The Burlington quick list
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Thu. Feb. 27
THE PHONES
HIP MARTYR
CASSEROLE
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Fri. Feb. 28
LIP
ROLLO TOMASI
DRILLING FOR BLASTING
NONAGON
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Sat. Feb. 29
JONFIN
CAREFUL GAZE
PARACHUTE DAY
ESTER
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Sun. Mar. 01
NIRE NAH
THOMAS BOJACK
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Tue. Mar. 03
96 COUGAR
ST. MARLBORO
21+ / Crown Liquors - 8PM

Thu. Mar. 05
WALLY TUSK & THE FILM CLUB
GREG REKUS
TIM HOLEHOUSE
SKINNY DAISIES
MOLLY COMPTON
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM



THE FONZIE SCHEME

Wed. Feb. 26 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
THE FONZIE SCHEME - listen
What a punk rock band would sound like if we grew up during the Happy Days.
BATH ASSAULTS - listen
Risen from the Heart of the American Beast, cobbled together from bands prior and contemporary as the Mac Blackout Band, HEAVY MEDZ, Plasma Drive and MANACONDA, Bath Assaults come to revel in Summer's Glory with sacraments of Future Drugs and Steel Riddles, wrought in Iron and Salt. Anything Less would be Uncivilized.
VIDEO VILLAGE - listen
Video Village is a Rock trio from Chicago, IL. Dan Luke (Guitar and Vocals), John Gagnon (Drums), and Kyle Foundry (Bass) kick out jams in the style of Black Sabbath, Nirvana, and Black Lips.
BELLHEAD - listen
Bellhead are a Modern Rock duo made up of two Chicago scene veterans who have left their mark across the tattered live music scene. Consisting of High Bass/ and Lead Vocalist Ivan Russia, formerly of the infamous Ahab Rex, Mr. Russia, and Sheriff Scabs; partnered with Low Bass/Vocalist Karen Righeimer- one of Chicago’s premier bass players who has been featured as a current or former member of diverse bands such as Fashion Bomb, Team Cybergeist, Sheriff Scabs, W.O.R.M, Now I'm Nothing, mindfluxfuneral, Bethany Thomas, Pigface, and am.psych.






THE PHONES

Thu. Feb. 27 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
THE PHONES - listen
The Phones are a three piece art punk outfit based out of Chicago, IL. They play what they like with theatrical songs featuring the hate of going to parties. Try to convince them your pets are better than theirs.
HIP MARTYR - listen
Hip Martyr is a Chicago-based post-punk band peddling danceable songs with depressing content. Stylistically influenced by 80's new wave and 70's funk, Hip Martyr's songs are inspired by true crime, American politics, and existential angst.
CASSEROLE - listen
Casserole are a Chicago-based, dirty instrumental jazz rock band. Fun and dirty.






LIP

Fri. Feb. 28 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
LIP (members of The Arrivals, The Matics, and The Textbook Committee)
Lip is Mertz and Ronnie from The Matics, rounded out by Chris Landefeld on bass, picking up where that solid crew left off. Lip take the power, menace and precision of their former band and move it forward, distilled into a mean-burning, power trio.
ROLLO TOMASI - listen
Dynamic, aggressive post-hardcore. Chicago's 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 a powerful, dense wall of sound.
DRILLING FOR BLASTING - listen
Drilling for Blasting is a two piece band that sounds like a three and a half piece. "Making music un-relate-able to the common man, but beloved by musicians and sound engineers". Its the sort of loud, weird, odd, but grooving tunes that you might or might not expect from these two old fucking dogs.
NONAGON (ex mbr of the Blue Meanies) - listen
Nonagon is a three-piece punk rock band that was formed in the early aughts and practices in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. The band is comprised mostly of Tony Aimone (who used to be in The Blue Meanies, Taylor, and The J. Davis Trio), Robert Gomez (who was in der lugomen and is one-oneth of Martian Law), and John Hastie (who used to be in Jumpknuckle). They play loud and abrasive rock with varying time signatures and screamy vocals, and while they love to play shows they still have no idea how to dress for them.






