• Fri May 30, 2014 9:30 pm $12.00


    In 1977 Gary Wilson famously released a uniquely bizarre and personal album titled You Think You Really Know Me..., full of electro-funk, proto-new wave, noise collage, and avant-garde jazz. Despite the fact that the album's fans include Beck, Questlove from The Roots, Simpsons creator Matt Groening, and Stones Throw Records' Peanut Butter Wolf, widespread fame and notoriety eluded Gary Wison until the 2002 re-release of his debut album. Soon after media outlets like Pitchfork, The Village Voice, and The New York Times were talking about the lecherous outsider artist, remarkable as much for his idiosyncrasies and DIY aesthetic as his edgy and creative music. Equal parts Prince and Pee Wee Herman, Joe Jackson and Charlie Brown, Gary's songs celebrate our inner ickiness, silliness and grooviness, the romance and randiness of born-losers from Endicott or Anywhere. Rather than alienating us with their creepiness, his lyrics and melodies ultimately make us feel more comfortable being who we are.... more comfortable being human. SHARKULA is a Chicago treasure and we're beyond excited to welcome him back to our stage to open for the legendary GARY WILSON. Known for scatterbrained, discontinuous and stream-of-consciousness lyrics that are non-violent, apolitical and, often, a seemingly random piling of words, SHARKULA has become an institution around the city. The topic of a 2010 documentary, the magically-titled Diarrhea of a Madman, which you need to watch before tonight's show, SHARKULA has been hailed by the Chicago Reader as the "ebullient heir to the late WESLEY WILLIS as the holy fool of Chicago's underground music scene." No fooling around - you don't want to miss this magical pairing tonight. Lo-fi rockers FAMOUS LAUGHS return to get in on the action with their damaged but friendly tunes. It's been a minute since they played our joint and we can assure you that their dreamy, well-placed melodies will grip your ears and take you on a breezy trip through outer space. DJ THANKSGIVING BROWN will be keeping it weird all night, spinning records for your listening entertainment.