The Burlington quick list
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Chop Shop
The Burlington
The Beat Kitchen
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Thu. Jul. 18
FIRE CAT
EARTH PROGRAM
WELCOME TO JONESTOWN
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Fri. Jul. 19
BLIND ADAM & THE FEDERAL LEAGUE
ALL THE WINE
LOST IN THE SUN
HI HO
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Sat. Jul. 20
THE FLIPS
EMBLEMS
HOLLOW CHAPELS
MATH MOUNTAIN
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Sun. Jul. 21
CHINAROSE
THE MACK
LOA HEX
21+ / Crown Liquors - 8PM

Sun. Jul. 21
FAHRENHEIT 808
BOUNCE HOUSE
BELLHEAD
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Mon. Jul. 22
DUST BATH
JIM SHORTS
BLAKE
ASHLYNN BARKER
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Tue. Jul. 23
THE ABLEIST
A VERY SPECIAL EPISODE
DOUBLESPEAK
FIELDMATES
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Tue. Jul. 23
MONOGAMY
THE WAYWARD
HEX MACHINE
21+ / Crown Liquors - 8PM

Wed. Jul. 24
WET TROPICS
CLEVER GIRLS
SIDE HUG
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM



FIRE CAT

Thu. Jul. 18 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
FIRE CAT - listen
Good, clean, fun Chicago Punk Rock
EARTH PROGRAM - listen
Earth Program is a conceptual art rock performance collective w/ musical roots ranging from, 50s rock n roll, 60s british invasion, 70s punk, 80s new-wave & 90s alternative, all rolled into their own unique blend and interpretation. The sounds of Earth Program provide the accompanying background soundtrack to the characters and their adventures within the fictional micro-universe known simply as, Obbityville (pronounced like odd but obb). These antic filled adventures generally find The Programmers in the midst of an ongoing battle against their greatest archenemy to date, a deranged green skinned mad scientist tv host named, Dr. Mondo.
WELCOME TO JONESTOWN - listen
Welcome to Jonestown is a post-punk rock group from Chicago, IL. They’re obsessed with distortion guitar, heavy bass, and crazy drumming and it shows in their music. So sit back, tense up, get aggressive, and get ready to lay down in a bed of punk.






BLIND ADAM & THE FEDERAL LEAGUE

Fri. Jul. 19 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
BLIND ADAM & THE FEDERAL LEAGUE - listen
These fellas play some pretty dang decent rock n roll music, alright'- something Woody Guthrie might say if he was alive and liked punk rock.
ALL THE WINE - listen
Hailing from the musty basements of Chicago's peripherals, All the Wine pours out electrifying rock 'n' roll and melodic punk. Reminiscent of punk and emo favorites such as Against Me!, The Hotelier and The Menzingers, All the Wine is both tenderly evocative and unforgivably hard-hitting. The trio has over four regional tours under their belt, as well as two EPs that introduce listeners to the band’s aggressive yet reflective nature.
LOST IN THE SUN (member of Stereotyperider) - listen
Lost in the Sun is based in sunny Phoenix, Arizona and have been playing around the valley for over 10 years. The four piece blends folk/rock/indie to create a desert rock sound.
HI HO (Gillian of Turnspit) - listen
My name is Gillian and this is my solo project, Hi Ho. I write mostly sad songs because I feel lots of feels. My songs are vulnerable, raw and honest. I hope you feel something when you listen. I'm also one-fourth of Turnspit, a melodic, Midwestern punk band proudly from Chicago.






THE FLIPS

Sat. Jul. 20 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
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.
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.
HOLLOW CHAPELS
Hollow Chapels is a three-piece instrumental band from St. Charles, IL consisting of Nick Casali, CJ Weber, and Justin K. Heyde. Their sound ranges from slow and haunting to heavy and deafening.
MATH MOUNTAIN - listen
What started as acoustic bedroom songs Shane wrote for fun has now transformed into a full band! Milwaukee's very own Math Mountain plays punk-tinged rock & roll, with an emphasis on good vibes and wild nights.






