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Reunited late-70s Irish punks Protex hit Chicago for two shows

Plus: Chicago weirdo-rock supergroup Wet Piss play Cafe Mustache, and Redgrave host an ACLU benefit to fight Trump’s Muslim ban.

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The fine folks at Bric-a-Brac Records have a knack for booking great bands in their cozy Avondale shop. From time to time they take over other venues for even bigger gigs—such as this Sunday, March 12, when Bric-a-Brac puts on not one but two shows headlined by Irish punk legends Protex. Formed in 1978, the Belfast band fizzled out in 1980, shelving a Polydor full-length. Protex reunited after stateside reissue label Sing Sing rescued the recordings and released them as Strange Obsessions in 2010. Now the group is touring behind a new album, Tightrope. They play a sold-out show with Muff Divers and Pinheads at Crown Liquors, then a $5 late set at East Room with Mystery Actions and Buttzz!

After a stream of rumors, Gossip Wolf finally has some solid details on Chicago weirdo-punk supergroup Wet Piss, who don't play too darned often! (And please don't google "wet piss"—leave the hard work to the professionals!) The new quartet features Lil Tits drummer and Eye Vybe Records honcho Karissa Talanian, Ego members Fumo Stromboli and Magic Ian (also known for running Wally's World and Maximum Pelt Records), and Dillon Kelley of Coaster. On Saturday, March 11, they'll take aim at Cafe Mustache with Nashville punks Spodee Boy and Kalamazoo loner-rock specialist Erik Nervous.

Redgrave singer-guitarist Angie Mead—also a hilarious scene-­stealer in Joe Swanberg's series Easy—tells Gossip Wolf that she and Empty Bottle talent buyer Michael Gebel have organized a benefit for the ACLU at the club on Wednesday, March 29, to fight Trump's Muslim travel ban. Right on! This wolf also hears the show has a secret big-time local garage-rock headliner—an act that usually just plays festivals these days. So you should probably nab a ticket now! In other Redgrave news, the band will drop an as-yet-untitled single, their first in two years, on Lovitt Records later this month.  v

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