JONFIN

Sat. Feb. 29 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
JONFIN - listen
Jonfin is a rock band hailing from Chicago, IL. Their music is a raw, driven and unapologetic blend of, alternative and garage, with a penchant for tasty melodies and warm aesthetics. Fans of artists as diverse as The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Foals will certainly connect with Jonfin’s sound, as the group embodies the immediacy, inventiveness and attitude of indie music to perfection.
CAREFUL GAZE - listen
Careful Gaze is a Post-Hardcore/Rock band based in Minneapolis. This project was created for the purpose of making people feel loved, at home, and understood through music/community. That will always be the reason we are here. You are a valuable person that goes through hard things, and you deserve to be commended for that. You deserve to be around people that understand you. That is why we create.
PARACHUTE DAY - listen
Parachute Day are a twinkly, noodly band from central Illinois. All strings, no sings.
ESTER - listen
Ester is the newest evolution of songwriter Anna Holmquist's music, ft. a veritable supergroup of Chicago musicians.






NIRE NAH

Sun. Mar. 01 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Album Release Show!
NIRE NAH - listen
Nire identifies as a singer-songwriter, but she was born multidisciplinary and she’ll die multidisciplinary. Trained in visual art and vocal technique, she uses her creativity to detangle cerebral knots and explore the curious landscape of human emotion. Musically, Nire defies easy classification, landing somewhere between the bright indie-pop of the 2000s, the eerie rock of the 90s, and the jazz-influenced cabarets of the 40s and 50s. Nire's forthcoming LP, Everything Stands Back Up (out 2/28 via Preserve Records) is a gentle-yet-grandiose treatise on sobriety, self-care, and the power of community.
THOMAS BOJACK






WALLY TUSK & THE FILM CLUB

Thu. Mar. 05 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
WALLY TUSK & THE FILM CLUB - listen
Wally Tusk & The Film Club are three boys from Chicago who play songs that are easy to play.
GREG REKUS - listen
Greg Rekus first hit the road as a solo artist in March 2011. Since then, he has played some of the greatest punk music festivals around, including The Fest, Pouzza Fest, and Groezrock Music Festival. He has toured Europe three years in a row from London to Ukraine. He has toured the United States and Canada over ten times. Finally, he has released two full length albums and a 7 inch in several different countries through a network of indie labels. Live, Greg’s act can be described as punk inspired riot folk that engages crowds of all styles and configurations around the world. The lyrical content stretches from drinking in your favorite bar, to relationships, political jousting, life in general, and more. His energy level is rivaled by few solo artists, and he is most known for strumming the hell out of an acoustic guitar and stomping the beat out on his custom built stomp box. Greg’s Passion for music is bursting at the seams. It is the driving force that keeps him on the road 6 – 7 months a year and cranking out album after album of punk rock goodness. Greg Rekus will stick to his rigorous tour schedule and loves to do every radio, newspaper, and website interview that passes by. His hard work has already gotten him to places he never thought attainable and the only way from here is up.
TIM HOLEHOUSE - listen
"I travel I play music for music's sake. It has its roots in the delta blues with my own personal twist on it. I live by my rules and those rules are best summed up by something a friend of mine from Winnipeg told me once. Creativity, Adventure and People. I enjoy playing music, if you want me to come to your town play get in touch. Let the good times roll!"
SKINNY DAISIES - listen
Sad girl, acoustic, lo-fi.
MOLLY COMPTON - listen
Wo-mandolinist, Singer-songwriter, Freelance audio engineer, lover of microphones, french toast, and beer.






LUDLOW

Fri. Mar. 06 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
LUDLOW - listen
Ludlow is an indie-pop/folk band from Chicago, IL. Taking influences from songwriters like Gregory Alan Isakov, Justin Vernon, Benjamin Gibbard and others, Ludlow delivers a sound that comprises an array of instruments and layers of vocal harmonies to accomplish a big, melodic sound that’s full of depth. Their latest release 'Sunset Blues' is available wherever you stream music.
THE LONG LOST - listen
Frontwomen Andriana Avalos and Katie Burke write fiercely authentic and unapologetically upfront songs that almost seem to contradict their outwardly upbeat vibe and foot-tapping tempo. But don’t let the charming smiles and Midwestern manners fool you; these ladies aren’t afraid to step on hearts. With lyrics that constantly tread the line between bleeding-heart optimism and bitter cynicism, The Long Lost let the listener decide on the ultimate meaning.
THE ALIBIS - listen
The Alibis are a folk duo consisting of Chicago singer/songwriters Daniel Robbins & Eric Quigley. The Alibis formed organically from a desire to co-write, harmonize and get pastoral. Debut album 'Bloom' available on all major streaming platforms!
MITCH MEAD - listen
Mitch Mead is a Chicago Singer/Songwriter with a fondness for story and a weakness for a clever turn of phrase. A product of alt-country and indie rock roots, his songs are equal parts heartbreak and humor and each is roughly 25% alcohol by volume.






