Fire Cat EP Release Show

Fire Cat EP Release show in Berwyn, IL on Friday, August 30th at The Wire with 40oz. SiDEKiCKS, ModaFoca, Torch The Hive, & TFP!

40oz. SiDEKiCKS, Fire Cat EP Release, ModaFoca, Torch The Hive, & TFP

Hey ya lil chicken fucks. Do you even punk rock? Probably not… but it’s never too late to start. All you little anarchist bitches put on your best tony hawk pro skater outfit and meet us down in Berwyn for the punk rawk show. We ain’t got no place to go, so lets go to the punk rawk show, darling take me by the hand, we’re gonna see a punk rawk band, there’s no use in TV shows, radio, or rodeo, want to get into the crowd, want to hear it played real loud.

Doors @6pm | Show @7pm 18+
$10 Advance | $12 @ door

Fire Cat!


Torch The Hive

No Comprendo

The Freedom Paradox





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NEW Red Francis Music Video – “Logan”

The new Red Francis music video is insane – Logan is the first track on Red Francis’ latest release “Greatest Hits“. The album pays tribute to the band’s hometown, Chicago. Each song represents a different neighborhood or story that takes place over the course of one day and one night.


This specific song – Logan – is about a night out with the boys in Logan Square. Like every great night, it starts with a bottle and turning up. They hit the town for a show and from there on out there are SO many great local bars, bands and venues to be seen (and heard) in it: Coles, Gnar Wave Rangers, The Owl, The Empty Bottle, The Double Door Liquors sign (R.I.P), La Quinta Inn & Suites lol.. If you look hard enough, maybe you’ll find yourself.

This beauty of an animation is yet another piece of amazing artwork done by ORYANS BELLT. Subscribe to We Are The Television’s Youtube page and be the first to see whenever a new video drops!

You can finally stream the whole Red Francis discography on Spotify too!

Red Francis’ next show is going to be at Emporium Wicker Park on Saturday, August 17th with Gazebo Effect, Captain Coopersmith, & The Off Days. Get your tix to the show and I’ll SEE YOU THERE.

Buy tickets to Gazebo Effect / Captain Coopersmith / Red Francis / The Off Days @ Emporium – August 17th, 2019



Villa Park Punk Night XVII

Another Villa Park Punk Night at O’Neill’s Pub in Lombard, IL on June 29th! Full lineup of good bands and a fellow punk’s Birthday… Skidd Fleischer‘s Bday. Buy her a drink, buy me a drink. Let’s party!


Solution Unsatisfactory

A high-speed Chicago style 3-piece fueled by a passion for in-your-face rock and a disgust for the modern order.
The group, at large, is considered to be armed and dangerous, with catchey punk riffs and unrelenting social and political lyrics, and are described as loud and with a bad attitude. Fronted by Garvey’s satirical commentary and shredding guitar, backed by Jay’s insanely fast melodic bass walks and Pat’s explosive assault on the drums, it’s music you can revolt to.

Rhetoric Vendetta

A punk/pop punk band out of the southern Wisconsin/northern Illinois area influenced by a few different styles of music, but like to play an upbeat and energetic style of rock and roll.

40oz. Sidekicks

40oz. Sidekicks are a Hardcore power-punk band from Chicago, Illinois.
Formed in 2004, they have since recorded 2 EP’s that became their first full length album, “Preservation of Tradition”. They play punk music with hints of reggae, ska and blues.
Their latest E.P. “Glory” is available to download on iTunes and stream on Spotify!

Shanghai Theater (Nashville, TN)

Punk band from Nashville, TN. Formed, as a four-piece in the spring of 2018, Shanghai Theater quickly transitioned to a three-piece act and played relentlessly the coming summer. The band moved back to a four-piece formation after their bassist/singer suffered a serious stage injury to his wrist. 

The band has been described as “Surf-N-Turf” due to their blend of west coast surf and mid-west noise.

Dead Freddie

Dead Freddie is a Chicago-area band. They are known as the Punk Pop Phenomena, playing original music based in early punk and power pop.

RSVP TO VP Punk Night XVII + Skidd’s Bday!!


Live Music at Metal Monkey Brewery!

Live music coming up at Metal Monkey Brewery on Saturday June 22nd! Some of the best local metal and heavy rock to see in the area too… Long Live The GOAT, Black Road, and We Killed The Lion.

LIVE Music @ Metal Monkey Brewery : We Killed The Lion / Black Road / Long Live The GOAT

Haven’t had the pleasure of drinking a beer from Metal Monkey yet, so I’m looking forward to getting a flight! Ayala’s Empanadas will also be here serving up food starting at 5pm so get to the Monkey House early enough for some grub. Music starts at 7PM! See all you metal-heads there.

Long Live The GOAT :: 7pm

Black Road :: 8PM

We Killed The Lion :: 9PM

RSVP TO LIVE Music: We Killed The Lion / Black Road / Long Live The GOAT @ METAL MONKEY BREWERY

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Up In Smoke! Backyard 420 Chicago Party

Are you looking for that 420 Chicago Party? You found it man.

