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Mon. Nov. 19
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Fri. Nov. 23
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Sun. Nov. 25
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Mon. Nov. 26
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM


Sun. Nov. 18 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Away From Wolves is an original rock band from Chicago, forming in mid-2018 to establish and blend various different genres of rock into a distinctive, unique sound. The band aspires to play various venues throughout the Chicagoland area and the greater Midwest to develop a following and gain experience, crafting and honing their style further. Away From Wolves endeavors to show music fans that rock can still be relevant in 2018 and beyond.
QUIET COVE - listen
Quiet Cove is an indie rock duo consisting of Matthew Austin (vocals, guitar, and piano) and Michael Barrera (drums). They formed over a year ago, blending hip-hop and punk influenced drums with indie rock guitar chord progressions and synth leads.
THAT'S ENOUGH - listen
That's Enough! is a 90s-influenced alternative rock band with a classic rock soul, reggae heart, and a punk rock edge. Based out of the northwest suburbs of Chicago, their originals are unique, diverse and catchy.


Mon. Nov. 19 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Midwest punk meets southern rock. I told my dad we sound like Skynyrd.
Very few musicians can deliver songs that are emotionally vulnerable and simultaneously epic. Very few activists can help organize massive events like Ladyfest Dayton but also find time to tour and juggle multiple bands. Very few people can radiate boundless creativity and power, while still maintaining their inherently friendly, humble nature. Paige Beller captures all of these qualities and more in her songwriting, live performances, and attitude. Deeply rooted in Dayton, OH’s eclectic music scene for well over a decade, she returns with her newest solo EP, Paige Beller…Space Cadet. Like the five of her other major releases, these songs sting you straight in the heart and rock your soul. Imagine drifting endlessly through outer space, with only a strange concoction of thoughts and feelings to entertain you. The live set is equally dynamic, as Beller deploys everything in her instrumental arsenal; from acoustic and electric guitars, to drum kits, a tiny piano, and of course, her iconic voice.
GREG REKUS - listen
Greg Rekus first hit the road as a solo artist in March 2011. Since then, he has played some of the greatest punk music festivals around, including The Fest, Pouzza Fest, and Groezrock Music Festival. He has toured Europe three years in a row from London to Ukraine. He has toured the United States and Canada over ten times. Finally, he has released two full length albums and a 7 inch in several different countries through a network of indie labels. Live, Greg’s act can be described as punk inspired riot folk that engages crowds of all styles and configurations around the world. The lyrical content stretches from drinking in your favorite bar, to relationships, political jousting, life in general, and more. His energy level is rivaled by few solo artists, and he is most known for strumming the hell out of an acoustic guitar and stomping the beat out on his custom built stomp box. Greg’s Passion for music is bursting at the seams. It is the driving force that keeps him on the road 6 – 7 months a year and cranking out album after album of punk rock goodness. Greg Rekus will stick to his rigorous tour schedule and loves to do every radio, newspaper, and website interview that passes by. His hard work has already gotten him to places he never thought attainable and the only way from here is up.
DAMIEN CHRISTIAN WILBURN (of The Blind Staggers) - listen
Damien Christian plays in a killer country rock n roll band (think if Thin Lizzy played country music) called the Blind Staggers. Sometimes he plays solo shows, showcasing all the songs his band didn't like. It's super self indulgent.


Fri. Nov. 23 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
THE HALLOW - listen
Chicago's death rock heart throbs.
A new Chicago band with members from the Last Vegas, Black Actress, & the Lucks. 3 piece rock-garage outfit with blazing riffs and scream-a-long chorus hooks. Seen sharing bills with Cheetah Chrome and the Sonics, the Evictions have a new album being released early this summer. punk, rock, whatever you want to call it...loud n fast.
PARKER - listen
PARKER is a Chicago based trio with a unique style that melds together the influences of Social Distortion & Blink-182 with the rough, emotional grit of Hot Water Music and The Gaslight Anthem. The band is led by brothers Devin (vocalist/guitarist,) and Patrick Parker (vocalist/bassist) with Trevor Phelps (drums.) PARKER will be releasing their first 4 track E.P. Never Growing Old July 4th 2018, and shows promising signs of growth and disruption in the music industry.
BUTCHERED - listen
If John Blutarsky were a punk, he'd be Butchered.


