Township quick list
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Reggie's Rock Club
Live Wire Lounge
Underground Lounge


Thu. Oct. 02
THE SKY WE SCRAPE
TENS
PEARS
DOG & WOLF
WRINGER
18+ / Township - 8PM

Fri. Oct. 03
THE SWAN KING
ROLLO TOMASI
OXBLOOD
TAKEN BY THE SUN
21+ / Township - 8PM

Sat. Oct. 04
THE CELL PHONES
KANGAROO
CHOO CHOO
21+ / Township - 9PM

Mon. Oct. 06
MURMURS
LIKE BATS
WARRIOR TRIBES
MEAN SEAN
18+ / Township - 8PM

Tue. Oct. 07
SUFFOCATION
KATAKLYSM
JUNGLE ROT
PYREXIA
INTERNAL BLEEDING
18+ / Reggie's Rock Club - 6PM

Tue. Oct. 07
THE LIMBOS
BOBGOBLIN
VAMPLIFIER
MITCH MEAD
21+ / Township - 8PM

Wed. Oct. 08
RAKTA
POPULATION
UDUSIC
ARUGULA
18+ / Township - 8PM

Thu. Oct. 09
SOFT SWELLS
OCEAN DAYS
MISTER SUIT
18+ / Township - 8PM



NERVOSAS

Wed. Oct. 01 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
NERVOSAS - listen
Dark, anxious, paranoid, manic, obsessive, melodic, misanthropic, gothy, punk, punk from Columbus, OH. Like if Wipers, X, and Dead Moon were somehow one band. But forget comparisons, Nervosas is their own animal.
DAYLIGHT ROBBERY
Chicago, IL's trio Daylight Robbery play upbeat punk, with dual male and female vocals and pulse pounding rhythmic trappings that draw heavily from some of punk rock's most historically revered artists. Wire, X, Blondie and the Wipers; lazy comparisons, but not at all inaccurate.
ENDLESS COLUMN (members of Daylight Robbery, The Observers, Red Dons, Tyrades)
Endless Column started when David Wolf (Daylight Robbery/Pedestrians) & Douglas Burns (The Observers/Red Dons) wanted to do a project together before Douglas moved away from Chicago. David had an old 4-track that he was itching to use, so they recorded everything on that. Eric Watts joined the project on drums. At the end of the summer they wanted to play a show so, Jim McCann (Tyrades) joined them and they recorded this demo and played their one & only show. Until now...
CLOSED MOUTHS
Closed Mouths are members of Wide Angles & The House That Gloria Vanderbilt.






THE SKY WE SCRAPE

Thu. Oct. 02 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
THE SKY WE SCRAPE - listen
This Chicago outfit, The Sky We Scrape, plays a hybrid style of hardcore and heavy punk rock. The band’s raw emotion is offset by interesting song structures and instrumentation. TSWS display inventive songwriting and pay real attention to the soundscapes they create, pounding out 3 minute heavy novellas on the concrete walls of blue collar Chicago.
TENS - listen
Amid the apartments, taquerias, and small music venues in the awkwardly warm blanket of the northwest part of the city, three dudes came together to turn lightning into fire. We also play in these bands: Two Houses, Costanza, Rapids.
PEARS - listen
PEARS is a punk band from New Orleans, LA. Zach Quinn yells a lot and gets tired. Brian Pretus plays the guitar and sings a little. Alex Talbot plays the bass and yells a little. Tim Harman plays the Tim Harman real Tim Harman. They enjoy spending their time worrying about stuff, getting stressed out, making things inconvenient, spilling things, broken equipment, fast songs, aggravating their booking agent, getting nervous, having panic attacks, and jokes. The things they enjoy are beautifully demonstrated when they play music together.
DOG & WOLF
Captivating. Original. Sober. None of these are words to describe Chicago punk trio Dog & Wolf.
WRINGER - listen
Wringer is a band. Wringer is three dudes. Wringer plays the type of punk rock you can sing along to. Wringer is all about harmonies and major chords. Wringer knows what it's like to be weird. Wringer knows what it's like to be sad and pissed off and confused and naive. Wringer also knows what it's like to be stoked on life and music and friends and shit. Wringer doesn't know what it's like to be old and jaded. Wringer wants to make your basement a war zone but instead of bombs and bullets and blood and guts it's gonna be guitars and drums and pizza and nacho cheese.






THE SWAN KING

Fri. Oct. 03 - 8:00 pm - 21+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
THE SWAN KING - listen
The Swan King, from Chicago, have a pummeling, straight-ahead approach to the Georgia sound of bands like Mastodon or Baroness.
ROLLO TOMASI - listen
Dynamic, aggressive post-punk. Rollo Tomasi marries heavy, minimalist guitar riffs ala Helmet and Quicksand with thick, disorted bass lines played over focused, four-on-the-floor drumming. Their tightly constructed songs are upbeat but deliberately side-step cliche melodies in favor of something much more powerful... a dense wall of sound that lures you in by force.
OXBLOOD - listen
Brand new experimental post-rockers from Chicago. Let's make beautiful music together.
TAKEN BY THE SUN
Taken By The Sun seeks to make the magnitudes of tension and relief in its sound even more prominent through its live show. Typical of post-metal genres, the music is best experienced live, where audience members can not only hear but feel and see the force of this band, and likewise feel and see the relief provided by the band’s digressions away from this forcefulness. The band members especially enjoy performing with their peers in the Chicago metal scene. It is exciting to see so many musicians expending such great effort to explore the possibilities of metal as an art form. It is this effort which defines the Chicago metal scene; it is an effort with which Taken By The Sun are proud to be involved.






