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Thu. Sep. 27
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Tue. Oct. 02
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Tue. Sep. 25 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
The last great American rock n' roll band for fans of Sparklehorse, The Smashing Pumpkins, Guided By Voices, Kind Of Like Spitting, and Big Star.
OLD SOULS - listen
Old Souls is a punk band from Cleveland, OH consisting of Ben Grimes on guitar, Nick Sienk on bass, and Mason Newson on drums. They have unlocked the following achievements:
2003 Kids Choice Award
2 Honorable Discharge Commemorative Medals
Completed the Atomic Hot Wing Challenge at a Quaker Steak & Lube
NO WINDOWS - listen
No Windows is a celebration created by sleeplessness and screaming amplifiers. Chicago post hardcore melodies for walking alone or drinking on a concrete floor.
ARTHHUR - listen
Arthhur is an indie band from Chicago, IL formed by songwriter Mike Fox, bassist Luke Dalhgren and drummer Matt Ciani. Arthhur draws from 70's art rock, dance music and classic power trios. They have two albums out: "who needs friends when you have thoughts like these" and "come meet the opposite committee" which was released in March of this year.


Thu. Sep. 27 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
DIVORCE - listen
Divorce is a Chicago-based group of musicians coming together out of various previous projects. Their music is an ever-changing mix of 90s alternative and punchy indie rock with some gazey haze layered in for good measure.
Slow Thrills are most comfortable playing reverb-filled rock and roll with transistor organs. They can be found wandering somewhere between dark surf rock and psychedelic gypsy music.
Cat Daiquiri is Sarah Sterling (Videotape, Astrobrite), Steve Rajewski (Canada, Little Midnight) and Graham Bauerle (Carbon Dioxide). Steve (guitar, vocals, keys) and Sarah (drums, vocals, keys) met in the spring of 2014, and started working on music together shortly after. A few months later Graham, newly arrived from DC, joined on bass. They had drinks together at a tiki bar, and thus, Cat Daiquiri came to be.


Mon. Oct. 01 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Origami Button are a 5 piece alternative/pop rock band with a little math rock twist. Like spaghetti with a little extra sauce.
A NEW STATE - listen
A New State is a three-piece crunch rock band from St. Louis, MO. June of 2017 they stepped into Sonic Iguana Studios to record their debut album, Silver Water, with Mass Giorgini (Rise Against, Green Day, Alkaline Trio, Anti-Flag). It released on June 1, 2018.
THE UNTOLD - listen
The Untold is a hard rock/prog metal band from Chicago formed in August of 2017. Though they enjoy letting their writing process take them wherever it may, resulting in a diverse sound ranging from catchy rock, to heavy, groovy, powerful riffs, to technical prog. Everything from loud and aggressive to clean and calm, with primarily clean vocals.
Formed in the sweat and indulgence of the summer of '17, Boardinghouse Reach dials the clock back to the tone and spirit of 90's punk that simultaneously elicits Americana and aggression. Warm tones, rattling rhythm and howling words are the life line for a sound heavily inspired by Avail, Kid Dynamite and Jawbreaker.


Tue. Oct. 02 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
THE BANANAS - listen
The Bananas are infamous Sacramento, CA ragers that have been making the best sloppy, poppy, lo-fi, punk rock known to mankind for decades. Catch them whenever you can and witness the stuff of legend.
RIVERS EDGE - listen
Rivers Edge formed in October of 2016 by Ben, Ash, Terry, and Harry. They've all been in other bands: Basement Benders, add/c, Pine Hill Haints, etc.
TIME THIEVES (members of This Is My Fist, Brickfight, Sass Dragons, and Horrible Things) - listen
Annie, Jonathan, Mike, and Tim.
EEPHUS (members of The Krunchies, The Mascots, Uh Oh, The Busy Signals, Love Dictators, Heated, M.O.T.O., Endless Column)
Eephus is punk music from lifelong fans of music who also play instruments--fast and angsty, but also dark and minor and melodic; sometimes heavy with sometimes hooks. Featuring members of M.O.T.O., the Krunchies, and UHOH.


Thu. Oct. 04 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
"Hey all! I'm Dave and I am a singer/songwriter dude from Illinois. Now and then I try to play my songs with a full band. Luckily I have awesome friends who help me do that."
Cheatin' at Solitaire is a Chicago punk trio. We specialize in 2 minute blasts of 4/4 awesomeness. Also, longer and shorter songs too.
NORA MARKS - listen
Stoner punk music the whole family can enjoy.
Badwater Sound is a Chicago based Americana Rock'n'Roll, Midwest Punk'n'Soul duo for screaming coyotes, misfits, givers, takers, leaners and shakers. Best results when used for dancing, deliberating, fornicating, and/or burning things down.


