Soft Targets on WLUW   2009-09-03 11:40 AM

Soft Targets recorded a five-song set and interview for WLUW's “Radio One” show (myspace link) last week. The set will air as part the show tonight. 6-10 PM Chicago time on WLUW 88.7 FM and online via www.wluw.org. Tune in! (Songs are from the new, forthcoming CD on Roostercow Records.)

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Soft Targets Tour of Western Avenue   2009-07-27 11:32 AM

Soft Targets are gearing up for a two-date Tour of Western Avenue (Chicago):

this Thursday night, July 30, Soft Targets play at The Mutiny:

9 PM with They Might Be Pop Tarts and TBA & The TBD's. The Mutiny is at 2428 N Western Ave in Chicago (map).

next Thursday night, August 6, Soft Targets will be at Quenchers: 9 PM with Slick Conditions. Quenchers is at 2401 N Western Ave in Chicago (map).

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Soft Targets live Chic-a-go-go taping Saturday   2009-03-05 4:52 PM

The Soft Targets will be taping a “live” performance on the legendary Chicago dance tv show for kids of all ages, Chic-a-go-go. Airdate is TBA, but the taping happens at Chicago Access Network Studios this Saturday, March 7th from noon to 3 PM and is free and open to the public. (“Dress casual or wear a costume, it's up to you!”) Chicago Access Network Studios are at located at 322 S Green St (one block west of Halsted) in Chicago (map). Other scheduled guests: White Mystery, Brighton MA, Billy Sides Atari Party, Little Miss Ann, and Mass Shivers.

Update 3/8/2009: We now have airdates.

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Soft Targets headline the Empty Bottle   2009-02-25 9:15 AM

The Soft Targets will be playing the Empty Bottle this Sunday night, March 1st. For the low, low bargain price of just three dollars! 21+, show starts at 9:30 PM. With Mean Ohio (myspace) and Beautiful Leper. The Empty Bottle is at 1035 N Western Ave in Chicago (map).

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Plastic Crimewave Sound headline the Empty Bottle   2009-02-24 9:04 AM

Plastic Crimewave Sound (myspace) headline the Empty Bottle tonight, Tuesday, February 24. Also on the bill are Rabble Rabble (myspace) and Sugarfoot (myspace). $8, doors at 9 PM. 21+. (The Great Society Mind Destroyers [myspace] were originally scheduled -- and are still listed various places on the net -- but unfortunately cannot make it because of an accident.) We estimate Plastic Crimewave Sound should be going on around 11:30 PM. The Empty Bottle is at 1035 N Western Ave in Chicago (map).

Jim DeRogatis has a nice write-up on Steve Krakow/Plastic Crimewave/PCWS/this show in Friday's Sun-Times.

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Will Long Day 5   2008-12-30 1:07 PM

In Chicago? Need to get over holiday-induced cabin fever? Know that New Year's Eve will inevitably disappoint? Head out tonight (12/30) to the Will Long Day annual anti-NYE dance party celebration at the Darkroom (2210 W Chicago Ave, Chicago - map): Adam Weg spins funk and soul and 9 PM; The Heaven Seventies play a set at 10 PM (their last performance until March 2009); and DJ Willy Joy [myspace] spins dance music starting at 11 PM. It's a 21+ show, $7 at the door.

Totally unconnected to Loud Devices -- except that our staff plan to make the scene!

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Soft Targets 10/25 at Ronny's   2008-10-24 4:06 PM

The Soft Targets will be playing tomorrow night, Saturday, October 25, at Ronny's “Center for the Performing Arts” (2101 N California Ave, Chicago - map). Also playing: The Mediums (“new killer garage rock project brought to you by dudes who will kill”), Shotgun for Royalty (myspace), and Animal City (myspace). 9 PM. 21+

The Brand new Soft Targets “The Kids Want Action” 7" and brand new Soft Targets Soft Targets Must Be Destroyed! CD will be available at the show! (Let this be the record release show!)

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Record release show -- without the records   2008-09-12 1:06 PM

Well tonight's Soft Targets show at the Mutiny was supposed to be the record release show for the new, but we still don't have the records. (In fact, they still haven't been pressed! Word from the plant, simply: "Seven-inches are backed up.") We'll let you know more when we know more, but hopefully we'll have the vinyl soon. In the meantime, tonight's free show happens as planned, there just won't be any new records to buy. (But that means you'll have more money for those frosty mugs of beer.)

One final caveat: the real Soft Targets are playing tonight at the Mutiny, 2428 N Western Ave; strangely, Tallahassee, Florida band (myspace), strangely also called the Soft Targets, will be playing an unrelated show just across the street from the Mutiny. Don't be fooled! It is to the Mutiny that you want to go to see the real Soft Targets from Chicago.

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7" Release Show 9/12 @ the Mutiny, Chicago   2008-09-06 1:07 PM

image: cover of the Soft Targets seven-inch single, The Kids Want Action b/w Don't Ask WhyIt's time!

The Record Release Show for the new Soft Targets 7" single “The Kids Want Action” b/w “Don't Ask Why” will take place this Friday night, September 12, 9 PM at the Mutiny (myspace link).

The Mutiny is located at 2428 N Western Ave (just north of Fullerton) in Chicago (map).

The Titmice (myspace) and The Party Downers are playing, too.

This is a FREE SHOW! 21+

UPDATE (2008-09-12): This show is still happening, but as we don't have any vinyl yet (how often have you hear that one?), it's not so much a record release show.

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Soft Targets 8/30 @ Bottom Lounge, Chicago   2008-08-25 11:45 AM

The new Soft Targets seven-inch is being manufactured as we speak. “The Kids Want Action” b/w “Don't Ask Why” is a high-powered slab of double gold and will be released as Device-004 in the Loud Devices catalog. We'll be announcing the official release date soon.

In the meantime, Soft Targets are headlining the new Bottom Lounge this Saturday, August 30th. Titmice (myspace), Papillion (myspace), and Mr. Russia will also play. Doors at 8pm. 21+. The Bottom Lounge is located at 1375 W. Lake Street in Chicago (map).

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Gapers Block on First Coat   2008-07-11 3:00 PM

Gapers Block's “Transmission” music site today is “reminiscing about three Chicago bands that have up and faded away, despite their greatness.” Nilay Patel writes about one of those great bands, “First Coat, 2003-2007.”

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Soft Targets 6/19 @ Reggies Rock Club, Chicago   2008-06-14 4:45 PM

Soft Targets have a live show this Thursday, June 19 at Reggies Rock Club (2109 S State St, Chicago - map).

Show is at 8 PM. 17+. With Mean Ohio (myspace), Papillion (myspace), and Bone Tosser (myspace).

More on the upcoming Soft Targets seven-inch single on Loud Devices as the release gets closer...

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Soft Targets 5/22 @ Darkroom, Chicago   2008-05-21 2:15 PM

Soft Targets are playing a show tomorrow night, Thursday, May 22 at Darkroom (2210 W Chicago Ave, Chicago - map). It'll be the debut show for their new drummer (myspace), and they'll be playing new songs.

Show is at 9 PM. With Farewell Captain (myspace) and The Ellie Maybe Experience. 21+ only.

Why are we telling you this? They're a great band and we're pleased to announce that a new Soft Targets 7" is in the works; it'll be coming out this summer on the Loud Devices label. (We'll have further details as the date gets closer!)

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