HoZac Blackout fest: Counter Intuits, Nones, Toupee Early Warnings (Music) Recommended Image

When: Thu., May 15, 9 p.m. 2014

The Blackout festival, a legendarily drunken annual celebration of punk, garage, and rock 'n' roll presented by local label HoZac Records since 2001, had a blackout of its own from 2007 till 2010, but in its fourth post-hiatus year it's looking as sharp as ever, with big-name headliners the Boys and the Dictators NYC plus some excellent opening acts. As usual the party starts with a Thursday-­night art show, which features work by artists from around the world (Hein Coetzee, Brian Shanley, Rubin) and one of the weekend's most solid music lineups. Hailing from Columbus, Ohio, and featuring members of Times New Viking and Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments, noise-pop duo Counter Intuits headline (after playing an in-store at Permanent Records at 4 PM), and the two opening acts are among Chicago's greatest weirdos—the Flipper-worshipping Nones and the art-rocking Toupee.

Among the openers for power-poppy UK punks the Boys on Fri 5/16 are 999999999, aka All Nines, the fuzzy bedroom project of Brooklyn-based artist and musician Anthony MacBain, and locals the Man, who play dirgy hardcore punk in suits and ties and scream about the importance of commerce.

On Sat 5/17, the Blackout's final night, provide main support for the Dictators NYC (see below). A new group out of New York, they play streamlined, snotty glam and power pop, a lot like the Carbonas from Atlanta—the band that contributed two of their members. Also on the bill are A Giant Dog from Austin (with members of Bad Sports and OBN IIIs) and locals Rainbow Gun Show. —Luca Cimarusti

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