Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago’s RATBOYS – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aims to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory,’ according to Steiner. GN, the group’s second full-length album via Topshelf Records, offers a bevy of tales, laments and triumphs, which recount near-tragedies by the train tracks, crippling episodes of loneliness, remembrances of a deceased family pet with freezer burn, and on and on. The songs shift and breathe as worlds all their own, tied together by the group’s self-proclaimed ‘post-country’ sound, which combines moments of distortion and a DIY aesthetic with a devotion to simple songwriting and ties to the Americana sounds of years past.
Math rock trio DAGS! make their way to us for the first time from Milan, Italy. They’ve been relentlessly touring the U.S. (and have even made a quick stint in Japan) in support of their sophomore release, Snowed In/ Stormed Out. It’s an exceptionally weathering and emotional collection of songs with sweeping guitar-scapes, soaring vocals and a thoroughly syncopated rhythm section. Their track titles address incredibly pertinent issues in the English language such as “Why is there a ‘b’ in the word ‘doubt”? or “Why is there a ‘b’ in the word ‘subtle’”?
JODI is the work of Nick Levine, a founding member of Montclair, New Jersey’s up and coming indie-rock band PINEGROVE. Now transplanted in Chicago, JODI settles in with a debut album, Karaoke, via Sooper Records. Each song on JODI’s seminal release moves forward with a slow head nod. Featuring alt-country songwriting and breathy mood swings, it’s music you can feel inside and out.... See MoreSee Less
Cat's Cradle - Back Room 7PM Doors - 8PM Show $10 Adv - $12 Day Of
Born out of fierce friendship and a mutual affection for melody, Chicago’s Ratboys – anchored by the partnership of Julia Steiner and Dave Sagan – aims to ‘write songs that tell stories and honor the intimacy of memory,’ according to Steiner.
GN, the group’s second full-length album via Topshelf Records, offers a bevy of tales, laments and triumphs, which recount near-tragedies by the train tracks, crippling episodes of loneliness, remembrances of a deceased family pet with freezer burn, and on and on. The songs shift and breathe as worlds all their own, tied together by the group’s self-proclaimed ‘post-country’ sound, which combines moments of distortion and a DIY aesthetic with a devotion to simple songwriting and ties to the Americana sounds of years past.
Drawing influence from the down-to-earth sincerity of late-90s Sheryl Crow and the confessional confidence of Kim Deal and Jenny Lewis, the songs on GN (aka ‘goodnight’) “largely detail experiences of saying goodbye, finding your way home, and then figuring out what the hell to do once you’re back,” says Steiner. The songs chosen to close both sides of the record – the slow-burning ‘Crying About the Planets’ and quizzical ‘Peter the Wild Boy’ – unpack the respective journeys of two real people who were quite literally lost and found. ‘’Crying’ tells the survival story of Antarctic explorer Douglas Mawson from a first-person perspective, and ‘Peter’ reflects on the life of a feral child in Germany who was eventually adopted by the King of England,’ according to Steiner. ‘Writing as and about these people is the best way I can attempt to empathize with them and really just wrap my mind around these bits of history that otherwise might not get talked about. And it helps me understand my own experiences a little bit better,’ she says.
Certain personal stories – the tour adventures recapped in ‘GM,’ the struggle to learn to show affection as divulged in ‘Molly’ – find Ratboys just as eagerly exploring subject matter that comes from within, and then illustrating the highs and lows with soaring hooks and plaintive ones. Even in the moments that lie somewhere between bliss and misery, a tension persists between Steiner’s sweet vocal delivery and Sagan’s physical, almost-off-the-hinges guitar playing that lends each song a deeper sense of color and movement.