THE CELL PHONES

Sat. Oct. 04 - 9:00 pm - 21+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
THE CELL PHONES - listen
We are a three-piece that formed in Chicago in 2008 and have since been playing various venues in the city proper. Our live performance is honest and straightforward; where excess vocals and effects lack we make up for in technicality and intensity. Most of our influences draw from 60's and 80's rock, but our sound lies on a foundation of Metal, Punk and New Wave; all of which Ryan and Justin have been experimenting with since middle-school. Lindsey on the other hand provides a dramatic pop element that brings accessibility to the overall sound, striking an essential contrast that most noise and grind bands tend to neglect.
KANGAROO - listen
Kangaroo play noisy-garagey-indie-rock-pop... or something like that.
CHOO CHOO - listen
We like big vocal sections and fuzz distortion. Grunge and doo wop had a baby. Think Weezer playing country soul, or perhaps Prince's weird, spazzy cousin.






MURMURS

Mon. Oct. 06 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
MURMURS - listen
Drawing from earlier pop-punk influences (ranging from the East Bay to the Northwest), the band pushes further on with their dark, urgent & poppy melodic tones. All while churning it up with a chunk of fuzzed-out grunge rock, this time around. If you weren't a believer before, then you will be now (members of: Snuggle, Pipsqueak, No Hi-Fives To Bullshit, Transient & more).
LIKE BATS - listen
Like Bats are a gritty pop punk band from Lansing, IL in the vein of Jawbreaker and bands of that ilk.
WARRIOR TRIBES - listen
New Chicago three-piece hardcore punk band, formed January 2012. Influences include Wipers, Wire, and reverb.
MEAN SEAN
Mean Sean is a duck.






THE LIMBOS

Tue. Oct. 07 - 8:00 pm - 21+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
$5 tickets at the door when you present your Grubhub Employee ID Card!
THE LIMBOS - listen
The Limbos formed in 2009 originally as a two piece under the name "Stu Benedict" with merely piano, vocals and drums. They eventually graduated to being a four piece consisting of piano, drums, bass and trumpet. Both their albums "Mmm" and "Rodeo Ballet" are available on iTunes or at Reckless Records' locations in Chicago. They play regularly in Chicago and the midwest and are preparing for the third album entitled "Corners."
BOBGOBLIN - listen
BOBGOBLIN, along with their alter-ego, AOJ, has been rocking their late-70's/early-80's-influenced, New Wave and Post-Punk- inspired Power Pop since 1993. After a long drought since their last album under the moniker - their sole major-label release THE 12-POINT MASTER PLAN - BOBGOBLIN have been reinvigorated in 2012 with their most ambitious and intense effort under any moniker.
VAMPLIFIER - listen
Vamplifier is a Chicago-based quartet (guitars, keys, bass, drums), with a unique mix of tunes ranging from heavy rockers to dancey poppers. It's only rock and roll and you'll like it.
MITCH MEAD
Chicago singer/songwriter - a blend of lyrics and melodies, fused with guitar chords.






RAKTA

Wed. Oct. 08 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
RAKTA (from Brazil) - listen
Punk/post-punk band from Sao Paulo, Brazil.
POPULATION (members of No Slogan & Ultratumbados) - listen
Emerging as a new direction from key members of Chicago’s Pilsen hardcore scene, comes the starkly contrasted Population, seeping out of the darkness with a pummeling morosity, frantic Factory Records hooks, and the grim misery of drowning while dreaming. What comes out is an impeccable specimen of jarring post punk force, met with melodic flourishes and kept in time with a furious rhythm pulling you deeper into their irresistible web. Just as how Christian Death uniquely emerged from shards of the California hardcore community over 30 years ago, this tightly-wound unit delves deep into the early 80s underworld, artfully intertwining tenebrous synth lines with desolate bass runs to form a monolithic, impenetrable coldness that always hits the spot, even in the dead of winter.
UDUSIC
ARUGULA
Members of Sin Orden, Distract, Cold Lovers, and Teen Jaws.






SOFT SWELLS

Thu. Oct. 09 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
SOFT SWELLS
Soft Swells. Sure it’s a band name (in fact, it’s this band’s name), but it is also a surfing term. Tiny, easy to ride waves that beginners keep an eye out for to build their aquatic confidence up. But what happens when you outgrow those small waves? Do you stop surfing? Or do you step up and try to tackle the biggest waves the ocean has to offer? Tim Williams, the mastermind behind Soft Swells (the band) has been moving towards this moment for years now. Tim started Soft Swells in an effort to reach new heights, and over the course of a full length and an EP, the music has gotten more sophisticated, and the sound of the band has gotten bigger. So if the band’s previous work could be described as soft swells, than their new album Floodlights is like an enormous tidal wave from an action movie. Absolutely everything about the band has gotten bigger. Where once there was just Tim with the help of producer/keyboardist Dave Lynch and a lot of studio magic, there is now a fully formed band.
OCEAN DAYS - listen
Drawing from the hills of Serbia to the winds of the Midwest, Ocean Days are an eclectic style of indie- rock. Mihailo Ivanovic (guitar/vox), Dominic Frigo (bass/vox), and Zachary Batteiger (drums) have drawn comparisons ranging from Radiohead to Local Natives. These three young men are based out of Chicago and are turning heads whenever they yell loudly in a quiet room.
MISTER SUIT - listen
Mister Suit is an American rock band from Chicago, IL