Fri. Oct. 05 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
LOCAL BOYS - listen
If John Wayne and Clint Eastwood adopted some orphans and forced them to busk at a young age those orphans may have formed the Local Boys. But they didn't so we had to do it ourselves. Rock and roll attitude with an alternative outlook, the Local Boys are gonna hit you hard with some soul.
THE RIP UPS - listen
Emerging from the Windy City's alleys, the Rip Ups are out to tear down the music scene with their catchy garage-a-billy punk tunes that you can both mosh & dance to. Rip it up!
Matt Bremer, Vinny Keel, Jake Bone, Kurt Klein, and James Capone: Five Chicago gents who got together to produce straight up Rock 'N' Roll without any bullshit, but with plenty of booze. The music speaks for itself and is assured to leave pants down, hearts a pound and minds loud!
It's as if music had a sound to it. A three piece from Chicago


Sat. Oct. 06 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
YOU FOLK - listen
You Folk is a five-piece Chicago-based band that takes cues from artists like Broken Social Scene, Pedro the Lion, and Pygmy Lush. What started as a solo project for vocalist/guitarist Daniel Lee, quickly became a full band effort flanked by guitarist and back-up vocalist Sal Plascencia (of American Wolf), bassist Rebecca Young (Indisposed), keyboardist/guitarist Evan Lyman (Deadly Habits) and drummer Bryan Kingsley (Harm Less, Dead Sun).
SNORT - listen
An energetic rock band from Chicago with Math Rock and Pop Punk influences. Predominantly instrumental with a few sing-along choruses.
EMBLEMS - listen
Emblems started in a basement by Matthew Stevens. Song structures took on a folk inspired feel in the early stages before the band grew into its own blend of somber rock, drawing influences from the sounds of the early 2000’s. Emblems is Ian O'Brien, AJ Griffith, Zig Sun Oo, and Matthew Stevens.
Chicago's Tideshift 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. Tideshift set out to write catchy riffs you can also head bang to.


Sun. Oct. 07 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
COLOR CARD - listen
In 2008, long-time friends Eden Sierotnik and Kyle Irwin moved to Chicago in pursuit of creating music. Musicians already, they collaborated on songs and created demos in their apartment under the name Color Card. In 2009, Ben Kaufmann, then interning at Engine Studios, invited them to record a few of their songs. After recording at Engine, Sierotnik and Irwin continued to write and in 2010 they produced an EP entitled Zegary. Drawing from a folk aesthetic, much of the album was done with acoustic instruments. Though adding a minimal synthesized textures, however, the EP was recognized as an experimental record. The following year, they released another set of songs entitled Vacation, which demonstrated their improving production quality and songwriting. With a heavier focus on electric guitar and bass, their material became easier to perform live. With a selection of songs from both releases, Color Card performed at venues such as the Bottom Lounge, the Empty Bottle, the Beat Kitchen, the Whistler, and the Subterranean, among others around Chicago. They were also invited to perform on WESN 88.1 in Bloomington and have been aired on WLUW 88.7 and WBEW 89.5 in Chicago. In August of 2012, Color Card released their third collection of entitled So Long. It has already garnered attention from Chicago Tunes, the Whistler Blog, and the Chicago Reader. Fading out the use of an acoustic drumset, much of the percussion is synthesized. Irwin and Sierotnik harmonize for much of the record allowing their voices to blend with other instruments. The band continues to perform music from all three albums and is planning to begin writing new material in early 2013.
Nevāda Nevada might call its home Brooklyn, but this Americana art rock quartet has deep roots stemming from all over the country. With the varied landscape of America as their background, it was inevitable that their songs would evoke the same meditative output of long cross-country drives full of mystery and cascading shadows accompanied by sharp slants of invigorating light. Each song tells a visceral story through haunting rhythms and jarring vocals, completely enveloping the listener in powerful, contemplative moods that are, at the same time, always welcoming and always adventurous.
DOOMERANG - listen
Doomerang is an electronic rock band from Chicago, IL composed of members Daniel Robbins (vocals, guitar), Katie Kadan (synth, vocals), Katrina Zemrak (bass), and Kirby Baumann (drums). For the past 5 years, singer-songwriter Daniel Robbins has been writing, recording and playing music in Chicago, both as a solo act and with bands, in addition to recording, producing and collaborating with other local artists. Doomerang began in January 2016 as a recording project for Robbins and over the first months of 2016, the songs that would comprise Doomerang's debut album were written, recording began, and the realization that these songs needed to be played live set in.
From personal, moving songwriting, to teaching music lessons, to passionate live performance, music is native Chicagoan Katie Kadan's life. And as a constant collaborator with Robbins (both on the stage and in the studio), with one of the best voices in Chicago, Katie joining Doomerang seemed to be a given, and so she did in June 2016.
Katrina Zemrak, originally from Winslow, Maine, has been playing the bass for over 10 years in varying genres, including rock, musicals, jazz, and classical. But Katrina's passion for music extends beyond the bass and for the past 5 years she has been focusing on creating music for film and other forms of media and is currently studying at Columbia College. One serendipitous shared cab ride and a few text messages later and Doomerang had a bass player.
The last piece of the puzzle was Doomerang drummer, Kirby Baumann. Originally from Texas, Kirby is a visual artist, chef and self-taught drummer who has gone from beginning to drum at the age of 5 to opening for The Roots in 2009. Kirby's style and influence ranges from rock and roll, to blues, to hip-hop and after answering a Craigslist add in July 2016, Doomerang was complete.
Creating songs with dreamy riffs, melodic bass lines and powerhouse drums, Mermaid N.V. is an indie rock trio based in Chicago.


