Ego, plus DJ Karissa Talanian

May 30, 2016 at The California Clipper in Chicago.

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Two Sets, FREE.

In 2015 the Ego quietly wrote, produced, and released a concept album each month pertaining to the 12 signs of the zodiac.

Ego is the long-standing collaboration of three Chicago natives who met in their teens and have been playing together since. They liken their music to a magical tree with punk roots, a rock n roll trunk, bluesy branches, noisey leaves, and psychadelic fruit. Ego also run a record label and studio, Maximum Pelt and DIY music venues (Ottoman Emipre, Wallys World).

https://massiveego.bandcamp.com/

Address: 1002 N California Ave, Chicago
Ego, plus DJ Karissa Talanian

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L.A. Witch / Sugar Candy Mountain / Levitation Room

May 09, 2016 at The Empty Bottle in Chicago.

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9pm // $10 // 21+

L.A. WITCH // http://lawitch.tumblr.com/
Sugar Candy Mountain // http://sugarcandymountainband.com/
Levitation Room // http://levitationroom.com/

Hope you’re ready for a psyched-out, punk rock evening, because god dammit we got one for you! Los Angeles trio L.A. WITCH has been known to conjure up the demons in pop. Although the band is only a few years old, one root stretches into the sounds of ‘60s garage musicians like THE PLEASURE SEEKERS and SONICS while the other digs around in DEAD MOON and THE BREEDERS. Self described as “reverb-soaked punked out rock”, L.A. WITCH’s most recent release Drive Your Car is a killer. With their lo-fi style in vocals and thrashing sounds from the instruments, L.A. WITCH created a mix of rock, blues and psychedelic for a haunting sound all their own. SUGAR CANDY MOUNTAIN is an Oakland-based psychedelic rock band comprised of Ash Reiter, Will Halsey, Michael Fortes, Thomas Elder, and Bryant Denison. Described as “If BRIAN WILSON had dropped acid on the beach in Brazil and decided to record an album with OS MUTANTES and THE FLAMING LIPS, it would sound like [SUGAR CANDY MOUNTAIN], a psychedelic pop Wall-of Sound and beach balladry.” Like looking through a kaleidoscope, this reverb-soaked psych music is ever changing and shows off the many styles this band can portray, while still maintaining its rock backbone. Openign this evening is LEVITATION ROOM, with their decidedly hallucinogenic jams that whisper and hum the same gentle refrains of their summer of love influences. Their sounds conjure up the cognitive imagery of sunny days at the park, spent with friends in a euphoric haze along with lyrics ad sonic mediations on life, love and self-awareness. Whoa baby – what a night this shall be.

Address: 1035 N Western Ave, Chicago
L.A. Witch / Sugar Candy Mountain / Levitation Room

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Wave Goodbye / New Oceans / Waste

May 01, 2016 at Quenchers Saloon in Chicago.

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WAVE GOODBYE

Wave Goodbye is a three piece band. All members of the band were born and raised in Chicago, IL. Although Jonathan (drummer) and Ivi (guitar & vocals) have been in bands prior to wave goodbye, it wasn’t until Jorge joined, that the band was created. Since early 2014 wave goodbye has been playing through Chicago surrounding areas. With a mixture of soft rock, punk rock, reggae and metal, they have been placing their stamp in the Chicago music scene.

NEW OCEANS

New Oceans fights clinical boredom with noise-heavy depression rock.

WASTE

WASTE started up in 2014 as a two piece act with the desire to play old school influenced original rock. with influences the likes of the Ramones ,70’s hard rock and glam, the Germs and the Stooges. Since then they have been playing in Chicago and the mid west spewing their brand of trashy garage rock to the new generation. founding members are Ray James ( the Baby Shakers, Stoned Walls, Long John Thomas and The Duffs, the Neanderthals and Tomorrows Caveman). Brandon Miller (Shadow Casket,Memories Black, American Griff). Dale Meiners ( Wesley Willis, Spring’as Sonic Droogies aka SSD). Catch WASTE if you Can!

