Returning to our stage for a special Sunday night show are the unbelievably loud yet relentlessly epic Chicago trio THE LIFE & TIMES. As difficult to classify in any genre due to their ever-expanding sonic capabilities, the band's moody, spacey and sonically overwhelming sound becomes even more grandiose live. We should know, we've hosted them here at least a dozen times over the course of their 12-year existence, and it's been a thrill to watch them evolve over the years. The band released their newest full-length, Lost Bees, at the end of 2014 before ringing in the new year with fellow Chicago heavy-hitters PELICAN and PINEBENDER. The effort overflows with immediacy and urgency, building on Pitchfork’s praise of the band creating “a wall of sound that moves in and evaporates like fog, leaving only keyboards and moogs behind.” Chicago’s FAKE LIMBS return to our stage, having previously blown y'all's mind when sharing the stage with the liks of PISSED JEANS, LASERS & FAST & SHIT, and more.. The dudely four-piece have released two of the best, noisiest punk records this city spewed out in the past few year's, 2013's The Power of Patrician Upbringing and 2012's Man Feelings, both on the beloved BLVD Records. A pair of chaotic, monstrous rock albums, FAKE LIMBS throws listeners around the room as they repeatedly smack you upside the head. An aggressive yet cohesive blend of concussive, unrelenting percussion, wild, desperate guitars, and unhinged, hysterical vocals, this four-piece is a treat live and you can damn well expect front man STEPHEN SOWLEY to quickly leave the stage to scream and spit in your face. You deserve it. Chicago's STORM CLOUDS features members of EB faves RADAR EYES and BLASTED DIPLOMATS, but play a more jagged, emo-infected post-hardcore than some combination of their other bands. Don't expect to cry in your beers, though, this rough and tumble four-piece soars to the rafters with their anthemic and melodic punk rawk. Expect to pump your firsts and climb to the ceiling earlier than usual when STORM CLOUDS kicks things off tonight.
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