Pitchfork + Goose Island = GI5-5538

Pitchfork is finally here! Apart from the killer lineups, one of my favorite things about Pitchfork is that Chicago’s own Goose Island has been getting in on the fun the past couple of years and brewed a special beer with an artist. 2017’s collaboration has them partnered with S U R V I V E, the synthwave duo you may recognize from the Stranger Things soundtrack. The band recently released their second LP in September and will be hitting the stage on Saturday night at Pitchfork.

Together, Goose Island and S U R V I V E brewed GI5-5538, a red Red Pale Ale. The beer was inspired by S U R V I V E’s home state of Texas and features hints of blood orange and grapefruit. If you’re confused about the seemingly coded name, GI5-5538, you’re not alone! However, the name is very telling:

  • GI5 –> Goose Island’s 5th collaboration with Pitchfork
  • 55 –> 5.5% ABV
  • 38 –> the beer’s IBU rating (International Bitterness Units scale)

The name of the beer also matches the format of a record’s catalog number and S U R V I V E’s previous albums (Mnq026, HD009, and RR7349). According to Adam Jones of S U R V I V E,

Teaming up with Goose Island to make our own beer for Pitchfork was fun. We’re stoked that GI5-5538 is the official beer at the festival, and we think our fans are going to like drinking it. I think it’s pretty damn good.”

GI5-5538 will be on draft at Pitchfork Festival, as well as select Chicago bars for a limited time, so make sure you get out and try it!

House of Vans Grand Opening

House of Vans is opening a new location in Chicago this upcoming weekend!

To celebrate the opening of the Chicago location, Future Islands, Digable Planets, and Chicago’s own Noname will be playing live for free.  That’s right, it’s completely free as long as you RSVP (see below) and show up early.

Being rooted in music, art, and street culture, Vans isn’t ending it there.  They location will be holding an open skate night, a photography exhibit, artist workshops, and open community event on Saturday as well.  For the complete rundown of the two-day extravaganza, continue below.


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Hey Chicago, check out Soft Ledges, a Chicago band with an edgy sound that commands attention!  The duo, featuring Shelley Miller and Chris Geisler, formed just a few years back in 2015.  The pair have since been writing music for their self-titled debut album, which is set to release this Friday, Nov. 18th!  What Laundry Day Records called “an immensely brave and honest record,” the album is dark, but still expresses feelings of hope, when tackling heavy topics like struggle and survival.  The album will be available to the public digitally as well as on CD or vinyl.  If want to come out and celebrate the release of their album, Soft Ledges is holding a release party on December 4th (more details below).  In the mean time, check out their website and their music!

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