�Steiner and Sagan felt the impulse to make music together from the get-go – they first met as university students, quickly put out an EP together, and started performing as an acoustic two-piece in dorm rooms and backyards. During the next few years, the friends traveled separately, eventually reunited, and recorded what would become the first Ratboys record, AOID, which the folks at GoldFlakePaint describe as ‘a gleaming, joyous, raucous display of melodic indie-rock.’... See MoreSee Less
09/11 Mount Eerie 09/12 NOTS, Honey, Brandy 09/12 Purr, Dan English, Spike Fuck 09/12 Mount Eerie, Loren Connors 09/12 Half Waif, Squad Car, Abandon, Coolin' 09/12 Beverly, EZTV, Rips 09/13 Dear Nora, gobbinjr, Nicholas Krgovich 09/13 Protomartyr, Pill, Bodega 09/13 Night Shop, Jaye Bartell 09/14 Sitcom, Jennifer Vanilla, Field Medic, DÆVA 09/14 Blood Cultures, White Cliffs, Gus Dapperton 09/15 Teen Commandments, Brothertiger 09/15 Varsity, Hypoluxo, Thanks for Coming, Human People 09/15 Throwing Snow, BAILE 09/16 Jerry Paper, True Blue, Triathalon 09/16 Steve Gunn, Julie Byrne, Myriam Gendron 09/16 Jerry Paper, True Blue 09/17 Ancient Ocean, Dave Harrington, Colin L, Adam Downey (DJ) 09/19 Madeline Kenney, Tall Friend, Trees Take Ease 09/19 GOLD DIME, Crown Larks, GDFX, Baby Birds Don't Drink Milk 09/21 Cold Beat, War Bubble, Liberation 09/22 Aerial East, Lola Kirke 09/22 Human Heat, Norwegian Arms, Lea Thomas 09/23 Love Theme, Bernardino Femminielli 09/23 Hovvdy, Told Slant, Yohuna 09/23 Drab Majesty, Kontravoid, Bernard Herman 09/23 Cayetana, Hemming 09/23 Flesh World, Home Blitz, RIPS 09/24 Painted Zeros, Slow Mass, Stove (solo), Bethlehem Steel 09/25 Champagne Superchillin (Record Release), Roya, Reanimadores 09/27 VNV Nation, iVardensphere 09/27 Lina Tullgren (Release Show), Dougie Poole, Luxardo 09/27 Ian Chang (Record Release), Rahm, Nina Moffitt 09/28 Container, Paleda, Young Male (DJ), Motiv-A, VIA APP (DJ) 09/29 Cold Fronts, Hoan 09/29 Princess Nokia, Suzi Analogue 09/29 Stolen Jars, Zula, Diners, Real Life Buildings 09/29 Candi Pop 10/02 Illegal Civ Cinema Tour Featuring: Denzel Curry & Show Me The Body, Show Me The Body 10/03 White Lung, Patio, Groupie 10/05 The Babe Rainbow 10/06 Twinsmith, Field Trip, Twiga 10/06 LVL UP, Yowler, Slight 10/06 Paperhaus, Haybaby, Turnip King, Sic Tic 10/06 Mirah, Jherek Bischoff 10/06 The Golden Filter, Null And Void 10/07 Frankie Cosmos, Ian Sweet, Nice Try 10/07 The Proper Ornaments, Kyle Forester 10/07 LVL UP, Long Beard, Yucky Duster 10/07 Vetiver, Johnny Irion 10/07 Deerhoof, Lily On Horn Horse 10/07 Upper Wilds (Record Release) 10/07 Colleen Green, Winter 10/08 The Wonder Years, Laura Stevenson - Matinee Show 10/08 The Wonder Years, Laura Stevenson, The Obsessives, Jetty Bones 10/08 Peach Pit 10/09 Naomi Punk, Shimmer, Lea Bertucci 10/11 Sun Seeker 10/12 Adi Newton, James Place, Embryoroom 10/12 Lust For Youth, Secret Boyfriend, Cienfuegos 10/13 Wolves In The Throne Room, Pillorian 10/13 Skylar Spence, Jonah Baseball 10/13 DJ Earl, Slick Shoota, Suzi Analogue, Mel G 10/14 Sean Nicholas Savage, Dinner 10/14 Bambounou 10/14 William Patrick Corgan 10/15 William Patrick Corgan 10/15 The Courtneys, Versing 10/17 Dead Rider, Eaters, Christina Schneider's Genius Grant 10/18 Grails 10/19 Vita and The Woolf, Queen Of Jeans, Ritual Talk 10/20 Alex Calder (Record Release), Jay Weingarten, Sam Leidig 10/20 Melkbelly, Anni Rossi, Maneka, Blue Smiley 10/21 Scharpling & Wurster’s ‘Rock, Rot & Rule’ 20th Anniversary Extravaganza 10/21 Sheer Mag 10/23 Insane Clown Posse 10/25 PUJOL 10/26 Mild High Club, Anemone, Olden Yolk 10/26 Walter TV 10/26 Dälek, Street Sects, Vaureen 10/27 Boy Harsher (Record Release), FlucT, Odonis Odonis 10/27 Danny L Harle 10/27 Florist, Emily Yacina, Lizard