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Beloved bar and venue Quenchers Saloon closes for good this weekend-its final day is Saturday, June 16. Local bookers Phantom Note and MP Presents give the old place a proper send-off on Friday, June 15, with a five-act show billed as “Pharewell to Quenchers.” The lineup includes local Saves the Day cover band Band From the Back Porch (whose members also play in Space Blood, Laverne, Camo Hat, Santah, and Bev Rage the Drinks, among others), ace Chicago postpunk duo Tinkerbelles, Rust Ring, Bow Spear, and Hi Ho.
Gossip Wolf has been hyping Bric-a-Brac Records since before it opened in 2013, and with good reason-it’s not just a shop for music and 80s-centric toys but also one of the city’s best venues for in-store shows! On Saturday, June 16, Bric-a-Brac throws a fifth anniversary party that includes sets from five bands, among them garage rockers Glyders, bubblegum punks Slushy, and dream-pop squad Star Tropics. Keep up the good work, folks!
When Avantist dropped their debut LP in April, the Reader called these punk-prog brothers “one of the best bands in Chicago.” And they seem keen to keep proving it: in just four weeks, they wrote and recorded the new EP Terasoma, and lead single “Violence” bristles with slamming postpunk riffs. On Wednesday, June 20, Avantist celebrate at the Empty Bottle with Mother Nature and new duo Djunah, aka former Beat Drun Juel guitarist Donna Polydoros and drummer Nick Smalkowski of Fake Limbs (who just went on hiatus).
On Saturday, June 16, amazing Chicago boogie label Star Creature Universal Vibrations takes over the Hideout for a label showcase and release party. Mexico City synth-pop duo Shiro Schwarz, recently unretired Chicago soul singer Donnell Pitman (with the band Wings of Sunshine), and feel-good local pop-funk group Family of Geniuses perform to celebrate new Star Creature seven-inches. v
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