Girl in a Coma With The Black Box Revelation
The Recruitment

Thu, July 26, 2012 Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue $10.00 - $12.00

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San Antonio’s Girl In A Coma has left a permanent tattoo on the hearts of thousands with their piercing songs and nuclear performances. They’ve blazed a singular trail since Nina Diaz joined the band at age 13 and have found champions and comrades along the way including Joan Jett who signed them, Morrissey, Sia, Tegan and Sara, The Pogues and Amanda Palmer who have hand selected them for tours. In addition, Robert Rodriguez asked them to compose one of the key songs for his film Machete last year. All the while, they have been building one of the most impassioned and diverse fan bases in music. Girl in a Coma are that rare feral band, unaffected by trends, that has managed to stay wild and thrill us at every turn. Exits & All the Rest, their 4th album was released on November 1 on Blackheart Records, is the most heart-stopping turn yet.

Jay Brannan with Bitch

July 26, 8pm sharp Lincoln Hall $18
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Singer/songwriter Jay Brannan first made headlines as an actor in John Cameron Mitchell's indie film sensation "Shortbus", offering an international platform for his first full-length musical release, entitled goddamned, which made its debut as the No. 25 overall Top Album on iTunes. One Billboard-charting covers EP, and three world tours, Brannan brings us Rob Me Blind, his second full-length album of originals, produced by Grammy-winning producer David Kahne (Regina Spektor, Paul McCartney, The Bangles, Lana Del Rey, etc.). Brannan's tenor voice combined with painfully honest lyrics surrounding taboo subjects has caught the attention of critics at such influential outlets as Rolling Stone, The Washington Post, and The New York Times, which proclaimed that Brannan "makes even the saddest lyrics easy on the ear."

Bitch is an electric violin virtuoso, poet and punk-folk rocker who has received critical raves across the country. She plays electric violin like a rock guitar, and adds layers of unique instrumentation to create a sonic symphony The Village Voice calls her “ferociously hot,” and the Toronto Star describes her as, “one part Ani Difranco, one part Indigo Girls, and one part Laurie Anderson.” Bitch, a notable figure in the Brooklyn LGBT art scene, was featured in John Cameron Mitchell’s acclaimed film, Shortbus.

Sabrina Chap

w/Sabrina Chap and Friends!

August 1 - 8-10 pm
Uncommon Ground - Devon Location
1401 W. Devon

Just released on July 24th, "We Are the Parade!" is a riotous mix of horns, heart and insanity. Featuring over 30 musicians, the new album sounds like Regina Spektor met a marching band, and took them to a vaudeville show. Flip-flopping between big band, orchestral and Dixie, “We Are the Parade” is a stylistic adventure, with story-telling lyrics that touch on politics, heartbreak and the ridiculous.

Kate Bornstein, Sabrina Chap, and Stephanie Howell

LIVE THROUGH THIS - 2cd edition book release
August 2, 7pm
Women and Children's First, 5233 N. Clark Street

Editor Sabrina Chap and contributors Kate Bornstein and Stephanie Howell celebrate the launch of their second edition book release. 'Live Through This- On Creativity and Self-Destruction' features a new forward from Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls), and new essays from Margaret Cho and street artist, Swoon, along with essays from bell hooks, Nan Goldin and other renegade feminist artists.

Ferron’s 60th Birthday Concert With Jamie Sieber, Bitch, Shelly Jennings, Chris Webster

The Riviera, 50 N. Main Street, Three Rivers, Michigan Saturday, August 4th, 2012 6:30 Meet and Greet, 7:30 Concert $22.50 advance, $24 at the door (if it’s not sold out!)

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Join the legendary singer/songwriter Ferron as she celebrates her 60th birthday and 35 years on the road with her band. Often compared to Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen,
The Canadian folk singer/songwriter and poet, Ferron is one of the world’s most influential writers and performers of women’s music. Part Cree and Ojibway Indian, Ferron has become one of Canada’s most famous and enduring folk singers. Ferron has released 16 albums, some from her own labels, Lucy Records and Cherrywood Station and Warner Brother Records.

