Our powerpop/rock ‘n’ roll/punk pals in BLOOM are releasing an EP, and we’re celebrating Free Monday style! Hailing from Chicago, BLOOM was started by front woman Sam Larson after reading a poorly scribbled Pablo Naruda poem in a bathroom stall, Larson created BLOOM as an eulogy for a lost love. BLOOM is always expanding, changing, and celebrating the power of love.
NEST is 90s sweet grunge reincarnate. GuitaristsTommy Owleyand StephanieMaieritschcombine compositions that forge a sound reminiscent of GUIDED BY VOICES, giving the listener a familiar indie 90’s rock feel. Maieritsch, who writes most of NEST’ssongs,belts intimate lyrics with an authenticity that recalls Chrissie Hynde while the band maintains an infectious pop-grunge sound, not distant from that of VERUCA SALT and HOLE. After playing venues across Chicago for more than a year, the band released its first full-length albumMother’s Knifein late 2016.
JUNKEE GIRL is a rock/indie/punk band from Chicago. Their album Sophomore was released in October of 2015.
BASH! BANG! is a raucous power pop quartet comprised of Shannon Candy, Mike Martello, Gabe Michalski, and Ben Karas. Tonight’s performance is not only their debut show, but also Shannon Candy’s birthday, so bring cake.