Brisbane Noise Punks Sewers Play Last-Minute Show Tonight

Antipodean punks Sewers have used the Coriolis effect to their advantage, swirling counter-clockwise down a filthy dive bar toilet and surfacing clockwise here in Chicago covered in grime, gore, and black blood. They lurched, Creature-from-the-Black-Lagoon style, into Permanent Records yesterday, completely obliterating the sparse crowd with their nasty swamp sludge.

Too tight for the skronky post-punks and too full of wild abandon for the math-rock nerds, Sewers is the evil, abrasive thudding squall you’ve been looking for to rip you away from your boring life and everything you hold dear and deposit you in the bowels of a waste treatment plant.

They were supposed to play last night at The Burlington, but apparently a local band they were going to play with dropped out and the show was cancelled. The whole thing seems pretty sus to me – do you know how hard getting 5 visas for traveling musicians is? – but thankfully Aaron Dexter, booker for The Owl and label head over at Automatic Recordings, pulled through and they were able to jump on the bill with Whitney (ex-Smith-Westerns) for tonight. Hopefully he doesn’t mind me telling you all who “the special guest” is a bit early. Go buy a record from him so he doesn’t get mad at me for blowing up his spot.

There’s other weird free noise rock shows tonight, which you know because you check our calendar every morning, but let’s be real, Toupee plays all the time. You’re lucky to get another chance to see Sewers; I suggest you take it.

Whitney, Sewers
The Owl, 2521 North Milwaukee Avenue
10pm / free / 21+

Ono, Hums + Haws, Toupee, Richard Album
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
9pm / free / 21+

Wildhoney, Carbonleak, Population
Rancho Huevos
8pm / ask a punk / $6-$8

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Your Show Horoscope: June, July, & August 2015

Your Show Horoscope is the time when I wrap a Stevie-Nicks-shawl around my shoulders, light some copal incense, and peer into a murky crystal ball to divine your future. Rather than the All-You-Can-Eat smorgasbord overload of our show calendar, it’s more like a tiny perfect sandwich made just for you, with the crusts cut off just how you like it, and a little thermos of tomato soup on the side.


You were putting hot dogs in your pizza crust long before Pizza Hut; hell, they jacked that idea from you, and no one can convince you otherwise. You burn your mouth on the sauce everytime, because you just can’t wait for it to cool down enough to eat safely. You’re either on Team Bagel Bite or Team Pizza Roll, and you hate the opposing team with a vengeance. You have a pizza pentagram tattoo, and the local by-the-slice place recognizes you as the person who gets a cold slice to go so that you can warm it up fresh in your oven once you get to the proper level of stonedness.

Closet Burner, Sputter, The Disinherited, Tigress
This is a benefit show *tonight* for everyone’s favorite queercore fest, which I previously wrote about for xoJane. It’s free to get in, but please donate! Also, buy some pizza: $1 per slice sold between 8:30-10:30pm goes to Fed Up Fest!
Dimo’s Pizza, 1615 North Damen Avenue
Tuesday, June 23rd at 9pm / AA

Skip Church, Glyers
Swing by Chicago’s chillest record store with the best in-store sight lines for Tip Your Delivery Boy: A pizza themed art show benefiting the Greater Chicago Food Depository. All art proceeds will benefit hungry people here in town, and Dimo’s Pizza will be donating slices to make sure you don’t go hungry, either.
saki, 3716 West Fullerton Avenue
Sat, July 11, 6pm / free / aa



Listen, it’s not that you have anything against seeing Yet Another Show at your favorite venue. There’s a reason it’s your favorite venue, after all. But as the weather warms up, the idea of drinking one more lukewarm Tiger tallboy in “your” corner makes you want to scream. Why not try something new?