"Ferron writes of love with the relentless introspection of Leonard Cohen, and, as with classic Bob Dylan, her songs' tough, questioning attitude sometimes gives way to the unexpected." - Rolling Stone Magazine

Michigan Women’s Music Festival

Hart, Michigan
August 7-11

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Join thousands of women from across the globe for the 37th Annual Michigan Women’s Music Festival, featuring Team Dresch, Leslie and the Ly’s, Amy Ray, Staceyann Chin, Climbing Tree Poet, Scream Club, Dorothy Allison, Medusa, Joan and Policewoman, Candye Kane, Chicago’s own C.C. Carter, and dozens of other fierce women rocker, poets and artists.

Taking place on 650 acres of gorgeous woods, ferns and rolling fields near Hart Michigan, Michfest offers 40 performances on 3 stages over 6 days, a film festival, hundreds of workshops, dances, 3 vegetarian meals a day, fire pits, camping and an amazing sense of community and creativity.

Chicago Michfest Re-entry Party & Jam

Hollywood Beach, Chicago
Sunday, August 26
3pm-10pm—Potluck at 5pm
Free admission

Chicago musicians Leith Sharp, Melinda Suarez, Jenny Urban, and many others ease your re-entry from Michfest with a beach-side jam session around the fire pit. Bring hula hoops, hackey sac, frisbee, and instruments. BYOB and food to share. All are welcome--whether you are a long time festie, or have never been to the land—join us for a great end-of-summer jam and party. Find us under the trees in the grass above the sand at the South West end of the beach.

For detailed directions and more information, go to Chicago Michfest Facebook page, or email

Chicago's 3rd Annual Half-Way to Michfest Party
DJ All The Way Kay, DJ Narz, Burlesque,
Triangle Music Jam, CC Carter 

Saturday, April 28
7pm-11pm Holiday Club, 4000 N. Sheridan Avenue

Win a SIX-Day Michfest Ticket and other great prizes!
$5 suggested donation FREE ADMISSION to Festival-first timers
No one turned away for lack of funds
Join us "on the land" at the swanky Holiday Club, for dancing, entertainment and mingling in the Twilight Zone, Bush Garden Lounge, Triangle Fire, and Night Stage.


Sister Spit Chicago
and After Party with Justin Vivian Bond, Dorothy Alison, Michelle Tea, Katastrophe and MORE! // Wicker Park Art Center: 2215 North Ave

Saturday, April 14th
Doors 7:30 PM Show 8:00 PM

Decibelle is thrilled to partner with CIMM FEST to present Sister Spit Chicago!
The legendary literary performance tour, Sister Spit, comes to Chicago with a vanload of multimedia, queer-centric brilliance! Don't miss this multimedia explosion of taste-makers, novelists, luminaries, chanteuses, performance artists, poets, and musicians.

Featuring your host Michelle Tea (Best Music Writing 2010, Chelsea Whistle, Valencia, Rent Girl), legendary author Dorothy Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina, Two or Three Things I know for Sure, Cavedweller), "The greatest cabaret artist of (v's) generation" (Hilton Als, The New Yorker) and star of John Cameron Mitchell's groundbreaking film Shortbus, Mx Justin Vivian Bond, writer and musician Brontez Purnell (FAG School, Younger Lovers, Gravy Train!!!), genius performer and playwright Erin Markey (Green Eyes, Puppy Love: A Stripper's Tail), comic artist and writer Cassie J Sneider (Fine Fine Music) and nationally-ranking slam poet and Mr Transman 2010 Kit Yan! Guests will leave with excellent goodies provided by Poetry Magazine, published by the Poetry Foundation. This will sell out fast, so we advise getting your tickets in advance

A Bonus Afterparty at the Beauty Bar features Mx Justin Vivian Bond, Katastrophe (MTV, LOGO and L Word favorite; subject of forthcoming biopic The State of Katastrophe) & Zebra Katz LIVE followed by a DJ Set by Brontez Purnell and Chicago's own Black Gold (of Queerer Park). Original Plumbing Editor-in-chief Amos Mac will present a slide show and provide a photobooth to get snap shots with your friends and the performers.