CHEAP GIRLS

Fri. Oct. 10 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
CHEAP GIRLS - listen
Lansing, Michigan trio Cheap Girls' high-energy, nostalgic pop-meets-punk sound lands somewhere between the Replacements and Superchunk. Comprised of singer/bassist/acoustic guitarist Ian Graham, his drummer/percussionist brother Ben Graham and guitarist Adam Aymor, the band formed in 2007 with the objective of playing back-to-basics rock.
BEACH SLANG - listen
Guitar, bass and drums. Played loudly.
THE GUNSHY - listen
"While it’s easy to classify Silent Songs as a return, I see it more as a celebration. A heart felt love letter to music and what it has given Arbogast (and letting go of what its taken from him too). There is genuine inspiration and salvation in these songs. The disappointment of seeing peers pack it in is real, but so is the joy he takes from the memories, the tours and people he’s met. He is excited as he is reflective. This is a look back at the last ten years, but it’s also an artist being able to exist entirely in the moment, unfazed by the state of music or what the future will bring. In reality, the full band feel of these songs is a reinvention of The Gunshy sound. It’s as much punk rock as a solitary, bar room prophet. Gang vocals, triumphant horns, swells of strings and a quickened pace all give these songs a more vibrant finish. Arbogast can still pen delicate finger picked ballads (“Getting High in Denver” / “Ten Years”) but it’s the energetic, raw numbers that really define this LP. Arbogast has found a new sound, a new well of creativity from which he can draw. Silent Songs is a manifesto of sorts, a reason to keep singing, writing, and touring. A reason to keep living and keep loving. We all need reason to keep the blood coursing through our veins, and search for the cause that makes us willing to let our blood stain the fields of battle." - Herohill






THE COPYRIGHTS

Sat. Oct. 11 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
mPshows.com and Red Scare Productions present!
The Copyrights record release show!

THE COPYRIGHTS - listen
The Copyrights play loud energetic punk with a definite Chicago influenced pop sound a la early 90’s Lookout! They deliver a refreshing jolt in the spirit of their storied processors in the punk underground.
LIPSTICK HOMICIDE - listen
Lipstick Homicide (Kate Kane, Rachel Feldman and Lucas Ferguson) have been making a big noise in Iowa City for six years or so, starting out at West High School. If you haven’t seen them play live, then you don’t get out much–and you’ve missed out. Their live sound is an exquisitely textured roar made up of Kate Kane’s slashing guitar, Rachel’s driving bass and Lucas’ frenetic drumming.
KRAYOLA - listen
You couldn't pay me to go back to high school but i sure as hell will sing songs about it.






WITHIN THE WOODS

Sun. Oct. 12 - 9:00 pm - 21+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
WITHIN THE WOODS - listen
Within the Woods is a Chicago-based rock band that draws musical influence from the all-American sound of The Replacements and Big Star, combining it with the dramatic moodiness of both Nick Cave and the Smiths.
HIDDEN BILLBOARDS
Hidden Billboards is built on the sonic foundation of late 80's and early 90's melodic effects-driven guitar bands such as Ride, the Cure, MVB, and the Stone Roses. Featuring former members of The Rusty Pipes and Lamar, Hidden Billboards combines psychedelic soundscapes with strong guitar driven melodies.
DEAD LETTER
Dead Letter is a trio of young, handsome veterans from Chicago playing sludgy, fuzzy, tight-ass rock music. Featuring ex/current members of The Ghostrunner Assembly, The Armor Class, The Leslie Sisson Band, Lovers, Merle The Mule, Dark Watch, and many others, their music recalls Sabbath, Kyuss, and early 90's Melvins with a Radiohead pop sensibility. They also pair surprisingly well with straight bourbon whiskey and session ales. Sipping metal.






BLOW WIND BLOW

Mon. Oct. 13 - 8:00 pm - 21+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
BLOW WIND BLOW - listen
Blow Wind Blow is the music of Ryan Suzuka (vocals/ukulele/harmonica), amplified into appropriate proportion with the help of bandleader Rami Atassi (lead guitar), Aaron Ervin (guitar/keyboards), Conner Hollingsworth (bass), and Paul Newmann (drums). This band is here to display the beauty, power, and depth of someone who lived through his entire youth without knowing he had a musical voice. In one moment you experience his accumulated ache and the next, a thunderous declaration of purpose. This band is creating rocking indie pop that owes as much of its creation to the ethereal falsetto of Skip James and command of Son House, as it does to the lush vulnerability of Camera Obscura and rootsy melodic drive of Neko Case. Welcome to the wonderful world of Blow Wind Blow!
CALEB WILLITZ
"Caleb Willitz" is actually Raul Cotaquispe, Rami Atassi, and Caleb Willitz. Raul (drums), and Rami (electric guitar) are such musicianly musicians that they make Caleb's sad songs exciting to listen to.
KELSEY WILD
Kelsey Wild is a Chicago- based songwriter and vocalist. She is currently working on her first album.






J FERNANDEZ

Tue. Oct. 14 - 8:00 pm - 21+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
J FERNANDEZ - listen
There is strange dissonance resonating in the Chicago-based musician J Fernandez. You might also find it strangely familiar. While his tunes catch you with their impeccable hooks, hypnotic grooves, warm tones, and crafty structures there lies subtle darkness in these songs. Whether it comes from the woozy combo organs fighting frequencies or the bummer lyrics that leave you feeling hollow, Fernandez is grasping for something real. While "nostalgia" is a comfortable word to describe these tunes, not all pop music has to fall into that blasé carefree zone. In fact, that might undermine not only Fernandez's craft but also the amount of painfully, self-conscious awareness that makes his compositions so reflective and true. They are personal tunes but ones crafted so well as to ring in our collective unconscious, instantly begging the question Where have I heard this before?
KRILL - listen
DIY LO-FI experimental from Jamaica Plain, MA.
YEESH - listen
Just three buddies who met at college and moved to Chicago.
THE NEW DIET - listen
Chicago band dude band for band dudes. Crunchy, spacey, twangy, gloomy, chewy, hazy, pretty - bombed out and depleted. Long-toothed.