Mon. Oct. 08 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
GALAXXU - listen
"I’ve been trying to find a way for the terror and the beauty to live together in one song. I know it’s possible." - Sonny Sharrock
Galaxxu is harsh chaotic punk free jazz space noise from Chicago. Members also play in Die Eclectics, Bob Genghis Khan, ADFL Quartet, Extrapolator, and more.
Post Apocalyptic Bud Com Free Wave.
NIMITTA - listen
Nimitta is the product of suburban childhood plagued by boredom and subsequently the internet. Typically a 2 piece, but sometimes with guests, Nimitta had been playing shows for 3 years now, and would like to invite you to this show, full of laughs, tears, joy, and heartbreak. Catch them after Frasier at 9:00, 8 Central on WCIU: U's got it.
Improvised Satanic chamber music by people who love cats.


Thu. Oct. 11 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
BOSLEY JR. - listen
We play music that hurts our fingers.
COSTANZA - listen
Fuck Unwritten Law. Worst band on the planet? Most likely. We might be second, but at least we aren't pussy boy no talent dick weeds.
2 piece sludge/butt rock/nü metal from IL that's all about sports, pro wrestling, Pokemon, and riffs.
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.


Sun. Oct. 14 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Formed in 2010, Chicago’s own KNOCKOUT KID is pop punk with an edge. Instead of generic breakdowns and been-done gang vocals, KNOCKOUT KID relies on metalcore-inspired riffs and choruses catchy enough to keep you up at night. Since their inception, the band has released two albums, two EPs, completed 10+ US tours, 2 Canadian tours, played Belgium's Groezrock Festival in May 2016, and signed to Bullet Tooth, Artery Global and Defiled Management.
TACO SHOCK - listen
One pop-punk mother fucker lookin' to rock your face off!
GOLD ROUTE - listen
Pop punk from Detroit, MI.
LETDOWN - listen
Letdown is a punk rock band from Oshawa, ON.
HIGH WIRE - listen
High Wire was formed in 2012 after Iowa natives; Cameron, Mark, and Chris, relocated from their quaint hometown to Chicago in pursuit of their musical aspirations.
Shortly thereafter, they met Adam. Hailing from Australia, Adam had moved to the states in search of the same career in music. Hitting it off immediate, it wasn't long before the four joined forces, and the line-up was complete.


Wed. Oct. 17 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
KODAKROME - listen
Forming in 2014 from members of the now defunct The L.A.B. and the still pounding Ribbonhead, Chicago-based Kodakrome is a Post-Punk 4-piece with a love for all things catchy and dissonant. Combining backgrounds of synth-laden electro-punk, hardcore, and pop punk come songs that range from 20 second mantras to extended builds layered with thick and messy guitars, fuzzed out bass lines, and erratic vocals. Lyrical content varies from stream of consciousness to self-assuring affirmations, point-of-view story-telling and anything in-between, creating songs that feel both nostalgic and unsettling.
SCARVES - listen
Scarves mastermind Niko Stathakopoulos only seems to be getting better and more self-assured over time. His work combines a jarring mixture of Northwest indie rock, math rock, and classic emo to create an emotional landscape that Niko feels best suits him. In this, Scarves make themselves more relatable than many of the other indie rock outfits out there, if only for Niko’s stark honesty and abrasive attempt at human connection. For a young songwriter, Stathakopoulos isn’t afraid to challenge his audience and invite them into something more rewarding than the status quo.
The Inventors are a three piece rock band that calls Chicago home. We draw influences from every genre and apply that to everything we do from writing, recording, and performing. Come see us live!
3 piece loud rock band from the northwest suburbs.