ABSOLUTELY NOT

Sat. Mar. 07 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
ABSOLUTELY NOT - listen
Absolutely Not is a Chicago based band that blends punk, post-punk, glam rock, and new wave into one big ball of noise!
MURF - listen
Murf is a 6-piece punk outfit specializing in chaotic theatrical live shows featuring costumes, confetti, spraying of blood, destruction of props and audience participation. Their 2018 self-titled debut album "MURF" is an ode to the 1987 opus "ROBOCOP" and their second album titled "VIDEO NASTIES" will be released later in 2020. 
DISPERSER - listen
An organized musical construct of various short blasts of time and energy coalesced into a chaotic release of deafening noise.






JIM THE KID & THE PAINKILLERS

Sun. Mar. 08 - 9:00 pm - 21+ -
JIM THE KID & THE PAINKILLERS - listen
After releasing his debut solo album, Bar Flies, in December 2019, scene veteran James Clarke AKA Jim The Kid got together with members from previous groups to form what has become Jim The Kid & The Painkillers. This new and improved lineup is here to serve their very own brand of raw, soulful, and groovy rock n roll that above all else, is played from the heart. With their new album being in the forefront of their upcoming sets, Jim The Kid & The Painkillers invite you all to come share what they love the most with them: singing, laughing, dancing, and beer, lots of beer.
REBEL WYLD - listen
Rebel Wyld is an exceptional collective of eclectic artists joining forces to create music that speaks to the authentic spirit of rock & soul, with a twist. Made with love, the sincerity of their sounds sonically resonates with all listeners of greats music. Fans would describe the Rebel Wyld sound as emotional, fun, powerful, cathartic, inspirational, and therapeutic. Their sound goes hand and hand with their energetic, wild, and carefree performances.
NECTER - listen
Necter is a four piece indie pop rock group hailing from Long Island, New York with an infectiously bright aggressive sound juxtaposed with hard-hitting lyrics. Debuting their first album in 2016, At The Core, followed by the heavier sounding ep, Bruise Your Ego in late 2017, the energetic duo singer band packs a sweet punch that'll be sure to draw you in and keep you hooked.
MISS JACKIE AND THE SASS
Miss Jackie and The Sass are a debaucherous group of ladies and fellas from Chicago, Illinois. Their sound has been described as “punk blues”, with a tinge of country and jazz. The Sass’ original tunes are well-constructed and catchy, with outspoken, honest, and occasionally obscene lyrics that tell of desire, relationships and self-lovin’.






SLOTH HANDS

Wed. Mar. 11 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
EQUIPMENT - listen
Emo/power-pop band from Toledo, OH.

GHOUL FOR A GOBLIN - listen
Hello! Ghoul for a goblin is a pop punk band from Chicago that is back with a vengeance. We're releasing our EP Living in the Past and returning to playing live music after a brief hiatus and change in the lineup.
SLOTH HANDS - listen
Sloth Hands is a punk/folk band playing mostly fun songs about mostly serious things.






CHICKEN HAPPEN

Thu. Mar. 12 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
CHICKEN HAPPEN (members of Dirtybird and Your Mothership) - listen
The garage rock riffs of CHICKEN HAPPEN have a propulsive energy that make it impossible to stand still. While their lyrics can be as clever and funny as their name, CHICKEN HAPPEN's jammers contains some emotionally raw and relatable writing. When paired with frontwoman Lilly Choi’s passionate delivery, those lyrics can pack quite the emotional punch, so be warned: you might laugh, you might cry, but chances are, you’ll be dancing along either way.
CHURCH GIRLS - listen
Church Girls are an indie / post-punk band from Philadelphia, PA.
WET TROPICS - listen
Wet Tropics is John Rejba (guitar), Krystal Rosenbrock (drums), and Justin Watt (bass). Noisy songs born from distortion, delay, and reverb. What you listen to while avoiding eye contact on the subway.
GUARDRAIL - listen
You could say that Guardrail is a punk band. They play fast loud music, so no one would argue with you. Loud loud loud. Fast fast fast. Blah blah blah. We're so over it. We want to be treated as the creators we are. We are gods of our own world. We have the power to make and to destroy. We're just not very good at it. We're bad gods. Bad to the bone.






