South African rockers the Make-Overs made the long trek to Chicago last weekend to play Do Division and according to our friends in the crowd, they put on one helluva show. Next up: Make-Overs play a FREE concert on Thursday, June 5th at The Whistler with Plastic Crimewave and Dawn Aquarius’ rad new band, Werewheels. You’ll be kicking yourself if you miss this one. Don’t kick yourself.

via Gossip Wolf:

Maybe you haven’t nabbed a copy of the 23-artist, three-LP compilation that Whistler Records put together to commemorate the inaugural Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival in 2009—it features artists from the fest, booked by Whistler mastermind Billy Helmkamp, among them Mazes, Bird Names, Mass Shivers, Allá, Matt Ulery’s Loom, and Jim Becker. Well, Helmkamp tells Gossip Wolf that due to a center-label misprint the Logan Square bar got to keep about 1,000 extra unjacketed LPs from that comp. The Whistler has been giving them away from a bin by the front door, but they’re running out! Don’t sleep!

You had better nab your copy soon. They’ll be gone by the time the 2014 Milwaukee Avenue Arts Festival hits Logan Square on June 27-29.

Saturday, May 24: Odd Obsessions Foreign Film Series & Dance Party Ting!

This month’s feature is another Odd Obsession favorite: Wild Zero

Ace, a rockabilly fan who really wants to be cool, is on his way to seeing his favorite group Guitar Wolf when a strange thing occurs … aliens invade the Earth and people start returning to life as flesh-eating zombies! Enlisting the help of the (real-life) Japanese rock/ punk band Guitar Wolf (and self-proclaimed coolest rock band in the world), Ace and the members of the band get entangled in many misadventures with crazy rock managers in very tight shorts, transsexuals, naked women shooting guns in the shower, and bloodthirsty zombies ready to tear them apart. Leather jackets, loud over-modulated music, laser guitar picks, motorcycles, muscle cars, and LOTS of fire.

(1999 / 98 minutes / Japanese w/ English subtitles)

After the movie you’ll be treated to an all vinyl selection from Impala Sound’s Esteban Lagrue, Dave Mata, Rad Brian, and Nic the Graduate, with special guest (and mean beatmaker) Radius. Cosmos Ray and Daniel Fernandez bless the mic late night as usual.

We’ll be showing a variety of Japanese Exploitation films from the 60’s to current Tokyo shock cinema throughout the night to accompany the music after the Wild Zero screening. Expect some Heavy Dub and Dancehall chunes later in the night.

Monday, May 26 (Memorial Day) at The Whistler: Devonian Gardens (Calgary, Alberta) w/ Spinning Clocks

”(Devonian Gardens) exudes a powerfully eclectic interplay between its members… as they traverse through West Coast inspired psych-folk, raved-up blues rock, and arena-size psych jams that venture into deep space—sometimes within a single song.” —Dog Gone Blog

Tomorrow night at The Whistler, Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub kicks off a new monthly series called The Dub Connection. Ted Sirota and friends will present a different theme each month via live music and DJs. Expect to see tributes to legendary dub artists and producers like King Tubby, Lee Perry, and Jackie Mittoo, or nights focused on the sounds from a particular studio or backing band, such as Channel One and Roots Radics.

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Father’s Day (June 15th) at The Whistler: BIG DADDY

BIG DADDY features the smoothest sounds of hip-hop and celebrates all gender expressions with Jyldo and DJ BlackGold.

Music begins at 8:00 pm
Performances at 9:30 pm

10% of the bar proceeds will be donated to QUEER, ILL & OKAY — a performance series featuring queer artists living with a chronic illness. QUEER, ILL & OKAY is presented by JRV Majesty Productions and will take place July 5 & 6th at Defibrillator Performance Art Gallery. For more info go to: