How three gay bars—La Mere Vipere, O’Banion’s, and Oz—became the cradle of the city’s punk scene
Nothing against “Monster Mash,” but Chicago has spawned lots of scary songs that sound good all year—these 13 tracks cover house, psych rock, techno, boogie, hip-hop, extreme metal, pop punk, and more.
Despite their influence on midwestern punk, Six Feet Under have fallen off the map—but Moniker Records is working on an archival release.
In the late 70s and early 80s, Silver Abuse shared members with Naked Raygun—and their eclectic, discordant music was in some ways even more confrontational.
Rude Guest’s tape-only output hurt their legacy, but local ska label Jump Up just reissued their entire discography—also on tape.
Savage Beliefs broke up in 1984 after releasing one seven-inch, but they’ve been playing again since a 2015 reissue on Alona’s Dream.
Long-running Chicago punk outfit Pegboy play a rare show tomorrow night at 1st Ward.
Redmoon Theater’s Great Chicago Fire Festival throws the original plan overboard but remains a symbolic communal exorcism.
White Mystery whips the sophomore jinx, Void Pedal bumps with no MC, the Numero Group does Chicago salsa, and more.
Permanent reissues a classic Chicago punk comp. Plus: Claychella’s last dance, the Hood Internet’s threesome, and more
A planned reunion of the original Naked Raygun lineup takes a hit from a biking accident, but three-fourths of that group (and the band’s current drummer) play tomorrow at Double Door on the opening night of Riot Fest.
Two of Chicago’s earliest punk bands, Da and Tutu & the Pirates, reunite for a double record-release party.
Iain Burgess, a crucial figure in the development of Chicago’s postpunk aesthetic, has died.
“You Weren’t There: A History of Chicago Punk 1977-84” celebrates its release on DVD with a Saturday screening at the Portage Theater, followed by a show at the Empty Bottle.
Flipper Sex Bomb Baby (Infinite Zero/American) Effigies Remains Nonviewable (Touch & Go) It’s kind of ironic that punk rock is now as American as apple pie and produces multimillion sellers like Green Day and Offspring, considering that it began as an irksome though negligible force on the cultural margins. Themes of boredom remain the music’s […]