Sun. Nov. 25 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
CHOO CHOO - listen
ChooChoo is the brainchild of a Chicago metal drummer, a jazz student from Indiana on keys, and a singer/guitarist from Austin. Sitting somewhere between grunge, doo-wop and gospel, ChooChoo recently released their first full-length LP, a two-part concept album about an intergalactic road trip.
Waterbird is an ambient rock band spawned from the fresh depth of the earth. They bring emotion and give it life through their unique sound.
BLUE CLOUD - listen
HERE/NOW from #NohPlaceFarm via the #CloudshiPUNKnow. See your eyes in another's face, touch space, and sip on that liquid sound of the #BlueCloud. Lysergic cosmic cowboy tunes from the future past. Listen inside your ears with those little hairs. Docking in Chicago thanks to the kindness of the all seeing eye and the eternal return. <33 from the 7 suns.
YAW CONTROL - listen
Yaw Control is not a side effect of SSRIs. Yaw Control is the embodiment of the vengeance you swore on your loved one’s murderer. Yaw Control doesn’t shake trees. Yaw Control has the folk sensibility of a sad rabbit, or a peppy turtle. Yaw Control is CJ Weber playing guitar with a morose fierceness best described as a digital/acoustic nostalgia trip gone so far bad that it’s alright again. It’s all alright, babies. - Dr. Richard Nygard


Mon. Nov. 26 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Impossible! is a carnivalesque experimental rock band blending loud and sweet sounds, taking influences from metal, jazz, blues, opera, EDM, and cartoons. We play a mix of original music and covers from artists like Screamin' Jay Hawkins, King Crimson, Cab Calloway, and Frank Sinatra.
The Przmatics are a rock band from Chicago fusing power pop, alternative, prog, folk, r&b, and a myriad of other influences. The band was created as an outlet for composer Mike Przygoda who has worked as a producer and multi-instrumentalist for numerous bands in Chicago as well as music directed theatrical and dance shows all over the city. Joining him are the soaring harmonies of guitarist Stephanie Stahl (Willy Dynomite) and keyboardist Nick Gutierrez (Chicago Players) as well as the thundering bass of Ausberto Acevedo (Al Scorch's Country Soul Ensemble). Influences include Smashing Pumpkins, Prince, Paul Simon, and Jon Brion.
BUSY BODIES (formerly Speed Trials) - listen
Playing together since high school, the members of Busy Bodies combine heartfelt songwriting and a taste for vocal harmony with pluck and humor. Following the lead of The Band, Wilco, and Fleet Foxes, they aren't content to stick with one particular genre or lead singer. Busy Bodies always play an eclectic show that delivers something for everyone. They are currently working on their debut release.


Tue. Nov. 27 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Heavy, and metallic like our older bands, but more rocknroll.
Flesh of the Stars is a doom metal band from Chicago, Illinois, formed in 2014 by songwriters Matt Ciani and Mike Fox, bassist Travis Marmon, and drummer Nico Ciani. Flesh of the Stars' music is heavy, melancholic, and melodic. They have released three LPs - Hide, Hosanna, and Anhilla - and a fourth will be released in 2018.
STONDAR - listen
From the darkest reaches of space, the last survivors of a dying world, Stondar have come to earth with an unquenchable thirst for vengeance. A thirst that can only be satiated with high decibel crushing doom.
Stondar is Gabe Bott on guitars and John Marino on drums.
Building on the Chicago tradition of instrumental metal from the likes of Pelican, Russian Circles, and Bongripper, Stondar takes that intensity and strips it to its core. Drums and riffs, no filler and no pretense, just crushing beats and sludgy jams.
NEQUIENT - listen
Nequient is a four-piece band from Chicago playing a crusty, sludgy take on metallic hardcore for people who like bands that Kurt Ballou or Scott Hull either play in or produce. If you're into loud and angry music with plenty of d-beats, single-foot blasts, and the occasional odd time signature, come listen us. If not, you have 25 minutes to pee and grab a beer.


