Square Peg Round Hole / Merit Badge / Fluffer / Rust Ring

March 21, 2017 at The Empty Bottle in Chicago.


9pm // $8 // 21+

Square Peg Round Hole
Merit Badge
Rust Ring

Elegant, articulate, and expansive, Juniper, the latest record from instrumental percussion trio SQUARE PEG ROUND HOLE manages to convey – and evoke – an entire range of human emotions despite its lack of a single sung word. A sonic mirror reflecting the listener’s subconscious emotional state back at themselves, Juniper engages with the fundamental and primeval. SQUARE PEG ROUND HOLE formed in 2011 while studying music at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, in Bloomington, Indiana. The band has shared bills with BUILT TO SPILL, THE ALBUM LEAF, MAE, THIS WILL DESTORY YOU, and THE JOY FORMIDABLE. They have been featured at major venues across the country including the Electric Factory, Le Poisson Rouge, Old National Centre, and the World Café Live.

MERIT BADGE is the instrumental mathrock project of members of RECREATIONAL DRUGS. Born out of the ashes of several bands that rose and fell, and the undying urge to say something with music, MERIT BADGE is a place for first words, last words, and some of the stuff you mumble brilliantly after smashing a few beers.

FLUFFER is a heavy dance-rock trio that is evolving into increasingly uncharted territory. Formed five winters ago in Bloomington, IN, they quickly made a name for themselves by combining blinding psych flavors with a propulsive and kinetic rhythm section. The summer of 2013 saw FLUFFER relocate to Cincinnati, OH and undergo a radical change to their sound. Inspired by the recent Glasgow maximalism and the intricacies of trap music, the group began using extensive electronics and deeper beat driven areas.

RUST RING is a Midwest punk trio composed of members of LIFTED BELLS, SPACE BLOOD, SNORT, DOG & WOLF, and DROUGHTS.

Address: 1035 N Western Ave, Chicago
Square Peg Round Hole / Merit Badge / Fluffer / Rust Ring

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Underground in Chicago

March 11, 2017 at Underground Wonder Bar in Chicago.



SMD & The Underground is a SoulFolk trio based out of the Peoria area featuring vocalist Sarah Marie Dillard, upright bassist Brandon “Muffin Man” Mooberry, and drummer/percussionist Nick “The Kid” Fairley. This homegrown group is known for presenting unique, original compositions that reference their Jazz and Folk roots as well as soulful arrangements of well-loved hits and standards.

Follow this link to check out their recent live television appearance on WTVP’s live music feature series, “State & Water!” http://www.wtvp.org/statewater/20-106.asp

Showtime: 8PM, Tickets: $8

Address: 710 N Clark St, Chicago
Underground in Chicago

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Coupler presents “Our Heavenly Bodies” at Constellation

March 30, 2017 at Constellation Chicago in Chicago.


Coupler presents “Our Heavenly Bodies” at Constellation

OUR HEAVENLY BODIES (Wunder der Schöpfung)
with live accompaniment by Coupler

Dir. Hanns Walter Kornblum, Germany, 1925, 91 min., NR, Digital

In 1925, German director Hanns Walter Kornblum set out to create a film unlike any that had come before. His aim was a film that would serve as both a summation of all the astronomical knowledge available at the time and a dreamy investigation of what wonders might await humanity at the advent of space travel. With the help of 15 special effects technicians and nine cameramen, Kornblum’s film is a technical marvel, one that revels in the beauty and mysteries of the universe, reminiscent of Carl Sagan’s COSMOS more than 50 years later. Digital Restoration by Filmmuseum München.

Coupler is less a band than a creative organization. Founded in 2012 by Lambchop veteran Ryan Norris, its core is Norris along with Rodrigo Avendaño and Rollum Haas though its membership has at points swelled to as many as eight. At its root the project is an exercise in mutual cooperation of creative individuals and is an exploration of the intersections of man and machine, live and recorded, composed and improvised, stasis and flux.

“… exploring the nether-regions where the organic collides with the electronic…captivating and unhurried techno that sounded bucolic at first, then violent, then crumbling, but always with a deft momentum. You could feel it in your gut and in your skull…” – Ben Swank, Third Man Records


Address: 3111 N Western Ave, Chicago
Coupler presents "Our Heavenly Bodies" at Constellation

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March 04, 2017 at Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago.


Two shows only — March 4 & 8
Tickets & showtimes at www.siskelfilmcenter.org/losers

Full Chicago European Union Film Festival schedule at www.siskelfilmcenter.org/ceuff

Winner of Best Film at the Moscow Film Festival, and Bulgaria’s official Oscar entry, this coming-of-age drama/comedy centers on a pivotal few days in the lives of four students on the eve of a famous rock band’s gig in their backwater town. Critics have found parallels to the deadpan humor of Aki Kaurismäki and Roy Andersson in this story rife with romantic pratfalls and absurdity that springs from the hopeless and sometimes hilarious depths of working class grunge. The imminent rock concert fires imaginative rebellion and thoughts of a future beyond their dead-end burg for Koko, Elena, Patso, and Gosho, but there’s a steep learning curve ahead for guys and gals alike when the band’s randy lead singer makes the scene. In Bulgarian with English subtitles. Courtesy of ProFilm. DCP digital widescreen.

