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Last-Minute Plans: Bleach Party at Cole's [Plus: Song Premiere!]

By Jon Graef in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 5, 2013 7:15PM

Those still nostalgic for summer should make their way to Cole's tonight to check out garage-rock acts Bleach Party and Summer Girlfriends. To send you on your way, we've got a premiere for the former's "Empty Heads," a fuzzy, melodic rocker filled to the brim with happy hooks.

Chicago quintet Summer Girlfriends is a long-time Chicagoist favorite due to their infectious live presence around the city and because of their 2012 debut, Shockwaves, a post-punk take on girl-group punk-rock. Complimenting them is Bleach Party, a newly formed trio consisting of members of Rabble Rabble and Rodeo.

Band member Richard Giraldi, who plays in Rodeo and also runs web zine LoudLoopPress, said "Empty Heads" was recorded in December 2012 with drummer Susan Volbrecht. Since then, Volbrecht was replaced permanently by Rabble Rabble's Kaylee Preston, one of the best drummers in the city. Giraldi says the band will enter the studio soon.

"We plan on recording with Kaylee this winter and releasing a new single or EP in a physical format in late 2013 or early 2014," Giraldi said in a Facebook message to Chicagoist.

Tonight's show is also significant because it is Summer Girlfriends' last show before a six-month hiatus. "[We're taking] some time off for our amazing and talented drummer Ms. Nicole to give life to the coolest little drummer that will ever be!," the band wrote on their Facebook page. D'aw! Congrats and good luck!

With all that happy, how could you not attend tonight's show?

Summer Girlfriends, Bleach Party, and Automatic Stinging Machines play tonight, Oct. 5th, 9 p.m. , 21+, 2338 N. Milwaukee Ave. FREE.