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Sun. Jan. 20
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Sun. Jan. 20
21+ / Crown Liquors - 8PM

Tue. Jan. 22
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Wed. Jan. 23
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Thu. Jan. 24
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Fri. Jan. 25
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Sat. Jan. 26
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Sun. Jan. 27
21+ / The Burlington - 8PM

Sun. Jan. 27
21+ / Crown Liquors - 8PM


Sat. Jan. 19 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Rock & Roll had to die. It was the only way to bring it back to life. Such is the feeling of All New Kinds of Strange, the debut album from Chicago’s newest Americana rock band: The Prairie Fires. Stripping rock & roll to it’s essential form, the record isn’t afraid to dip into multiple genres to reshape the sounds of rock. What is the sound of rocks future? It’s clear the band is influenced by a variety of musicians from the Midwest and beyond, blending the soundscapes of Tom Petty and John Mellencamp with the pop songwriting sensibilities of 90s groups like Gin Blossoms and The Wallflowers, all of which are heavily dosed with the distinctive grooves and licks of Chicago blues. This is a band that appreciates rock & roll in the broadest sense of the word, and has the skills and sounds to bring it into tomorrow. The band takes its name to honor it’s Midwestern roots. Fire is an essential element of rebirth for the expansive prairies of Illinois, and that sentiment is reflected in the mission and sounds throughout All New Kinds Of Strange.
BERTRAM - listen
Bertram started in 2015 as the recording project of James Lampe and Mike Evans. They released their first EP titled “R U OK” in May 2016. In the last year the band grew to a 5 piece to begin getting out of the studio and playing gigs. The band’s style is rooted in pop and folk, and it borrows from jazz, funk, and even show tunes to create something eclectic and exciting.
Romancoke is a Pilsen-based band started by songwriters MildManneredMan and Pawky Maven. Its members include Joe Bilckenov (drums), Josh Cohen (vocals/keyboard), Chip Douglas III (vocals/guitar), and Andrew McCusker (vocals/guitar). Its sound is a blend of singer-songwriter and high fashion rock & roll that draws from a variety of influences, from the Beatles, to Prince, to Elliot Smith.
Country Priest is a song writing project a few years in the making. P.D. Young collaborated with longtime friends to record the songs of To See and Be Seen. Guitars through rotary speakers, double tracked drums, alongside acoustic and electric pianos give the album a certain kind of vintage texture. As the title implies, the album questions what it is to see someone and to be seen by another in life. These songs came together from some unlikely inspiration, P.D. Young's background in art history and working at an art museum. The band name itself is taken from a film by new wave director Robert Bresson (Diary of a Country Priest). These reflections are paired with influences including Gillian Welch and Neil Young and of course [the final years of] the Beatles.


Sun. Jan. 20 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
The Grool Brothers are a Northwest Indiana Punk band with a melodic sound, filled with catchy riffs, a driving rhythm, and a need to belt out every word. Every song is a story. For fans of The Menzingers, Iron Chic, The Gaslight Anthem, and Cain Marko.
Elroy Meltzer is the latest indie duo to explode out of the Michigan music scene. Bringing their spice of poppy-seed punk with roots from a folk songwriting past.
S. Meltzer and H. Potter since 2016 have toured relentlessly around the Midwest attracting fans with this loud inviting performance sharing the stage with national acts like(Mac DeMarco, Gringo Star, Surfer Blood, Men I Trust, Cotton Jones, Sonny and the Sunsets and more). With two full lengths and their newest EP, “Resetting Sun” released November 2018, Elroy Meltzer is not slowing down anytime soon and will be hand in hand when the world falls apart.
A 5-piece indie/folk rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Built around the songwriting of lead singer Robert Krause; John Stenger, Sam Rorie, Lindsey Ward, and Nate Olson formed to create The Darling Suns.
Chunky Barista is punk/video game influenced band from Aurora, Illinois. They have been described as "kick ass."