Bongripper, Oshwa, Taught Abroad
If seeing a stoner doom band play at the foot of a towering monument crowned with a screaming eagle is old hat to you, please relocate to Mars where you can perhaps find new, challenging experiences.
Logan Square Monument at Logan Square Arts Festival
Fri, June 26, 5pm / $5 suggested donation / all ages

The Last Flowershop Show: 6 Bands TBA
Flowershop has been claiming every show they throw is their last show for a while now. Maybe this one will actually be the last one. Maybe it won’t. Either way, it’s still going to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
The Flowershop
Fri, June 26, 8pm / $5

Fountainsun, Wrekmeister Harmonies, HIDE
Dude. It’s in a cemetary. That’s pretty cool.
Bohemian National Cemetery, 5255 North Pulaski Road
Thu, July 2, 7pm / $20 / 21+

Murder City Devils, Diarrhea Planet, Swirlies, Nobunny, EZTV
Isn’t it about time you introduced your seven year old to Diarrhea Planet? Thanks to the magic of all ages street fests, you finally can.
Chicago Avenue between Damen Ave and Wood
Sun, July 12, 12pm / West Fest / $5 suggested donation / AA

No Age, Sun Foot, Devin Gary & Ross
This is a totally unique event called Generationalpictomusicapolis (try saying that three times fast); it’s a “is a celebration of collaborative music and art-making.” Did I mention the “Gary” in Devin, Gary & Ross is GARY FUCKING PANTER? THE GUY WHO DID THE SETS FOR PEE-WEE’S PLAYHOUSE? Yeah. Now I did.
Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 South Morgan Street
Tue, July 14, 8pm / $12 / $15 / 17+



Oh, honey. Top Ramen for dinner again? Is that….is that duct tape holding your Converse together? You know that me and your dad can always….no, no, I get it, I’m glad you’re trying to save money, but….ok, well, do me a favor and at least treat yourself to some free shows, ok? And call more often. I miss you.

Chastity Belt
If, for some reason, you can’t make their set at the Bottle tonight but you are able to get out of work with basically zero notice, you can totally see Chastity Belt for free this afternoon at the Wicker Reckless.
Reckless Records, 1379 N Milwaukee Ave
Tue, June 23, 4:30pm / free / all ages

Bleach Party, The Van Goghs
Bleach Party play really fun fuzzy party punk and I love them. Keep an eye on for an upcoming exclusive single.
The Whistler, 2421 North Milwaukee Avenue
Wed, June 24, 8:30pm / 21+ / Free

Absolutely Not, Foul Tip, Radio Shaq, Gnar Wave Rangers
Last time I was at Cole’s, for the Fungi Girls show, a stranger came over to me to tell me how much he likes my Twitter account (he is alone in this sentiment; don’t follow me) and I got to point out that there’s a nine-foot-high portrait of me painted in the bathroom of Cole’s from when I was like, 23 and didn’t completely hate hanging out in Logan Square bars yet. Anyway, if you haven’t seen it, go check it out, and ignore the fact a bitter ex wrote my phone number all over it telling people to call me for a good time back in the day.
Cole’s Bar, 2338 North Milwaukee Avenue
Fri, June 26, 10pm / 21+ / Free

Sewers, Den
Cleo’s has $10 pitchers and $6 nachos on Sundays if you want a thing to walk to after.
Permanent Records, 1914 West Chicago Avenue
Sun, July 5, 5pm / Free / AA / BYOB

Dead Moon, Spray Paint, Negative Scanner, Jamaican Queens, Absolutely Not, Tjutjuna
Heads up: people manning the gates at city street fests really don’t care if you pay the $5 or not. Even if you pony up, though, $5 to see Dead Moon is a deal. Their show the day before at The Empty Bottle has been sold out for ages.
Chicago Avenue between Damen Ave and Wood
Sat, July 11, 12pm / West Fest / $5 suggested donation / AA

The Sueves, Teenage Moods
Getting Suevey is the new getting wavvy.
Cole’s Bar, 2338 North Milwaukee Avenue
Sat, July 11, 10pm / free / 21+



We don’t actually write about metal here on Store Brand Soda. Or, rather, we don’t know what to write about metal. We’ve always been more comfortable in glitter eyeshadow than corpsepaint, and it’s such a big and convoluted scene that we leave the in-depth coverage to people who can actually decipher Christophe Szpajdel’s handlettering at a glance. At the same time, the borders between the ground we cover and the blood-dripping and bat-infested territory of metal are so blurry; it’s not too far of a stretch to find a Weekend Nachos show on our calendar. Here are some shows a little closer to that border, for intrepid wanderers and devout devotees alike.

