We’re in the dead heat of music festival season right now in Chicago, and as I shift my focus away from Pitchfork Music Festival and towards the direction of Lollapalooza, I’d like to take a moment to tell you about an exciting event happening next Thursday, August 1st. I don’t know about you, but I’m a pretty big fan of Jessie Ware. Her album Devotion was one of my favorites last year, and I think she’s a future R&B superstar. She’s also performing at the sold out Lollapalooza next weekend. While I’m grateful for music festivals providing a way to see hundreds of bands in a single space over the course of a few days, I do tend to prefer smaller sized performances with artists. It lends a sense of intimacy to things, and you don’t have to deal so much with hot weather and messy crowds. Anyways, the W Hotel on Lake Shore Drive in Chicago is going to be hosting a Lollapalooza pre-party next Thursday featuring an intimate performance by Jessie Ware. You can’t buy tickets to it, and you could well call it a private event, unless you win tickets. Not only that, but you can win a whole prize package that includes a three night stay at the W, two 3-day passes to Lollapalooza, and admittance into the Jessie Ware show on Thursday night. It’s a sweet deal, and you don’t have to sell your firstborn child to enter to win either. Just upload a music-related photo to Instagram before 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, July 25th and include the hashtag #WMusicINSIDER. Then follow @whotels and @whotelsofchi on Instagram and you’re automatically entered to win. For more details on this contest, go here. Sound good? Now let’s get to today’s Pick Your Poison. There’s some great tracks today from Body Parts, Cavaliers of Fun, Decoy Jet, Hollis Brown, Paper Lions, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding and Tight Nights. In the Soundcloud section after the jump, stream songs from Claire, Crystal Antlers, Icona Pop, The Lumineers, The Naked and Famous and The Orwells.

3rd Prototype ft. Meg & Dia – Monster

Body Parts – Desperation

Brave Young Lion – 122A

Cavaliers of Fun – Valley of Dreams

Decoy Jet – Action Reaction

Gaoler’s Daughter – St. Peter

Hollis Brown – Doghouse Blues

Jimi Nxir – Thundher

LOGO – Fabrice (Bwi-Bwi Remix)

Paper Lions – My Friend

Phoenix – Trying to Be Cool (Grum Remix)

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Wild Heart

Tight Nights – The Minors

Young Dreams – Footprints (Naysayer & Gilsun Remix)


Claire – Pioneers

Crystal Antlers – Rattlesnake

Icona Pop – All Night

The Lumineers – Darlene

The Naked and Famous – Hearts Like Ours

The Orwells – Who Needs You