FAHRENHEIT 808

Sun. Jul. 21 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
FAHRENHEIT 808 - listen
Fahrenheit 808 is a Chicago/LA based, experimental hip-hop/pop duo influenced by artists like Bjork, Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean and SOPHIE. They released their first single “i sleep skeptical,” in January of 2018, and followed it up with a second single “mosquito bites,” in March of 2018. They began performing live at Chicago house shows and venues in August of 2018 when Natalie Finamore moved to Chicago from LA.
BOUNCE HOUSE - listen
Bounce House is a pop rock quartet out of St. Louis, Missouri. Their blend of groove heavy escapist synthpop features dual vocals and killer keyboards. Bouncing into a future near you.
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.






DUST BATH

Mon. Jul. 22 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
DUST BATH - listen
2-piece rock and roll band from Chicago. Loud, rock, doom, psych, we don't even know.
JIM SHORTS - listen
Semisweet melodies served on a platter of fuzz.
BLAKE - listen
Fuzz in your face.
ASHLYNN BARKER - listen
Ashlynn Barker is a transgender woman and musician in Chicago, IL. She writes bedroom pop about lgbt issues, depression, and video games. Ashlynn is also the creator of Fake Gamer Girl Comics, a comic that covers similar topics, which has over 20,000 readers.






THE ABLEIST

Tue. Jul. 23 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
THE ABLEIST - listen
Chicago’s the Ableist plays punk that resides on the dismal side of hardcore. In addition to discussing political and social issues, their willingness to tackle subjects such as depression, addiction, abuse, and disability, works to their advantage, creating an honest approach to a genre often confining. The Ableist is currently recording their debut LP.
A VERY SPECIAL EPISODE - listen
New York City’s A Very Special Episode has a unique and atmospheric soundscape, concocted from ethereal shoegaze melodies, blended with the grit and attitude of post-punk, and finished with the energy and intensity of pop hooks. Powerful yet intimate, their music digs into your core, enveloping and cathartic to swallow all of your worries of the modern age.
DOUBLESPEAK - listen
We are DoubleSpeak. Our paths brought us to Chicago and it is here that we make amazing music.
FIELDMATES - listen
Playing loud tunes.






WET TROPICS

Wed. Jul. 24 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
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.
CLEVER GIRLS - listen
Clever Girls- a quartet formed in the drunken masses of Burlington, Vermont that creates noisy, confused rock. Having shared stages with national powerhouse acts such as Lucy Dacus, Mothers, Hammydown, GRLwood and Weakened Friends, Clever Girls is taking the Northeast storm. Diane Jean’s quirky outlook buoys the band’s writing, while Rob Slater, Tobias Sullivan and Winfield Holt deftly conquer everything from percussive palettes to guitar melody. Together, the group creates hardhitting and masterful tunes, never slipping into diaristic monotony. Above all, Clever Girls as a group will elicit the same emotions and nostalgia that Diane Jean seeks to find in her day job; the music will live somewhere between straight forward rock and roll of bygone eras and dusty, moth eaten grunge pop.
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.






VAC

Fri. Jul. 26 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
VAC - listen
VAC is a stunning mix of noise, melody, and cathartic release. If Honeywell, Spirit Assembly, and Puritan were combined and reduced to under 2 minute songs. Revelatory.
STAY ASLEEP (membesr of Slow Mass, CSTVT, My Dad, and Noumenon) - listen
Founded in late 2013, the Chicago trio of drummer Dave Collis, bassist-vocalist Nick Wakim, and guitarist Kiel Arneson wanted from day one to step away from their other groups' introspective approach and return to the heavier sounds of their youth in Stay Asleep. The result of that is a gloriously chaotic collision of unhinged powerviolence and metallic hardcore.
SARIN - listen
Hardcore punk from Chicago/NWI.
IKARAY - listen
Ikaray is a four-piece post metal band from Chicago, IL. Their music embodies feelings of misery and political dissatisfaction, while delivering atmospheric melodies and crushing tones. Ikaray released their self-titled EP in 2016, and is set to record their full length record in January, 2019.