HUNTER VALENTINE

Wed. Oct. 15 - 9:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
HUNTER VALENTINE - listen
Now based in Brooklyn, the band started making waves in Toronto in 2005 when original members Kiyomi McClosky (lead vocals and guitar) and Laura Petracca (vocals and drums) formed the group and came out with their first self-financed EP. Since then, Hunter Valentine has released three full-length albums. Working with such producers as Greg Nori (Sum 41, Iggy Pop), Julius “Juice” Butty (Alexis on Fire, City and Color, Protest the Hero), and Ian Blurton (The Weakerthans, Amy Milan, Cursed, Lowest of the Low). Their blatant disregard for a typical girl-group sound has garnered them international attention. The girls' success has taken them on tour around the world and back, opening for such artists as Sum 41 and Cyndi Lauper. With even greater accomplishment on the horizon, Hunter Valentine has solidified their lineup in 2014. The band now has the ability to shake any audience to its core. The group will be featured on VH1's Make or Break: The Linda Perry Project in July 2014 and will be releasing their fourth full-length album shortly thereafter. The band has paved their own way in the realm of edgy female performers and there is no end in sight.
SICK OF SARAH - listen
Sick of Sarah began in Minneapolis, MN in April 2005 as an all-female band with catchy hooks, unique lyrics, and thoughtful, well-crafted music. The band displays talent, passion, and an ever-present sense of humor that shapes many of their songs. They combine sympathetic acoustic moments with driving electric rock, often in the same song. With influences ranging from John Fohgerty to Joan Jett, Sleater-Kinney to Vanessa Carlton, Sick of Sarah brings an energy and blended alternative pop-rock style that will have you singing along after the first chorus.
THE SENTINELS (members of The Soft Targets, B1gT1me, Kim, and Broad Tosser) - listen
The Sentinels combine the best elements of their post-punk influences - great songwriting and quirky lyrics, tossed with bombastic rhythms, and an ear for the melodic. They love this band. They think you will too.






NAI HARVEST

Thu. Oct. 16 - 6:00 pm - All ages - BUY TICKETS HERE!
NAI HARVEST - listen
Indie Rock 2-piece from Sheffield, UK.
KITTYHAWK
Emo band featuring Members of Dowsing, The Island of Misfit Toys, Options and more. Mark has never seen Top Gun. We don't have a bass player.
CHURCHKEY
Oh my god, I just threw up.
BEDROOM SONS - listen
Bedroom Sons is the songs of Chris Dertz.






THE CHOIR

Thu. Oct. 16 - 10:00 pm - 21+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
THE CHOIR - listen
It's been said that in the music business, indie is the new major. Artists are experimenting with new models of funding, recording, touring and sharing their music in ways that confound many large labels, and give artists the freedom to forge new paths to connect their music to fans. It's within this landscape that iconic alternative rock band The Choir, alums of the major label system, returns with their latest full-length album, The Loudest Sound Ever Heard, their 14th, on their own Galaxy 21 label.
GEOFF DOLCE - listen
From the primordial ooze that birthed both grunge and indie rock, comes the guitar slinging power trio debut E.P. from Geoff Dolce. Proudly wearing influences on his sleeve, Dolce's guitar solos sound like the forgotten love child of Slash and J Mascis. The guitar shines on complimented by tribal tom toms and melodic bass lines from Messrs Andrew Grill and Jon Hill. Dolce's lyrics explore flannel clad fantasies of youth, wanderlust and self deprecation. Weighing in just under 23 minutes, it's a wham bam thank you ma'am that leaves you wondering what hit you and begging for more.
BULLY IN THE HALLWAY - listen
For fans of bands like Fugazi, Fifteen, Avail and The Ghost, Bully in the Hallway is a great new addition the Chicago punk rock scene. With these bands as their influences, Bully in the Hallway combines great lyrics, fierce riffs, and an uncontainable stage presence.






THE MURDERBURGERS

Fri. Oct. 17 - 6:00 pm - All ages - BUY TICKETS HERE!
THE MURDERBURGERS - listen
Pop-punk band from Scotland, formed Feb 2007. Songs about being flat broke and going mental. Most unhappy when not on tour. Most mentally unstable when on tour.
RATIONAL ANTHEM
Rational Anthem started in the winter of 2007 in Wisconsin and moved to Florida because the snow is dumb.
FUCK YOU, IDIOT - listen
Fuck You, Idiot is Jonathan, Kate, Kyle and Miles, and only goes by "FYI" in inter-band text messages, so don't forget. Born out of a common disdain for self-appointed scene icons in the winter of 2013, they play straight ahead summertime pop punk jams all year round. The name is a message to all the dolts whose dumb opinions are only outweighed by their irrelevance, and the songs are for the people who still give a shit. Death to false punk! Kinda like Manowar, but not really.
NERVOUS PASSENGER - listen
Nervous Passenger is a punk band from Chicago, IL. Stephan Jurgovan plays guitar and sings, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya plays bass and sings, and Brendan Smyth plays drums. Most of their songs are about girls and/or friends and/or beer, and they’re super fun to sing along to.






