Our friends at Gonzo Chicago are starting a new project titled Chicago Sonic Coalition:

The idea is simple: Gather over 60 Chicago musicians, and put their name in a hat. Publicly draw at random to form over 17 new bands. Give those bands over two months to prepare a 15-20 minute set of new music, then bring those acts in front of a live audience. Throw them together to write and practice songs, push creativity, and get people out of their comfort zones. The execution, however, isn't that easy. How would these people mesh? Would they get along? Could they even get together, let alone write together, or even agree on what to do? Almost everyone involved is in a current, active band. Some even touring as I write this.

Recently a bunch of DIY venues have been shuttered, so they're being careful with this event: On June 16 at 8PM, 12+ bands will play a basement spot in the middle of the city. You won't find venue info on the Internet, either "ask a mug" or shoot the Sonic Coalition an email for details.

Here's the initial lineup for the June 16th show:
Mortistork (ONO, We Repel Each Other, Disrobe)
Alien Shit (Bad Drugs, Lechuguillas, Paper Mice)
Cabin Cruiser (Heavy Times, Slushy, Magic Milk)
Shit On Stage (Piss Piss Piss Moan Moan Moan and Last King of Poland)
Lagoons (Al Scorch and Magic Ian)
Group Hug (Big Colour, Rodeo, Distant Cities, Bowl of Dust)
Weddings (New Black, Vamos, Heavy Times, and Magic Milk)
Gilded Mess (KG Price w/ Johnny Young and Zachary Mark of Battleship)
Mother Jaguar (New Diet, Snacks, Humminbird, and Skymaul)
Count Kindness (T'Bone, Running, Esoteric Tapioca, Call Me Lightning, House Sounds)
Natural Causes (Members of Thunders, Velcro Lewis Group, Toupee, Bomb Banks)
Blasted (Members of Absolutely Not / Cinchel / Plastic Boner Band)

Donations are highly suggested.

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