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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A Light Sleeper

A Lull

Absolutely Not

Advance Base

Agents of Change

Aggro Control

Air Credits

Airiel

Al Scorch

All Eyes West

Alright Panther

AM TAXI

American Breakfast

Animal City

Animal Holograms

Archie Powell & The Exports

Arts & Letters

The Autumn Defense

The Avantist

Axons

The Baby Magic

Bailiff

Basement Family

beastii

Beat Drun Juel

Beyond De-th

Big Sadie

Bigjoy

The Bingers

Bionic Cavemen

Black Actress

Black Bear Combo

Blane Fonda

Bleach Party

The Blind Staggers

Blizzard Babies

Bloodhype

Bloodiest

Bloodletter

BLOOM

Blue Dream

Bonelang

Boogie Board

Boss Fight

Bow & Spear

Boxsledder

Bubbles Brown

Bully in the Hallway

Bunny

Burnside & Hooker

Bust!

The Burst and Bloom

Califone

California Wives

Celine Neon

The Cell Phones

CEREVISCERA

Chandeliers

Chicken Happen

Choral Reefr

The Christmas Bride

Clearance

Closed Mouths

Coaster

Cokegoat

The Columbines

Cold Country

COOL MEMORIES

Cordoba

Courtney

Crown Larks

Coyote Man

The Curls

The Daisy Heaves

The Damn Tracks

Dan Rico

Daniel Wade

Dark Fog

Davlin

Daymaker

Dead Feathers

Dead Lucid

Dead Sun

Dethwarrant

Diana & the Dishes

Dirt Cheap Date

The Dirty Dirty Dollars

Dogs At Large

Donkey Hotel

Donnie Biggins

Doug Shotwell and The Right Hand Band

Doves of Mercury

The Downtown Struts

Dowsing

The Drafts

DROOL

Dude Same

DXTR Spits

EARRING

Earth Program

Ego

Eight Bit Tiger

The Electric Excuse Me's

Elephant Gun

Elle Casazza

Emily Jane Powers

Engines

Evasive Backflip

Even Thieves

The Evictions

Fake Limbs

The Falcon

Faux Furrs

Feedbacula

Femdot

Fight With Monsters

Fine Subterraneans

Flesh Panthers

Fort Frances

Foul Tip

The Funs

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

Hair

Hand Practices

The Hanging Gardens

Hawley

Heavy Dreams

The Hecks

Hidden Hospitals

High Priests

The Holy Motors

Honey & the 45s

Horrible

Hot Bagels

The Hot Moms

The Howl

The Iceberg

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

Justin and the Salty Dogs

The Kickback

Killer Moon

KROZER

Kweku Collins

La Mata

Lala Lala

Lamon Manuel

Lasers and Fast and Sh!t

Laverne

The Lawrence Peters Outfit

LE TOUR

The Lemons

lettering

Lever

LIFESTYLES

Lightfoils

Lil Tits

LIQS

Liquid Gardens

Liz and the Lovelies

The Locals

Locrian

LOOMS

Lords of the Drunken Pirate Crew

Los Black Dogs

Lovely Little Girls

Lucille Furs

The Lucky Dutch

Luggage

Luke Henry

Lykanthea

Mac Blackout

Mako Sica

MAMA

Meat Wave

Melkbelly

Melo Makes Music

Michelles

Milly Mango

Mind Over Mirrors

Minor Characters

Mint Mile

Miss Chiff

The Mizzerables

Model Stranger

Modern Vices

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

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

The Pink Frost

Plastic Crimewave Syndicate

The Please & Thank Yous

Poison Boys

Post Animal

Post Child

The Predictions

Primo Mendoza

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

Sam Prekop

Santah

Sass Dragons

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 Tines

The Smoking Revolvers

So Pretty

soft candy

Soft Speaker

Son of a Gun

Sonny Falls

Sophagus

Space Blood

Spaces of Disappearance

Speed Babes

Stardusk Encounter

Still + Storm

Storm Clouds

Strawberry Jacuzzi

Strychnine

The Sueves

Sun Cop

Sun Splitter

Sunjacket

Swearwords

Swim Ignorant Fire

Swimsuit Addition

Sylvie Grace

TALsounds

Taught Abroad

Terrible Spaceship

Terroir

Tijuana Hercules

Tom Schraeder & His Ego

Touched By Ghoul

Truman & His Trophy

Two Houses

Tyler Etters & the Northern Information Movement

Typesetter

Uh Bones

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

YAWN

Yeesh

Yoko and the Oh No's

The Yolks

Young Marshall

Zigtebra