chicago-based bands

There is a LOT of music in Chicago, and I hope this page helps you discover someone new. Click around, and if you dig 'em, go to a show!

I intend for this list to be local, active projects, and I'm positive it's incomplete. I'll keep it growing, but if you see someone missing please feel free to let me know. Also, if you represent any of these projects and would like an update, just send me a note.

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8-bit crEEps

A Lull

Absolutely Not

Advance Base

Agents of Change

Aggro Control

Air Credits

Airiel

Al Scorch

All Eyes West

AM TAXI

American Breakfast

Animal City

Animal Holograms

APED

Archie Powell & The Exports

Arts & Letters

At Zero

The Autumn Defense

The Avantist

Axons

The Baby Magic

Bad Mechanics

Bailiff

Basement Family

Bash Bang

Beach Bunny

beastii

Beat Drun Juel

Beyond De-th

Big Sadie

Bigjoy

Bike Cops

The Bingers

Bionic Cavemen

Black Actress

Black Bear Combo

Bleach Party

The Blind Staggers

Blizzard Babies

Bloodhype

Bloodiest

Bloodletter

BLOOM

Blue Dream

Bolthorn

The Bombats

Bonelang

Boogie Board

Boss Fight

Bow & Spear

Boxsledder

Brisco Darling

bristletongue

Bubbles Brown

Bully in the Hallway

Bunny

Burnside & Hooker

Bust!

The Burst and Bloom

Cafe Racer

Califone

California Wives

Celine Neon

The Cell Phones

CEREVISCERA

Chandeliers

Chicken Happen

Choral Reefr

The Christmas Bride

Clearance

Coaster

Cokegoat

The Columbines

Cold Country

COOL MEMORIES

Cordoba

Courtney

Coyote Man

Crown Larks

Cupid Youth

The Curls

The Daisy Heaves

The Damn Tracks

Dan Durley

Dan Rico

Daniel Wade

Dark Fog

Davlin

Daymaker

Dead Feathers

Dead Lucid

Dead Sun

DEADBEAT

Dethwarrant

Diana & the Dishes

Dirt Cheap Date

The Dirty Dirty Dollars

Dogs At Large

Donkey Hotel

Donnie Biggins

Doves of Mercury

The Downtown Struts

Dowsing

The Drafts

DROOL

Dude Same

DXTR Spits

Earth Program

Easy Habits

eggs!

Eight Bit Tiger

The Electric Excuse Me's

Elephant Gun

Elle Casazza

Emily Jane Powers

Engine Summer

Engines

The Eradicator

Evasive Backflip

Even Thieves

Evening Glow

The Evictions

Ex Okays

Fake Limbs

The Falcon

Faux Furrs

Feedbacula

Fembot

Femdot

Fine Subterraneans

Flash Flash Comfort

Flesh Panthers

The Footlight District

Fort Frances

Foul Tip

The Fundamental KiNk

Fury

Gardens

Get Up with the Get Downs

Giantology

Glad Rags

The Glass Eyes

Glyders

The Gnar Wave Rangers

The Gold Web

Goose Corp.

