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Sun. Jan. 26
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
THE SLOW DEATH
THE RAGING NATHANS
BOARDINGHOUSE REACH
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Tue. Jan. 28
DREW FLIPPIN
MEGAN HOZICK
21+ / Crown Liquors - 8PM

Wed. Jan. 29
THE ERRATIC RETALIATOR STRATEGY
SPACE DRAMA
A MILLION RICH DAUGHTERS
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Thu. Jan. 30
DUMB CHUNKS
"RICHARDSON" RICHARDSON
TURN N FIRE
TOXIC ROCKET
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Fri. Jan. 31
HUMAN ERRORS
THE BAD MAN
THUD
ACCEPTOR
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Sat. Feb. 01
OSCAR BAIT
TAKE WEIGHT
DEAD REST
THE LACK
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM



COMPRESSIONS

Sat. Jan. 25 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
PRIMITIVE TEETH (members of Violent End, Split Feet, Daylight Robbery, Chronic Seizure) - listen
Primitive Teeth consists of Keara on drums and backing vocals, Christine on guitar and vocals, and Bryan on bass and backing vocals.
COMPRESSIONS (ex members of Pillage, Pedestrians, Full On & Closing In) - listen
It's hardcore punk from people who KNOW hardcore punk. Trust the pedigree.
SPIRIT TRAP - listen
Spirit Trap features screaming, repetitive minor key riffing, and occasional aux percussion.
FUTURE SHOCK (members of Lowhangers and Riesgo) - listen
“Future Shock is all hard angles and soft light. Pallets of secondary colors fill every shot, offsetting the violence with a childlike simplicity. If Kubrick had directed Tank Girl - if that cartoonish violence had been presented with a steady hand - this would be the soundtrack.” - New Yorker






VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL

Sun. Jan. 26 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
It's hard, you know? You start playing in a punk band when you're a snot-nosed teen to facilitate hanging out with your friends and macking on babes. Fun and games, right? Then the next thing you know it's over a decade later and you're still pounding out those minute and a half songs. What's stranger is it's not just a chance to play grab ass anymore, it actually starts to mean something to you. You practice. You think about these songs. You think about helping other bands. Suddenly the basement is getting more and more full. Actually, it's getting down right packed. Then the bands you grew up listening to start asking you to play with them. Without warning, this little punk band doesn't just matter to you...you find a whole lot of people are really, really stoked about it.
THE SLOW DEATH - listen
After several unsuccessful attempts at mining alpacas for wool and chickening out of bank robberies a young Jesse Swan Thorson thought he could make himself rich at playing music. He had no idea how wrong he was. Boasting drunkenly at a divebar in Fargo, ND he convinced some local half-wits to form a band and Pretty Boy Thorson was born. Stringing together music ripped off from Merle Haggard songs and misunderstood bible quotes, Pretty Boy Thorson managed to write and record several records. They embarked on many tours which were merely a thinly veiled excuse to search for Curly's gold after misunderstanding a late 80's Billy Crystal movie. Building what few people would call a 'huge following' by trading tapes advertised in Soldier of Fortune magazine the band skyrocketed to mediocrity. Quickly tiring of Mr. Thorson's deranged antics members of the band fled to opposite coasts of the United States. Realizing he was too lazy to continue on his own, Jesse along with life partner David Strait recruited punk legend Jonny C from the critically acclaimed Rest of Us (Tampa, FL) and a guy named Mike from some bullshit band called The Ergs, they changed their name to The Slow Death to stop running from the obvious. They are now considering touring with top bands and maybe getting a haircut.
THE RAGING NATHANS - listen
Throw your old shoes out before you have to walk to the store to buy a new pair and be hopeless with a smile.
BOARDINGHOUSE REACH - listen
In the summer of 2017, four people entered Room 6 of Kildare Studios and emerged as Boardinghouse Reach. Blending influences from all directions, especially mid-90s hardcore and punk, BHR crafted a sound based on loud guitars, catchy hooks, honest lyrics, and Russ. BHR features ex-members of Step Forward Look West, XLUKESKAWALKERX, Chanucey, and The Fucking Vipers. So let the sun shine on your faults, the moon shine on the best of you, and the power of Boardinghouse Reach inspire you to move your feet.






