Lollapalooza 2013: Smith Westerns
Event Info: (773) 525-2508 lincolnhallchicago.com
The local too-cool-for-school (literally, the band's sudden rise in popularity pulled it away from college) power-pop band returns with Soft Will, its third record and second produced by Chris Coady. I still prefer the lo-fi of the self-titled debut—not out of garage-rock snobbism, it just had better hooks—but the trio is growing into a pleasant Britpop throwback. Sounding like the Boo Radleys and the Bluetones in 2013 is the not the best way to set the world on fire, but there's maturation all around.