I'm very excited to be playing Chicago again this Friday, Nov. 21st with our buddies The Flips. It's our first time at Quencher's. If it's anything like I've imagined, it's going to be great. I can't wait. We're going to slay. I promise.


New show announcements coming soon.



Home Sweet Alone


Middle Coast





Proudly from Minneapolis, MN, The Usual Things mix power pop melodies with midwestern story telling. Singer/songwriter Aaron Shekey references his own experiences with relatable ambiguity; tales that push the simple, upbeat melodies of the band into darker territory.

Their influences range from the story telling of Drive-By Truckers, to the guitar-based melodies of early Radiohead, to the straight-forward rock fervor of the Foo Fighters. “It’s a Shame About Ray” by the Lemonheads rarely leaves their van’s CD player.

Their latest album, “Home Sweet Alone” explores the consequences of a failed 10-year relationship that could only be described as the quintessential, All-American highschool sweetheartdom.

“It’s more of a breaking up record. A break-up record implies that everyone’s moved on,” says Shekey. He continues, “It’s dark, brutally honest, and all kinds of sad. I’ve never been more proud of a record.”

While it highlights the autobiographic side of a maturing band, Home Sweet Alone doesn’t lose its hooks or its bravado. At once it drifts between acoustic interludes and full-on telecaster thunder… a turning point in both the band’s musicianship and lyrical content. Home Sweet Alone is a cohesive, measured effort.

“Everything’s out in the open on this one. My fear is it’ll be hard for me, personally, to listen to it in a few years’ time… but this record absolutely had to be made. It's the best work we’ve done.”