THE ERRATIC RETALIATOR STRATEGY

Wed. Jan. 29 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
THE ERRATIC RETALIATOR STRATEGY - listen
The Erratic Retaliator Strategy began as a side project while on hiatus from aggressive hip hop group TDF starting in late 2011. The original idea was to meld acoustic/hip hop originals with interesting computer based drums and samples. However, the band took on a life of its own, transforming into a multi-genre attack with heavy distorted bass lines and introspective emotion based lyrics as a backbone.
SPACE DRAMA - listen
Space Drama is a Chicago instrumental, experimental rock composition. They set out to score life like a film.
A MILLION RICH DAUGHTERS - listen
Five piece garage/industrial/horror inspired alternative post-punk from Chicago.






DUMB CHUNKS

Thu. Jan. 30 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
DUMB CHUNKS - listen
Dumb Chunks are an garage/surf/indie 3 piece from the cornfield known as DeKalb and have been compared to Buzzcocks, Ty Seagull, Dick Dale, and Thee Oh Sees.
"RICHARDSON" RICHARDSON - listen
2 piece sludge/butt rock/nü metal from IL that's all about sports, pro wrestling, Pokemon, and riffs.
TURN N FIRE - listen
Chicago based punk trio.
TOXIC ROCKET - listen
Drawing influence from bands at every stage of punk’s history, Toxic Rocket has been dubbed “party punk”. They play fun, upbeat and quirky songs. They are often accompanied by their own go-go dancers, the Toxic Rockettes.






HUMAN ERRORS

Fri. Jan. 31 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
HUMAN ERRORS - listen
Human Errors leaves you asking 'what kind of band was that?' The answer is 'who cares.' The Chicago based four piece neglectfully yet accurately regurgitates every sub-genre that is worthy of listening to in a thrift-store-t-shirt-quilt-your-college-fling-made-you-after-they forgot-your-birthday kinda way. Coming from all different musical backgrounds, Nick, Trey and Kev always agree with frontman Ian Lee. These songs will slip into your subconscious and persuade you to join a cult.
THE BAD MAN - listen
Since forming in 2016, The Bad Man has built a reputation as one of Minneapolis’ hardest working bands, steadily performing live with pure energy and relentless adrenaline. Fronted by singer Peter Memorich—one of the Twins Cities’ “most dynamic and devilish rock ’n’ roll frontmen” (Chris Riemenschneider, Star Tribune)—The Bad Man is driven by Patrick Davis’ mad-scientist guitar work, the stomp of Warren “The Dog” Peterson’s bass, Ben Hintz’ jumping-jack sax, and Joe Ramm’s rocksteady backbeat. The Bad Man’s two albums—Aint Clean (2017) and Laughing With Bad Teeth (2018)—stay true to the band’s pub rock roots while reflecting their circus of influences. The music is unabashedly undefined—firmly anchored in a wealth of rock-and-roll sweat, yet delivering a brand new strut that’s uninhibited and addictively electric. Named a Best New Band of 2017 by First Avenue, and City Pages Picked to Click in 2018, The Bad Man is best known for their unpredictable, loud, and rowdy performances. Throughout their career, they’ve headlined many of the Twin Cities’ premier clubs and festivals as well as supported major acts, including Har Mar Superstar, Foster The People, and Soul Asylum. Bum a ride, see ‘em live. They’re worth the cover charge.
THUD (members of Downtown Struts) - listen
Songs to get doored to.
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.






OSCAR BAIT

Sat. Feb. 01 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
OSCAR BAIT - listen
The soundtrack to staying up all night playing Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 and having your first Miller Lite at 7AM.
TAKE WEIGHT - listen
Hardcore from Toledo, OH. Featuring members of Shitty Neighbors, Disconnected, and Bonefolder. Beer, babes, and bros... discount sushi, rock & roll.
DEAD REST - listen
In June of 2018 three old friends decided to drink beers and play aggressive music together. Within a few short months a handful of songs were written and the first self titled EP recorded. Dead Rest was born heavily influenced by the underground Chicago punk scene while still being located in a rural small dive-bar town. Cliché but catch lyrics often about drunken nights, terrible mistakes, and mental health. Dead Rest aims to create music that not only appeals to the average punk rocker but to write relatable and emotionally driven songs.
THE LACK - listen
Chicago-based punk olds. Fireball. Fast beats. Sad songs. Meds. Death.