IMMIGRANT UNION

Fri. Oct. 17 - 10:00 pm - 21+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
IMMIGRANT UNION - listen
Immigrant Union are a psychedelic alt-country band from Melbourne Australiaa. Featuring Brent DeBoer from The Dandy Warhols they sounds like Creedence Clearwater Revival being molested by Spiritualized.
EXIT GHOST
Chicago-based Exit Ghost has brought its inventive, rooted indie-folk to the stages of some of the Midwest's most prominent venues in the busy year since the group’s 2009 formation. Following a string of energized summer performances and a slew of intimate (if a little sweaty) club dates, Exit Ghost is gearing up for the release of its second EP with engineer Mike Hagler (Wilco, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case, Will Oldham) at Chicago’s infamous Kingsize Studio. Hailed by Performer Magazine as reminiscent of "[Neil Young's]After the Goldrush on steroids", Exit Ghost looks forward to a national tour in 2011, driving its trusty Mercury Villager into the ground with regional dates in the meantime.
MAWRCREST - listen
Influence by the classics in rock, surf, folk and country, Mawrcrest has embarked on a journey exploring new horizons in what defines an American band. What you will experience with this band is a century of popular music reinterpreted by the soul of a new generation, that is Mawrcrest.






DEAD ON TV

Sat. Oct. 18 - 6:00 pm - All ages - BUY TICKETS HERE!
Record release show for Dead On TV's new EP, CREEPER!
DEAD ON TV - listen
Shit Show New-Wave Garage Punk From Chicago, Dead on TV has stroked audiences all over the nation with their brand of explosive new-wave punk narcissism. This sound, coupled with the smash and grab disruption of lead singer Dan Evans, the brutal machine-like ineptness of drummer Vince Mcaley, the pounding low end of synth player Mike Bradberry and a complete and heinous disregard for the life of guitar player Corey Devlin has resulted in some of the most epically offensive shows ever removed from youtube for violation of community standards.
CRUDE HUMOR - listen
Nik, Omar, and Bradley were born as siamese triplets. We found luke later on. He was a prom night dumpster baby
HAPPY99 - listen
Happy99 is a experimental punk band from Central Chicago. They have been playing together for about a year, and have quickly played at venues like Reggie’s, Martyrs, various schools including Whitney Young, house shows, and upcoming, Township. Their newest release is their EP, AntiVirus. From hard punk, to soft-punk and everything in between, Happy99 has been tearing it up, and making music worth it.
OFF COLOR






THE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN

Sat. Oct. 18 - 10:00 pm - 21+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
THE LADIES AND GENTLEMEN (ex members of Material Issue, Verbow)
Formed out of the ashes of venerable Chicago stalwarts Box-o-car, Material Issue, and Verbow, The Ladies and Gentlemen play hook-filled new wave power pop songs that clock in under 3 minutes. Think The Cars, Adam and the Ants, Weezer, etc and you are on the right track. They're a rock band that makes people wanna shake their ass.
THE DEAD ON (ex members of Woolworthy, The Reputation and Empty Spaces)
Many bands are born from the ashes of previous bands but try to shake their pasts. Well, The Dead On embraces their previous musical lives and set out to shake the rafters instead. The Dead On, formed from Chicago stalwart greats Woolworthy and The Reputation, is on a mission to make great Rock n’ Roll and to make Rock n’ Roll great. Their sound is reminiscent of their previous bands but it is far from retread. The Dead On embody the modern rock n roll sound with big guitar hooks, snotty slash and burn riffs and ultra catchy melodies. Their sound is, well, dead on, spot on, hit the right spot Rock n’ Roll.
THE ASSEMBLY (ex Caviar / Woolworthy) - listen
Dave Suh of Woolworthy and Caviar is leading a new band and they’ve got songs that could urge thousands to jump up and down in unison while thrusting their Bics into the air at Reading Festival




Sun. Oct. 19 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
SHIP CAPTAIN CREW - listen
An independent rock band from the south suburbs of Chicago.
THE CHEYENNE LINE - listen
THE CHEYENNE LINE is an American Pop-Punk/ Experimental/ Emo group based out of Chicago, IL. The eminence of the group speaks through energetic live performances and their most recent/ debut release Kid I Used to Know EP; mixing raw 90’s pop-punk with experimental rock, forming infallible melodies and dramatic prominence.
HEADING WEST
Heading West is the solo project created by Evan West to explore his musical boundaries.
IT'S A SECRET - listen
We are It's A Secret. We are a pop punk band from Muskegon. Come out to a show and meet us sometime.




Mon. Oct. 20 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
DOPE BODY
Dope Body are one of the only underground bands in existence brave enough to claim Rage Against the Machine as a formative influence. The Baltimore-based noise-punk quartet embraces the signature sounds of the alternative nation, but uses pedals, loops, and off-kilter rhythms to pummel its teenage heroes into blurry abstraction. Borrowing from punk-funk and nu-metal as much as spazz-core and pigfuck, the group plays Dr. Moreau with a decade's worth of MTV buzz clips.
MEAT WAVE
Three-piece Chicago punk band. Please, watch what you say around these guys, for fans of hot snakes, abba, les savy fav, detachment kit, shellac and Katy Perry.
GERONIMO! - listen
We are a three piece rock band from the fine city of Chicago. One time we watched an episode of 'Walker Texas Ranger' and a guy said, "Shut up because I'm doing something." Another time we were supposed to play a house where a circus lived, but we played a party across the street instead (after we watched a blind man grope a potato).
HIGH PRIESTS
Members of The Brokedowns, Vicelords, Wide Angles, The House That Gloria Vanderbilt, Post Child, Closed Mouths, and more because of you know.




