Weekend Agenda: Comics, Books, and Slippery Kingdom Fest

I don’t know about you guys, but it’s been kind of a crazy week over here at Store Brand Soda. We’re ready to just curl up on a couch, hug a dog or a cat, and watch every Keanu Reeves movie we have on VHS. Too bad there’s a utter fuckload of stuff happening in Chicago this weekend.

Friday, May 1


Terror Pigeon / Fee Lion / Richard Album
Hey, remember Hyde Park? You know, one of those neighborhoods that aren’t Logan Square? Well, there’s a totally kickass show going on down there tonight at 8:30. I know, weird, right? And speaking of weird, there’s a lineup of weirdo jams, headlined by Terror Pigeon, who have been my favorite weird kid dance party for 5 years running. Shout along to songs about partying despite your anxiety in a big, sweaty group hug of punk kids. There aren’t many better ways to spend Friday night.
Cobb Coffee Shop, 5811 S Ellis Ave
8:30 pm, All Ages, Free???

Multicult / Moral Void / DEN / Street Creature
Maybe you’ve had the kind of crappy week best addressed through losing your shit at a festival. Lucky for you, Slippery Kingdom Fest is happening all weekend at The Burlington. For $8/night you get 4 awesome bands each day. And it’s sponsored by Revolution, so there’s probably some good beer in there too.
The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton
8:00 pm, $8, 21+


The Bingers / Slushy / The Uglies / Liqs / Zigtebra
Has your week sucked so bad you’re not even up to seeing new bands? Well, we’ve got you covered with this lineup of local favorites playing tonight at The Dandelion. Wrap yourself in the warm, fuzzy blanket of garage/pop/rock/awesome from right here in Chicago.
The Dandelion, ask a punk
9:00 pm, 21+, Donations Please

Saturday, May 2

You’re a sensitive soul and you love a good book, but you’ve spent all your money on PBR and tapes? Me too! Luckily for both of us, free shit abounds at the confluence of Free Comic Book Day and Independent Bookstore Day.


Indie Bookstore Day at Uncharted
Uncharted Books has our favorite indie bookstore day lineup, in addition to our favorite store dog. Show up early for a passport to collect a free Stuart Dybek story illustrated by Dmitry Samarov. Raffles will happen throughout the day, along with snacks from Dinner was Delicious at 3 pm, a reading from Nathan Rabin at 7 pm, and awesome company and reasonably priced used books all day.
Uncharted Books, 2620 N Milwaukee
10:00 am, Free


Drop-In Comics Workshop
Got a minicomic idea you’ve been working on, but you don’t have the time or resources to get it in print? Stop by the drop-in comics workshop at Spudnik on Saturday for a chance to use their equipment to make your comic happen. Attendees will also have the chance to work together on a collaborative comic.
Spudnik Press Cooperative, 1821 W Hubbard, Suite 302
1:00 to 4:00 pm, $10 Suggested Donation


Dam Gila / Luggage / Michelles / The Symposium / Glyders
After a day of making comics and reading books, there’s no better way to unwind than a music fest! Swing by The Burlington for Day 2 of Slippery Kingdom Fest.Cupcake saw in your show horoscope that you’d go.
The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton
8:00 pm, $8, 21+


Kangaroo / Sophagus / Shiloh / Bike Cops
Even more broke from buying comics and books all day? Luckily, Cole’s has a free show (and some cheap cans of beer) for you! This is the kind of good time you’ll feel good paying $0 for.
Cole’s Bar, 2338 Milwaukee
10:00 pm, Free, 21+

Sunday, May 3


The Bingers / POST CHILD / Peoples Temple of America / Supreme Nothing / Pet Vices
Close out your weekend with Day 3 of Slippery Kingdom Fest, which finishes off strong with a solid lineup of rock ‘n’ roll. This is your second chance to see The Bingers this weekend, so don’t fuck it up!
The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton
8:00 pm, $8, 21+

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