ARCADE 88

Thu. Feb. 06 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
ARCADE 88 - listen
Arcade 88 is an alternative/indie trio from Chicago, IL. Originating from the little village area, we are a young three piece experimental rock group influenced by music from the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s. We have performed all over the Chicago area in famous venues such as House of Blues and Reggie’s Rock Club. We have also had the honor of opening up for the late 90’s band Alien Ant Farm.
CHANCE & THE ARROW - listen
Chance & the Arrow is an Indie/Rock band from Chicago, IL. Longtime friends Shelby, Mike, Joe, and Jordan each bring their own influences together to create an Indie/Rock sound with flares of Pop/Punk, Jazz, and Pop music. Some of the bands biggest influences include Hippo Campus, COIN, Japanese House, and Catfish & the Bottlemen.
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.
BOUNDARY WATERS - listen
Midwestern melodrama. Chicago band.






BURLY GATES

Fri. Feb. 07 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
BURLY GATES - listen
Burly Gates is a Surf Psych Garage band based in Chicago, IL They draw inspiration from bands a wide variety of different genres to make up their unique sound. Although each song has a slightly different sound, there is a common theme of surfy upbeat drums, over-driven reverb soaked guitars, and complicated bass lines covered with vocals that maintain a wide range of dynamics.
ULTIMATELY FRUITLESS - listen
Ultimately Fruitless balances erratic, punky energy and groovy surf-pop, with lazy vocals and guitar melodies that melt in your ears, not in your hand.
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.






SWEET COBRA

Sat. Feb. 08 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
ARLUCK TIME 2020
A celebration and remembrance of the life of Mat Arluck
with performances by:

SWEET COBRA - listen
The dedication of its members has helped make SWEET COBRA a household name to fans of bold rock and hardcore internationally, and a staple within the bustling music scene of their hometown of Chicago. Founded in 2003 by former members of a wide array of notable underground acts and boasting the fury and angular qualities of their hardcore/noise-rock/metal roots with a more straightforward rock rhythm and delivery, the band came into existence and toured alongside the likes of Pelican, Coliseum, Russian Circles, Doomriders, The Life And Times, Young Widows and many more.
TERI & THE TENDERTONES
A revolving door set with musicians of Mat's bands and other friends playing the songs that remind us of him. Features members of Sweet Cobra, Deminer/Crash Course, Party Downers, Full On, Haymarket Riot, Lynyrd's Innards, Cooler by the Lake and other special guests.
COOLER BY THE LAKE - listen
Combine tight musicianship with a loose cannon and you get Cooler by the Lake. With a two-guitar attack, rhythm section, keys, flute and sax, a dedicated back up singer and raucous singer Rory Lake at the helm, Cooler by the Lake has conquered rock clubs all over the Midwest for the last 15 years. It’s more than music; it’s an intense rock experience. That’s why their shaken cocktail of classic rock, psych, prog and punk appeals to all fans of rock, especially when served by wildly charismatic Rory Lake. Due to their unique versatility and amplified entertainment factor, Cooler by the Lake has squeezed on stages with rock legends Molly Hatchet, The Fixx, Asia, and Adam Ant as well as punk and indie acts Sean & Zander, Drag the River, Nashville Pussy, Cherry Valence, Electric Frankenstein, Danko Jones, and Apocalypse Hoboken. Cooler by the Lake has also performed during a live simulcast of a bacon eating contest on ABC’s, The Jimmy Kimmel Show.






THE SKIES ARE SHIFTING

Sun. Feb. 09 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
THE SKIES ARE SHIFTING - listen
The Skies Are Shifting is a blend of multiple genres with our roots being in post hard core. The Skies Are Shifting was started in 2018 by founding members Jack, Mike, and Ian. Johnny joined later to complete the line up now known as The Skies Are Shifting .
THE DONDEROS - listen
The Donderos are a rock band from Chicago. Not that soft shit.
SOLOR - listen
Solor is a grungy alternative trio from Northwest, Indiana.
SOUND AND SOMA
Progressive Psych Rock, Lighter than stardust but heavier than a space-travelling Cadillac, with grooves that hit right at hip-level.






