Catch The Hotones at The Tree of Joliet on 11.17.15!

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The Hotones are the only bass slappin’ funk metal jam band your gonna find in the area. Their unique sound is one of a kind. The Hotones haven’t played very often lately, so this is definitely a show to catch. It’s at The Tree of Joliet which was formally known as Mojoes. This is one of the first shows as “The Tree of Joliet”, so we’ll see what has changed at the venue since the new management has taken over. The Hotones will be kicking off the show, so make sure to get their right at 6:00PM when it all starts. They will also be playing with Minutes in Japan (formally known as White Radio), Awake At Last, Deadman’s Hand, and Nobody Move. Get ready for the show with all the EPs The Hotones have put out so far. Each one has it’s own feel to it, and they all rule. Get right with these dudes on Tuesday Nov. 17th! RSVP HERE.

New Chicago area releases this weekend – 11.13.15

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Dirt Tusk, a brand new Chicago rock band release “Black Moss” off their debut EP “Musk” today (11/13/15). They’ve decided to take on the recording and mixing of this upcoming EP all by themselves which is a formidable task. You can now download one of the fruits of their labor at their bandcamp page for whatever you want to pay for it. Make sure you check them out live on November 25th at Quenchers Saloon. RSVP HERE. It’s gonna be wild!

Double Feature, Chicago pop punk band release their new album tomorrow (11/14/15). Double Feature is made up of Dominick Del (lead vocals/guitar), Kyle Bak (backup vocals/guitar), Marty Madera (bass), and Justin Miller (drums). You can pick up a copy of their debut CD at their release show along with some other cool merch at The Burlington tomorrow night. RSVP HERE. The show starts at 8:30 PM and they’ll be playing with Red Light ComplianceEZ Kebage, and Retirement Club. Bring your homies and prep your liver, because some serious celebration is in store.

The Dirty Nil at Cobra Lounge tonight! – 11.12.15

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Riot Fest presents The Dirty Nil at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago with Typesetter and Evasive Backflip tonight! This rock n’ roll 3-piece from Dundas, Ontario in Canada are the real deal. The Dirty Nil is proof that a hard working DIY attitude can prosper successful results. I saw these three dudes a few years ago when they came through Chicago after their release of “SMITE“. They played in a DIY venue that was hardly even a space. It was a studio apartment that fit about two people comfortably and I was stunned that they even found a way to get their equipment into the place. There were about 10 eccentric characters there, outside of the band members and their opening act, so I think it’s safe to say this was before the band had received very much recognition (at least in Chicago). Don’t get me wrong though… these are my favorite kind of shows and I had a fucking blast. The energy they bring to their music is contagious to everyone in the room. Since then they’ve put out “Cinnamon/Guided By Vices” on Fat Mike‘s Fat Wreck Chords, “No Weaknesses” on Dine Alone Records, toured extensively, and started up The Dirty Nil Record Club where you can get three 7″ records a year with an original A-Side that has never been seen before on a physical release and a cover on the B-Side. That’s a sweet deal!

Catch them live tonight at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago. Buy tickets for the show HERE.

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Stream JEFF The Brotherhood’s “Global Chakra Rhythms” before it’s available this Friday! – 11.13.15

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After nine albums, JEFF The Brotherhood are still keeping it fresh and interesting! Their double LP “Global Chakra Rhythms” will be available this Friday, November 13th, 2015 via Infinity Cat Recordings. Having worked with several other Nashville greats such as Jack Lawrence of The Dead Weather and Bully’s Reece Lazarus, it’s not surprising they’re still cranking out the hits. The psychedelic soundscapes of this release are meditative and mesmerizing. Yet, their catchy garage rock hooks we have grown accustomed to are not lost in the mix, they’ve just transcended. Stream JEFF The Brotherhood‘s “Global Chakra Rhythms” right here on We Are The Television.