Wed. Nov. 28 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
LEVER - listen
Lever is a 4-piece bipolar grunge pop band from Chicago, IL taking influences from bands like Nirvana, The Vines, Wavves, Silverchair, Jimi Hendrix, The White Stripes and The Beatles. They've played in offices, community colleges, at wrestling shows and even flea markets. Be on the lookout for Lever's debut album "Hover Bored" out this summer (2015).
Creating songs with dreamy riffs, melodic bass lines and powerhouse drums, Mermaid N.V. is an indie rock trio based in Chicago.
Broken Robots is an indie pop/rock/hip-hop group comprised of three downtrodden antiheroes from the city of Chicago. "Home Is Not a Place" is the group's first full length album, and tells the story of the city experience through the eyes of ex-cons. The group was formed by Kat Baker and Tony Baker in December 2017, when the duo began writing music together in their Chicago apartment. Kat and Tony Baker met off the highway exit at Lake Street and 355 in April 2015, at a time when both had decided to give up on their passion for music. Kat was a former folk singer-songwriter and Tony was a former audio engineer, musician, actor, and vocalist in a variety of projects spanning from 1996-2008. Kat was working a miserable sales job, and Tony was panhandling. Their relationship began after months of Kat driving by and giving Tony dollars and cigarettes, and eventually evolved into regular trips into the Chicago ghettos together to buy heroin. By May of 2016, the couple had been arrested together numerous times and were being investigated by law enforcement in multiple counties. Against all odds, they managed to turn themselves around toward the end of 2016. On November 30th, 2016 (her 25th birthday), Kat checked into Haymarket, a Chicago Rehabilitation Center. 9 Days later, Tony followed suit. They spent 4 months in the program, volunteering with multiple small musical projects and performing at open mics. As they began to heal, their mutual passion for music gave them a new purpose and a new project. In December of 2017, Broken Robots was born. ​ They began by releasing single tracks on Soundcloud about their experiences with death, mental illness, addiction and redemption. They compiled these tracks into their debut album, "Home Is Not a Place". In May 2018, they were joined by bass player Marvin Ontiveros and are currently preparing for live performances. The album was written, produced, arranged, performed, engineered, mixed and mastered by Kat and Tony Baker themselves.


Thu. Nov. 29 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Chicago punk rock band...boom!
We are 40oz. Sidekicks.
"We're The Damn Tracks. It's nice to meet you."
Put on your boots! We’re fuckin' here!


Sat. Dec. 01 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
THE GUNSHY - listen
The Gunshy is a band/project/thing Matt Arbogast started in 2002. They've put out a bunch of records and somebody you know probably played on one of them.
THE HELIGOATS (Chris Otepka of Troubled Hubble) - listen
We all know that "long-awaited" is overused in band bios, but ask any hardcore Heligoats or Troubled Hubble fans and they will tell you that they've worn out the edges of their seats waiting for the newest release from Chris Otepka, the man behind The Heligoats. The Heligoats was Otepka's first songwriting outlet. He wrote his first pieces in 1998 before eventually forming Chicago-based Troubled Hubble, a successful touring band that took up much of his musical energy from 1999-2005. During lulls in Troubled Hubble's career, Otepka would still write songs for The Heligoats, some of which ended up as TH songs, but most of which can be found on his various Heligoats recordings: Heated Arguments, Mountains, Sapling Sessions, The End Of All Purpose, Goodness Gracious, Back To The Ache, and Back To The Lake, etc.
Chicago-based psych rock band Flying Potion!
You are an accident, don't take yourself seriously.
Wake up and hate yourself,
lie to yourself, it will be better.
Be actually better. Repeat.
Be vulnerable, lock the door.
Bottle it up, smash it.
Leave it on the table, clean your plate.
Hate, get over it.
Throw a punch, take one.
Hold a grudge, forget what happened.
I Love You, go fuck yourself.
Find meaning, lose it.
Look for it, give up.
Try again.


Tue. Dec. 04 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
J. DOUGLASS (of Turnspit)
Sometimes solo. Sometimes with a band. Always queer emo indie country hipster bullshit.
GRAMMAW - listen
Grammaw is a local singer-songwriter and tru rocker, changing the game on ukulele. They've got a new album coming soon so keep an eye out!
DANIEL RICKARD (formerly Dan Tinkler)
He sings the songs that remind him of the bad times. He sings the songs that remind him of the badder times.
NATHAN NAGER (of How It Got Burned) - listen
Nathan plays the Chicago grunge-y, emo trio How It Got Burned and he plays all by himself sometimes!


Wed. Dec. 05 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
ROB WINN - listen
After spending a long Chicago winter recording the upcoming, full-length release Slight Calm, Rob Winn is back with a new set of tracks that further explore the sonic landscape heard on his first EP Western Automatic Music. Rob and drummer Jeff Holdsworth bring a gritty, dark sound influenced by garage rock, punk and alternative artists both past and present.
GHOST APE - listen
The post-doom duo Ghost Ape weds sludge and stoner doom guitar fuzz with chopped-and-screwed drum beats, all in a grimy, slow-and-low fog that will please fans of Earth, Sleep, Sunn 0))) and Schoolly D. Guitarist J Mlodzinski is a veteran of numerous Chicago bands (Imperial Battlesnake, American Musk Ox) and bassist Andy Freivogel is an afro-cuban priest and amateur birdwatcher.
Meg, Rob and a roaming cavalcade of people who enjoy playing, picking and tipping a few back.