PELAFINA

Thu. Feb. 13 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
PELAFINA - listen
Pelafina hails from Chicago and features dual female/male vocals backed by the quartet of Katie Steel-Thomas, Tyler Bachman, Troy Sennett, and Dan Bretz. They met in Normal, IL where their numerous other bands had been based, and formed Pelafina when they moved north after college. Their debut EP, Pelafina 64, channels The Forecast, Into It. Over It., and other Midwest emo influences.
SAD WITCHES
Sad Witches is former/current members of Winter Classic, Otto Mann, Oscar Bait and Boss Fight.
GOOD MORNING MIDNIGHT - listen
Good Morning Midnight is a cacophony in hushed tones created by sole member and mastermind Charlie Cacciatore hailing from Iowa City, IA.
LETTERING - listen
lettering is described as an indie band that was put through a Japanese punk band pasta maker and plated by a person who often creates deconstructed versions of horror movies. With lyrics that delve into the obscure and obscene, and choruses that repeat as scarcely as possible, you will rarely find a dull moment whilst engaging with your ear holes. They can’t replace EVERY band but they can [try] to replace ANY band.






SHEEP NUMBERS

Fri. Feb. 14 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
SHEEP NUMBERS - listen
Around Christmas of 2010, Mike Martello was stuck in a stranger's house with three weeks to kill. He decided to write and record an album using an acoustic guitar, a microkorg, and whatever else was lying around. The project was dubbed Sheep Numbers, and the album was actually pretty cool, so now Sheep Numbers is a real band with real people playing ramshackle pop/rock nuggets.
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."
CHOO CHOO - listen
ChooChoo is the brainchild of a Chicago metal drummer, a jazz student from Indiana on keys, and a singer/guitarist from Austin. Sitting somewhere between grunge, doo-wop and gospel, ChooChoo recently released their first full-length LP, a two-part concept album about an intergalactic road trip.
FLYING POTION - listen
Chicago-based psych rock band Flying Potion!






CAMP EDWARDS

Sat. Feb. 15 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
CAMP EDWARDS - listen
Camp Edwards is an indie rock band with a lot of drums and a lot of bass.
YOUTH PALLET - listen
Cautiously slouching through the humble lands of Cleveland, Ohio; Youth Pallet emerges as yet another (indie-ish? punk-ish? ‘We don’t like to label our sound’-ish) rock band. A modest, yet dashing three piece of gallants perform the depressing, yet life affirming tunes of a crooning twenty-something named Nick Seink. Sometimes the songs get heavy. Sometimes the songs get real pretty. Sometimes the songs rip some riffs your dad might nod along to. Won’t you join us, Youth Pallet, in our struggles against ourselves, each other, God and the weather?
GOSH DIGGITY - listen
The largest woodpecker in north America is the pileated woodpecker
~bedroom pop~






MICHAEL GARRITY

Wed. Feb. 19 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
MICHAEL GARRITY (of Nora Marks) - listen
Michael Garrity lives in Chicago and tries to record as much music as he can in both bands and solo.
JERM PLUE - listen
Jerm Plue, the frontman for the band Dirty Rotten Revenge brings you songs of a life of struggle, personal turmoil, and drinking the pain away.
BILLY FURY
Acoustic versions of punk rock songs that have inspired me, along with face melting originals.
MYNOR GONZALEZ (of The Grool Brothers) - listen
TOURIST SEASON - listen
Chicago's newest jerk. By way of orlando. Punk inspired (mostly) acoustic jams. Getting quieter and higher in my old age.






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.
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.
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.
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.






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.






CHICKEN HAPPEN

Thu. Mar. 12 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
CHICKEN HAPPEN (members of Dirtybird and Your Mothership) - listen
Chicken Happen is a band that makes it happen! This poly-gendered, multi-racial trio is a blend of punk rock and folk music. You know those mexican lollipops in the shape of a chicken that have the spicy chili powder on it? Well that's kind of what we're like--a little spicy and a little sweet.
CHURCH GIRLS - listen
Church Girls are an indie / post-punk band from Philadelphia, PA.
WET TROPICS - listen
Wet Tropics is no longer a one-man power group, comprised of John Rejba (Boys Life, The Farewell Bend, Rare Animals): it’s grown into something more after recruiting Krystal Smith (drums) and Justin Watt (bass). A handful of songs written just to have fun, with a simple philosophy of letting it rock and a devil-may-care attitude, have turned into a dancing blizzard.
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.






SUPERKNOVA

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.




 
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