BARELY CIVIL

Sun. Jul. 28 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
mpshows.com and Out Of Context presents!
BARELY CIVIL - listen
It’s easy to get lost in Wisconsin. Metropolitan centers might anchor to the Midwest, but patches of sprawling wilderness and bitter weather make for an American outlier. Barely Civil was built from this backdrop—four different dots on the state map. Despite this, their debut full-length We Can Live Here Forever plots a journey home, whatever and wherever that means. Stopovers across genre and structure keep the pace measured and lean, while Matt Riefler’s layered production explodes any breathing room into powerful statements. Vocalist/guitarist and primary lyricist Connor Erickson leaves plenty of signage trailing to his home base. “Eau Claire? Oh, Claire.” marries Wisco landmarks with a portrait of cautious twenty-something love. “Stark” and “Kent” — a pair of slumbering guitar tracks in the back half — gain their names from his and bassist Ben Forst’s address lines. There’s also an outward mobility as the tracks grow in magnitude, cataloging sleepless nights in Super 8 motels, in others’ houses, in the scattered silence carried through cigarette smoke and whispered confessions. The nomadic scene changes match the record’s morphing between indie-rock’s straight-laced and stratospheric ambitions in minutes. For Barely Civil, home isn’t really a place. It’s a collection of things—tones, conversations, milemarkers—that will ultimately find a home for you too.
MESS - listen
Mess delivers swollen and orchestral indie-rock paired with a voice that is emotionally harrowing by way of subtlety. It’s often a quiet kind of hurt that doesn’t fill the room with a thunderous roar or vivid color, opting instead to fill the room with dense fog and tension that can be felt across the globe. The sting that radiates from Gliesman’s vocals feels like it’s been forced through the cracks in permanently clenched teeth. It’s damn near impossible to believe that this Kansas City quartet is responsible for a sound as robust as they are; each member brings what sounds like a lifetime of talent and craftsmanship into their work, and it’s that prowess that has allowed them to share the stage with acts like Pianos Become The Teeth, Turnover, The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, and more. tl;dr the music that comes from Mess is anything but.
WEIGHTED - listen
Weighted formed near the end of 2017 by drummer Brady Corcoran and bassist/vocalist Billy Perkins. After a handful of jams session, they invited their friend Alex Armenta in and wrote their debut single, “Pacer Test,” which was then recorded by producer, Taz Johnson. The debut single was officially released May 12th, 2019. More new music is expected to be released by Weighted before the end of 2019 including their follow up single, “Again” very soon.
COMMONWEATHER - listen
Commonweather is a 4-piece rock band formed in the suburbs of Chicago, IL in early 2015. From their latest EP release 'Lemon', the band finds a balance between energetic punk and raw, emotional lyricism. The tracks drive with a flair similar to contemporary alternative acts, while glistening with a spark that is uniquely their own. The band wears their ‘90s influence proudly, pairing soaring modulated guitars with fierce, snarled vocals. Every note and lyric work together to tell the EP’s story, painting a vibrant scene for the songs to exist.






THE MOVE HOME

Mon. Jul. 29 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
THE MOVE HOME - listen
The Move Home is a scrappy four-piece band from Chicago. After three years of playing in a typically flooded rental space in Humboldt Park referred to as “The Water Room”, they released their self-titled EP on Bandcamp. The band was formed on the night that Jon White (Vocals, Guitar), Jerry Cowgill (Guitar), and Kyle Steiner (Drums) got drunk and went and saw Tommy Stinson at the now defunct Double Door. Bassist Connor Stein joined within a year and has been a core member ever since.
ULTIMATELY FRUITLESS - listen
Ultimately Fruitless is drunk-existentialist-waking-up-on-the-beach music made by three guys who want to play your party and then burn your house down while discussing how pointless it is, but not in a dick way. Their music is surfy and punky and sometimes poppy when they're not trying to scrape your face off. Like if Best Coast and Fidlar grew up and got into a fight with Pixies at Interpol's house which was refereed by Julian Casablancas who was too distracted drinking 40s with Modest Mouse to pay attention.
ELEMENTAJ - listen
Elementaj was a Post Punk/Experimental band from Chicago started by Andrew Zdunek in April 2012 and took an indefinite hiatus February 2014. The band regrouped on January 2019 with John Adourian on drums. Since coming back Elementaj has included additional genres into their sound, i.e. Heavy Rock, Industrial Rock.