Tue. Oct. 21 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
LEE COREY OSWALD - listen
A punk band from Portland, OR with a record out on No Sleep Records.
COASTER
Without the untimely demise of a dachshund companion, Coaster would never have come to be. The band formed in the summer of 2012 when Matt Kissinger and Michael Byrnes wrote a song about the aformentioned wiener dog for a class project. The project quickly added four more songs to the repertoire, along with the guitar playing of Seth Engel and drumming of Tom Graham. Playing under the name Monstertruck, the guys played a few shows around Chicago, but the summer was short-lived and the band took a six month hiatus as Michael travelled through western Europe. Now with the band back together in Chicago, they are ready to pursue the music they love to make. Coaster is currently writing and rehearsing with the intent of recording and performing around Chicago and the surrounding United States.
JACK TORRANCE - listen
Jack Torrance is 3 dudes (Evan, Neal, Kurt) playing noisy, energetic, pretty, punk rock n roll music. Based around the suburbs of Illinois, It's all about the fun and Uping' The Punx'




Wed. Oct. 22 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
TOMBS - listen
TOMBS tap into the infinite well of emotion and expression on their astounding new full-length Path of Totality. Recorded by John Congleton (Baroness, Explosions in the Sky), Path of Totality is a massive step forward in songwriting and scope for the trio. Path of Totality finds TOMBS achieving what their previous recordings had always hinted at – an ultimately heavy and nuanced fusion of their disparate influences. “Bloodletters” and “Constellations” see the band flex its prodigious muscle; “Vermillion” and “Cold Dark Eyes” wrap arms of blackened misery around the listener, while the profound sadness of “Silent World” and “Passageways” further explores the trio’s UK post-punk influences. With Path of Totality, TOMBS has come into their own as one of the finest heavy bands in the world.
VATTNET VISKAR (Century Media Records)
Of late, black metal in the United States-- however excellent it might have been-- has often hinged on headlines and talking points. But Vattnet Viskar has no manifesto with which to proselytize, no extreme ideology or infamy over which to bicker, and no yarn about life on the ol' Cascadian farm with which to allure. Sure, to an extent, they're vegan environmentalists from Plaistow, New Hampshire, a town so seemingly quaint that its official history includes a proud section about something called "The Deodorized Order of the Skunk" and another about how local Girl Scouts have "helped shape the moral and civic sensibilities of Plaistow girls for many decades." Aside from some surprisingly wide-eyed lyrics that explore general themes of existential nihilism and a desire to tear down antiquated systems and build anew, none of those concerns really become a factor here. Vattnet Viskar is simply a strong start from a band that has tapped into the current transmogrification of black metal and proclaimed-- quickly, restlessly, and enthusiastically-- that it has something to say about the process.
- Pitchfork
BEAK - listen
Beak's adept combination of blistering heaviness and melodic prog-rock sits within the traditions of Chicago's post metal landscape – at the same time fitting as well with the likes of Neurosis, Godflesh, Isis, and Killing Joke. Even before an official release, Beak has provided direct support for Killing Joke, as well as sharing the stage with Pentagram, Anvil, Weedeater, Mouth of the Architect, and more.




Thu. Oct. 23 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
NORTH BY NORTH - listen
Influenced by the shadowy, dark pop majesty of Queens of the Stone Age and the downright possessed guitar work of Jack White, North by North have sweated it out in basements and clubs over the last four years, working up to just what their debut album turns out to be: a spastic, yet finely-honed journey to where garage rock, 70's psych and arena anthems meet. Once there, guitarist/vocalist Nate Girard, keyboardist/vocalist Kendra Blank and drummer Dylan Andrews sound completely at home, taking the listener through brave, literate tales of mystery that are painted with frantic guitar, whirring organ and heart-pounding rhythms.
THE TRAVELING SUITCASE - listen
The Traveling Suitcase is a 3-piece rock outfit from Oshkosh, WI. Starting in 2010, the Suitcase has been unpacking all over the country having toured to Seattle, Nashville, Colorado, and all over the Midwest. Their musical amalgamation slams their listeners into a world of medicinal bass lines, teeth whitening guitar solos, and ecstatic songs that awaken our inner child. Those fortunate enough to experience a Traveling Suitcase performance are sure to come back again for another listen, and then another, for the band excels in bringing large groups of people back in line with reality. Drawing influence from the musical styling’s of The Doors, Led Zeppelin, and My Morning Jacket; Traveling Suitcase creates a landscape of dominate independent rock and roll. Breaking loose from tradition, lead singer/drummer Nicole Rae is sparked with emotion, animation and discipline. Rae's voice and lyrics are captivating while the band collectively compliments each performance. Blending music from every corner of time and style, Suitcase packs authenticity. If the band had to be summed up in one word, it would be grooverockatronalonothon.
REPUBLIC OF LIGHTS
Republic of Lights are five people from Chicago, and they play pop rock. They mix classic and contemporary sounds to make meticulously constructed songs that are at once fresh and familiar. Noblewomen have been known to describe them as "mad, bad, and dangerous to know."
AKTAR AKTAR - listen
Aktar Aktar is an all original rock band with a sound like a tightrope act of modern American/British rock swinging over a safety net of the classics.




Mon. Oct. 27 - 8:00 pm - 21+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
MAMA - listen
Power Pop and Rock and Roll get naked and steal a car- your car.
MOONER - listen
Mooner was formed in Portland, OR in 2007. Brothers Lee and David Ketch grew up listening to Wilco, Television and Tom Petty and recorded and played together throughout the Portland area. College brought them to Chicago, IL where they now live. Multiple versions of the live band have come and gone. One band in Portland was made up of their 14-year-old brother, their 50-year-old father and their half-Japanese friend. Another band in Chicago was comprised of their college housemates and friends.
TWIN (ex The Need, King Cobra) - listen
Total euphoric stop/start freekmetal hypnotix for the neo underpunx caste. Oof! The future is now & TWIN (nee The King Cobra) is already beyond...who's gonna come up with a name for this stuff? Ray & Ghost cough up a dense, messy spew of prog-punk, post-wave, & massive, downtuned sludgy psych, while a nimbus of baroque avant-metal gods hurl sweet poison riffs from above. Truly blissed-out! But how can two people make so much racket? Incredibly, TWIN's live assault is even wilder--heaving drums, hall-of-mirrors guitar, dueling vocals shrieked then purred then howled amid mystic bleeps & blurps, a fast-forward VR epic come to life: spastic then dirgelike, hushed then pounding, fevered, staggered, then suddenly gloriously air-punchingly triumphant. Radical!
THE THONS
The Thons are a Chicago rock band.