The Raw and the Cooked:
An evening of Queer Disability Culture
The Paper Mirror film screening // With Live Comedy by Liz Carr // Access Living, 115 W. Chicago Avenue
**disability accessible**  
December 1, 6:30pm

The Paper Mirror, a short documentary film, by Charissa King-O'Brien, is a fascinating and intimate view of the creative process and collaboration between visual artist Riva Lehrer and graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, as Lehrer creates Bechdel's portrait over a two-year period. Filmmaker Charissa King-O'brien and Riva Lehrer will be on hand to discuss the film. Liz Carr, renowned London-based comedian, will also perform during the program. The event is free but RSVPs are suggested. Lehrer's completed portrait of Alison Bechdel will be unveiled the following evening,

Printworks Gallery, 311 W. Superior Street
**disability accessible**
Friday, December 2nd // Opening Night Reception 5-8pm

Mirror Shards is a one-person show featuring new mixed-media drawings and paintings by one of Chicago's most accomplished artists, Riva Lehrer. The exhibit features Lehrer's the long-anticipated portrait of graphic novelist Alison Bechdel, created in collaboration with Bechdel over a two-year period. The show opens at the Printworks Gallery with a reception for the artist on Friday, December 2 and the exhibition will continue through February 4. The Paper Mirror, a new documentary by Charisa King-O'Brien, that documents the Lehrer/Bechdel collaboration will screen at Access Living December 1st.
Ms. Lehrer's work has been seen at the Chicago Cultural Center, the United Nations, the Smithsonian Museum, the Frye Museum, the de Cordova Museum and the Elmhurst Museum among many others.  She has been a visiting artist and lecturer across the United States and Europe.  Presently she is adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and will be a visiting artist at Northwestern University Department of Medical Humanities in 2012.

God-Des and She in Concert
Berlin Nightclub, 954 W. Belmont
Saturday, December 3

God-Des and She return to Berlin for an encore performance after their sold out take-the-house-down show in June.  The rap, punk duo, God-Dess and She were featured performers on showtime's L-Word television show, and can be seen at Dinah Shore Weekend, Aqua Girl and the Michigan Women's Music Festival.

Queer Comedy Night: L.A.F.F
(Lesbians are Flippin' Funny!)
Mary's Attack, 5400 N. Clark Street
Wednesday, December 7 // Doors 7pm, Show 7:30pm
$10 advance, $12 at the door BUY TICKETS

Join ringmaster extraordinaire, Cameron Esposito with Sapna Kumar, Gwen La Roka, and Meg O'Rourke for a raucous night of doubled-over laughter exploring the truth, love, lust, an ironies of the modern queer life for the ladies, in the intimate setting of Mary's Attic. The evenings is hosted by Sissy Van Dyke, and benefits the Howard Brown Health Center and the Lesbian Community Care Project's women's health and wellness services.

GIRL IN A COMA with The Coathangers
November 19, 8 pm (Doors), Double Door, 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue, $10-$12: BUY TICKETS

Hailing from the Lone Star State, this irreverent, gutsy, all-girl punk squad has been compared to artists as diverse as Bjork, Patsy Cline and Morrissey. Lead singer Nina Diaz, who was 12 when the band formed, is often called "the female Morrissey." The high-energy Diaz is widely praised by critics and fans for her powerful, expressive voice that is unforgettable to anyone who hears her sing. With the rocking Jenn Alva on bass and Phanie D on drums, this band has been likened to The Smiths, The Pixies, and The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs. Girl in a Coma tours internationally, including the Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" tour; opening for the Pogues, Social Distortion, Tegan and Sara, and touring with Morrissey in both Europe and the U.S.. The girls also blew away the industry a-list with three years of critically acclaimed shows at SXSW.

November 8+9, 7.30 pm, VIC Theater, 3145 N Sheffield: BUY TICKETS

The Indigo Girls return to Chicago for two nights on November 8th and 9th at the Vic Theatre, 3145 N. Sheffield! Having just released their 14th studio album, Beauty Queen Sister, the Grammy winning folk-rock duo delivers a beautifully crafted batch of songs that revel in spirited simplicity. Don't miss tracks from the new album along with songs that span their 25 year career, November 8th and 9th at The Vic!

November 5, 7.00 pm, Landmark Theater, 2828 N. Clark St: BUY TICKETS

A sweet, feminine, God-fearing southern woman, Chely Wright is many things, including a bonafide country music sensation known for her hits "Shut Up and Drive" and "Single White Female." But the award-winning performer is something else as well – a lesbian. Having spent most of her life lying to those closest to her (and often herself), Chely eventually opened her door to filmmakers Bobbie Birleffi and Beverly Kopf, who document the most intimate moments of Chely's life as she finally bares it all to friends and family, and eventually the public, in what Variety calls "an inspirational account of coming out." Winner of best documentary at the Los Angeles Film Festival and Frameline.