SAVAGE REPUBLIC

Tue. Jul. 30 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
SAVAGE REPUBLIC
Rising from the Los Angeles underground of the 1980s, Savage Republic forged an astonishing reputation by virtue of five mesmerizing studio albums and a string of legendary live performances. Forever shifting, their brand of ritualistically tribal exhibitions blurred the boundaries of post punk, industrial, and soundtrack music, incorporating minimalist bass rumbles, exotic metal percussion, primal chants, and middle eastern melodies and even shards of surf guitar. Add to this iconic letterpress graphics by founder member Bruce Licher, and Savage Republic stack up as one of the most exciting and potent experimental groups to emerge at any time or place during the last three decades.
ANATOMY OF HABIT - listen
Anatomy of Habit formed in Chicago in October 2008 and is composed of Alex Latus (guitar), Isidro Reyes (metal percussion), Skyler Rowe (drums), Mark Solotroff (vocals), and Sam Wagster (bass + lap steel). The band encompasses elements of doom metal, post-punk, death-rock, noise-rock, industrial, psychedelic, and shoegaze. The band's last album, "Ciphers + Axioms," was released by Relapse Records.
END IT ALL - listen
End It All is a 3 piece instrumental band from Chicago. Their debut EP merges elements of aggressive and antagonistic metal, harsh noise and layers of lethargic droning doom.






FRAIL BODY

Wed. Jul. 31 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
FRAIL BODY - listen
Frail Body is a screamo band from Rockford IL.
HARBOR LIGHTS - listen
HarborLights is four friends brought together in music. Their collaborative songwriting comes from many different individual influences that possess the same goal: connecting with others and bringing people together. They have toured the American Northeast as well as breaking into the Midwest and South. Creating a space that is both intimate and human, their live performances are not to be missed.
INDISPOSED - listen
Indisposed is an abrasive and artistic four-piece influenced by screamo, post-rock, math-rock, and spoken-word with song structures shifting pace between chaotically dissonant to melodically haunting. Started by Nina Palumbo (Guitar, Vocals, Screams), it's members include Noah Therriault of Crushes (Guitar) Rebecca Young (Bass) Daniel Saller of Ikaray (Drums).
CARNIVORES AT GRACE - listen
Chaotic hardcore-esque metal with plot twists.






HEETDETH

Thu. Aug. 01 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
HEETDETH - listen
Noisy Chicago Rock Duo HEETDETH is ready to play at your BBQ, corporate event, and gendermitzva. Queer, angry, and lovers of the planet.
GENDER CONFETTI - listen
Gender Confetti!!! is a cute queer punk band from Madison, WI, made up of Elyse Clouthier (all pronouns) and Sylvia Johnson (they/them or she/her). The duo pulls sonic inspiration from a wide range of genres, including riot grrrl, surf rock, hardcore, pop punk, and disco glam. Their message is radical and explicitly political. They write songs about queer liberation, anti-capitalism, gender deviance, polyamory, trans rights, ethical communication, mutual care, romantic friendships, genital dysphoria, experimental sex, and shattering binaries. The band has released one self recorded/released demo tape called “QUEERS OF JOY”, and is working on an official full length record. They have played in over ten states and two countries. They have opened for national acts like Big Freedia, Tank and the Bangaz, Kitten Forever, and Lex Allen, but will always live for basement shows. Most of all, they want to recruit you to the queer agenda.
GULLY BOYS - listen
Born from passion, Kathy, Nadirah and Natalie make up the 3 piece that Gully Boys is today. Gully Boys melodic tunes and raw lyrics make it hard to believe that merely two years ago, none of them knew how to play their instruments. Drawing inspiration from a multitude of musical back grounds, Gully Boys transcends genre. Through hard work, diligent practice and fresh enthusiasm Gully Boys have recorded their first LP Gully Boys Dont Cry set to release late July.
BIG MERMAID
Big Mermaid is punk rock for people who like to have fun, played by four girls who like to eat pizza.