Fri. Dec. 07 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
UNDERWIRE - listen
We're a dynamic all-girl punk band from Chicago IL. Our songs center on interpersonal relationships, feminism, and the world around us.
Queen’s Teeth is an indie rock band based in Chicago with a dark and moody sound that blends British hard rock with American alternative rock.
TANNER - listen
Riot Grrrl styled garage punk from Aurora, IL (Home of Wayne's World)!
Lo Fi Chicago punk band Speed Babes was formed on a bet by Jesse Ewan when he said he could write and record an entire record in under 24 hours that was better than a record being played at that moment by a coworker. He then went on to write and record Let's Go Explode, a 12 song record, in 18 hours. The song was recorded entirely on the ios GarageBand on his iPhone. A few of his old bandmates from both American Cosmonaut and Lasers and Fast and Shit (Ewan was the original guitarist in that band) prodded him into making this new project into a live act. Ewan did not want to, since he is not known for his glorious singing voice, but he went along with the plan and Speed Babes was/were born.


Sun. Dec. 09 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
CLUB MALOS - listen
Club Malos is Ryne Holmquist and Jim Sanders, a raw rhythmic twangy two-piece pulling no punches and playing like a couple of assholes.
Various post-punk sounds from former and current members of Closed Mouths, Polish Gifts, and Masonic Wave.
LIP (members of The Arrivals, The Matics, and The Textbook Committee)
Lip is Mertz and Ronnie from The Matics, rounded out by Chris Landefeld on bass, picking up where that solid crew left off. Lip take the power, menace and precision of their former band and move it forward, distilled into a mean-burning, power trio.
HARRY VETCH (ex Paperbacks) - listen
These guys still have beepers.


Fri. Dec. 14 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
KODAKROME - listen
Forming in 2014 from members of the now defunct The L.A.B. and the still pounding Ribbonhead, Chicago-based Kodakrome is a Post-Punk 4-piece with a love for all things catchy and dissonant. Combining backgrounds of synth-laden electro-punk, hardcore, and pop punk come songs that range from 20 second mantras to extended builds layered with thick and messy guitars, fuzzed out bass lines, and erratic vocals. Lyrical content varies from stream of consciousness to self-assuring affirmations, point-of-view story-telling and anything in-between, creating songs that feel both nostalgic and unsettling.
OVEF OW - listen
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.
LETTERING - listen
lettering is described as an indie band that was put through a Japanese punk band pasta maker and plated by a person who often creates deconstructed versions of horror movies. With lyrics that delve into the obscure and obscene, and choruses that repeat as scarcely as possible, you will rarely find a dull moment whilst engaging with your ear holes. They can’t replace EVERY band but they can [try] to replace ANY band.
CORONARY - listen
Coronary is a four piece hardcore/punk band from Chicago, Illinois. No frills and fast as fuck! Lyrically touching on political and social topics, they pull musical inspiration from across the spectrum. Coronary is a speed junkies wet dream made by Brian (guitar/vocals) Andy (bass), Eric (drums) and Ryan (vocals).


Thu. Dec. 27 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
TWIN TRIBES - listen
Dark melodic sounds, synthesizers, lyrics about the undead, the occult and parallel universes.
Chicago's own Iron Years thrives in the darkness, with an intense stage presence that deserves to be drenched in shades of purple. Much like similarly nocturnal post-punk pioneers Joy Division and The Cure, there's a catchiness to Iron Years' work that will keep their riffs in your head long after the show is done.


Sat. Jan. 05 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Sore History is ex- Like Bats and P.S. Eliot. catchy alternative rock for fans of The Lemonheads.
DISTANTS - listen
Mid tempo pop punk with slight hints of feelings and a bunch of speakers. Members of many bands both former and current.
SORESPOT - listen
Four piece band from Chicago. Harsh, heavy, distorted pop combined with melodic subtle vocal melodies that will be sure to have your head bobbing. Hope you like guitar feedback...
BRINGERS - listen
Quiet music so we don't disturb the neighbors.

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