Pilsen hardcore heroes Los Crudos celebrate their 25th anniversary with nine days of music and art this fall. Desafinados, which roughly translates as "those who are out of tune," will center on a gallery exhibition documenting the history of Latino and Chicano punk in Pilsen and Little Village; the Co-Prosperity Sphere will host Desafinados, which runs from Friday, September 30, through Saturday, October 8. Desafinados will also include an art fair, panels on queer art and local punk, and a literary night with readings by Michelle Gonzales (Spitboy) and Alice Bag (the Bags). Organizers want to keep the whole series free to the public, so they've launched an IndieGoGo campaign to cover their costs; goodies for backers include Crudos 25th-anniversary T-shirts and test pressings of records that front man Martin Sorrondeguy has released through his Lengua Armada label. Grab your wallet and head to bit.ly/crudos25.
Can it possibly have been a year since Logan Square dive Crown Liquors got its roomy, wood-paneled remodeling and fancy new drink list? Gossip Wolf remembers when hitting up the bar's insanely filthy bathrooms meant taking your life into your own hands! Much like the neighborhood, Crown seems to have retained its charms despite big changes, and on Thursday, August 4, it celebrates a year of looking brand spanking new with live sets by "witch punk" band Lil Tits and punk trio Vamos. Last month the latter released the scorching single "Outsiders," whose video celebrates water balloons, kiddie pools, and biking around in the Chicago heat.
In April, Carolinas-based indie Tiny Engines announced it had signed gnarly Chicago postpunk trio Yeesh. In late July, the label released Yeesh's swashbuckling second album, Confirmation Bias—and this wolf can confirm it rips! The band's set at Wicker Park Fest last month was canceled due to inclement weather, but they headline the Hideout on Thursday, August 4. v
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