's kind of your job as a songwriter. Still, anyone with ears and the experience of being a teenager can tell you exactly what he's going through—pillow biting, knots in the gut, poetry writing. You know, that first breakup. It's essential adolescent stuff, shot through with fuzzy electricity by Baldi's Ohio pop-punk troupe, who hammer and wail like kids who injest nothing but the Get Up Kids, coffee and the early Replacements.
The music festival itself is now just half of a music festival. When the sun goes down, the outdoor festivities head indoors. Lollapalooza offers a staggering 45 after-parties. Pitchfork Music Festival keeps it to a more modest number, but there are some great bonus acts thrown in these bills—rising bands like Regal Degal and Ex-Hex could easily deserve the spotlight of the Union Park stage.
There are even enticing unofficial bashes, like an LCD Soundsystem tribute band at Concord Music Hall. Plus, both Phish and Billy Joel are in town. Just putting that out there. Check out the full list of the 2014 after-shows.
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