November 6, 6.00 pm, Landmark Theater, 2828 N. Clark St: BUY TICKETS

When you think of the band "Hole," what immediately comes to mind are Courtney Love's infamous antics. But drummer Patty Schemel's right foot beating out the time was critical to Hole's success. An out lesbian who first started playing drums at the age of eleven – and first started drinking at twelve – Schemel's stamina as a barefoot, punk drummer is unrivaled. Living and making music with Love and Kurt Cobain did nothing to help her growing addictions, nor did the untimely death of Cobain. Using archival tour footage, personal home videos, and interviews with other musicians (including a sometimes coherent Courtney Love), this raw and captivating film not only tells the life story and near death experience of Schemel, but chronicles the evolution of the grunge movement.

November 7, 7.15 pm, Landmark Theater, 2828 N. Clark St: BUY TICKETS

More than ten years after having a fight on stage that brought their band Trigger to an end, rock 'n roll musicians Kat (Deadwood's Molly Parker) and Vic (the late actress Tracy Wright, battling terminal cancer during the making of the film) reunite at a restaurant the night they are being honored at a tribute concert for women in rock. Right off the bat, unresolved issues and buried emotions dominate their awkward reunion. As they reminisce, it is apparent how each has changed…or hasn't. They candidly reconnect over the course of one incredibly eventful night, and as layers are peeled away, repressed feelings are revealed. Actresses Parker and Wright alternate between strength and vulnerability with tremendous aplomb. The film deftly conveys the difficulties of remaining sober in the face of the music industry's trappings and the struggle to keep your identity when the fame is long gone.

November 10, 9.15 pm, Landmark Theater, 2828 N. Clark: BUY TICKETS

Liza's life has been on the verge of disaster for some time. Now it hovers precariously between leaving her doomed relationship with girlfriend Sally and finding success with their band, Blanket. Meanwhile, the band's other members, Vin and Jamie, are facing their own struggles. On Liza's 25th birthday, things finally come to a head and the four friends are plunged into emotional meltdown at an illegal rave. By the end of the night there's no going back to how things used to be. Filled with music from the band and the underground London scene, Break my Fall captures the ethos of the twenty-something gay community in East London and mirrors their sense of modern disillusionment.

November 12, 6.00 pm,Portage Theater, 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave.: BUY TICKETS - CLOSING NIGHT!!!

Cho Dependent takes us front row center for Margaret Cho's acclaimed live performance based on her 2010 Grammy Award-nominated comedy album. She's still the brash and unapologetically un-pc Cho we've come to love and her barbed humor and scathing commentary is targeted on her stint on Dancing with the Stars, Lady Gaga, and the culture shock of moving to the South for her Lifetime TV series Drop Dead Diva. In typical Cho fashion, she touches on topics familiar to her fans – outrageous bedroom escapades, self-deprecating tales of being an outsider, and, everyone's favorite, her mother's latest antics. Come get a "ticket for gaywalking" with the only comedienne who is an equal-opportunity repeat "offender." Humor like this should be prosecutable – but, thankfully, it's not!

November 12, 8.00 pm, Portage Theater | 4050 N. Milwaukee Ave: BUY TICKETS - Closing Night Reception

Come early and join us in the grand lobby of the Portage Theater for a closing night reception with cool jazz by Lakeside Pride, Blue Moon beer, and food donated by many of Chicago's finest restaurants.

July 26, 8pm, $12 advance/ $15 day-of // 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston: BUY TICKETS

With diverse influences that include Folk, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Bluegrass, Country and even Classical, Natalia Zukerman has been described by public radio as "an example of the finest Americana." She combines her unique slide guitar playing style with seductive vocals, a painter's observing eye, unapologetic writing, and sharp wit. Zukerman's music is as riddled with urban restlessness as it is grounded in rootsy warmth; a welcome contradiction.

Best known as singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist for Los Angeles based foursome, The Rescues, Adrianne Gonzalez's compelling and emotionally packed songs and performances have been spreading like wildfire. Their most recent release, "Let Loose the Horses" has been a TV favorite with songs places on shows like One Tree Hill, Private Practice, and a staggering five songs on Grey's Anatomy.