Wed. Jan. 23 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
3 piece loud rock band from the northwest suburbs.
Acceptor is four young men (Justin, Mike, Drew and Adam) on a perilous quest to make a single noise so loud and crunchy that it will kill the evil wizard who cursed them to walk around looking like this. They walk the thinnest line between pop and punk the whole time.
MINOR WITS - listen
Forever friends and now band-mates, Minor Wits (out of Chicago, IL) is a three-piece pop/rock band that started writing tunes together in the fall of 2011. Eric, Nolan and Brad spent their first year as a group playing around Chicago and the mid-west, but recently spent time at Uptown Recording Chicago to lay-down what has become their debut, "Bedroom Blues."
Joey Falduto is a Chicago songwriter. His debut album Careen Pilot is out in January.


Thu. Jan. 24 - 8:00 pm - 21+ - & underthesidewalk presents!
The Sleepy Vision is Singer/Songwriter Brian Landreth (formerly of StereoViolet) and Drummer Sarah Sterling (of Cat Daiquiri, Slow Thrills, and Astrobrite ). Their music is like a long lost old friend; new but so familiar and inviting.
JARED JONES - listen
Bleeding heart, hopeless romantic, songwriter who enjoys, whiskey, sarcasm, and being better than you.
It’s a long story, so I’ll summarize... these are the wonderful little nuggets that make up a life. Intimate acoustic concerts with underthesidewalk and curated stories about what it means to be human.


Fri. Jan. 25 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
RIESGO - listen
Hailing from the South Side of Chicago, featuring members of classic hardcore acts Sin Orden and Los Crudos, the five-piece combines D-beat drumming, frenzied lead guitar, and raw, guttural vocals to create something urgent and fresh.
COMPRESSIONS (ex members of Pillage, Pedestrians, Full On & Closing In) - listen
It's hardcore punk from people who KNOW hardcore punk. Trust the pedigree.
PRIMITIVE TEETH (members of Violent End, Split Feet, Daylight Robbery, Chronic Seizure) - listen
Primitive Teeth consists of Keara on drums and backing vocals, Christine on guitar and vocals, and Bryan on bass and backing vocals.
Kill the fascists. Create a weirdness.


Sat. Jan. 26 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
LAVISHER - listen
Lavisher is a rock outfit from Chicago whose riffs and time-bending grooves draw comparison to Failure, A Perfect Circle and Queens of the Stone Age.
HUNTSMEN - listen
Storytelling is the great, albeit fading, American pastime. It predated writing and in many instances, was told in song. In modern times, many musicians have approached their music from a storytelling point of view: Dylan, Springsteen and Waits to name a few. Chicago’s Americana metal outfit, HUNTSMEN, are carrying the torch for heavy bands to be added to that list.
Check out their latest record “American Scrap”, out now on Prosthetic Records.
Chicago's Tideshift are the sum of it's members influences. Echoing the dissonant but melodic sound of 90's bands like Shiner and Deftones—Tideshift set out to write catchy riffs you can also head bang to.


Sun. Jan. 27 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
QAJAQ - listen
Qajaq (kī-ˌak) is an indie band from Chicago. They craft lush soundscapes inspired by the natural world. Formed in 2013 by David Shay, Qajaq, the Greenlandic word for kayak, is meant to be just that: a boat for an individual to journey out to a sacred place in search for answers to bigger questions; questions about reality, social structures, the injustices of the modern world, and postmodern views on the divine.
BITTER MARY - listen
Bitter Mary is a Chicago-based singer/songwriter characterized by a powerful voice and captivating narrative songwriting. Drawing from personal experience and cultural references, she maintains there's always something to dwell on.
COUSINS - listen
Finding a groove carved by gospel and hymnal roots, Cousins focuses on group vocals combined with folk rock waves. The rawness in their sound is a testament of their humble and honest attitudes towards life. Nothing gimmicky here, just 5 friends close enough to call each other family.
JAZZ ROBOTS - listen
With a host of genre-bending compositions and driving grooves, the progressive jazz group Jazz Robots is out to deliver their infectious energy to the city of Chicago. Formed as a duo in 2013 by drummer Jonah Lazarus and violinist Scott Daniel, Jazz Robots quickly developed not only a repertoire of innovative original tunes but also a strong group rapport that reveals itself in their tightly woven instrumental textures and improvisations. Today, the band — typically supplemented by saxophonist Max Lazarus and bassist Caleb Allan, who appear on the group's debut EP "Jazz Robots Learn To Ride A Bike (With Training Wheels)" — plays regularly in the Chicago area while continuing to craft their eclectic sound in a second EP, slated for recording this winter.