Thu. Oct. 25 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Crafted with the elegance and grace of Guy Fieri writing a futuristic robot sequel to "Les Miserables," The Trolls have arrived. Ham-fisted Chicago garage rock born out of boredom, blood and basements.
"A lot of the classic-rock-inspired music that’s come about over the past decade has sounded like a cut-rate version of the real thing. If we heard enough fake Led Zeppelins in the ’80s to last a lifetime, in more recent years, there have been enough ersatz Neil Youngs and Laurel Canyon clones to colonize space. Bud Bronson & the Good Timers, though, are different. Their music is not all dramatic delivery with no substance; instead, it’s the kind of triumphant power pop that feels like it’s coming from an honest place rather than being an affectation of style. For these guys, getting ahold of an older relative’s record collection was a beginning point, not a destination. That they have moved beyond obvious influences makes Bud Bronson & the Good Timers one of the most exciting rock-and-roll bands in Denver at this moment." — Tom Murphy, Westword
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.


Fri. Oct. 26 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
SNST (members of Braid and The Firebird Band) - listen
SNST uses live & electronic elements to make music featuring Chris Broach & Steve Znavor. From club-worthy synth-driven grooves, to angular post-rock and stripped-down perfection.
EXTRA ARMS - listen
Headacher is the fourth album Ryan Allen (former singer/guitarist for Thunderbirds Are Now!) has made under the “Extra Arms” name, but in a way, it’s also the first. Let’s explain: Since 2010, Allen has made most of his records on his own under the name Ryan Allen & His Extra Arms. He wrote all the songs, played all (or most) of the instruments, and generally functioned in a bubble, cranking out acclaimed power pop records like 2015’s Heart String Soul and 2016’s Basement Punk (“Best LP of 2016” – Pop That Goes Crunch, “#2 Album of the Year” – Absolute Powerpop). But you can only isolate yourself for so long until you feel the urge to collaborate with others. That’s where the impetus for what ended up as Headacher came in. When it was time to play shows to support Basement Punk, Extra Arms band members Michael Gallacher (guitar), Ryan Marshall (bass) and Sean Sommer (drums) rallied around Allen and brought that album’s songs to life. It was fun. It was loud. And they did cool shit like play with the Aquabats, Rooney, and Ted Leo & the Pharmacists. Things were going so well that they decided, “Fuck it. Let’s be a real band. Let’s write a record. Let’s record it together. Let’s just be Extra Arms.” And with that, “Ryan Allen & His…” was lopped off, and Extra Arms was born. Headacher (released October 12th on Get Party Records) is the culmination of four friends collaborating on songs, playing to their strengths, and ultimately writing a record that is as catchy as it is meaningful, as meticulous as it is powerful. Allen’s crunchy power chords intuitively intertwine with Gallacher’s searing guitar lines, and Marshall’s steady low end is the perfect complement to Sommer’s bombastic drumming. Allen’s voice is the glue that holds these 11 tunes together, singing lyrics touching on everything from the political (“Headacher”, “Ends Meet”, “Push the Button”) and the personal (“Honey Brown”, “Under Surveillance”, “You Make the Life You Want”, “The Last One”), to observations on culture (“Done to Death”), and a maturing musician’s place in the world (“Old Heads”, “Til the Casket Drops”). There’s even a song about running (“Why I Run”). You know, like, running marathons (and ultimately towards something). Headacher was captured at Big Sky Recording by Geoff Michael (who helmed Basement Punk as well) and mixed/mastered at Buzzbomb Studios by Paul Miner (Touché Amore, Thrice, New Found Glory, Joyce Manor, Lisa Loeb – yeah, that Lisa Loeb – and many more). The record pops with the ‘Mats honesty, Husker’s abandon, Superchunk-y energy, and the Fannies melodicism, all played by a band firing on all cylinders.
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.
THE END OF MUSIC is a heavy-pop/punk/dirge combo spawned from the bowels of Chicago, Illinois. THE END OF MUSIC sounds like mid-tempo Black Sabbath playing the Knack, Black Flag, The Stooges, and a pinch of the Bay City Rollers. Their personal musical influences include H.R. Puffnstuff, Speed Racer, divorces, drugs, sound effects records, the Beatles, rednecks, hard rock, punk rock, Leadbelly, Slayer, and, of course, the Stooges.


