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Wednesday, March 16 • 11:00pm - Thursday, March 17 •12:00am
The Kickback

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The Kickback is a group of four young Midwestern men that wouldn't know what to do with themselves without music. After years of assaulting the Grain Belt's indie-rock circuit, brothers Billy and Danny Yost, along with longtime friend Zachariah Verdoorn, made the pilgrimage from sunny South Dakota to slightly-less-sunny Chicago in mid-2009, adding Tyler Zee to the lineup shortly thereafter. The newly assembled lineup issued its first statement with their Great Self Love EP, released in early 2010. The EP earned the group critical acclaim and led to a distribution deal with Los Angeles-based Sidecho Records. Jim DeRogatis of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote: "If your only exposure to the Kickback is via its recordings, including a dynamic, well-recorded, exquisitely arranged and very dramatic new disc called the 'Great Self Love' EP currently streaming on its Myspace page, you might think that guitarist-vocalist Billy Yost and his drummer brother Danny have escaped the usual sibling drama. But since the group, which is completed by guitarist Tyler Zee and bassist Zachariah Verdoorn, immigrated here from South Dakota last summer, the stories have begun to spread about its explosive live performances, with the members cheerfully owning up to the occasional broken chairs and bloody knuckles." The band continued performing throughout the Midwest, gradually incorporating new songs into their live set that would eventually comprise their next EP, Mea Culpa Mea Culpa. Recorded (and re-recorded) throughout the latter half of 2010, this effort displayed the group with a rawer edge than Great Self Love, while retaining the undeniable hooks and infectious melodies that anchor the bedrock sound. It was released in early 2011 and music blogs were quick to sing its praises, adding acolytes across the interwebs. The Kickback are currently writing and rehearsing what will mark their first full-length release. A task that will be tracked and mixed by the Yost brothers, the record has been pledged to be a rawer yet more musically ambitious effort than the group's past releases. 2011 will also mark the band's debut at the celebrated SXSW Festival in Austin, TX.

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The Kickback

Comprised of Billy Yost (vocals, guitar), Eamonn Donnelly (bass) and Jonny Ifergan (guitar), Chicago’s The Kickback is a result of the Yost's emigration to The Windy City from rural South Dakota in late 2009 and the subsequent Craigslist pleas seeking out band members. The group’s... Read More →

Wednesday March 16, 2011 11:00pm - Thursday March 17, 2011 12:00am CDT
Maggie Mae's Rooftop

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