Sep
4
9:00 pm21:00

SYNTHESIZERS AT SFR ░ RXM REALITY ░ CAMERON BRAND ░ WINSTON LASKER ░ REACHES ░ DOUG MALONE

  • SFR-LOGAN SQUARE

SYNTHESIZERS AT SFR
A Monthly Showcase featuring

░ WINSTON LASKER
Hunter Husar of Mahjongg & HUJO
http://www.pureshit.biz/

░░ CAMERON BRAND
of Chandeliers
http://thechandeliers.com/

░░░ RXM REALITY
https://prettyallright.bandcamp.com/album/rxm-reality

░░░░ REACHES
https://reachesmusic.com/

░░░░░ DOUG MALONE
of Courtesy & MINBAL Studio

FREE SHOW
STARTS AT 9PM
CHEAP DRINKS

Sep
1
9:00 pm21:00

h.o.t.h.

  • DANNY'S BAR

Going on 8 years now, the night specializes in music that relies heavily on synthesizers and drum machines of the past, without focusing on one specific genre.

This month we have a live performance from Chicago's one and only MAGAS (Midwich, Ersatz Audio).

Mike Broers and Beau Wanzer mishandle the wheels of steel.

It's free.

Aug
24
8:00 pm20:00

ADELYN ROSE + YOHUNA, plus OSHWA, MOON BROS, and FORMER NEW YORK MAYOR

  • IGGLE VIDEO

songwriters ADELYN ROSE and YOHUNA are moving from EAU CLAIRE to NYC, tugging heartstrings, tearing up eyes, and otherwise wreaking emotional havoc on the audiences in between

specifically, this monday in chicago, at an apartment in humboldt park

Adelyn Rose
Yohuna
Oshwa (solo set!!!)
Moon Bros
Former New York Mayor (the house band, kicking off the proceedings) 

$5 suggested donation, 8-10 pm early show it's a monday have mercy people have mercy

message a host or email saidshelby@gmail.com for "logistical tips and tricks"

Aug
23
5:00 pm17:00

Pinky Swear presents "WE SWEAR YOU'LL WIN!" ... A live game show! (with bands)

  • PINKY SWEAR

Pinky Swear presents
"WE SWEAR YOU'LL WIN!" 
... A live game show matinee!

FEATURING special musical guests TARNATION*, SECRET LOVER, and SHAINA HOFFMAN, plus local funnymans COCAINE MURDER JAM

not to mention our house band, TYLER MARTIN AND THE GAME SHOW PLAYERS!

For Immediate Release:

HAVE YOU EVER WANTED TO WIN, AND I MEAN REALLY WIN, WELL HERE'S YOUR CHANCE

We don't wanna give too much away, but random audience members will be invited to compete in challenges of the mind, body, and spirit, all for a chance to SPIN THE PRIZE WHEEL

OOZE!
SLIME!
GAK!
TRUTHS!

**** THIS IS AN EARLY SHOW, LIKE WAY EARLY ****

starts at 5:30 pm, done right at 9 pm (just in time for A.M. Stations / Secret Lover / The Clams @ Quenchers!!)

all this for a $5 donation??? don't miss this once in a lifetime opportunity

*big deal alert: TARNATION tape release and Jason Ogawa's last set with the band before moving?!?!

pinkyswearemail@gmail.com for more info

Aug
22
3:00 pm15:00

SUMMERSONIC: Spirit Writing / Toupée / Moon Bros.

  • Experimental Sound Studio

$10 general / $8 students & ESS members / $25 for a series pass. Tickets at bit.ly/ess_summersonic


Spirit Writing is the duo of Jaime Fennelly and Jon Mueller. Using harmonium, synthesizers, drums and voice, with occasional guest contributions, they produce raw, flowing music that is as much about the present as the past. While their sound is distinctly in the moment, the rhythms and harmonies reference patterns and layers that are seemingly timeless; the dreamlike familiarity of the collective human experience. For those familiar with the member's individual output, Fennelly's Mind Over Mirrors' rich tapestry of driven melodies, and Mueller's solo and Death Blues ecstatic pounding, this should come as no surprise. However, a new experience awaits all who will witness it. For this ESS performance, Spirit Writing will also include cellist Fred Lonberg-Holm.







"Toupee are one of Chicago's most interesting bands, both visually and sonically, and they put on a live show you won't soon forget. Everybody swaps instruments unrelentingly, so that Nick Hagen (guitar, some bass), Mark Ragassi (bass, some drums), Scott Frigo (guitar, some drums), and front woman Whitney Allen (guitar, bass, or just singing) never stay in the same configuration for long. Allen cavorts about in one of several hairy monster masks, drawing on a seemingly bottomless repertoire of odd sarcastic dances, ritualistic motions, and pure freak-out moves—and when the mask comes off, the mad staring eyes under her postapocalyptic hairdon't look like they can melt glass. The rest of the band keeps up with Allen's mesmerizing Wendy O. Williams-meets-Nico trip, veering from Killed by Death punk squalls to slow-building abstract rambles that would make NY art-punks like Television or weirdo New Zealanders like the Garbage & the Flowers sit up and take notice. In March Toupee released their first full-length LP, Dinner Parties, on the Rotted Tooth label (all screen-printed sleeves, all the time), but the way to hear this stuff is in the flesh—they're one weird-ass sexy band." —Steve Krakow, Chicago Reader







"[Matthew] Schneider’s work under the Moon Bros. moniker is time-out-of-mind cooing folk played at painstakingly patient speeds—a decorous and underheard contribution to the ambient folk fray. Perhaps his recordings are projections of future scores to Cormac McCarthy adaptations; perhaps front porch Dust Bowl blues gospel. Either way, Schneider is a pointedly preeminent experimental guitarist in this day and age." —International Anthem

Aug
21
9:00 pm21:00

M. Sage, TALsounds at Constellation

Constellation
9:00 PM
Free!