Bongripper, Oshwa, Taught Abroad
Oshwa plays at 7:30, Bongripper plays at 9:00pm.
Logan Square Monument at Logan Square Arts Festival
Fri, June 26, 5pm / $5 suggested donation / all ages

Nervosas, Red Dons, Mac Blackout Band, Daylight Robbery
Mac Blackout Band has a new drummer (well, new to MBB; he’s always played with frontman Mark in another project, Mickey). The new rhythm section has taken MBB in a more glammy classic metal direction, and I’m really into it, actually. If you miss this show, they’re also playing the next day at Observatory, and a few days later at East Room. Check the calendar, homie.
The Burlington Bar 3425 W Fullerton Ave
Thu, June 25, 9pm / 21+ / usually between $5-$10

Liturgy, Locrian
I promise to never stop thinking it’s hilarious that the dude from Liturgy is a oil heir billionaire. Maybe all the assholes who steal stuff from the vans of extremely broke bands should pick better targets.
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
Sat, July 18, 9pm / 21+ / $10


You’re a cool person. You’re not a jerk, your politics are chill, you generally care about the right stuff. All these bands have cool people in them too. Maybe you should go make friends?

Broken Prayer, Hound, Fake Limbs & Split Feet
Jes Skolnik is a major inspiration behind all my writing and their band, Split Feet, is rad. All these bands are rad.
Subterranean, 2011 West North Avenue
Sat, June 27, 7pm / $8 / 17+

Negative Scanner, Scary and the Scrapers, Bad Eric, Wriggle, The Jig
My roommate is in Negative Scanner and they have a new album coming out on Trouble in Mind and I’m so fucking proud I could spit.
Old Mount Happy
Tue, June 30, 7pm / $7-$8 / everyone welcome

Dick Diver, Cococoma, Clearance, Comm to Black
Ok, obviously Australian band Dick Diver are the headliners, touring in support of their new album out on Trouble in Mind. However, we have to give a shout-out to locals Cococoma (LEGENDS, THEY ARE) and newbies Comm to Black, who are still figuring things out but are worth supporting because there’s a pretty good chance the tall guy in the leather jacket is gonna put out your next record.
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
Wed, July 1, 9pm / 21+ / $10

Ivy, Fad, Sin Orden, Liquids, Go-Go, Udusic
This is a really cool hardcore lineup, and Sin Orden are amazing, bringing brutal honesty & forthright politics to the Chicago Latinx punk scene for years now. Ivy and Fad are both touring so make sure to bring some dollars to help fill up their gas tanks and bellies.
The 2040
Thu, July 23, 8pm / $8

Blizzard Babies, Squish, Boots, Pink Bathroom
Blizzard Babies and Pink Bathroom are both great not-all-wack-dudes bands and friends of SBS! I really wanna get a crew together and go bowling first, so hit me up if you’re in.
Fireside Bowl, 2648 West Fullerton Avenue
Sun, July 19, 8pm / 17+ / $7

Frau, Broken Prayer, Boots, The Bug, TBA
I was introduced to Frau by an article about the best punk songs of 2014 I helped work on for Pitchfork, and I’m so glad I was. These feminist punks did-it-themselves all the way from the UK, so show some appreciation and show up.
The 2040
Mon, August 10, 8pm / $7-10

Homeshake, Sheer Agony, Pleasure Leftists, Negative Scanner, Split Feet
This is a while out but worth remembering.
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
Sat, August 15, 9pm / $8 / $10 / AA

Sheer Mag, Royal Headache, Daylight Robbery
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
Wed, August 19, 9pm / 21+ / $10



Whether is because you love supporting your local scene, or just because you’re punk as fuck like that, you prefer your shows intimate, sweaty, and possibly violating a noise ordinance or two.

