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Summer In Pain Festival Hits The Hideout This Weekend

By Sarah Cobarrubias in Arts & Entertainment on Oct 30, 2013 6:00PM

Jimmy Whispers plays the Summer in Pain Festival Saturday at the Hideout

“Summer in Pain” is a Jimmy Whispers thing. The lo-fi pop artist, James Cicero (the frontman from Light Pollution), has a zine by the same name, a hand-drawn T-shirt with the slogan that he wears way too much and a habit of creating street art that embraces the phrase. And he also slapped those three words onto his own music festival, which goes down this weekend.

Last year, the Summer of Pain Festival was held in a cramped house in Avondale, but this year, Whispers is stepping things up. It takes place at the Hideout and is sponsored by PBR and CHIRP and serves a worthwhile cause: the event is a benefit for Cure Violence (formerly known as CeaseFire Chicago). And, especially for a little-known fest, it features a pretty stellar lineup.

On Friday night, the headliner will be Advance Base, the solo project of Owen Ashworth, formerly of Casiotone For The Painfully Alone. Also playing will be Plastic Crimewave Syndicate (comprised of guys from Plastic Crimewave Sound, Rabble Rabble, Moonrises, Strychnine and Great Society Mind Destroyers) and our favorite cast of psych-progsters, Cool Memories—they released a new album, Enter the Host, this summer. Saturday’s headliner is, of course, fest founder Jimmy Whispers. You’ll also catch YAWN and Mines, among other acts. Check out the lineups down below.

What else is on the agenda? Ratso of Chica-Go-Go and some other surprise guests will be there. Come dressed in your Halloween attire, because there’s also going to be a costume contest. And here’s an inspirational video for the the festival set to the Rocky theme because why the hell not:

Summer in Pain is Friday and Saturday, Nov. 1 and 2, at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, $10 each night or $18 both nights, 21+

Advance Base
Plastic Crimewave Syndicate
Cool Memories
J Fernandez

Jimmy Whispers