DEAD SUN

Fri. Mar. 13 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
RESTE
Reste is a five piece band from Chicago/Peoria, IL taking cues from Italian and French emotive hardcore bands such as Raein and Daitro, creating sad and yearningful melodies with lyrics about social alienation and isolation from relationships.
DEAD SUN - listen
Another rock band from Chicago.
LAVISHER - listen
Lavisher is a rock outfit from Chicago whose punishing riffs and time-bending grooves draw comparison to Failure, A Perfect Circle, and Queens of the Stone Age. Their trademark is darkly uplifting songwriting, the work of minimalist poetry and restrained singing by frontman Gavin Cushman III.
ELDER LIGHT - listen
Elder Light is a four piece from Northern Illinois. Their dark brand of emo-rock is not shoegaze, not slowcore, not grunge, and definitely not post hardcore, but is equally as loud, fuzz-filled, intense, and effects-driven. For fans of Deftones, Quicksand, O’Brother, mewithoutYou, and Glassjaw.




Sun. Mar. 15 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
GLASS ALPHAS - listen
Glass Alphas is excited to bring some jams to everyone in 2020. Be on the look out for new art, videos and music as we all work on this little experiment together. Hope you join us on this adventure!






BEN KINSINGER

Mon. Mar. 16 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
BEN KINSINGER - listen
A versatile, Chicago based singer/songwriter, Ben Kinsinger utilizes the varieties of vocal and power pop styles to explore themes such as existential ideas and romantic sketches through his songs. Having graduated from Wheaton College in IL, with a B.A. in Communication and a group leader for an intensive Improvisation ensemble, Ben Kinsinger’s narrative music emphasizes live performance and spontaneous improvisation. Whether on stage as an actor or musician, Ben Kinsinger plays to his audience with a winning simplicity wrapping a complex core.
GOOSE HARRINGTON - listen
Melty synths, banging drums, and the best chest hair in the city. Goose Harrington is here to rock your bed and help you with your FAFSA. I do weddings.
THE DEARLYS
TO DO LIST - listen
Composed of dense synth soundscapes, layers of guitar shimmer, and beats that careen toward the ceiling, To Do List songs are anthems for the desk dweller who loves to dance. With a guitar in hand and a belting baritone, To Do List's high-energy performances reflect on some of life's noisiest questions:
"What happens when your visions don't match reality?
"How does everyone on this bus look so happy?
"Why did I buy this shirt I know I will return?"






A.M. STATIONS

Thu. Mar. 19 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
A.M. STATIONS - listen
Transmitting between Chicago and Detroit, A.M. Stations deliver modulated amplitudes both familiar and brand new. They swing between cutting through the noise and being completely dissolved in it. Tune in.
TALL PAPA - listen
This started as a dumb punk band and then our drummer joined and we got dumber. Now Tall Papa is a blissfully dumb band who has a lot of fun being best friends.
SOLIPSE - listen
Chicago indie-rock trio Solipse released their debut album "Division Street" in January 2019. Consisting of Charles Austin (guitar/vocals), Alex Auby (bass), and Michael Smergalia (drums), the band mixes angular post-punk rhythms, frenetic drumming, and winding, non-traditional song structures.
LOAMS - listen
Loams is a female fronted rock band from Chicago emphasizing heavy fuzz, melodic vocals and minimalist percussion against a backdrop of synthesized noise.






DIRTYBIRD

Sat. Mar. 21 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
DIRTYBIRD - listen
Grown in the womb of a suburban hell, DirtyBird was unleashed to rock and/or roll. To bring the party....to where there wasn't enough party before... ... ...?
or, whatever.
THE FLIPS - listen
Chicago rock quintet The Flips are known for writing personal songs about inner struggles. Their first album A Harm Deep But Shining tackled themes of faith, religion and identity through contemplative self-reflection and at times, outright anger and frustration. The band’s sophomore album, Better Days, delves deeper into the personal and examines the experience of living with and overcoming mental illness. This time around the band has created a thick heavy guitar based sound to complement the distressed and despondent narrative.
NO BALANCE - listen
NO balance makes music for The People. The People aren't happy about it.
TWO HOUSES - listen
"Smash Mouth meets Rage Against the Machine." - Vice