Slushy, Soddy Daisy, MOP, Slackluster, The Gold Web, Gnar Wave Rangers
Everyone’s favorite former-church-turned-sweaty-naked-partyplex has been through some rough times lately; a staggering heating bill and flooding from the recent relentless thunderstorms have left the DIY space denizens in need of some community support. Throw an extra bill in the hat, buy some t-shirts or refreshments, celebrate their indomitable spirit and Maureen’s birthday!
Young Camelot
Sat, June 27, 8:30pm / 21+ to drink / donation

Heart Attack Jizzers, Poison Boys, Wingtips, FYCs, Bitter Fruit
Wingtips are the only Chicago band on this bill! Poison Fruit is from Oakland, and everyone else is from Indiana.
The Danger Zone
Sat, June 27, 7:00pm / $6-9

EGO, Heinous Orca, The Cell Phones, The Phone Calls
♪♬♪ ring ring ring ring ring ring, banana phone ♪♬♪
Wally World
Sat, June 27, 9:05pm / $5 / 21+ / byob or hit the cheap bar

Scalped, Cracked Vessel, Sputter, Tensions
Albion House
Sun, June 28, 7pm

Daymaker, Not For You, Zach Wilson, TBA
Please note, Dollhouse DIY has moved! Don’t go to their old house!
Dollhouse DIY (New Location)
Sun, July 5, 7pm / $5

Logan & Lucille, Wingtips, Boxing Fetish, Mormon Toasterhead
Please note, Dollhouse DIY has moved! Don’t go to their old house!
Dollhouse DIY (New Location)
Tue, July 7, 7pm / $5

Mtvghosts, Opposites, Fatkid, Donkey Hotel
Ratt House
Sat, July 18, 8:30pm / $5

Sacred Memories, Psycho Sister, Radio Creeps, Skizzwhores, Cellar Rats, Mandatory Abortions, Ultrahazard
The Orphanage
Sat, July 25, 4pm

Dark Thoughts, Laffing Gas, Chud, Bruised, TBA
Rancho Huevos
Fri, July 31, 8pm / $7 – $10 for touring bands

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Weekly Agenda: Fests & Instores Galore

We received a lot of responses to a recent article we published, many so vitriolic, injurious and unproductive that we didn’t see fit to respond to them or publish them.

There are people out there who still think punk is about senseless aggression, about mayhem and violence. Hidden behind a computer, they’ll tell you that they’re still 77 as fuck, that stinky leather is their second skin, that they are fully prepared to die in a knife fight at every show and if you aren’t you should just stay home.

These are not the people we created Store Brand Soda for. We update our calendar, explore and find new music, and write about culture all while thinking about a different sort of person.

Everyone who doesn’t go to shows anymore because you don’t feel safe, or to everyone who coordinates with friends so you don’t have to walk to and from the train alone: we do it for you.

Everyone who struggles with anxiety, back against crumbling brick, shaking wrist spilling warm High Life in a room full of low lifes: we do it for you.

Everyone who doesn’t go to shows as much any more due to age, children, or physical ability, but who still loves music, supports it, and might go to an early instore if you manage to hear about it: we do it for you.

Everyone who has ever had your credibility questioned, who has had to fight to be taken seriously, who has been dismissed and criticized due to swift-moving undercurrents of sexism, racism, and transphobia most punks refuse to even acknowledge: your experience is valid and real, we’ve been there too, and we do what we do for you.

Everyone who works in the shadows, running zine distros and booking shows and scuttling around doing sound and cleaning 400 half-drunk beers out of your basement the day after a show, we see you. Not everyone can be in the spotlight all the time, and we think everything you do is just as important, maybe more so, than standing on a stage with a bass in your hands.

Staying strong in the face of so much opposition is punk as fuck. Struggling and fighting to be part of what you love is punk as fuck.

We wrote this weekly agenda with you in mind. While you’re filling out your Hello Kitty datebook with rad shows to see, why not listen to this podcast interview with Jenna Pup of +HIRS+? Learn about gender and sexuality, substance abuse and suicide, and the Philly underground scene from a member of a super rad trans queer grindcore band (who you’ll get a chance to see this summer at Fed Up Fest).

Tuesday, May 12th

Daikaiju, Space Blood, Kinda Good
Beat Kitchen, 2100 West Belmont Avenue
8pm / free with RSVP / $5 / 17+

Le Tour, Penicillin Baby, Bad Bad Meow
The Burlington Bar, 3425 W Fullerton Ave
9pm / $5 / 21+

Strawberry Jacuzzi, Gnar Wave Rangers, KO, Il Soffitto
Tour kick off for Strawberry J!
The Mutiny, 2428 North Western Avenue
free / 21+

