When: Fri., Jan. 27, 9 p.m. 2012
Formed in 1997 deep in the 309 (specifically the Bloomington/Normal section of that area code), the Guilty Pleasures cooked up a raw brand of late-Stooges-style snot-blood-and-nuts rock 'n' roll, exploding with an unbridled hedonism that was sadly rare in their contemporaries. They eventually moved to Chicago, but I didn't see them till summer 2001, when lots of similar bands were springing up here and elsewhere and regularly destroying the Beat Kitchen; as the Guilty Pleasures deftly dodged beer bottles, there was no doubt in my mind that I'd finally found the noise I was looking for. Chicago at the time was largely indifferent, and the Guilty Pleasures were on their last legs; after they split, members went on to form many of the bands that have defined the local garage-punk sound from the aughts till today (most notably the Ponys and most recently Football). The Guilty Pleasures never put out an album and never got their due, but their Summer Strange LP—recorded in Detroit in 2000 by Jim Diamond and finally released in December by Milwaukee label Dusty Medical—fixes one problem and ought to help with the other. The record is more than just an object of nostalgia—the nastiness of songs like "Homewrecked," "Ark. 40," and "Trash Bag" gives you a glimpse of a band at its peak and a hint at what its members would go on to accomplish. This reunion show probably won't match the frenzy of the Guilty Pleasures' heyday, but it should still be sloppy fun. —Brian Costello Timmy's Organism and Touched by Ghoul—a new group with guitarists Angela Mullenhour (Sybris) and Andrea Bauer (Coupleskate, the Reader)—open.
Price: $7 suggested donation