Address: 164 N State St, Chicago

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2 Nights Till Morning

March 06, 2017 at Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in Chicago.


Two shows only — March 6 & 15
Tickets & showtimes at www.siskelfilmcenter.org/2nights

Full Chicago European Union Film Festival schedule at www.siskelfilmcenter.org/ceuff

French architect Caroline (Croze of THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS) and Finnish musician Jaakko connect at a hotel bar in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius and wake up in bed together the next morning: no fuss, no strings, no commitments. But, when a volcanic ash cloud from Iceland delays Caroline’s flight out indefinitely, the pair are compelled to reevaluate their relationship — just a one-night stand, or something less ephemeral? Other questions accumulate: What really happened that first night together? Why did Caroline lie about not being able to speak English? And what about the significant others they speak to on their cell phones? There are echoes of BEFORE SUNRISE and LOST IN TRANSLATION in this romantic tale of two strangers in a foreign city, but director Kuparinen (BODY FAT INDEX OF LOVE) — with a keen sensitivity to textures, nonverbal communication, and the limpid sunlight of Vilnius — contributes a fresh perspective on the slippery nature of love in a borderless modern world. Winner of the Best Director Award at the Montreal World Film Festival. In English, Finnish, and French with English subtitles. Courtesy of Wide Management.

Address: 164 N State St, Chicago
2 Nights Till Morning

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Blue Jeans Disco | Marty Mars & Peter Croce

March 02, 2017 at Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago in Chicago.


Your favorite first Thursday monthly shakedown returns to Broken Shaker at Freehand Chicago. That’s right, it’s BLUE JEANS DISCO, soulful cuts for those who are comfortable in their Levi’s.

Marty Mars & PETER CROCE return to Broken Shaker with another evening of out of this world musical cuts, from New York Disco to Chicago House, Nigerian Funk to Detroit Techno, and Brazilian Bossa to UK Garage.

Free Entry
Delightful beverages
Kitchen open until 10ish

Address: 19 E Ohio St, Chicago
Blue Jeans Disco | Marty Mars & Peter Croce

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Jazz Brunch with Elaine Dame

March 05, 2017 at Appellation Wine Bar & Restaurant in Chicago.


Join us for our next lively Jazz Brunch featuring nationally acclaimed recording artist, Elaine Dame and celebrated jazz guitarist, Mike Allemana. The hometown legend has been turning heads with her remarkable voice at over 300 national venues including New York City’s Rainbow Room and her headlining appearance at the 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival.

Address: 5212 N Clark St, Chicago
Jazz Brunch with Elaine Dame

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Corral / Cascader / The Goat Wizard / Social Que

March 17, 2017 at Quenchers Saloon in Chicago.



We are a band from Chicago.


Cascader are an instrumental trio from Chicago exploring prog rock in three minute increments.


The Goat Wizard is a five-piece progressive rock band from Appleton, Wisconsin blending a raw math rock and post hardcore sound with more traditional prog. After sketching out an EP of demos as a two-piece in 2015, the band filled out their roster and worked on the material that would become their debut album, The Anthromancer, which was released in October 2016.


A well formed diverse group of 3 individuals who have been playing for over a decade each have now clashed together to bring fresh new sound to the music industry.

Address: 2401 N Western Ave, Chicago
Corral / Cascader / The Goat Wizard / Social Que

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Dogs At Large / Electric Sheep / Bandy

April 18, 2017 at Emporium Arcade Bar Venue in Chicago.



Dogs At Large
“Sat somewhere between the 90’s, Punk, Garage and Rock n’ Roll, Chicago exports Dogs At Large have recently returned from an audio-fashion shoot with the above and defiantly proclaimed, ‘It’s Nothing I’d Wear’…a release that doesn’t really sit anywhere in the genre-base specifically, rather on the fringe on a self-made eclectic seat … It is indeed “radio friendly” but beneath that facade there’s a beating heart of grit that’s barely suppressed and it beckons you.”
-Musically Fresh

Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep are dual singer-songwriter fronted Psychedelic Pop from Chicago. Rooted in 60s pop songcraft, E-sheep often scale back to hooky groovy psych.

Grown out of the sludgy agar petri dish that is Chicago music, Bandy compiled in Summer 2016 to bring about revolutionary good times and sing about the vicissitudes of our many lives. Having performed previously with the late, great Bricklayers Foundation, Adam Cohen-Leadholm and Ross Howard have teamed up once again with some dear old friends to bring about an exciting new sound inspired by glam rock, psych-pop, post-punk, and R&B. Come share in the love!

Address: 1366 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
Dogs At Large / Electric Sheep / Bandy

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From the Rio de la Plata to the Dnieper

March 11, 2017 at Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago.


An evening of tangos from Uruguay, Argentina and Ukraine. Yes, Ukraine! Imagine our surprise! You’ll have to come see what that’s all about. 😉
Joining us will be guest pianist Mark Suddieth.
Stick around for a lovely reception following the concert!

$25 General/ $15 Student
Tickets available now at Brown Paper Tickets: http://bpt.me/2888528

Address: 2320 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
From the Rio de la Plata to the Dnieper

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