Wednesday, May 13th

Caleb Willitz, Gloom Balloon, Christopher the Conquered, Bienart
Gloom Balloon and Christopher the Conquered are two of the nicest, hardest-working, and most fun bands coming out of Iowa right now. If you want to get happy with some sad kids (which is pretty obviously Emily’s MO), stop by this show on Wednesday!
Fizz Bar & Grill, 3220 North Lincoln Avenue
8pm / $6, 21+

Paperhead, LA Witch, Follakvoid, The Holydrug Couple
I really enjoyed this interview with LA Witch.
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
9pm / $5 (limited), $10 (ADV), $12 / 21+

Thursday, May 14th

Lycanthropy, Bloody Phoenix, Cryptic Void, Sick/Tired, xAbruptx
LiveWire Lounge is truly like the weirdest crappiest venue, which is sad because it’s pretty close to my house.
Live Wire Lounge, 3394 North Milwaukee Avenue
8pm / 21+ / $10

Direct Hit!, Brokedowns, Success, Nervous Passenger
Beat Kitchen, 2100 West Belmont Avenue
7:30pm / 17+ / $10

Hollow Mountain, Slushy, Today’s Hits, The Lemons, The Eye Dolls
Premier of Animal Kingdom’s Kelly Nothing’s new project The Eye Dolls.
Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 North Milwaukee Avenue
9pm / Free / 21+

Heaters, Uh Bones, Bleach Party
According to SBS co-editor Emily, “Heaters play very surfy psych rock and are fucking perfect to listen to on a boat.”
Schubas Tavern, 3159 North Southport Avenue
9pm / $8 / $10 / 18+

The Sueves, Flesh Panthers
This is a kickoff pre-party for Blackout Fest.
Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 North Wabash, 25th Floor
6pm / free / 21+

Jovontaes, Werewheels, Luggage, Communion
The Owl, 2521 North Milwaukee Avenue
10pm / free / 21+

Nak’ay, Gnarly Death, Deterioration, Agitate, Georgia O’Queef
Supposedly starting on time. Also bae says I can’t start a band called “Al’s Italian Queef” because it’s not as funny as Georgia O’Queef but I think there’s enough room in the world for both of us.
The Mousetrap
7pm / $6

Friday, May 15th

Crown Larks, Daymaker, Longface, Forget the Times, Yeesh
ECO, 2042 w. 21st St

Burning Palms, The Bingers, American Breakfast
Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 North Milwaukee Avenue
9pm / free / 21+

Real Kids, Cozy, Platinum Boys, MAMA
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
9pm / Hozac Blackout Fest / 21+ / $20

Saturday, May 16th

Nones, Mac Blackout Band
Nones are super weird skronk and Mac Blackout is a psych punk freakout. Peanut butter and jelly. Also, Rob is a great photographer and Mark is an amazing artist, go check their work out.
saki, 3716 West Fullerton Avenue
4pm / Rob Karlic & Mac Blackout Art Show / free / AA

Mako Sica, Daniel Wyche, onYou
Permanent Records, 1914 West Chicago Avenue
5pm / free / aa / byob

Indonesian Junk, The Gnar Wave Rangers, Baby Money, DEN, MTVGhosts, The Baby Magic, The Liqs
Super fun indie fest times with dual venue ping-ponging!
Auxiliary Art Center (3012 West Belmont Avenue) & Reed’s Local ( 3017 W Belmont Ave)
7pm / Arts-n-Drafts Fest / $10 for a wristband that gets you into both venues / 21+

Absolutely Not, The Cellphones, Dumplings, Ego
the flowershop
8pm / $5

The Avengers, Sweet Knives, Nervosas, THING, Gross Pointe
If you missed it, we brought up our reservations about endorsing a Nervosas show and Mickey from Nervosas responded.
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
9pm / Hozac Blackout Fest / 21+ / $20

Evasive Backflip, Hammell On Trial, Nnamdi’s SDSSP, Petty Crimes, & Il Soffito
Young Camelot
9pm / 18+ to attend / 21+ to drink / $5

The Treasure Fleet, Roach Beach
Beat Kitchen, 2100 West Belmont Avenue
10:30pm / 21+ / free

ONO, Tape Loop Orchestra, Lil Tits, Toupee, TV-MA
University of Chicago Main Quad, 5801 S Ellis Ave
11am / WHPK Summer Breeze

