Cake's going the distance. They've been around, they're still around and you know exactly how you feel about them. But what about the rest of the bands lined up for 102.5 Summerfest and its accompanying event, Summerfest Eve? Here are five acts not to miss.

Cake's going the distance. They've been around, they're still around and you know exactly how you feel about them. But what about the rest of the bands lined up for 102.5 Summerfest and its accompanying event, Summerfest Eve? Here are five acts not to miss.

102.5 Summerfest Eve with Cake, Royal Bangs, Boots Electric and Surfer Blood:

LC Pavilion

5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 12

405 Neil Ave., Arena District

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102.5 Summerfest with Cake, Company of Thieves, The Limousines, She Wants Revenge, Funeral Party, Sleeper Agent and Cold Cave:

LC Pavilion

4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 13

405 Neil Ave., Arena District

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Cold Cave (Saturday)

There is no compromise in Cold Cave. That much was clear after watching the New York synth-rock band swelter through oppressive Chicago heat in long-sleeved black leather, their bodies contorting passionately and awkwardly over massive keyboard rigs during a performance at Pitchfork. But it's just as obvious after listening to their sleek, bleak, relentless goth industrial anthems.


Company of Thieves (Saturday)

Just when you thought Canada's Land of Talk was the foremost band reviving lovelorn '90s girls-and-guitars rock, Chicago's Company of Thieves landed themselves serious airplay with tracks like the driving "Death of Communication" and the mid-tempo groove "Oscar Wilde." This music belongs on the "Reality Bites" soundtrack - and in case you were wondering, that's a compliment.


The Limousines (Saturday)

The Limousines' live show is reportedly impossible to contain and just as tough to resist. If homemade-looking lighting rigs and frequent audience interaction aren't your bag, maybe propulsive, chorus-heavy disco rock is. The San Francisco duo seems to be striking just the right combination of hooks, looks and more-than-a-feeling.


Royal Bangs (Friday)

Most of the bands at this event gravitate heavily toward keyboards or guitars, but Royal Bangs has never seen fit to polarize like that. Their music amalgamates seemingly every frenetic strain of underground music, with Ryan Schaefer's rocket-launch melodies guiding the herky-jerky pop party.


Surfer Blood (Friday)

These Floridians got so good at imitating their heroes that this fall they'll be opening for their heroes - namely Pixies, whose spastic, melodic loud-quiet-loud template was a key ingredient in Surfer Blood's indie-rock classics cauldron known as "Astro Coast." What's more, if you can quit playing "spot the influence" long enough to let the songs sink in, they're absolute monsters.