OLD JOY

Tue. Mar. 24 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
OLD JOY - listen
Scum pop/power trash from Chicago, IL.
RAVE AMI - listen
Rave Ami are the loudest rock ‘n roll band in Pittsburgh. The power trio of guitarist/vocalist Joe Praksti, bassist Pat O’Toole, and drummer/vocalist Evan Meindl play a room-rattling push-pit of haggard grunge, beer-stained power-pop, and fuzz-drunk indie-rock.
THE ROOF DOGS - listen
Jazz is jazz y'know?
CORI (Members of Shiloh and Harvey Dentures)
“Sounds like a cross between Real Estate, Modest Mouse and a handful of pills you found in Uncle Rick’s smoking jacket“ -Anthony Santorelli, Musician’s Friend Catalog






ACCEPTOR

Thu. Mar. 26 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
ACCEPTOR
Acceptor is four young men (Justin, Mike, Drew and Adam) on a perilous quest to make a single noise so loud and crunchy that it will kill the evil wizard who cursed them to walk around looking like this. They walk the thinnest line between pop and punk the whole time.
TAKING MEDS - listen
Mathy punk from Brooklyn.
RUST RING
The idea of Rust Ring was not to be just another Midwest math rock band or try to be some kind of math rock super group, but to try and make interesting, complex, and also catchy songs. The music is equally influenced by 90’s indie, slowcore, and emo as well as contemporary punk and Midwest DIY music to create a sound that is Rust Ring.
ANDS (members of Space Blood, Cut Teeth, & As Hell) - listen
Party Math






JESSE W. JOHNSON

Fri. Mar. 27 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
JESSE W. JOHNSON - listen
Jesse W. Johnson plays hooky-yet-dark rock & roll with the a little twinge of country twang. Johnson is a veteran of the Chicago scene, having reached local acclaim fronting Jet W. Lee, and his experience is immediately apparent upon first listen. Together with his solo band, Johnson presents tight, muscular songcraft with beautiful melodies and surprisingly dark lyrics. Most of all, his songs do something not so common today, tell a story, and it’s thoughtful word choice in the music that helps the listener personalize each song. Jesse and his bandmates Dane Marcussen (drums), Yoo Soo Kim (viola, synth), and Timothy Cap (bass) are finishing up a new LP for release later in 2020.
TEDDY & THE EDIBLES
Born out of a mutual love of great American music, Teddy Clyde and his band are Chicago's answer to The Heartbreakers, The Cardinals, and all the other proprietors of good songs.
WALLY DOGGER - listen
Wally Dogger is a Midwestern powerpop/indie rock trio that refuses to die. Founded in 2004, the band has tried to break up multiple times, but failed miserably. Their sound is wonderfully dynamic with anthemic, stadium choruses and heart wrenching, brutally honest lyrics. Their catalog includes 4 LPs, 2 EPs, and a couple months of ridiculous music videos. On March 27th, they return to The Burlington to celebrate the release of their latest single, "Stretch Armstrong.
DAN DAMNIT






SUNDAE DRIVES

Wed. Apr. 01 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
GRAFFITI AIR - listen
Graffiti Air is a new American rock band from Chicago, IL. The band is composed of four members vocals/guitars, guitar/keyboards, bass, and drums. After two years of learning to play and record with each other, they released their first single Lake Shore Drive in May 2019. Their first EP Around the Sun was released in September 2019. Both releases were recorded at Gravity Studios in Chicago, IL. They draw their inspiration from the early new wave and punk bands of days long ago and strive to make intense melodic indie rock music without trying to fit into any genre of music.
SUNDAE DRIVES - listen
Sundae Drives is an indie soul / alt pop duo out of Cincinnati, Ohio featuring singer-songwriter Adam Lee and multi-instrumentalist Nick Bop. Known for their unique sound and intense yet intimate performances, Sundae Drives is sure to capture your heart and captivate your soul.
TRUST THIS GHOST - listen
A psychedelic lounge punk act from Chicago.
REVERSE COWBOYS - listen
Bedtime punk from Chicago.