Sunday, May 17th

I always joke that Cozy is “cosplaying that it’s the 70s” and scheduling a “photoshoot and autograph signing” at a local record store goes right along with that.
Bric-a-Brac Records & Collectibles, 3156 West Diversey Avenue
2:00pm / free / AA

Treasure Fleet, Jaime Rojo, Young Marshall
saki, 3716 West Fullerton Avenue
3pm / AA / free

Chui Wan 吹万, Flavor Crystals, Krol Kleks
Chui Wan is all the way from Beijing! You can listen to a live recording of them from The World Underground here!
The Burlington Bar, 3425 W Fullerton Ave
9pm / 21+ / usually $5-$10

Le Tour, Nest Egg, Potions, Idpyramid
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
9pm / $5 / 21+

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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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Your Show Horoscope: April & June 2015

Your Show Horoscope is a regular Store Brand Soda feature where I predict what shows you are going to go to based on your personality and character. No zodiac signs, just cheap beer and guitar feedback. Only certain shows are profiled; you can find many, many more on our calendar.


You eat a peanut butter and jelly for lunch every day. You’ve been dating the same person for 5 years. Others might chase new, exotic thrills, but you’ve always been comforted by the nostalgic intoxication of the familiar.

Hollow Mountain, Slushy, Today’s Hits, The Lemons, The Eye Dolls
Slushy, Today’s Hits, and The Lemons share/swap around enough members that this show is going to be like eating mashed potatoes with french fries and rellenos de papa on the side and some Ruffles for dessert.
Emporium Arcade Bar, 1366 North Milwaukee Avenue
Tuesday, 5/14 at 8pm / Free / 21+

Today’s Hits
James is gonna play 100 songs in a row! So if you want to hear, like, 60 songs about being sad about girls, grab a $13 cocktail and settle in.
The Whistler, 2421 North Milwaukee Avenue
Tuesday, 5/7 at 9:00pm / Free / 21+


I just came back from a trip to Texas, so their scene is very much on my mind, for both good and bad reasons. You’re gonna hear more about the bad (we have a big article scheduled for Monday), but for now, let’s focus on the positive: there’s a bunch of really awesome bands coming out of Texas, and some of them are even playing here soon.

Big Joy, Sweet Spirit, The Iceberg, Impulsive Hearts
Sweet Spirit is an Austin band who shares member Sabrina Ellis with A Giant Dog, who we love a lot.
The Burlington Bar 3425 W Fullerton Ave,
Sat, 4/25 at 9pm / 21+ / usually around $8

Flesh Lights, Flesh Panthers, Son of a Gun
Flesh Lights are like, the worst band to google without remembering to append “bandcamp” or whatever. Anyway, I saw them at an all ages in Austin when I was down in Texas and I swear, I thought the drummer was gonna crack a cymbal they were drumming so hard. Young, fast, and fun, with a few poppy crooners thrown in for good measure.
The Mutiny, 2428 North Western Avenue
Tuesday, 5/26 at 9:00pm, Free, 21+

You like Bad Sports? You like Marked Men? You like The Mind Spiders? Then you like Radioactivity. They’re one of those bands you can make an intricate family tree for, with all the branches showing various other bands the members are in, or you can just tell your nerd brain to shut up and throw your dirty hair around.
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
Friday, 7/24 at 9:00pm, $10 / 21+


All you wanna do is have some fun. You got a feeling you’re not the only one.

Vamos, Ego, Dead Space, Mama, The Man
Duuuuuuuude The Man are so evil and so nefarious and so good.
Wally World
Sat, 4/25 at 9:05pm / byob and cheap beer for sale / donate / 21+

The Bingers, Slushy, The Uglies, The Liqs, Zigtebra
I can’t be the only one who thinks the dude from The Liqs looks like a teenage version of Joseph Gordon Levitt. It gives me weird, Mysterious-Skin-related feelings.
The Dandelion
Friday, 5/1 at 9pm / 21+ / Donations Please

MAMA, Platinum Boys, Jollys, Grosse Point
Ok, you know how some bands write serious bummer songs about social issues? None of these bands do that. They just rock out onto your face with extremely brainless party tunes. Mama + Plat Boyz also have this completely unironic classic radio rock thing going on as well, which I find hilarious.
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
Monday, 5/4 at 9pm / 21+ / Free