GRiMMS & BLACKNiGHT

Guardsman

Gal Gun

Hair

Hand Practices

The Hanging Gardens

Hawley

Heavy Dreams

The Hecks

Hidden Hospitals

High Priests

Honey & the 45s

Horrible

The Hot Moms

The Howl

Imelda Marcos

Impulsive Hearts

The Island of Misfit Toys

The Ivorys

Jamie Rojo

JC Brooks Band

Joan of Arc

Joey Purp

Jolly Korea

Jollys

Jory Avner

Jude Shuma

Jungle of Cities

Justis

The Kickback

Killer Moon

The Kreutzer Sonata

KROZER

Kweku Collins

La Cosa

Lala Lala

Lamon Manuel

Lasers and Fast and Sh!t

Laverne

The Lawrence Peters Outfit

LE TOUR

The Lemons

lettering

LETTUCEHEAD

Lever

LIFESTYLES

Lightfoils

Lil Tits

The Limbos

LIQS

Liquid Gardens

Liz and the Lovelies

The Locals

Locrian

Longface

LOOMS

Lords of the Drunken Pirate Crew

Los Black Dogs

Lovely Little Girls

Low Spark

Lucille Furs

The Lucky Dutch

Luggage

Luke Henry

Luke Underhill

Lunar Ticks

Lykanthea

Mac Blackout

Mako Sica

MAMA

Max and the Mild Ones

Me'Chelle

Meat Wave

Melkbelly

Melo Makes Music

Michelles

The Million Reasons

Milly Mango

Mind Over Mirrors

Minor Characters

Mint Mile

Miss Chiff

The Mizzerables

Model Stranger

Modern Vices

Monobody

Montrose Man

Moonstruck

More Gorgeous

More More More

Morimoto

Moritat

The Moses Gun

Mr. Ma'am

mtvghosts

Mucca Pazza

Mutts

Muvves

My Double Life

My Gold Mask

My My My

Mykele Deville

Mystery Crash

Names Divine

NE-HI

Negative Scanner

Nervous Passenger

New Canyons

New Drugs

Nick Shaheen

Nimrod

Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

No Men

The Noise FM

Nonnie Parry

NONZOO

The O'My's

The Oh Yeahs

Old Joy

Old Shoe

One Season

ONO

Oozing Wound

OVEF OW

The Pact

Pale Horseman

Pamphleteers

Panda Riot

Parent

Pastel Fractal

Paul Cherry

Peach Fuzz

Peasantry

The Peekaboos

Pet Symmetry

Petty Crimes

The Pink Frost

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate

Poison Boys

Pool Holograph

Post Animal

Post Child

The Predictions

Primo Mendoza

Punting Baxter

Purge

Rad Payoff

Radar Eyes

Ā»radiant devicesĀ«

RADIO SHAQ

Rambos

Rat Hammer

Ratboys

The Red Plastic Buddha

Regular Oatmeal

Retirement Club

Retirement Party

Ribbonhead

Rich Jones

Rich Salamander

Richard Album

Roach Beach

The Rubs

The Runnies

Ryley Walker

Sadie and the Stark

The Safes

Salvation

Sam Crossland

Santah

Sea of Cars

Secret Bad Boy

Secret Colours

Sex No Babies

Sexy Fights

The Shams Band

She Always Lies

Sincere Engineer

The Singleman Affair

Sleep On It

Sleepwalk

Slushy

Small Places

Small Tines

The Smoking Revolvers

So Pretty

soft candy

Soft Speaker

Son of a Gun

Sonny Falls

Sophagus

Space Blood

Spaces of Disappearance

Speed Babes

Star Tropics

Stardusk Encounter

Still + Storm

Storm Clouds

Strange Foliage

Strawberry Jacuzzi

Strychnine

The Sueves

Sugarpulp

Sun Cop

Sun Splitter

Sunjacket

SuperKnova

SUSHI

Swearwords

Swellshark

Swimsuit Addition

Sylvie Grace

TALsounds

Taught Abroad

Terrible Spaceship

Terriers

Terroir

Them Dead Poets

Tijuana Hercules

Tom Schraeder & His Ego

The Tomblands

Touched By Ghoul

Truman & His Trophy

Turnspit

Two Houses

Ty Maxon

Tyler Etters & the Northern Information Movement

Typesetter

Uh Bones

The Uncle Steves

Vacuum

Vamos

Vaya

the Velcro Lewis Group

Velocicopter

Verma

VIETRAHM

Voice of Addiction

Volutes

WAD

Walking Bicycles

The Walters

WASTE

Water From Your Eyes

White Mystery

Woodrow Hart & the Haymaker

Woongi

YAWN

Yeesh

Yoko and the Oh No's

The Yolks

Young Marshall

Zigtebra