Are you sick of being responsible? Does it annoy you to have to follow rules or be pro-social? Do you like basements? Well, if you are a goofy, degenerate weirdo who doesn't quite fit in anywhere else, you might consider our city's DIY hardcore/punk shows.Your underlying anger problems can be brought out to their fullest potential (in a positive way). These are my recommendations for great local and national bands that don't play five-minute (marathon!) songs or remind you about drink specials. General rule of thumb: If you have five bucks and can show up by 9 pm., then it's go time in the pit. One, Two, Fuck You!
[Disclosure: The author of this article is in bands, some of which will be playing some the following shows. But the author of this article is in five local punk bands, so that is kind of an inevitability. It does not influence the choosing of these shows.]
Friday, April 5 @ CBGB, 9 p.m., $5: Useless Eaters, Legendary Wings, Rat Heart Seth Sutton/Dookie Jones of Life Trap/Vile Nation/Get a Life fame will be bringing his "Thin Lizzy doing contemporary, catchy as fuck, garage rock" style band to one of the south side's oldest dive bars. Michigan's Legendary Wings will be coming through as well. Legendary Wings are fucking punk, in the best sense possible. If you like the Hives or Radio Birdman, then don't stand outside chain smoking instead of catching the set. Opening up will be Belleville's Rat Heart with a fast, abrasive interpretation of original era punk rock. It will be a fun night to get in a tiny space and jump around like a complete idiot.
Wednesday, April 10 @ Lemp Arts Center, 8 p.m., $5: La Armada, Better Days, Resolute, & White Fire This show is going to be interesting, since it seems more suitable for the Fubar lounge, given the loud/fast and/or heavy nature of some of these bands. Local label/punk HQ Encapsulated Records is putting on this event, showcasing a couple bands on their roster. La Armada's fast, sporadic hardcore from the Windy City's trashiest alleyways will knock your rocks off. Resolute's brand of No Warning-esque hardcore might be the most interesting to see in the context of a community art space, known for hosting Noisefest and much less "tuff" acts on the regular. White Fire will break the gate open with its riff wizardry at the beginning of the show. No booze, no assholes, all ages.
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