Fri. Oct. 31 - 7:00 pm - All ages - BUY TICKETS HERE!
LOST TRIBE (Members of Aghast, Empty Grave, Syndrome, and Caves Caverns)
LOST TRIBE hail from Richmond Virginia and play a looming and powerful brand of dark punk. For fans of Vex, Killing Joke, Samhain and bands of recent times like Cemetary, Arctic Flowers, Belgrado and Moral Hex. This is one not to be missed.
POPULATION (members of No Slogan & Ultratumbados) - listen
Emerging as a new direction from key members of Chicago’s Pilsen hardcore scene, comes the starkly contrasted Population, seeping out of the darkness with a pummeling morosity, frantic Factory Records hooks, and the grim misery of drowning while dreaming. What comes out is an impeccable specimen of jarring post punk force, met with melodic flourishes and kept in time with a furious rhythm pulling you deeper into their irresistible web. Just as how Christian Death uniquely emerged from shards of the California hardcore community over 30 years ago, this tightly-wound unit delves deep into the early 80s underworld, artfully intertwining tenebrous synth lines with desolate bass runs to form a monolithic, impenetrable coldness that always hits the spot, even in the dead of winter.
SILENT PORN
Death rock performed by some mysterious people in Grand Rapids, Michigan.




Sat. Nov. 01 - 9:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
AUSTIN LUCAS
Raised in the backwoods country of Monroe County, Indiana, Austin Lucas was born into a folk and bluegrass lineage. His father, Bob Lucas, is an accomplished musician and performer in his own right, having earned songwriting credits on two of Allison Krauss’ albums. Learning to harmonize before learning to read, Lucas honed his vocal control as a member of the nationally-acclaimed Indiana University Children’s Choir. In a narrative as well-worn as it is true, Lucas rebelled against his upbringing, leaving his Americana roots for the catharsis of punk rock. After the better part of a decade spent criss-crossing the globe with a series of bands in broken-down vans, Lucas hit a musical glass-ceiling, eventually finding respite for his ringing ears in the delicacy of traditional songcraft.
NORTHCOTE
Matt Goud (aka Northcote) may take you by surprise when he steps up to the mic. Though the soft-spoken Goud is known by friends and family as a gentle giant, he infuses his original songs with a uniquely powerful and confident voice. Born and raised in small-town Saskatchewan, his early exposure to music was a mix of traditional country on AM radio and the hymns he learned at his childhood church. However, it wasn't until he discovered punk and hardcore music that he realized music’s healing and therapeutic power. Over the past 8 years, few young musicians in Canada have put on as many miles as Goud who toured for years as a member of a post-hardcore band and has more recently transitioned into life on the road as a singer/songwriter with accompaniment by an ever-rotating slew of guests and friend musicians.
JAYKE ORVIS - listen
A founding member of The .357 String Band and current member of the Goddamn Gallows, Jayke Orvis is ahead of his time even though he plays timeless music. The songs on his solo effort “It’s All Been Said” are articles of the heart, exposing Orvis as a fragile, troubled soul. His depictions of love are raw and blue, the pages of his life littered throughout this album.
CALEB CAUDLE - listen
Caleb Caudle’s last album, Tobacco Town brought him national exposure upon its release in 2012. With Blurt Magazine noting “…jaw-droppingly fine songs steeped in classic Earle, Clark, McMurtry and Van Zandt,” Caudle decided to take his Americana-rich songs out on the road. In just a year, Caudle has played over 300 shows in 30 plus states, performed on the web-radio sensation Daytrotter, and even found time to pack up all of his belongings to make the move from North Carolina to New Orleans.




Wed. Nov. 05 - 8:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
RESTORATIONS - listen
This Philly outfit plays music for "grown–up punks." I'm not sure if that's necessarily true as the band's background, touring history and all–around response to its relatively short discography collectively point to the fact that its appeal spans generations of music fans. From hardcore, post–punk, shoegaze, ameriicana, roots rock and even stoner metal, the overwhelming consensus that Restorations' singular sound is difficult to pin down (though it's fun to try) and originates from an undeniably earnest place.
THE SMITH STREET BAND - listen
We are a shitty five man band from Melbourne who enjoy mock meat and alcohol. We play heaps of shows and tour lots because it's fun. We have an album out on Poison City Records called "No One Gets Lost Anymore" and a 7" out on Jackknife called "South East Facing Wall". If you want us to play anywhere/time we will. Love you.
THE GUNSHY - listen
"While it’s easy to classify Silent Songs as a return, I see it more as a celebration. A heart felt love letter to music and what it has given Arbogast (and letting go of what its taken from him too). There is genuine inspiration and salvation in these songs. The disappointment of seeing peers pack it in is real, but so is the joy he takes from the memories, the tours and people he’s met. He is excited as he is reflective. This is a look back at the last ten years, but it’s also an artist being able to exist entirely in the moment, unfazed by the state of music or what the future will bring. In reality, the full band feel of these songs is a reinvention of The Gunshy sound. It’s as much punk rock as a solitary, bar room prophet. Gang vocals, triumphant horns, swells of strings and a quickened pace all give these songs a more vibrant finish. Arbogast can still pen delicate finger picked ballads (“Getting High in Denver” / “Ten Years”) but it’s the energetic, raw numbers that really define this LP. Arbogast has found a new sound, a new well of creativity from which he can draw. Silent Songs is a manifesto of sorts, a reason to keep singing, writing, and touring. A reason to keep living and keep loving. We all need reason to keep the blood coursing through our veins, and search for the cause that makes us willing to let our blood stain the fields of battle." - Herohill
THE SKY WE SCRAPE - listen
This Chicago outfit, The Sky We Scrape, plays a hybrid style of hardcore and heavy punk rock. The band’s raw emotion is offset by interesting song structures and instrumentation. TSWS display inventive songwriting and pay real attention to the soundscapes they create, pounding out 3 minute heavy novellas on the concrete walls of blue collar Chicago.