Thu. Nov. 08 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
DEAD BARS - listen
Founded in Seattle, WA by vocalist and songwriter John Maiello in 2013, Dead Bars had a very specific plan to play one show, record a demo, and tour only Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. After four years of playing more shows, recording five seven-inch's (including their latest release, a split with FEST vets The Tim Version) released on three different labels in three different countries, and never touring outside the continental United States, Dead Bars released their first LP titled Dream Gig (Produced by Eric Randall of TacocaT) in 2017. The album is OUT NOW via No Idea Records (Against Me!, Hot Water Music, Defiance Ohio, etc). Sometimes things don't always go as planned, and sometimes you don't get what you want. Keep on dreamin'.
KRAYOLA - listen
In 1972 a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as soldiers of fortune. If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire Krayola.
The Spanish Flats are a 5-piece rock unit that will pull your attention up from your shoelaces for better or for worse, by hook or by crook, by the nape of your cracky. If your categorizing mind needs a frame of reference, think Peelers, Fighters, Phenoms, Mushuganas or some amalgamation along those lines. In fact, think all you like, but KNOW that the Spanish Flats know what they're doing. They know very well.
BAD SONS - listen
TWO RULES: LOUD, FAST. BAD SONS, filled with frustration and sick of sensation, set out to wake up Chicago’s music scene. The members came together and combined their influences to create a unique sound of their own. BAD SONS “puts on a severely entertaining live show with great music to boot.” (The Bad Copy). Mix equal parts punk rock, rocknroll, power pop, and hardcore with a lot of attitude and you’ll get BAD SONS. Now with their debut EP, HOT FACE, BAD SONS are ready to spread their chaos to the rest of the world. Music to get evicted to.


Sat. Nov. 10 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Harking back to the days of skate-punk’s golden era, Double Feature have stamped their name on the genre’s long-awaited rebirth. The Chicago-natives take bubblegum punk and unapologetically drive it head-first into the world of dark, technical song structures to create a sound all their own. Composed of 4, the group is made up of Dominick Del Vecchio and Dan Winter on guitars and vocals, while the groups soon-to-be AARP members, Marty Madera and David Spearman take on bass and drums, respectively. With a full-length and split EP under their belt, the 4-piece is ramping up to release their 2nd full-length in the coming months.
FIRE! FIRE!! FIRE!!! - listen
Female fronted melodic punk from Chicago.
BROUHAHA - listen
BROUHAHA is a heavy rock/punk/indie laced power trio from the depths of Chicago, Illinois. Their debut E.P. BORED OF WISDOM was released on September 4th, 2015 and available physically, aka, CD and soon to be digitally. Brouhaha sounds like Black Flag playing Husker Du with a dash of the Cardigans covered with gravy using the drippings from a Melvins/Buddy Holly pig roast.
From the Start has been playing punk and alternative music together in various iterations throughout Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for nearly 20 years. Their debut EP entitled 'Nautical Disasters' was released this year. Drawing on the tradition of the basement and small-club rock scene their members grew up in, From the Start has been generating a wide variety of energetic and colorful new rock sounds.


Sun. Nov. 25 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
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.
Waterbird is an ambient rock band spawned from the fresh depth of the earth. They bring emotion and give it life through their unique sound.
BLUE CLOUD - listen
HERE/NOW from #NohPlaceFarm via the #CloudshiPUNKnow. See your eyes in another's face, touch space, and sip on that liquid sound of the #BlueCloud. Lysergic cosmic cowboy tunes from the future past. Listen inside your ears with those little hairs. Docking in Chicago thanks to the kindness of the all seeing eye and the eternal return. <33 from the 7 suns.
YAW CONTROL - listen
Yaw Control is not a side effect of SSRIs. Yaw Control is the embodiment of the vengeance you swore on your loved one’s murderer. Yaw Control doesn’t shake trees. Yaw Control has the folk sensibility of a sad rabbit, or a peppy turtle. Yaw Control is CJ Weber playing guitar with a morose fierceness best described as a digital/acoustic nostalgia trip gone so far bad that it’s alright again. It’s all alright, babies. - Dr. Richard Nygard

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