M. SAGE
M. Sage is Matthew Sage, born and raised on Colorado's Front Range, currently living and studying writing at SAIC in Chicago. Equally inspired by Eno's luminous ambience, Scientist's clattering dub, Fahey's melodic folk narratives and Coltrane's reeling free jazz, Sage approaches mixed-media sound collage and electronic composition with a playful and earnest sensibility. Texture and melody interact to create lush environments, strange dwellings and inviting atmospheres.

TALSOUNDS
Natalie Chami adopted the TALsounds moniker in 2009 for her solo explorations in the drone, ambient, and electro-acustic improv disciplines. In live performance, Chami’s analog synthesizers weave together into drifting loops that evolve in tandem with her vocal leads and choral harmonies. Her meditative sessions stretch into hypnotizing depths of stream-of-consciousness multi-instrumental input, sinking into expanses of infinite sustain and cresting into bursts of noise from an arsenal of oscillators and effects pedals. She has toured the country and performed on five physical releases as a member of drone improve trio Good Willsmith, including their debut LP, Honeymoon Workbook (Umor Rex, 2014). Chami performs as half of ambient duo l’eternebre, and co-founded the experimental collective/netlabel Screaming Claws. She was born in Ontario and lives in Chicago.

Aug
21
8:30 pm20:30

Bits and Pieces: Career Highs

  • PINKY SWEAR

Retire your jersey. Get your plaque. Have your banquet.

What's the deal? Bits and Pieces is an event for ideas caught in between the stages of development and performance. The pieces have to be 15 minutes or less.

We invite you to participate as a performer or an audience member. The performances will begin at 9, probably. If you want to perform, just let Katy or Sophia know when you arrive! If you have technical requirements that are outside of projector, sound, etc., message us! 

The point of Bits and Pieces is to commit an idea to performance before you forget about it, talk yourself out of it, or throw it away.

There will be no formal feedback/discussion after the performances. Please consider your audience and be intentional about your performances. The evening is not curated or moderated beforehand, so assume responsibility for the content of your piece.

There will be popcorn and booze--it will run out eventually, so feel free to bring your own. Also, bring friends!

************No sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism. This is a space of safety and respect; if you can't deal, leave*********

Message for address and accessibility info.

Aug
21
7:00 pm19:00

Danielle Chenette and Krystal DiFronzo: Burnout

  • The Learning Machine

The Learning Machine Gallery is pleased to feature “Burnout”, an exhibition of two complementary artists, currently working in Chicago- Danielle Chenette and Krystal DiFronzo. In both its comedic absurdity and tragic horror, the power of disaster in both the interpersonal universe and physical world with be explored by DiFronzo and Chenette.The exhibit will open to the public August 21st at 7pm. Chenette and DiFronzo will also be debuting performance pieces during the opening. The closing reception, on August 28st, will feature a gallery talk with both artists, and also begin at 7pm.

Danielle Chenette (b. 1990) is an animator, illustrator, and printmaker originally from Millbury, Massachusetts living, and having worked for the past years in Chicago. This show will be her final exhibit in Chicago before moving to Los Angeles at the end of August. Danielle has self published 4 excellent books in the past 2 years, has appeared in Lumpen and New City, and most recently “Fight or Flight” was published by Clay Hickson’s Tan and Loose Press this past summer. More of her work can be seen at http://daniellechenette.tumblr.com/

Krystal DiFronzo (b.1989) is a cartoonist dreamboat from Chicago. She received her BFA in Fiber Material Studies and Printmedia from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012. Her work has appeared in such publications as Lumpen, Happiness Comix, Believed Behavior, and The Lifted Brow as well as in self-published books. She is also currently a member of the experimental performance collaborative Pup House and has worked in several shows directing, performing, and assisting in costume design. More of her work can be seen at http://krystaldifronzo.com/ or http://toothandnail.tumblr.com/

The Learning Machine is a gallery and venue, run by a group of multidisciplinary artists, and located in the heart of Bridgeport. By offering a space for emerging and under-represented artists to present their work, LM aims to foster an environment that allows for the sharing of ideas and information through workshops and discussion groups. For more information, please contact us at learningmachine.chi@gmail.com

Aug
1
Aug 2

FFFEST w EL IS A SOUND OF JOY//ADT//COMFORT FOOD

ADT's cosmic bassist, Johnny DeHaan, is movin' on. Come hang one last time at Mustache before Johnny heads to Denver. FEATURING space attorneys El Is A Sound Of Joy, wrecked groove duo Comfort Food and WIFI blockers ADT! 

8PM
PLEASE$DONATE
HAVE A GOOD TIME
FFFESTLYFE