Address: 2401 N Western Ave, Chicago
Wave Goodbye / New Oceans / Waste

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Folk Punk Mini Fest w/ Florida Rooms / Chay & the Hostages / Panthatone / St. Marlboro / Lever

May 28, 2016 at Underground Lounge – Chicago in Chicago.

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7 PM / $10 / 21+

The Florida Rooms
Forged in the swamps of Carrollwood on the outskirts of Tampa, Florida, this trio blends punk, folk, and blues into a unique concoction that smells strongly of Jameson.

Chay & The Hostages
Singer-Songwriter, Post Punk, Lo-Fi

Panthatone
Rock and Roll

St. Marlboro
Country Grunge/Americana

Lever
Bipolar Grunge Pop

Address: 952 W Newport Ave, Chicago
Folk Punk Mini Fest w/ Florida Rooms / Chay & the Hostages / Panthatone / St. Marlboro / Lever

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Wacky World Music Festival: Polkaholics / BomBBone / ChickenFat Klezmer Orchestra

May 14, 2016 at Underground Lounge – Chicago in Chicago.

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8 PM / $7 / 21+

The Polkaholics®
Traditional polka and polka type songs played with non traditional instruments (drums, bass, and guitar). A new generation of Polka music. It’s fast, furious, and fun. We have electrified polka and made it rock!

Bombbone
https://www.reverbnation.com/gypsypunksbalkanpimps
BomBBone is explosive experiment that’s ready to hurt you and heal you at the same time! Mixing punk-rock and metal elements with the sounds and sensibilities of Balkan folk music , BomBBone is an adventure and a treat for all your hipsters needs and beyond!

ChickenFat Klezmer Orchestra
Klezmer, party music, ethnic music, Yiddish theater

Address: 952 W Newport Ave, Chicago
Wacky World Music Festival: Polkaholics / BomBBone / ChickenFat Klezmer Orchestra

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Taste of Emo Presents LOUDERNOW Chicago’s Premier Emo/Pop-Punk Cover Band at Subterranean

May 06, 2016 at Subterranean in Chicago.

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FRI. MAY 6TH | 10PM | $8 | 21+ | SUBTERRANEAN

Tast of Emo Presents
LOUDERNOW Chicago’s Premier Emo/Pop-Punk Cover Band
w/ an Emo DJ set by Adam Savin (Speakeasy DJs)

$4 entry if you bring your T-Mobile Sidekick!
10pm – 11pm have a PBR on PBR’s tab!

www.loudernowband.com
#TasteofEmo #LOUDERNOW

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Address: 2011 W North Ave, Chicago
Taste of Emo Presents LOUDERNOW Chicago

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The Gunshy / Hill Dunes / Birches

May 12, 2016 at Quenchers Saloon in Chicago.

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THE GUNSHY

“While it’s easy to classify Silent Songs as a return, I see it more as a celebration. A heart felt love letter to music and what it has given Arbogast (and letting go of what its taken from him too). There is genuine inspiration and salvation in these songs. The disappointment of seeing peers pack it in is real, but so is the joy he takes from the memories, the tours and people he’s met. He is excited as he is reflective. This is a look back at the last ten years, but it’s also an artist being able to exist entirely in the moment, unfazed by the state of music or what the future will bring. In reality, the full band feel of these songs is a reinvention of The Gunshy sound. It’s as much punk rock as a solitary, bar room prophet. Gang vocals, triumphant horns, swells of strings and a quickened pace all give these songs a more vibrant finish. Arbogast can still pen delicate finger picked ballads (Getting High in Denver / Ten Years) but it’s the energetic, raw numbers that really define this LP. Arbogast has found a new sound, a new well of creativity from which he can draw. Silent Songs is a manifesto of sorts, a reason to keep singing, writing, and touring. A reason to keep living and keep loving. We all need reason to keep the blood coursing through our veins, and search for the cause that makes us willing to let our blood stain the fields of battle.” – Herohill

HILL DUNES (members of Sweet Cobra, Canadian Rifle, and Pillars And Tongues)

Mistakes are best when repeated perpetually until death.

BIRCHES

Birches is a band featuring members of bands you might know (Rapids, Empty Isle, Person) and some you might not. Either way, this is Birches.

