STNNNG is the type of band you get a fake ID and sneak away from your rural confines to go see in the big city. Remember the Jesus Lizard? Cows? Like that. These are the types of bands—aggressive, bass-heavy—that give your 15-year-old self a first and generous dose of badass. Then as you get older you start to appreciate their very real musical merits while getting a simultaneous dose of nostalgia every time you see them again. Even if you haven't seen STNNNG (pronounced "stunning," as in, "Your ability to untangle those marionettes demonstrated a stunning display of manual dexterity"), you'll still get this feeling. Oh yeah, they're opening for Chicago's somehow '80s-sounding headliners Bottomless Pit (ex-Silkworm) and the Kadane Brothers. The brothers you may remember from their days as 40 percent of the band Bedhead or from their days as 100 percent of the band New Year. You'll like them. 18+.
Sat., July 19, 8 p.m., 2008