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Stoked & Broke: Ian's Party 2017

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Who the fuck is Ian? What band is this? Why is that dudes dick out? There were more questions than answers after this past weekend.

Ian's Party, featuring more than 70 bands, was held at three different venues (Subterranean, Double Door, and The Chop Shop). Even though it was below 0 temperatures, you'd see groups of people shuffling from venue to venue trying to catch their favorite bands. I only knew of a handful of people playing, but I still had an amazing time finding rad new bands. All while trying to stay warm and partying hard.

Night 1

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Salvation. These guys fucking ripped, and had with plenty of onstage energy. If you see them playing anywhere near you, cancel whatever plans you have and go see them.

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Jovan. Planned on only watching one song, ended up staying for her whole set. She fucking rules.

This Jean Ralphio lookin' ass dude

This Jean Ralphio lookin' ass dude

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Kyle and Dantom ready for a long night of bad decisions

Kyle and Dantom ready for a long night of bad decisions

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Avantist at Sub-T

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Eddie!

Eddie!

Dantom stuck his finger in my butt as this photo was taken.

Dantom stuck his finger in my butt as this photo was taken.

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A very rare picture of a Hot Dog-less Mike Kemper 

A very rare picture of a Hot Dog-less Mike Kemper 

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Toys That Kill at Chop Shop. Sometimes songs don't need 38 breaks, and crazy chord structures. These guys kept it simple with short, fast, dumb songs, and it sounded fucking rad

Night 2

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Hawley was rad to catch again. I first seen her play with AM Taxi years back. Awesome songs, and an amazing voice.

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No Men at The Chop Shop. A lot of people told me to check them out, and I'm glad I did. They were my favorite act the whole weekend, keep a lookout if they play near you. You won't regret it.

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Everyone split up to check out different bands.

Me? Well, I ran to 711 to grab a six pack of beer, and headed over to Sub-t to check out another band I haven't heard of called HEWHOCORRUPTS.

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I walked in to a loud punk show, people stage diving, moshing, and it was hot as fuck because of it. My camera lens fogged up along with my glasses, so I has having a hard time making out anyone on the stage. But once I cracked a beer and wiped everything down, I was caught way off guard by what I saw.

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Stop pointing at me

Stop pointing at me

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Once they were done playing, I got the fuck out of there to check out Negative Scanner at Chop Shop. They had a lot of rad songs and their singer was fucking amazing.

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Nnamdi's Sooper-Dooper Secret Side Project

Nnamdi's Sooper-Dooper Secret Side Project

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The Cell Phones closed out an already amazing night with a rad performance. The bass player makes his acoustic sound like a wall of distortion, and with the drummers awesome style and the singers vocals, they can captivate a crowd easier than bands with 4 times it's members.

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Night 3

Before heading out to the city. I stopped by State And Madison's practice spot to check out their new songs they've been working on. 

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By the time I made it to Double Door for Heart Shaped Hate, the place was packed. 

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Vatican Bible School.

After their set I decided to take off, the whole weekend kicked my ass, and I was burnt out. Thank you to all the bands that played, and thank you to David from Avantist for the great weekend!