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:

Thurs, May 8: The Bloodline Sessions presents Courtesy, ADT

The Bloodline Sessions are live performances recorded and mixed live in Logan Square using a variety of media, from analog tape to HD video and everything in between. All audio recorded and mixed live by Alex Pilkington, often on his Tascam 388, or sometime on his computer when analog technology is being a bitch. Could be super HD, could be super lo-fi. All live, no bullshit. The May 8th show will help raise funds to maintain Bloodline’s myriad A/V gear.

Anthonie Tonnon (aka Tono) is touring the US and his Chicago show is at The Whistler on Wednesday, May 7th with Labors and Nicholas Krygovich (No Kids, GIGI, P:ano).

via Anthonie’s blog:

Americans - I have travelled far, and I have arrived. From the pacific Ellis Island that is LAX, where I have proved my literacy and lack of contagious diseases to the relevant authorities, I write to implore you to attend my tour of the United States of America. It begins now, or more specifically Thursday night, at PA’s Lounge in Somerville. 

Please refer to the dates below, or the facebook event. You can also find me on instagram, and as soon as I have figured out how to print my sepia pictures and send them by telegram, I will fill it with pictures of your land. 

Thu 4/24 - Boston: PA’s Lounge, Somerville, supporting Reign of Kindo with blackbutton, and Matthew Santos
Sat, 4/26 - New Haven; Secret House, message for details
Tue 4/29 - NYC: Rockwood Music Hall
Wed 4/30 - Harrisburg: Makespace
Thu 5/1 - Pittsburgh: Secret House, message for details
Sat 5/3 - South Bend: The Pool
Sun 5/4 - Milwaukee: The Opry
Wed 5/7 - Chicago: The Whistler
Thu 5/8 - Columbia: Cafe Berlin
Sun 5/11 - Denver: Ubisibisu Room with Laura Goldhamer
Tue 5/13 - Salt Lake City: Secret House Show, message for details
Sun 5/18 - San Diego: Lestat’s
Tue 5/20 - Los Angeles: Hotel Cafe supporting Eliza Rickman, 7-9pm
Wed 5/21,  Cambria: Wise Owl, 6pm
Thurs 5/22,  Pismo Beach: Shell Cafe, 6:30pm
Fri 23, 5/23  Santa Margarita: The Porch, 
Tue 5/27 - San Francisco: Amnesia supporting Cave Clove and Yassou Benedict
Wed 5/28 - Merced: The DLM presents
Fri 5/30 - Sacramento: Luna’s Cafe
Saturday - 5/31 Seattle: Columbia City Theatre, supporting Sean Nelson