OLD JOY

Fri. Aug. 02 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
OLD JOY - listen
Scum pop/power trash from Chicago, IL.
HEAVY LOOKS - listen
Heavy Looks are an enthusiastic power pop band based out of Madison, WI. Rosalind Greiert, Dirk Gunderson, Jarad Olson, and Shawn Pierce have been breathing music for the better parts of most of their lives. In 2014, the band released their debut EP, Senses Growing Dull, and made their presence known in the Madison music scene. They have shared stages with acts like Screaming Females, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Slothrust, Tacocat, Curtis Harding, Sweet Spirit, and The Posies. Live, the band's an energetic force, trading vocal leads with ease and tapping into something that feels genuinely powerful. In December 2015, the band released their first full-length, Waste It Right. Currently, they are finishing a new album due to release this summer.
DOGS AT LARGE - listen
Dogs at Large is the band and collective of musicians revolving around Chicago-based vocalist, guitarist, keyboardist, and songwriter Sam Pirruccello. For years, he’s been using music to explore and make sense of the worlds that exist inside and around us. Delusions of Paradise is his most fully realized vision yet.
Pirruccello has an ear for the sonic palette of psychedelic americana, and his compositions sit nicely beside those of his influences like Gram Parsons, Judee Sill, The Band, and Jackson Browne. But don’t be fooled: Pirruccello is no revivalist, and you wouldn’t mistake a Dogs at Large tune for one released before the turn of the millenium. The themes he explores are distinctively modern, with a protagonist in one song suffering from “paranoid psychosis stemming from being too anxiously involved in social media” - a feeling I think we all know too well.
Though he says that his diagnosis with a mood disorder and a “feeling of general despair” influenced the songs on Delusions of Paradise, it’s a disarmingly beautiful and comforting record. Nowhere is this juxtaposition more striking than on standout track “All Day”, about which Pirruccello says “I think people should embrace failure more often and recognize when they’ve failed.” The first lyrics are “Getting fucked up all day / shouting at a TV til the dawn,” and the lyrics don’t get more hopeful from there. The song is a slow build, and before you know it, a majestic coda has appeared: “I’ve come so far to be let down again,” he sings over a towering cushion of slide guitar and plucked arpeggios, an admission of defeat that plays like a kind of quiet triumph. It makes embracing failure feel like a warm hug from an old friend.
Delusions of Paradise was recorded completely live at Shirk Studios, aside from select vocal and piano overdubs. Pirruccello cites a desire to capture the live sound of his band as the impetus for this pared back approach. And given room to breathe, his band shines. Adam Gilmour, Jamie Yanda, and Aaron Turney (on bass, guitar, and drums respectively) expertly lay the foundations for these songs. But it’s the clever addition of slide guitarist Steve Malito (also of Chicago band Bike Cops) that lends the band its distinct tone. Throughout the record, slide guitar is beautifully employed to add pastoral hooks, melodic counterpoint, and color to the songs.
Throughout the variety of topics and sounds covered on the record, something about Sam’s approach to music always conjures a connection to nature, in a way that’s hard to explain. Perhaps it’s channeled through Sam’s day job as a prairie restorationist with a deep knowledge of botany and a love for the natural world. Or maybe it’s more closely tied to Sam’s desire for total honesty in his songs: “I don’t want to sing any songs that I don’t mean. My approach to songwriting is really subconscious, and if I want to write about something specific I kind of have to sneak up on it.”
On Delusions of Paradise, Sam has written songs that unfold naturally, at their own pace: his choruses don’t pound you over the head with their arrival, and the record flows steadily from end to end. The songs pass by like landmarks observed from a canoe on a river, ancient things seen from a striking new perspective.
KATE RENEGADE - listen
Kate Renegade is a heavy pop / rock and roll band out of Chicago. Their songs are a deft mix of vintage rock storytelling à la The Replacements or The Pretenders, with a contemporary, visionary sound that smolders at its edges. Following the recent passing of guitarist Tommy Owley/Bix Trash, frontwoman Steph Maieritsch performs intimate solo sets as a way of discovering what the future holds.






NONAGON

Sat. Aug. 03 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
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.
STOMATOPOD - listen
Power trio. Grunge revivalists.
STICK HORSE - listen
Chicago based garage rock duo born in the ashes and mended fences of The Heavy Bombers.






PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS

Thu. Aug. 08 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
A Jim Marsh tribute show:
Jim was the bass player of Traluma from 1995-1999. 20 years ago, on August 22, 1999, Jim passed away of Cystic Fibrosis. His music and friendship left a great impact. For the twentieth anniversary of Jim’s passing, his friends and past bandmates are getting together to honor and celebrate him as a friend and fellow musician. Neil, Craig and Kevin from Traluma will also play some songs.