August 2, 8 pm, $7-10, No one turned away
826CHI @ the boring store: 1331 N. Milwaukee Ave

Welcome nomy back to Chicago on her "A New Road Home" Tour...with local legends: Mia Beatrice//Dalice Malice //The Ovens

August 5, 8pm, $10 advance, $14 day-of // 1245 Chicago Avenue, Evanston: BUY TICKETS

"To watch Bonar perform is haunting and humbling; rarely is it so keenly obvious that an artist is doing precisely what they were born to do."

My name is Haley Bonar (rhymes with Daily Honor), I am a 28 year old singer/songwriter who resides in the lovely village of Minneapolis, MN. I recently wrote, recorded, and released my new record, Golder. Titled after the dreams I had about the record cover being shiny gold, Golder also represents me striving to become a better artist. With Golder, my band and I went into Pachyderm studio (Nirvana, PJ Harvey) in Cannon Falls, MN, knowing most of the songs in advance, but reconstructing them while in the studio with my band. The songs themselves are largely a reflection of a wonderful and lonely year spent in Portland, Oregon. I returned in July 2010, became active once again in the amazing Twin Cities music scene (including the formation of a punk/new-wave side project Gramma's Boyfriend) and am set to get out on the road to play songs from Golder

Also be sure to check out THE PINES at their site.


August 19, 2011 - 9:00pm Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM 17 & Over, valid ID required for entry:Bottom Lounge, 1375 W. Lake Street: BUY TICKETS

Decibelle is thrilled to partner with the Bottom Lounge to present self proclaimed, rap beast, pixil fantasy, Oakland rep, under-cat, Kreayshawn!! A former film student at UC Berkley who's worked with Snoop Dog, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and directed videos for the likes of Lil' B and Soulja Boy. It wasn't until her sisters urging that Kreayshawn picked up the mic. Since, the rapper, DJ, director, swag-assassin, filmmaker has caused waves with her debut music video, "Bumpin Bumpin," which has amassed over 150,000 views on YouTube. Currently, Kreayshawn, who counts everyone from Andy Milonakis to Soulja Boy, Das Racist, and Good Charlotte front man Joel Madden amongst her biggest fans, is putting the final touches on her soon-to-be-titled debut album, which will be preceded by a mixtape with streetwear brand The Hundreds.

July 22, 8pm // The Metro: 3730 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL

Go to the Decibelle Facebook page and tell us your favorite Sia song or Sia story, or simply why you adore our beloved disco-funk diva, and you are entered to win TWO FREE TICKETS to her upcoming Chicago concert at the Metro.Winners announced July 18th!

Australian singer song-writer phenom, Sia, returns to Chicago with dozens of new awards since releasing her fifth album "We are Born" in 2010. On her way to solo fame, Sia's soulful voice was first made famous on Zero 7 tracks and Six Feet Under episodes. She has also collaborated or performed with Beck, Massive Attack, Christina Aguilara, JD Sampson and many other pop legends. Get your tickets fast—they will sell out soon!

July 7, 8pm, $15 // Schuba's Tavern, 3159 N. Southport: BUY TICKETS

Decibelle partners with Schuba's to present an evening of alt-folk rock with Blame Sally and Ellis live in concert. Blame Sally has forged a compelling and original sound that has earned the band the well-deserved reputation as a "Bay Area phenomenon." Recently signing a five year mid-six figure record deal, the band's spirited, take-no-prisoners attitude is a welcome contrast to traditional folkie navel-gazing, and Blame Sally has the songs, chops and pipes to back up their tough- talking, clear-minded folk rock. In May, 2009 the band released their fifth album, Night of 1000 Stars, produced by Grammy nominated producer, Lee Townsend.

Ellis may not be a household name, but once you've seen her perform you're not likely to forget her. A mix of folk artist, dharma teacher, and comedi enne, her music is best described by the effect it has on her audience rather than a particular genre. Simply put, she leaves audiences better than she finds them. With compelling songwriting and engaging performances, Ellis is quietly amassing a loyal following of supporters across the country. Curve Magazine says, "She's got real star power, and audiences are utterly mesmerized by her."

Thanks to all who came out to celebrate a rockin' Pride month with us in June! God-dess and She packed the house, and the Pride Matinee Bauhaus Rodeo Dance Party kicked off our summer in style. The Decibelle Music & Culture Series continues with the return of alt-country heroine Haley Bonar, and fierce women artists from across the country!



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