Address: 2401 N Western Ave, Chicago
The Gunshy / Hill Dunes / Birches

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Big Black Delta / Sego

May 06, 2016 at The Empty Bottle in Chicago.

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9pm // $15 (advance), $17 // 21+

Big Black Delta // http://bigblackdelta.com/
Sego // http://www.segoband.com

The last time BIG BLACK DELTA played the Empty Bottle was in 2012, so we would say we’re about due for a visit, wouldn’t you say? When Los Angeles lo-fi rockers MELLOWDRONE decided to take an extended break in 2010 after a decade of recording and touring, frontman JONATHAN BATES found himself questioning whether life in a band was for him after all. As well as briefly playing in M83 on tour, Bates worked as deliveryman and sound technician, before his friend and former NINE INCH NAILS member Alessandro Cortini introduced him to the benefits of creating music on a laptop. Jonathan Bates became engrossed, and it was during an intense period of creativity that electro/synth-pop BIG BLACK DELTA was born. Harnessing guitars and warped electronics to create a wall of sound, BIG BLACK DELTA— also the term used to describe a man-made UFO — released the singles If***ingloveyou and Betamax in 2012 via Master of Bates, as well as remixing a host of acts including M83 and DAFT PUNK. BIG BLACK DELTA recently announced a new record titled Tregame Tierra will be released April 22nd, and we’re ready to hear alllll about it this evening!

Address: 1035 N Western Ave, Chicago
Big Black Delta / Sego

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Ovef Ow / Strange Relations / Bigjoy / Bunny (Solo)

April 15, 2016 at Quenchers Saloon in Chicago.

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OVEF OW

OVEF OW is a 4-piece rock band that formed in the spring of 2015. The band’s lineup features Marites Velasquez (bass), Sarah Braunstein (drums), Kyla Denham (synth) and Nick Barnett (guitar). Over the past year, the quartet has quickly built a following in the Chicago indie-music scene around their surf and garage/punk-inspired and multi-vocalist sound. They draw influences from Sonic Youth, Sleater-Kinney, and the B-52s.

STRANGE RELATIONS

“There’s nothing to hide behind.” That’s the philosophy the young three-piece Strange Relations adopted in the writing process for their first LP, -Centrism. Long, harsh Minneapolis winters provided many hours of solitude for Casey Sowa (vocals/drums), who channeled the isolation, frustrations, and desires fermented in those months into a series of pop songs. With the aid of Sowa’s long-time partner in crime Marisa Helgeson on bass and synth and friend Nate Hart-Andersen on guitar, the group focused on writing songs that use stripped-back arrangements and cutting lyrics to create a world that both welcomes and challenges the listener. The end result is a record that is vulnerable, intimate, and thoughtful, fusing the personal with the political and the cerebral with the emotive to lasting effect.

BIGJOY

Just a sweet, sweet Chicago outfit.

BUNNY (Solo)
Bunny is a new Chicago band is typically comprised of Jessica Viscius (guitar, vocals), Drew Ryan (drums), Tim Makowski (guitar) and Alexa Viscius (bass). Occasional Jess does these Bunny jams all by her lonesome. This is one of those times.

Address: 2401 N Western Ave, Chicago
Ovef Ow / Strange Relations / Bigjoy / Bunny (Solo)

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Nora O’Connor at The Hideout

May 09, 2016 at Hideout Inn in Chicago.

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Nora O’Connor at The Hideout

Nora O’Connor is a Chicago-based musician and singer whose vocal talents are the secret weapon behind some of the city’s top performers and recordings. Nora is currently touring as a back-up singer and multi instrumentalist with The Decemberists. She has spent a good share of years on the road with Andrew Bird, Iron and Wine, Robbie Fulks and her old cow-punk band The Blacks (those were some times!). You can hear Nora on recordings with The New Pornographers, Neko Case, Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake) among countless others. Nora possesses a sensitive and honey-sweet vocal delivery, and is a solid sender on guitar — which is why this lady’s phone never stops ringing. In 2010, Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy enlisted Nora O’Connor and Kelly Hogan as a primary vocalists on gospel legend Mavis Staples’ Grammy Award-winning album “You Are Not Alone.”

Address: 1354 W Wabansia Ave, Chicago
Nora O

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