Sumac Credit: Paulo Gonzales

This two-night metal festival, curated by metal and beer enthusiast Alexi Front (also the beer director for Kuma’s Corner restaurants), operates in both Chicago and Gothenburg, Sweden. In just seven years it has racked up an impressive ten installments. This year’s Chicago edition represents the heavy music of our hometown along with plenty of visitors. The lineup features two of our best exports, Lair of the Minotaur and Yakuza, with Swedish doom faves Monolord, who make their return following their ground-shaking performance at Scorched Tundra VI in 2016. Eclecticism lies at the heart of Front’s musical philosophy, which is why on Friday, Iowa’s trippy, fuzzy Telekinetic Yeti round out the bill, and on Saturday night, New York’s jaw-dropping feminist avant-grindcore Couch Slut share a bill with Vancouver’s heady postmetal trio Sumac (who are about to drop their new album, Love in Shadow, on Thrill Jockey on September 21), and Denver sludge duo, In the Company of Serpents, who make their Chicago debut. Scorched Tundra officially kicks off on August 30 with a show featuring the work of local artists along with music from local noise-punks Lilac, a collaborative set from Yakuza front man Bruce Lamont and Eric Chaleff of Bloodiest, and DJPTSD (Travis from Ono), who will play a drone set—so in essence, it’s a three-day festival, despite any promotions to the contrary. Beer also plays a big part, and this edition of the fest features three collaborations: Spiteful’s Scorched Tundra Batch #666 (a kölsch), Corridor Brewery & Provisions’ Scorched Tundra Ghostland Wanderer (a double-dry-hopped IPA), and Pipeworks’ Scorched Tundra X (an APA) will be tapped at the opening-night party, and the Pipeworks beer will also be available in cans throughout the city.   v