PLANES MISTAKEN FOR STARS
Simply put, Planes Mistaken for Stars is a destructive band. Their albums are ridiculously loud, chaotic, steamrolling slabs of screamy, overdriven power. Their live show is a spectacle of flying hair, sweat, and emotion. With an over abundance of beautiful, well groomed cutesy "emo" bands garnering all of the attention of "the kids," PMFS are a breath of fresh air for those tired of the glossy sheen.
HAYMARKET RIOT - listen
Taking a good piece of the Jesus Lizard's groove 'n' grind and then texturing that with strident punk chords and almost prog guitar licks, Haymarket Riot defy categorization. They definitely fall a bit more on the punk end of the spectrum, but they mix things up with a lot of other influences and some very unique songwriting. The base of Haymarket Riot's sound is the heavy, emotional Midwestern punk sound that descends from bands like Husker Du and Naked Raygun but there's awhole lot more than just soul-bearing going on here. In particular, Haymarket Riot are particularly ambitious arrangers, dropping instruments in and out of the mix with a dub-inspired glee.
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.
BRIAN CASE






DOUBLE FEATURE

Sat. Aug. 10 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
It's the record release show for Double Feature's brand new LP courtesy of Stupid Rad Records entitled "American Dream Not Found!"
DOUBLE FEATURE - listen
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.
BUTCHERED - listen
If John Blutarsky were a punk, he'd be Butchered.
GET UP & GO - listen
Start with a boil, add 4 cups punk rock, 2 cups of speed, a teaspoon of ska, two pounds of melody and you've got a tall glass of Get Up & Go. Four over-caffeinated dudes from Chicago with bad jokes and some tunes that'll put some bear on your chest and the criminal back in your life.






BETTY WON'T & THE GUARANTEES

Sun. Aug. 11 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
BETTY WON'T & THE GUARANTEES - listen
Margo's heartfelt country tunes backed by the members of Like Dogs. Twang, Cowpunk.
LIKE DOGS - listen
Power pop/punk three piece. Reverb guitars, walking bass and swing drumming.
96 COUGAR
The cougar (Puma concolor), also commonly known as the puma, mountain lion, panther or catamount, is a large felid of the subfamily Felinae native to the Americas. Its range, from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes of South America, is the widest of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. An adaptable, generalist species, the cougar is found in most American habitat types. It is the biggest cat in North America, and the second-heaviest cat in the New World after the jaguar. Secretive and largely solitary by nature, the cougar is properly considered both nocturnal and crepuscular, although daytime sightings do occur. The cougar is more closely related to smaller felines, including the domestic cat (subfamily Felinae), than to any species of subfamily Pantherinae, of which only the jaguar is native to the Americas.
SOPHIA LUCIA - listen
Sophia Lucia is a Chicago artist currently based in Paris, FR. Her style is a folk/soul/rap/blues/story-telling Freak Show Cabaret, with free samples.






DROUGHTS

Mon. Aug. 12 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
DROUGHTS - listen
4 guys from different backgrounds playing together in a band that shouldn't actually work but does.
CHARLES THE OSPREY - listen
Charles the Osprey started in 2007 as a two piece instrumental band to push ourselves musically beyond what we’d done before, but to ground it in reality and not become a band that only musicians can appreciate. We’re not the “look what I can do” band. We want to have more fun than that. We want you to have more fun than that. Come see us live and we’ll show you what we mean. Charles the Osprey is and will always be Rafael Ohli & Derek Lancioni.
PACK SOUNDS - listen
Pack Sounds is a band that is hard to place, but easy to enjoy. Featuring members of Bike Tuff, The Reptilian, and Locktender, the Kalamazoo, MI quartet play songs that range from punky to pretty, and aren't afraid to get a little bit gritty.
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.






OF TWO MINDS

Fri. Aug. 16 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
OF TWO MINDS - listen
Of Two Minds is a 4-piece mathrock band from Columbus, OH.
CROOKED HOUSE(S) - listen
Originally hailing from a variety of hometowns they couldn't wait to leave, Chicago's Crooked House(s), originally the brain child of room mates Niko Jaramillo (Vocals/Guitar) and Ryan Rutlidge (Drums) have been pissing of their neighbors since 2016. After adding Connor Foy (guitar) and Joe Heath (Bass) in 2018, Crooked house(s) is poised to take over the Chicago emo scene and Make America Sad Again.
FREQUENT SEAS - listen
Three piece experimental/math rock band based in Chicago, IL.