420 Chicago Party Punk Show

A 420 show on 4.20!
Address will be posted the day before the event [2815 S Karlov Ave, Chicago, IL 60623-4440, United States], it being a 420 show we don’t want it to get any negative attention, but will take in place in the beautiful Little village.


No Comprendo

40oz. Sidekicks

The Anti-Trumpz

Fire Cat

Stoner Whöre

$5 Cover!

420 Friendly of course, BYOB.
First 10 people to come in will get free beer courtesy of the host.
PBR’S $2 or 2 for $3

RSVP for the show and stay updated on all that sweet info right here!

Horehound @ Reggies in Chicago

All the way from Pittsburgh, PA , Horehound is coming to rage in Chicago. Don’t miss this killer lineup.

Horehound / Rebreather / Long Live the Goat / Pale Horseman @ Reggies - 4.5.19

Reggies Music Joint
9PM 21+ $10/$12

Horehound and Long Live The GOAT haven’t ripped it up since the GOAT’s tour to Canada 3 years ago! It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. This’ll be fun.

Empire Productions presents:


Horehound had become a Pittsburgh, PA hometown heavy underground favorite quite soon after forming in early 2015, performing with both local legends and well-known touring acts.

In one year, Horehound released their self-titled debut album (both digital and CD) in April 2016, via Blackseed Records. The album immediately coiled around the heavy music media world. It appeared for two consecutive months on the Doom Charts collaborative.

Recently Horehound has engaged that debut album for a 2018 re-release with Hellmistress Records. The re-release is anticipated in early spring and will be re-mixed/mastered for both CD and vinyl pressing, including a bonus cover song, Mysterons originally written and performed by Portishead.

Fans have described Horehound as, “fucking heavy, doomy, catchy, and downright amazing.” Horehound would not disagree, citing their inspirations as Kyuss, (the) Melvins, and Alice in Chains, but you can hear a heavier sludge inspiration dwelling in the grinding guitar, haze-laden bass, bruising drums, and ethereally demanding vocals.

Horehound has made it quite evident in recent performances that their current lineup – including founding members Shy Kennedy (vocals) and Brendan Parrish (guitar) – have found their true sound with drummer JD Dauer and bassist Nick Kopco.

The quartet is fiercer and impassioned to demonstrate it in sharing their next recording, currently being mixed and mastered for a 2018 release. The six track, Holocene, maintains the original Horehound-heavy, but has driven into deeper depths of dark, hardened post-doom metal. More information on the release and the band to come.


Long Live The GOAT

Pale Horseman


Buy tickets for Horehound / Rebreather / Long Live the Goat / Pale Horseman @ Reggies - 4.5.19


Swish / 40oz / Blackwoodz / Acres to Miles @ Sugar Skull

We made it to another 40oz Sidekicks show with no lineup changes. I have a feeling they’re going to play even faster than they did at their last show!

Swish / 40oz / Blackwoodz / Acres to Miles @ Sugar Skull

Saturday March 23rd, 2019

JBC Entertainment present:

Swish -Punk Rock

40oz. Sidekicks -Punk Rock/Ska

The Blackwoodz -Indie/Alt

ACRES to MILES -Rock & Soul

$4 Pints of Q-Street Belgian IPA Church Street Brewing Company & 101 WKQX an alternative beer.

Doors 8pm | $5 Cover | 21+Show

24 Draft & Craft Beer On Tap

Kitchen open Late Night
Tacos | Burritos | Tortas | Nachos | Wings | Burgers |Appetizers

Play Video Slots and Video Poker
9743 Franklin Ave Franklin Park IL across from the post office

RSVP to Swish / 40oz / Blackwoodz / Acres to Miles @ Sugar Skull

500 Miles to Memphis in Chicago

500 Miles to Memphis returns to Chicago on March 22nd at the Cobra Lounge to celebrate the release of their new album “Blessed Be the Damned” with a super insanely good lineup!

500 Miles to Memphis / Mutts / Red Francis / Avantist @ Cobra Lounge - 3/22/19

Get tickets here –

Doors are at 8pm. Show starts at 8:30pm.
$5 pre-sale $8 at the door

For fans of punk rock, americana, and rock n’ roll.




Red Francis


Mike Maimone of Mutts


500 Miles To Memphis

Formed in 2003, the boys of 500 Miles to Memphis came together on the banks of the Ohio River between Cincinnati, OH and Newport, KY. Their genre-bending take on Americana and punk rock has been received worldwide in the form of movies, tv, video games, and their award-winning live shows. Logging 250 performances a year, these indie road kings have been to hell and back. After taking a short break from touring in 2017, 500mtm has jumped back in the studio to deliver their 5th studio album with Old 97’s producer John Pedigo at the legendary Gwynne Sound in Cincinnati. If you are a fan of high octane punk rock, bluegrass, and Appalachia, these boys are for you. The latest album “Blessed Be the Damned” is set for release on Jan. 25th, 2019.

