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When: Mon., June 27, 9:30 p.m. 2011

No, Loose Dudes aren't reinventing the wheel, but they're refreshing, exhilarating, and frequently hilarious—there's nothing like a Four Loko'd skateboard thwack to the solar plexus to make self-consciously "innovative" artistes seem irrelevant. You could easily fool your less-informed friends into thinking the band's five-song EP Nothing to Live For (Hated) is vintage Orange County punk rock straight from the early years of the Reagan administration, but the feeling that you've been here before isn't the important part—like the hardcore warriors in Off!, Loose Dudes give you a powerful sense of directness and immediacy, clearing the air of pretentious, middling mediocrity. Live, lead vocalist Nick Rouley carries himself with the gravitas of a big lug who's tipsy enough at 3:30 AM to do some karaoke, and the band delivers reliable bursts of cacophony built from three to four barre chords apiece—a sound that has pretty much owned the Chicago house-party circuit for the past couple years. As Gossip Wolf pointed out last month, this will be Loose Dudes' last show; what they're telling the press is that guitarist Maggie Iwanicki is going to medical school, but I prefer to believe that they just want more time to shotgun Cool Ranch Doritos and study the director's cut of Thrashin'. —Brian Costello

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