Sat. Aug. 17 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
ELK WALKING - listen
Indie folk/rock band from Chicago.
AUNT KELLY - listen
Aunt Kelly is a Chicago based band whose dynamic unique sound is hallmarked by a tight rhythm section and powerful vocals. Ranging from energetic pop rock to piano ballads Aunt Kelly brings catchy, autobiographical songs that you can't help but sing along to. After a long wait since their formation in late 2017 they release their debut EP "Ready When You Are" August 17th at the Burlington Bar.
MAX SUBAR - listen
Alt-Folk singer/songwriter Max Subar is bound to his midwestern roots with songwriting that radiates honesty and closeness. After acquiring a cassette machine, Max began demoing and recording a new group of songs, which by the end of 2018 became his most recent EP, What The Story Says. Recorded primarily in his sunroom, it’s a collection of songs reflecting on the personal narratives we tell ourselves. Supported with instrumentation by bandmates and close friends, the recordings serve as a communal exploration of this concept.
MOTSE - listen
I play handcrafted songs from start to finish. No bullshit.




Thu. Aug. 22 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
EVE BLACK - listen
Eve Black is a Chicago band that embraces chaos, contradictions, and a powerful live performance. Made up of members from very different musical backgrounds, Eve Black decided to coalesce various genres into a boiling stew of discord. Eve Black’s music is best described as a seductive blend of post punk, darkwave, & goth-rock, but they are not afraid to embrace different styles for a new song if it feels right. Formed in 2015 Eve Black are Thom Wells (Guitar), Rani Young (Vocals), Rick Osborn (Drums), Alex Manov (Bass), and Danny Robles (Keys). They build a balance of powerful progression, ethereal essence, rhythmical beats, and intriguing lyrics.
PAS MUSIQUE - listen
Pas Musique is a group which creates musical output through the form of abstract sound. The term ‘Pas Musique’ translates to ‘not music’ in french, metaphorically negating everything that is established in music and starts from a clean perspective. The viewpoint fuels our creativity to create our own world of beauty. The aesthetic underpinnings are defined by the notion that music can be whatever the ear perceives. It’s a conception fueled by the love of life and art. It’s a desire for honest artistic self-expression.
RASPLYN - listen
Rasplyn is the solo project of Carolyn O’Neill who uses her experience with classical composition, and as a Clairvoyant Reader and Energy Healer, to create mystical and visual landscapes with her music. Her style features dark and beautifully textured layers influenced by world culture and fantasy. Her debut album, 'Scenes Through the Magic Eye', was released on Nov. 30th, 2014 via Mythical Records and the video for her track 'Scarlets of the Sand' was featured by Noisey/VICE on May 12th, 2016. She is excited to have Fyodor Sakhnovski of Radiant Devices joining her on percussion.
AMPYRE - listen
Summoning audio spirits through neuro circuitry and piped into your ear canals via snake oil sales and wizardry.




Fri. Aug. 23 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
SCUF - listen
SCUF is messed up; not a good thing. Rock cocktail: two parts Choovanski, one part Fleshbound, sweat garnish.
LA ROSA NOIR - listen
La Rosa Noir is a post-punk band with danceable songs and soulful vibes. Inspired by surf, rockabilly, ska, and punk, La Rosa Noir strive for a sound that’s cool and fun.
PUDDLE SPLASHER - listen
Puddle Splasher is an indie rock power trio from NJ, currently based in Brooklyn, NY. Pulling from artists like Nada Surf, Pedro the Lion, and the Lilys, their latest release ‘The Blankest Blue’ is out now on all platforms. Catch them on tour in summer 2019!
PROVOLONE - listen
Evokes the memory of getting drunk off 9 Miller Lites sophomore year, bonking from the heat because you forgot to drink water, and waking up to your friends playing Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain for the 3rd time of the night while a guy you don’t know is playing Smash 64 on your couch.




