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Erik Kish, front man for local rockabilly veterans Hi Fi & the Roadburners and cofounder of Fear City Choppers, passed away last Thursday evening after suffering head injuries from a motorcycle crash near Division and Elston. He was 51.

Formed in 1984 with Kish and his brother Hans (the only other constant member), the Roadburners found mid-90s success signing with Victory Records while the label was still in its early years. Though the band only rarely played out in recent years and hasn’t released new material in more than a decade, they were still very much chugging along, an irreplaceable influence on the Chicago rockabilly scene.