Catch WAND tonight at the Empty Bottle! – 11.7.15

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WAND. Killer 3-piece band from LA/San Francisco are at the Empty Bottle tonight with Perfume & Melkbelly! This is not a show to miss. In August of 2014 we heard their debut release “Ganglion Reef” off of Ty Segall’s God? Records. Since then they have already put out another album and LP. Their sophomore album, “Golem” (this time on In The Red), is a true garage rock rager with the rawest of tones and synthetic explosions popping through the seams. Soon after on Sept. 25th of 2015, they release another work of art (this time on Drag City) called 1000 Days. Watch them tear up the stage tonight at the Empty Bottle in Chicago!

Long Live The GOAT release “A Greeting From The Dark King”! – 11.6.15

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Two weeks after putting out their music video for “Drag”, Long Live The GOAT releases “A Greeting From The Dark King”. The songs and artwork are brutal! The EP was recorded and mixed at Chicago’s Treehouse Records and mastered at Macca Mastering. Both songs can now be downloaded off their bandcamp page for whatever you want to pay for them. Take them for free or give them your life savings. I think I saw them drinking Skol last week, so I’m sure they’d appreciate the latter. You can see them live at Moe’s Tavern in Chicago tonight with City Slang and The Evictions. RSVP for the show HERE!

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That guy’s Mike, there’s another Mike, so many Mike at the Peelander-Z show!

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When my buddy asked me to come check out the Peelander-Z show at Reggie’s on Halloween, I was a little hesitant. I thought we’d be going to see some Japanese Teletubby bullshit and it’d be a lame waste of a Halloween. Wow was I wrong… I’ve never seen a show like this. Peelander-Z spends more time involving the crowd in their show than actually playing music and it makes for one hell of a time! My friends and I found our selves on stage multiple times during the show whether it was to stage dive back into the audience, do aerobics, or literally play the band’s instruments. I even stepped out of the venue in the middle of the show to get a breather and saw “Yellow”, the guitarist/front man of Peelander-Z, run out behind me to yank an umbrella out of a table and run right back in. This show was an exciting way to spend Halloween and I highly encourage anyone that likes to go ape shit at a show to check them out when they come through your town.

The openers were also a pleasant surprise. The Symptoms, a heavy dance punk outlet consisting of a drummer and dual bassists, kicked off the show. Their disco punk drum grooves and raunchy tones of bass being played like a guitar reminded me of Death from Above 1979 in the best possible way. I’d love to see more of these guys, but rumor has it that that was the last show for their drummer, so I guess we’ll have to wait and see what’s next for The Symptoms. Mad Conductor, a progressive rap rock group from Center Valley, PA, was the other opener for the night. Personally, they just weren’t for me. They somehow brought me to your average basic bitch dorm room where a Sublime poster was somewhere amidst and I wouldn’t be surprised if EDM was the true forte of their fan base. Although they weren’t necessarily for me, I’d be a fool to deny Mad Conductor’s talent. The band was tight like a virgin butt hole and could get a crowd moving. They also bring in some hot fans. That’s a rarity at a punk show.

Beer & food of the night: 3 Floyds Blackheart – (8.5 ABV) So smooth, yet so punishing. Reggie’s fried pickle spears – I love me some fried pickles, but when they’re spears they’re bigger, so of course they’re better.

Whores. Keep the good times & bad vibes coming!

Whores. Now this is some brutal shit. Even their name is badass. Whores are Christian Lembach (voice and guitar), Casey Maxwell (bass), and Donnie Adkinson (drums). They are three dudes from Atlanta, Georgia that play some neo-monolithic noise rock. I had the pleasure of seeing them tear it up at The Subterranean in Wicker Park a few weeks ago when they shared a bill with Wild Throne and opened up for Red Fang. This was a wild show that was a tight squeeze for The SubT! The pit was made up of pissed off drunken grown men with a deep love for metal and was not a force to be messed with. The slimey beer soaked floor was littered with broken belongings by the end of the night and I wouldn’t be surprised if some blood was spilt. If you didn’t get a chance to experience the good times and bad vibes for yourself while they were on tour, listen to their latest EP, “Clean”, right here on We Are The Television via Bandcamp!