Party yourself into oblivion with Oblivions.
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
Thursday, 5/28 at 9:00pm / 21+ / $10

Guantanamo Baywatch, Gooch Palms, The Lemons
Guantanamo Baywatch are basically always touring, storming cities with bottles of tequila, painted-on pants, and summer surf vibes. This is the first show I’ve seen them play in Chicago at a non-DIY-venue in a while and it’s gonna be a jammer.
The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
Sunday, 6/21 at 8:30pm / $5 / 21+


ADVICE FOR TEENS: Your boyfriend probably sucks and you are definitely not going to be together forever. Your parents are probably trying really hard (and failing, but you’ll understand one day). You should go to these shows that let in those too young to legally drink.

Glamour Hotline, Lost Dog, Evasive Backflip, Slayer Kitty, Not for You
This is more like a mixed media art installation gallery event but bands are playing and you should go, little baby teens.
Fulton Street Collective, 2000 W Fulton St
Saturday, 4/25 at 7:00pm / $5 / AA

Nobunny, Skip Church
It’s kind of weird that Nobunny is so popular and has such a young following. “What’s that that the kids are into these days? A weird dude who wears a decaying bunny mask and high heels and possibly no pants when he plays?” Actually, it kind of makes perfect sense.
Subterranean, 2011 West North Avenue
Saturday, 4/25 at 6:00pm / $12 / AA

Treasure Fleet, Jaime Rojo, Young Marshall
saki instore!
saki, 3716 West Fullerton Avenue,
Sunday, 5/17 / BYOB / AA

Alex G, Arugula
Alex G is the kind of sad bastard music that I couldn’t care less about but my co-editor Emily ~LOVES~, which is probably why our show calendar is as varied as it is. Emily, you have any comments about Alex G? I got nothing.
Fireside Bowl, 2648 West Fullerton Avenue
Wednesday, 6/3 at 7:30 / $12 / AA

Bike Cops, BRNDA, Teen Mom, Peoples Temple of America
I wanted to make a dumb bowling joke about this show, because it’s in a bowling alley, but then I remembered I don’t know anything about bowling.
Fireside Bowl, 2648 West Fullerton Avenue
Tuesday, 6/9 at 7:00pm / 17+ / $7

Palehound, Coaster, Haki, Bedroom Sons
Haki includes Real Baby Teens right in the line-up.
Beat Kitchen, 2100 West Belmont Avenue
Monday, 5/25 at 8:00pm / Free with RSVP / $8
/ 17+

Vacation, Earth Girls, The Raging Nathans, Supreme Nothing
I’m not actually sure if this is all ages, but it’s at a DIY space that doesn’t allow drinking or drugs, so while I don’t to want to speak for the organizers probably most cool not-oppressive people will be welcome.
Weenie Hut Jr’s
Monday, 5/7 at 7:00pm / $7


No, not the kind of festival where you bury a bottle of vodka in Grant Park at the stroke of midnight so you can dig it up later and party to some band with a song in an iTunes commercial. The kind of fest where a record label takes over a dark, dingy venue for days and shares all their favorites with you. Speaking of: who’s driving down to Goner Fest this year? Hit me up.

Slippery Kingdom Fest

The Burlington Bar 3425 W Fullerton Ave
All events $8 and 21+, doors at 8:00pm, show at 9:00pm

Thursday, 4/30: Opening Party with Power Haunts, Blind Moon, Strange Lovelies
Friday, 5/1: Multicult, Moral Void, DEN, Street Creature
Saturday, 5/2: Dam Gila, Luggage, Michelles, The Symposium, Glyders

Hozac Blackout Fest

The Empty Bottle, 1035 North Western Avenue
All events 21+; art opening is $5, all other nights $20, 3 day pass $40

Sunday, 5/10: Opening Art Show with The Yolks, Werewheels, Skip Church
Friday, 5/15: Real Kids, Cozy, Platinum Boys, MAMA
Saturday. 5/16: The Avengers, Sweet Knives, Nervosas, THING, Gross Pointe

So, Nervosas are a Columbus, Ohio band that we’ve heard unchill things about. The story (which we do not have first hand) is that a girl was raped by someone they’re friends with. When she spoke publicly about the rape, members of Nervosas defended him and harassed her: just your general, rape culturey, “he’s our bro and we’re picking being friends with him over you feeling safe” kind of bullshit. I heard this through friends, but I found a reference to it here. Stuff like this doesn’t get talked about enough. I personally don’t feel comfortable paying $20 to go to a Nervosas show, and I don’t feel comfortable listing them here without giving you the information to make your own decision.

