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 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 p.m., then it's go time in the pit. One, two, fuck you!
Party Plates, Violent End, Cardiac Arrest, Life Like at Ask A Punk November 8 $5 / 9 p.m.
The holiday season is upon us, and what better way to ignore all that familial dysfunction this time of year drudges up than getting drunk in an undisclosed basement with the best and brightest of the city's damaged goods? This year we give thanks for the history lesson that Party Plates is about to drop on us, hailing from the notoriously chaotic and entertaining Cleveland scene. Party Plates feature members from the Darvocets, Cinder and Inmates, and along with Chicago's Violent End (featuring alumni from the Repos, among others) this show will be a destructive crash course in vicious riffs and vocals that only Satan himself could bellow forth. P.S.: Cardiac Arrest somehow made it back through customs after a month-long European getaway. Come hear the decadent tales of red-light districts and foreign cheeses from Ruzicka & Co. live and in person.