Mon. Jan. 28 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
TURN N' FIRE - listen
Turn N' Fire is a new Chicago band anxious to break out onto the scene. With an aggressive style of punk, power-pop, alternative rock, this duo pushes on to explore the Midwestern sound. Comprised of guitarist and lead singer Jon Kelly and drummer Sean McGill, these two musicians have had over a decade of experience playing shows and it shows. With powerful and melodic vocals and guitar lines, and chauvinistic yet tauntingly seductive drums, Turn N' Fire brings an intensity that will have you head over heels.
ACTION BOY - listen
Action Boy is an alternative rock from Waukegan IL, FFO Brand New and Taking Back Sunday. After growing and changing over the years Action Boy has refined their sound, and recently released a new EP “Treading Water” In April of 2018. They take heavy influence from punk rock and pop punk of the 90s and 2000s!
What a punk rock band would sound like if we grew up during the Happy Days.
SPOOKY BOO - listen
We are Spooky Boo, a Chicago based progressive rock band.


Thu. Jan. 31 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
FLUGEL - listen
Flugel is the polyrhythmic bedroom brain-child of Tommy Moore, a freshly transplanted Chicago local. After years of playing and touring out of Asheville, NC in several groups, Tommy made his way to Chicago with high hopes for his alt-pop solo project, Flugel. Drummer Kyle Therrialt (Whether Weather), bassist Trung Vu (Hot Toddy Origami) and keyboardist Michael Grathwohl were quick to jump in and make the high-energy recorded music a live reality. Stage energy is a facet to their performance, with nothing less that 50 high kicks per show. Taking from a wide variety of influences, Flugel’s first full-length album, 271 (2018), moves seamlessly through passages of intense rhythmic complexity to scenes of a melancholy singer-songwriter sitting in his bedroom (where the album was largely recorded). This album was largely inspired by two life-changing trips to Ghana and Ivory Coast, where Tommy studied West African percussion. Following 271, two singles were released, say no more and closet space, which transported Tommy’s songwriting style into the electronic world. More music is always on the horizon for Flugel, with another album expected in mid-2019.
FORKS OF IVY - listen
FORKS OF IVY is a 5 piece indie pop troupe out of Chicago. With their brand new Crane Valley EP, they have crafted a set of lush, maximalist indie pop songs. Overdriven guitars are only a part of the sonic spectrun. Delicate piano, finger-picked acoustic guitar, and ethereal sounds aplenty fill up their sonic. Tsurutani's stratospheric vocals form the emotional heart of the songs, and his lyrics mix raw emotion and dark humor to tell stories about abandonment, depression, love, anxiety, and being transfigured into a weapon and made to murder your friends. The resulting effect is of a band coming into their own, confident enough to indulge their most bombastic impulses but still exploring. There’s no telling where this adventure will end.
SHINZON - listen
Shinzon is a three-headed Midwestern slugger that never settles. Raucous and riffy one moment, agile and bopping the next. Turtleneck-rock.
CASSEROLE - listen
Casserole are a Chicago-based, dirty instrumental jazz rock band. Fun and dirty.