Thu. Apr. 02 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
STARLESS - listen
Driven by heavy, down-tuned guitar riffs and melodic vocal harmonies, Jess Ambriz and Jon Slusher bring you a haunting variation of doom and slow core, conveying darkness and light with heavy guitars and voice. Drummer Quinn Curren and bass player Alan Strathmann fill out this dystopian beauty that will have your ears ringing and your head humming.
HIGHDIVER - listen
Chicago's Highdiver are the sum of it's members influences. Echoing the dissonant but melodic sound of 90's bands Failure and Shiner with the Alt-Metal edge of bands like The Deftones. Highdiver set out to write catchy riffs you can also head bang to.
HUNG (Members of Buckingham Palace SVU, Dead Letter, GoatLoad)
So Godflesh and Codeine walk into a bar...




Sun. Apr. 05 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
SUPERKNOVA - listen
SuperKnova is a Chicago-based transgender artist who creates Queer Pop, a guitar-based sound that incorporates electronic drums, driving synths, and virtuosic solos. They write about identity, sex, queerness and the struggle of being your authentic self.
KIMMORTAL - listen
Kimmortal is a queer filipinx second generation settler based on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples: the Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, and Musqueam nations. Recognized as "a voice to be heard" by Exclaim magazine, Kimmortal has been making waves with their multifaceted approach to music. Incorporating song, visual art, rap, and frequently collaborating with poets and dancers, Kimmortal strives to make an impact with their live performances. Their new album “X marks the Swirl” was a two year long process of creation that was ranked 1 of 40 in the Polaris 2019 longlist.
CLOUDTONE - listen
Shimmery art rock noises based in Chicago.
FREE SNACKS - listen
Chicago super duo of Joshua Virtue and Ruby Watson. Peace to Nude Beach. Peace to UDABABY.




Wed. Apr. 08 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
BUR - listen
Hailing from the Chicago suburbs, you can hear the sound of BUR far beyond city limits and state lines. Burying slacker-rock vocals deep in a murk of wailing guitars and distorted fuzz, this noisy quad will leave your ears ringing and bones shaking.
THE HEAD - listen
Brothers Mike Shaw (bass, vocals) and Jack Shaw (drums) and Jacob Morrell (guitars) have been jamming together since high school, writing and performing original songs inspired by the bands they love: trippy Brits like Stone Roses, Spiritualized, Ride, The Verve and Echo and the Bunnymen, and moody Americans like The National, Scott Walker and early R.E.M. The Head have released two LPs, a handful of singles, and have headlined tours throughout the U.S. and U.K. They have also opened for Lucy Dacus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Glorious Sons and Primal Scream, to name a few. The Head’s most recent record is called What Happened To Us? (Vol. 2), a 4 song EP released on Jan. 31, 2020.
SIDE HUG - listen
Fusing shoegaze and dream pop whilst dripping with sulky lyrics of unrequited love, Side Hug creates a cozy yet ethereal presence, often expanding into more ambient spaces from stripped down guitars. Their message comes across clearly just with their name: a sonic representation of awkwardness and sad boys, but their jams are anything but klutz.




Mon. Apr. 13 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
With DJ sets from Faith and Ghosted!
SCARY BLACK - listen
This is a project inspired by 80s alternative music, radio nostalgia, and music from the spaghetti westerns I watched with my aunt every Saturday morning.
IRON YEARS - listen
Chicago's own Iron Years thrives in the darkness, with an intense stage presence that deserves to be drenched in shades of purple. Much like similarly nocturnal post-punk pioneers Joy Division and The Cure, there's a catchiness to Iron Years' work that will keep their riffs in your head long after the show is done.
ROSE TEETH