EDIT: Mickey from Nervosas has commented in our comment section. Scroll down or click here to see the response.

Arts N Drafts

Auxiliary Art Center, 3012 West Belmont Avenue
Reed’s Local, 3017 W Belmont Ave
$10 gets you into both venues all night / 21+

Saturday, 5/16 at 7:00pm: Indonesian Junk, The Gnar Wave Rangers, Baby Money, DEN, MTVGhosts, The Baby Magic, The Liqs

This is a really rad little DIY fest taking place at both a local art space and their neighbor, a cool little dive bar. They’re gonna be selling BBQ on the patio at Aux so bring that cash, honeys.

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Weekend Agenda: Wild Times

Looking for an excuse to leave your cave of an apartment on this gorgeous weekend? Or maybe a way to be indoors while every case of cabin fever in the city pours onto patios primed for bad decisions? We’ve got you covered, bro.

Friday, April 17

wild society flyer

The Wild Society, Ag47 Annual Showcase
Tonight, Ag47, a rad local arts collective that mentors girls ages 11-17, is putting on their annual showcase in Logan Square. There’s a $10 suggested donation and tons of cool art will be for sale. Come see what the youths are up to and support girls’ creativity and awesomeness.
3249 W Diversey, 2nd Floor
AA / $10

Check Facebook for more info!

Clearance / The Velveteens / The Hecks / Blizzard Babies
After you’re all amped on supporting local teenage art, what could be better than a good pop show? Head over to The Burlington to catch Blizzard Babies, one of my favorite local bands, playing along with Minneapolis indie pop group The Velveteens, and local pop rockers Clearance and The Hecks. This is like the perfect Emily Day.
The Burlington, 3425 W Fullerton
21+ / $10, $12 at door

Saturday, April 18

Duh you already know it’s Record Store Day Saturday. If you’re anything like everyone else we know, you’ve probably already mapped out your route based on special release 7″s, Record Store Day beer collabs, or the availability of coffee and donuts (if not, please see Sei Jin Lee’s tweet below).

If, like me, you slept on this whole thing until this very second, hoping that maybe your laziness would protect you from buying even more records, here’s a list of free in-store shows tomorrow. Harmless, free shows…happening near piles and piles of records (please help me I have a problem).

bric a brac

Bric-a-Brac Record Store Day Block Party
8:00am Free coffee from The Wormhole and free donuts from the Doughnut Vault
12:00pm Lost Lake opens with a special cocktail for the day, the Bric-a-Braquiri
1:00 pm Bands start playing! I didn’t round up set times (sorry), but here’s the order:
Gentleman John Battles
Son of a Gun
Proud Parents (from WI)
Tweens (from OH)
Bric-a-Brac Records, 3156 W Diversey
Free / BYOB

Check Facebook for more info!


Saki Record Store Day In-Stores
1pm – Cheap Girls (acoustic)
2pm – Advance Base
3pm – Oshwa (Alicia solo)
4pm – Sleeping Bag
5pm – Supreme Nothing
6pm – The Sueves
Saki, 3716 W Fullerton
Free / BYOB

Check their website to learn more!


Permanent Records In-Stores
Free Dark Matter coffee and snacks!
4:30 – ADT (American District Telegraphy)
5:30 – Clearance
6:30 – buckinghampalaceSVU
Permanent Records, 1914 W Chicago
Free / BYOB

Check Facebook to learn more!

Lauries POS

Laurie’s Planet of Sound In-Stores
Laurie’s Planet of Sound, 4639 N Lincoln
Free / BYOB

Check Facebook to learn more!


Reckless & Revolution Hand Over Fist Release Party
Bands, beers, and the potential for free tokens/drinks with receipts from your RSD purchases!
Emporium Wicker Park, 1366 N Milwaukee
Free / 21+

Check their website for more!

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