Kisses 10/27 Microwave, Big Jesus, Blis. 10/27 Trevor Sensor 10/28 Peelander-Z, Toranavox, Realistic Bodies 11/02 The Hotelier, Oso Oso, Alex Napping 11/03 AJJ, The Sidekicks 11/03 I THE MIGHTY, Hail The Sun, Good Tiger 11/03 L.A. Witch 11/03 J.Views, Ateller 11/04 Elysia Crampton, Earthly 11/04 Ought, Trace Mountains, Boys Online 11/06 Casper Skulls, Baked, Bueno 11/06 Cattle Decapitation, Revocation, Full of Hell, Artificial Brain 11/08 SahBabii 11/09 Have Mercy, Boston Manor, Can't Swim, A Will Away 11/10 Shame, Honey 11/11 Wax Tailor, Dirty Art Club 11/11 A. Savage (Parquet Courts), Jack Cooper (Ultimate Painting) 11/12 Listener, Levi The Poet, Comrades, Everett 11/13 Omni, Acid Dad, RIPS 11/16 Haux w/ Strings 11/16 Casper Skulls, Baked, Bueno 11/17 Downtown Boys, Olivia Neutron-John 11/24 mewithoutYou, Pianos Become The Teeth, Slow Mass 11/28 Lido Beach 11/30 Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton 12/01 Neil Hilborn 12/06 Suicide Silence "The Cleansing" 10 Year Anniversary Show 12/06 Pinegrove, Saintseneca, Adult Mom – Sold Out 12/07 Pinegrove, Saintseneca, Adult Mom – Sold Out 12/08 Gabriel Garzón-Montano 12/14 Honey Harper 12/22 Prawn, Slingshot Dakota, People Like You, Queen Moo... See MoreSee Less
DSP Shows Presents Diet Cig with Teencat at The Haunt on 12/8
Diet Cig needs to postpone due to illness. The new date for Diet Cig is Friday, December 8th. All tickets will be honored. If you can’t make the new date, refunds will be available at your point of purchase until 10/1. You can contact TicketFly Customer Service here: 1(877) 435-9849
7:00PM Doors 8:00PM Show
Diet Cig dietcig.bandcamp.com/ Diet Cig are here to have fun. They’re here to tear you away from the soul-sucking sanctity of your dumpster-fire life and replace it with pop-blessed punk jams about navigating the impending doom of adulthood when all you want is to have ice cream on your birthday. Alex Luciano (guitar and vocals) and Noah Bowman (drums) have been playing music together ever since Luciano interrupted the set of Bowman's previous band for a lighter. The New York duo have since released the infectious, 2015 ‘Over Easy’ EP that introduced consistent sing-a-long lyrics with thrashing drums and strums that never held back.
‘Swear I’m Good At This’ is the first full-length from the band and accumulates their tenacity for crafting life-affirming, relatable tales with a gutsy heart at their core. Luciano has the ability to write lyrics that are both vulnerable and badass, perfecting a storm of emotive reflection that creates a vision of a sweaty, pumped-up room screaming these lines in unison. Diet Cig make it okay to be the hot mess that you are.
But there’s also a deeper, more powerful fuck-you among the bangers that see Diet Cig grow into an unstoppable and inspiring force. “I’m not being dramatic, I’ve just fucking had it with the things that you say you think that I should be” spits Luciano on “Link in Bio”; “I am bigger than the outside shell of my body and if you touch it without asking then you’ll be sorry” she yells on “Maid Of The Mist”. It’s the sound of a band doing things on their own terms.
Wrapping up ‘Swear I’m Good At This’ on Halloween 2016, exactly two years after they finished recording ‘Over Easy’ on Halloween 2014, Diet Cig’s first, full-length LP validates the experiences of punks who aren’t always accepted first time around; the punks who throw their deuces up at the dominating bro-dudes and ignite the importance of owning everything that you are.
Often described as a sexy fruit salad that plays upbeat pop-punk and post-punk music in alternating strokes of their flesh-paws, the band is sometimes chided for their unwillingness to take most things and people seriously.... See MoreSee Less