Chitcago Fest: Mickey, the Rubs, UFUX, Heavy Times, Sueves, Whitegold | Bottom Lounge | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader
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Chitcago Fest: Mickey, the Rubs, UFUX, Heavy Times, Sueves, Whitegold 

When: Sat., Aug. 23, 8 p.m. 2014
Price: $5
I’m so sick of gosh-wow happy-fun “party” bands that I could vomit enough pizza to flood a house show up to everbody’s leg tattoos. Their soulless, heartless ersatz rock ’n’ roll is for latent Republican honkies too chickenshit to take risks with their music, lyrics, or performances. That said, the nauseating proliferation of these phony-baloney bands makes now the perfect time for a Mickey reunion show. Easily the best act in town during their heyday (roughly 2009 till 2011), Mickey played beautifully savage gutter glam whose glorious mix of cocky chaos and alien power pop was so immediate, catchy, dangerous, and fun that sometimes I wonder if they were real or just a figment of my imagination. It was magic to see front man Mac Blackout—fueled by equal parts Sparks Plus, cheap whiskey, and urban alienation—attack the stage and the audience, backed by four dudes possessed by their own special versions of nucking futziness. Mickey imploded a couple years ago for reasons too strange to go into here, but those of you who missed out the first time get another chance to see this strange and brilliant band tonight—along with a reminder that rock ’n’ roll can be more than two-chord odes to munching jalapeño poppers on the beach. —Brian Costello This is the second night of Victim of Time’s two-day Chitcago Fest.

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