“They don’t sound like anyone else. At all. Or at any point… 500 Miles To Memphis have constructed something wonderful here… “Blessed Be The Damned”? Hell, yes. The Devil always has more fun, you see, and damn me, this is good.” – Andy Thorley, Maximum Volume Music

“Blessed has so many catchy songs, it’s easy to find yourself tapping your feet along with the groove instead of taking notes or writing a review, and nearly impossible to find a favorite. In short, if you like rock, you’ll like this album. The mean mountain riff of the title track, the 90s punk of “No Doubt About It,” the bluegrass-cum-cowpunk of “In My Chest” – the album is just good from front to back and might be 500 MTM’s best yet.” – Brandon Wheeler,


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Oozing Wound Record Release Show @ Empty Bottle – 3/16/19

The Oozing Wound record release show is gonna to be wild.

Oozing Wound Record Release Show

830PM // $10 // 21+

Oozing Wound

The WOUND has reawakened. The thrashing trio has celebrated the release of all three of their Thrill Jockey records right here with us and it’s time to make way for the monstrous fourth album, High Anxiety (featuring a fucked up inevitable dystopian Cortez and Western ave intersection on the cover). Their simultaneously hilarious and terrifying blend of heavy riffage, crushing rhythms and piercing screams will make the people go insane. All three original OOZERs cut their teeth in some beloved local bands (CACAW, ZATH, UNMANNED SHIP, BAD DRUGS). They’re widely known around these parts to deliver one of the most brutal live shows in town. Get ready for the beatdown of your life.


Platinum Boys

Milwaukee’s PLATINUM BOYS are making their way south and we couldn’t be happier to have em. These fellas have been tearing up that northern suburb with a party heavy brand of Punk Rock Music that makes cheeseheads go nuts. They’re the perfect sound track to drinking 8 million beers ordered from your friendly (and heavily tipped) Empty Bottle Bartender.



The ugliest parts of Meat Wave, Lil’ Tits and Foul Tip, have locked arms to create HITTER, a new melodic assault on your feeble eardrums. Under the influence of heavy metal, whiskey, leather, rock, and rockin’, they’re barricading the exits, plugging in permanently and cranking all knobs to the right. You losers better learn, only HITTER is real. See you in hell.



DIM is a steadily-rising Chicago band that crafts aggressive, heavy shoegaze. The songs have a deep, arresting quality that lock into a groove and distort the senses, leaving the listener broken and begging for more. Though it may feel like DIM is attempting to tear apart your perception of reality, they’ll hook you back with lush-yet-noisy instrumentation that’s reminiscent of early-MY BLOODY VALENTINE and RIDE.

King Buffalo & REZN @ The Hideout – 3/15/19

King Buffalo & REZN at the Hideout
Fri. 3/15 9PM | 21+| $12

From Rochester, New York, King Buffalo is the trio of vocalist/guitarist Sean McVay, bassist Dan Reynolds, and drummer Scott Donaldson. Since forming in 2013, the self-proclaimed “heavy blues” band has made its name via debut album Orion, follow-up EP Repeater, and tours with the likes of The Sword, All Them Witches, and Elder.

Psych-rock authority The Obelisk has been tracking King Buffalo’s ascent since the start. The site’s review of the Repeater EP proclaimed: “Repeater finds them brimming with confidence… Their songwriting here hits a new level of craftsmanship. The question isn’t so much whether King Buffalo are prepared for their next step as it is whether their audience is ready to realize the special moment playing out in front of them.”

Sophomore album Longing to Be the Mountain is an enthralling piece of work that sees King Buffalo fulfill its promise. In six songs, clocking in at 42 minutes, the band cements the style initiated on previous releases. Sure to delight fans of psych, stoner, and krautrock, Longing to Be the Mountain is timeless rock music.

Donaldson’s clean, powerful drumming and Reynolds’ hypnotic basslines lock into grooves that propel the songs, traveling from cool, spacious zones into all-out explosive finalés. Frontman McVay mesmerizes with a haunting vocal style that commands full attention despite its sedated tone – early Pink Floyd is a reference point. Within each song, he showcases a palette of vivid guitar playing, from jangly rhythms to ripping solos.

Some songs make their point in 4 minutes or less, others sprawl out above the 10-minute mark. In either case, there is no fat to trim. King Buffalo moves with purpose. Reynolds names British Invasion bands like The Animals as an influence on him during the making of Longing to Be the Mountain, noting how he came to respect simplicity – “just playing the right notes in the right places.” With the three members in sync, songs progress steadily and fluidly, from world-weary lulls into squalls of transcendence.

King Buffalo’s music and lyrics are in harmony, both painting pictures of traveling, questing, evolving. Of the lyrics, McVay says, “The album is about searching for meaning. It’s a story about finding one’s place in an increasingly turbulent and chaotic world.” We, the listeners, are lucky to witness King Buffalo’s journey as they cruise onward and upward, leaving behind an amazing soundtrack as they go.

King Buffalo


Find out more info about King Buffalo & REZN at The Hideout at the event page.