Fri. Feb. 01 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
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.
The last great American rock n' roll band for fans of Sparklehorse, The Smashing Pumpkins, Guided By Voices, Kind Of Like Spitting, and Big Star.
Emo campfire.
SLOTH HANDS - listen
Sloth Hands is a punk/folk band playing mostly fun songs about mostly serious things.


Sat. Feb. 02 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
DUST BATH - listen
2-piece rock and roll band from Chicago. Loud, rock, doom, psych, we don't even know.
BLUNT - listen
Blunt is a DeKalb-based doom/stoner rock band specializing in diabolically hypnotic grooves.
BLAKE - listen
Fuzz in your face.
Three homies that came together out of a love for dogs and rock n' roll, DAMN CHAMPION does playfully authentic midwestern post-hardcore that will shine innocence and retribution back into your soul.


Fri. Feb. 08 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
BARREN HEIR - listen
Chicago's Barren Heir emerged in 2015 with their debut album Tired Turns. They holster heaviness, ambiance and sludginess to provide a unique post-metal experience.
A long time ago in a galaxy far far away lived a couple of dudes... Long Live The GOAT released their first music video, Drag, along with their debut EP, A Greeting From The Dark King in late October of 2015. These songs were debuted on a few Chicago radio stations including 93WXRT and 101WKQX. In February of 2016, the boys hit the road on the Southbeast Tour. Long Live The GOAT shared the stage with many great bands including All Them Witches at the Empty Bottle in Chicago. Their sophmore EP, Melt, was released later that year in September of 2016. Immediately after, Long Live The GOAT left for tour again going through Canada and the top half of North America.
IKARAY - listen
Ikaray is a four-piece post metal band from Chicago, IL. Their music embodies feelings of misery and political dissatisfaction, while delivering atmospheric melodies and crushing tones. Ikaray released their self-titled EP in 2016, and is set to record their full length record in January, 2019.
Cloud Cruiser is a concept based Desert Rock band from Chicago, IL. Our first installment is titled “I: Capacity” We follow the story of a young man on a quest for flight. He is illuminated, but only for a brief time. Returned unfit, he is only a piece of the puzzle that unfolds. The journey is boundless.


Sun. Feb. 10 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Noise rock two piece from Columbia, Missouri.
JD'S REVENGE - listen
The ultimate Rock Machine that is JD's Revenge! A heart-pounding mixture of heavy rock, soul, pop and funk!
PURGE & REBUILD - listen
Purge and Rebuild formed in 2017. Performing their own brand of metal, including elements of thrash, groove, and death, the band took to Chicago and the surrounding areas. Releasing their debut single 'The Federation' in fall of 2018, Purge and Rebuild is taking steps to once again establish themselves in the Chicago Area.
More Gorgeous are clever, moody art-punks attempting to blend Killing Joke’s industrial goth stomp with Swervedriver’s dynamic shoegaze assault. They embrace jagged, damaged tones and textures without compromising their sophisticated pop sensibilities. The results are big, loud and tightly-wound noise-rock anthems.


Sun. Feb. 17 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
DREADWOLF - listen
Dreadwolf is a Pop Punk Undertoned Trio from Chicago, IL. Founded by Anthony Fograse and Chris Defibaugh in 2014. Kevin Clark joined up in 2017 and have been going strong ever since. Dreadwolf is currently recording an EP with Dan Tinkler at Million Yen Studios. Projected release date will be before the New Year 2019.
MOONRAKER - listen
It's just like the story of the grasshopper and the octopus. All year long the grasshopper kept burying acorns for winter while the octopus mooched off his girlfriend and watched TV. Then the winter came, and the grasshopper died, and the octopus ate all his acorns and also he got a racecar. Is any of this getting through to you? Moonraker is punk band from Santa Clarita/Oxnard, CA.
The Requirements are a diverse group of people who pride themselves on giving fans a kick-ass show. Formed in 2016 from the remnants of ska groups, metal bands,and more, they bring a fresh sound to the Chicago punk rock community. Fresh off recording their debut singles at the legendary Atlas Studios, The Requirements have one goal: take the Midwest by storm and get everyone on that dance floor.
EDDY & THE ARSONS - listen
Upbeat and infectiously catchy Punk Rock coming from Chicago's South Side, Eddy and the Arsons is a 3-piece band formed in April 2017. In July 2017, Eddy and the Arsons released their debut album "Wall of Text" on multiple digital retailers online. Since the release of their album, the band has also released two singles. Currently, the band is working on getting radio exposure and playing shows wherever they can, as well as writing and recording new material for their followup album.