Tue. Nov. 11 - 8:00 pm - 18+ -
ASTPAI (from Austria) - listen
Blasting out of a dirty basement’s rehearsal room there comes the straight forward punkrock sound of Austria’s very own ASTPAI. Think of Strike Anywhere meets AC/DC, never lacking a sense in melody and sing-a-longs. Their Hardcore/Punk sound comes along with both very personal as well as political views and offers some new ideas without just presenting shallow paroles and drained statements.
CHUMPED - listen
When you're friends with some chick who you hang out with or whatever, who then starts dating some other chump and never talks to you ever again. This leaves you sitting there on a cold leather couch in your underwear playing Wii bowling, drinking stale MGD, and wondering where the hell your friends are.




Sat. Nov. 22 - 7:00 pm - All ages - BUY TICKETS HERE!
ALLISTER
Allister was formed in Chicago, Illinois in 1995 under their original name Phineas Gage. In 1999, Drive-Thru Records released the band's full-length CD Dead Ends and Girlfriends with that very line-up. The catchy 28-minute album, which was recorded with a production budget of a mere $700, featured playful yet promising pop punk tunes, along with covers of the Fraggle Rock theme song and the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way". The band recorded their second full-length album Last Stop Suburbia in 2002, showcasing a certain degree of growth in the songwriting of Rogner and Murphy. The album featured several fan-favorites, such as "Radio Player", "Overrated", and "Somewhere on Fullerton" (an ode to the legendary Chicago punk venue, Fireside Bowl). In 2004, Allister toured the world (including Europe and Japan) and scored a small guest appearance on the big screen in the film Sleepover, before releasing their third album, Before The Blackout (2005) and they recorded and released their 4th full length album Countdown to Nowhere on Universal Music Japan on 16 July 2010. In 2012, Allister recorded and released their 5th full length album entitled Life Behind Machines, and promoted it’s release with a tour of Japan and their first ever tour of China.
HEY EINSTEIN
4 friends who have all played in separate bands with each other, but not that same band, have joined forces to rock your fucking face off.
WE'VE GOT OURS - listen
4 guys, 1 cup... of Midwestern punk rock, that is! A few decades of punk rock influence can be heard from these Chicago guys. See them now before they get fat.




Tue. Nov. 25 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
NORTH BY NORTH - listen
Influenced by the shadowy, dark pop majesty of Queens of the Stone Age and the downright possessed guitar work of Jack White, North by North have sweated it out in basements and clubs over the last four years, working up to just what their debut album turns out to be: a spastic, yet finely-honed journey to where garage rock, 70's psych and arena anthems meet. Once there, guitarist/vocalist Nate Girard, keyboardist/vocalist Kendra Blank and drummer Dylan Andrews sound completely at home, taking the listener through brave, literate tales of mystery that are painted with frantic guitar, whirring organ and heart-pounding rhythms.
THE SINGLES - listen
THE SINGLES are Vincent Frederick (guitar/lead vocals) and Nicky Veltman (drums/back-up vocals). Hints of garage rock, power pop, glam, blues, and punk all find their way into the music. Both originally from Detroit, the two joined forces in LA in 2012 to restart The Singles—a moniker that Vince had used in the past to release his songs with different incarnations of the band.
MR. MA'AM - listen
Mr. Ma'am was created in the spring of 2013 by drummer/vocalist Frankie Mars Gunner, and guitarist/vocalist Andy Ryan (formerly of The Day Lewis). Blending punk and blues creating a style and genre the two members prefer to call "sex punk."




Thu. Nov. 27 - 9:00 pm - 21+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
KEPI ELECTRIC
Kepi (from Groovie Ghoulies) + Mean Jeans (shredders that know how to party from Portland) play the songs of The Groovie Ghoulies and More!
MEAN JEANS - listen
Three punk rock goofballs who deliver fast, loud, and hooky tunes and revel in the pleasures of pizza, sex, and getting wasted, Mean Jeans have become one of the better-known bands on the Pacific Northwest punk scene for their sloppy but relentless attack, raucous live shows, and fierce commitment to the art of partying.
THE LEMONS
The Lemons are a pretty new band from Chicago. The Lemons all play in other bands but they decided to start a band together because otherwise The Lemons wouldn't exist. The Lemons have songs with names like "Jelly Bean", "Monkey Time", "Chubby Checker" and "Ice Cream Shop". So if you like bands who would have song titles like those, you'll probably like The Lemons.




Sun. Dec. 07 - 7:00 pm - 18+ - BUY TICKETS HERE!
WEEKEND NACHOS - listen
Weekend Nachos is all about their catchiness, their awesome groove parts, and their harsh vocals. There's no arguing with their unique blend of powerviolence, grindcore, and hardcore.
CLOUD RAT
Three-piece grindcore ensemble from Michigan. Anti-oppression, anti-discrimination, pro-vegan.
DISROTTED - listen
Members of Sick/Tired and Hate and Harpoon... funeral doom.
INVERTED (member of Sick/Tired)
XABRUPTX
XAbruptX is Elisa shredding riffs and Robert pounding blast beats. Two homies playing FAST music.




 
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