Thu. Aug. 29 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
TYPESETTER - listen
So many of life’s struggles and successes can be traced back to communication: good, bad, clear, muddled--finding real clarity with others, and yourself, isn’t always as easy as it is essential. Sometimes it can feel like a battle to even know who you are, much less to know others and to help them know you in turn. On their sophomore full-length, Nothing Blues, Chicago’s Typesetter use their distinctly vibrant brand of indie punk to explore that innately human desire for understanding, and how we achieve it. Formed in 2012 by longtime friends, Marc Bannes (vocals, guitar), Alex Palermo (bass, vocals), and Kyle McDonald (guitar, vocals), Typesetter quickly became regulars on the DIY touring circuit and began building a catalog of tuneful, yet gritty songs over multiple EPs and their 2014 debut full-length, Wild’s End. As the band’s lineup evolved, so did their sound, and with the additions of Sarah Bogosh (keyboards, trumpet, vocals) and Matt Gonzalez (drums), a colorful new wash of atmosphere and dynamics began to saturate the band’s anthemic punk. On Nothing Blues, Typesetter dive headfirst into this new territory, with Palermo and Gonzalez providing the driving rhythmic backbone for Bannes and McDonalds’ walls of shimmering reverb and distortion, while Bogosh’s synths add a dreamy flourish rarely heard in tandem with the directness of punk. This eclectic mix of tones and textures--even a bit of trumpet--could be a recipe for sensory overload, but the band deftly makes room for ambitious arrangements while maintaining the unbridled momentum at their core. Typesetter’s sonic growth is a complement to Nothing Blues’ lyrics, which find Bannes’ chronicling a period of his life that compelled him to find crucial new ways of communicating. Throughout his 20’s, he consistently struggled with his mental health, self-medicated for symptoms and denied the situation’s severity because admitting reality felt like a defeat. But as he approached the next decade of his life, Bannes felt pushed to a breaking point, and in desperation finally sought a more constructive path. He was diagnosed with depression and an anxiety disorder, and came to realize this revelation and self-candor wasn’t a defeat at all, but instead a step in the right direction towards drastically renegotiating his interpersonal relationships and internal dialogue into something healthier and happier. Nothing Blues is a document of this process: “Real Conversations with Imaginary Friends” finds Bannes tackling the paranoia of not being able to trust his own perceptions; companion tracks “Monogamy I (Gliss Happening)” and “Monogamy II (Bad Actor)” are odes to honest love; and on “Technicolor” (featuring guest vocals from Lydia Loveless), Bannes sings of his struggles with self-actualization.
SIGNALS MIDWEST - listen
"We are a punk/indie/something band from Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Since starting in 2008, we have seen both coasts of the US and most places in between. We will play in your kitchen or anywhere really."
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.




Fri. Aug. 30 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
With DJ Philly Peroxide!
NEW CANYONS - listen
New Canyons are a duo Electronic/Shoegaze band based out of Chicago, IL. Teetering on genres of Shoegaze, Dreampop, Electronic, Ambient, & Noise.
BLUSHING - listen
Comprised of two husband and wife teams, Blushing is an Austin TX based dream pop / shoegaze quartet that originated in the summer of 2015 after Michelle Soto (guitar, vocals) shared her songs with long-time friend and classically trained vocalist Christina Carmona (vocals, bass). Picking up the bass, Carmona helped to fully flesh out tracks and the two incorporated their spouses Jake Soto (drums) and Noe Carmona (guitar). Their debut EP "Tether" was self-released in 2017, followed by their EP "Weak" on Austin Town Hall Records in January of 2018. Gaining infectious momentum, Blushing have since been asked to play official SXSW showcases in 2018 and 2019, Athens Pop Fest and have shared stages with the likes of La Luz, Snail Mail, Sunflower Bean, BRONCHO and many more.
LIGHTFOILS - listen
Lightfoils, a Chicago-based shoegaze/dream-pop band, was formed in 2010 with guitarists Neil Yodnane and Zeeshan Abbasi, bassist Cory Osborne, singer Jane Zabeth Nicholson, and drummer John Rungger after many years of being in various musical projects together. While decidedly shoegaze, the band subtly stretches the auditory boundaries of what the term embodies, honing in on a cosmopolitan and ethereal sound.
ASTROBRITE - listen
The Chicago-based shoegaze band, Astrobrite, was founded by Scott Cortez. The band incorporates pop-melodies and ethereal vocals over a jet engine roar of sound. Their latest album was the full-length Deluxer released by Vinyl Junkie (Tokyo) in 2015. Current members include Sophie Leigh and Sarah Sterling. The group recently toured Japan. They are working on new music.




Sat. Sep. 21 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
OAKMEN - listen
Oakmen fuse melodic, narrative-driven lyrics with a pedal-heavy, catchy lead guitar and a booming, talented rhythm section. With grooves that evoke War on Drugs, doses of Radiohead angst and some alt-country twang, Oakmen play loud, self-deprecating music, rich with imagery and soul, that shakes the dust off the ceiling and gets people moving.
GORILLA SOCIAL - listen
5 piece indie/rock band from Chicago, IL.
SLOW HASTE - listen
Slow Haste is the indie-folk-electronic project of Daniel Juergens. Grown in Portland, ME. Based in Chicago, IL.




 
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