March 21, 2017 at The Empty Bottle in Chicago.
Square Peg Round Hole
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.