Wed. Apr. 15 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
PRETTY PLEASED - listen
Playing some good music for the listening pleasures with the ears. Indie rock or something. FFO: Remo Drive, Microwave, Joyce Manor, Rozwell Kid.
BIG LOSER - listen
Big Loser is an American rock band formed by frontman Chase Spruiell. originally formed in 2013 as a solo project under the name Free Kittens & Bread, the project has morphed from an acoustic/folk act into a more full force, hard hitting lyrically driven four piece indie/punk/rock band. they have one full length record, released in 2016.
JEFF SCHALLER & THE LONG WAY HOME - listen
Jeff Schaller is a Chicago based singer, songwriter, composer, teacher, and classical musician. His band, Jeff Schaller and the Long Way Home (formerly Movies About Animals) takes musical inspiration from a wide range of sources both literary and musical. Like most Midwestern kids, Schaller grew up listening to all the emo and punk bands coming out of the area and beyond as well as all of the alternative rock on the airwaves in the early 90's, but one of his earliest and most prevalent influences that shines through in his songwriting is Bruce Springsteen. The band released their debut album "Two Decades and Change" in 2017 under the former name and quickly moved further away from the early Wonder Years-esque, pop-punk inspired songs of their early catalogue. The name change came as a natural result of this shift in sound, which is often compared to the likes of The Menzingers, Springsteen, Gin Blossoms, Gaslight Anthem, The Killers, The Get Up Kids and any other punk-adjacent rock and roll band around. The music still holds the raw energy of their early days, but with a more honest and heartfelt approach to craft. It has been described as "effective, genuine, and catchy simplicity." Schaller's love for classical music can be heard in the large arrangements of instruments on any given track and in the smallest amount of compostionally informed detail. The newest single "Younger Years" was released in early 2019. Jeff Schaller and the Long Way Home are currently writing and recording for their next release due sometime in the Summer of 2019.
DAVEY DYNAMITE - listen
Davey Dynamite began playing solo in 2010 with the idea of taking a punk approach to writing folk songs. Since then he has played hundreds of shows, toured the U.S. and released four full-length albums. This past year, Davey released his fourth album and first completely full-band effort, "Holy Shit," with the help of Dying Scene Records, Don't Panic Records & Distro and No Time Records. In 2017, Davey came in as the runner up to Eryn Allen Kane for the Chicago Reader's best local singer/songwriter.




Fri. Apr. 17 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
BADCANDY
"Post garage rock" "Joan Jett meets Nirvana." "Pain and strength distilled in feedback, driving rhythms, and power." "Darkness to fight darkness" "moody and dramatic."
THE LOCALS - listen
The Locals are an alt-pop, indie-rock trio from Chicago. They have been a part of the Chicago music scene for over a decade. The band has toured extensively in the US and played some dates in the UK. Drawing heavily from influences like The Pixies, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Joy Formidable, the band delivers high energy live performances. The last few years have been marked with personal tragedy for lead singer/songwriter, Yvonne Doll that has taken her out of the music scene. The death of her best friend (killed by a drunk driver) inspires many of the tunes on the new album. Yvonne was also diagnosed with Meniere's Disease, an incurable inner ear disorder that has made it difficult to play music. She has fought her way back through tragedy and health issues and is now very excited to return to the stage and deliver this deeply personal music. The new album, Minutes, Seconds, Degrees chronicles the depths of the human experience, deep sadness, overwhelming love, fear and triumph.
THE BABY MAGIC - listen
Some artists grab your attention immediately, but fail to hold it very long. Others dig into your subconscious, until you can't get that tune out of your head. When a rare band hits you right off the first note and stays in your head long after the record stopped spinning or the house lights come on, you know you've found some magic. And if you're one of those artists that can conjure up that magic, you may as well put it in your name. There you have Chicago's The Baby Magic. A trio of hyperactive yet hyper-articulate musicians bangin' out the sexiest new-wave/no-wave jams you've ever heard, The Baby Magic enthralls the listener on their newest record "Rent a Place in Hell" as well as previous effort "Whoopsy Daisy." Their songs conjure up the best moments of Beat Happening, Talking Heads, and newer groups like Death From Above 1979 without sounding redundant of anything that's come before. Rather, they're a harbinger for a new, enlightened, and - goddamnit - fun time. But if you want the full 'Magic experience, find them in the sweatiest, sleaziest, skankiest bar you know and get set to release your inhibitions and find that part of you that your assistant principal warned you would end up on your permanent record.
DEEP FAKE
Deep Fake is an indie rock band hailing from Chicago, Illinois. Bandmates Kate Walsh (Guitar/vox), Kaaren Fehsenfeld (Drums), Crispin Torres (Bass/vox) joined forces in 2017 to explore a back catalog of previously unrecorded songs written by both Torres and Walsh. As artists and activists, the trio were inspired by the alarming changing political landscape of 2016 and their own personal life changes. They retreated to a lake cottage in Western Michigan, and began writing. Their first studio recording and forthcoming EP, "Underneath" is due out in the fall of 2019. With riotgrrl upbringing and queercore influences, Deep Fake blends melodic feminist punk with a no wave drive. With interchangeable vocals and rotating lead guitars, Deep Fake crafts melody into rage, while still able to find moments of levity.




 
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