Thu. Feb. 21 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
5 Chicago Saves The Day nerds comprised of members of the bands Space Blood, Laverne, Camo Hat, Boss Fight, Santah, Kodakrome, and Bev Rage and the Drinks.
WE ARE FRED ASTAIRE (members of You Folk and Tideshift)
Chicago-area friends covering Taking Back Sunday, ft. members of You Folk and Tideshift.
Chicago's premier Jimmy Eat World tribute band!


Thu. Feb. 28 - 8:00 pm - 21+ -
Solemn Meant Walks is a look into the transformation of dreamy ethereal rock combined with darker angular/experimental interpretations of avant-garde, goth & post punk/shoegaze. Solemn Meant Walks is a local Chicago band which keeps captivating more and more fans through their approach in originality.
HEX KITTENS will leave you spellbound, as this blazing, 5 pc chicken mcnugget of a band captivates. Hot lixx, mule kixx, and full frontal guitars navigate all points between rock and punk rock.
VALE - listen
Vale is; Scott Cortez (astrobrite) and Kelly Coffey (Radio Shaq, no more dead girls, and various, poorly named, side projects), playing goth-tinged, post punk, shoegaze noise.
RASPLYN - listen
Rasplyn is the solo project of Carolyn O’Neill who uses her experience with classical composition, and as a Clairvoyant Reader and Energy Healer, to create mystical and visual landscapes with her music. Her style features dark and beautifully textured layers influenced by world culture and fantasy. Her debut album, 'Scenes Through the Magic Eye', was released on Nov. 30th, 2014 via Mythical Records and the video for her track 'Scarlets of the Sand' was featured by Noisey/VICE on May 12th, 2016. She is excited to have Fyodor Sakhnovski of Radiant Devices joining her on percussion.


Sat. Apr. 20 - 8:00 pm - 21+ - & Forever Deaf Presents!
HIGH PRIEST - listen
High Priest is a 4 piece stoner doom band from Chicago, IL, featuring riffs.
HUNTSMEN - listen
Storytelling is the great, albeit fading, American pastime. It predated writing and in many instances, was told in song. In modern times, many musicians have approached their music from a storytelling point of view: Dylan, Springsteen and Waits to name a few. Chicago’s Americana metal outfit, HUNTSMEN, are carrying the torch for heavy bands to be added to that list.
Check out their latest record “American Scrap”, out now on Prosthetic Records.
FOOL'S GHOST (members of Young Widows, Fotocrime, Sandpaper Dolls, Liberation Prophecy)
Fool’s Ghost is the new endeavor from husband and wife duo Nick Thieneman (Young Widows, Fotocrime) and Amber Estes Thieneman (Sandpaper Dolls, Liberation Prophecy). The music of Fool's Ghost is solemnly beautiful and tune driven by Amber’s heavy-hearted vocals that are perfectly served over a pulsating guitar/bass section that together are reminiscent of a combination between Songs Ohia and Joan Shelley.
SNOW BURIAL - listen
In 2018 Snow Burial released a split tape with Iowa City’s doom maestros Aseethe courtesy of Hand Of Death Records. The band was honored to play the acclaimed London Desert Fest in May, at the close of their 2nd European tour with Cornwall’s own Monolithian. Most recently they were excited to be a part of the first Forever Deaf Fest, a 2-day celebration of Chicago Metal. Snow Burial are currently writing their second full length, to be recorded at Electrical Audio in 2019.

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