If you went to a lot of shows at defunct Bridgeport punk house Rancho Huevos, you likely caught the July 2019 debut performance of south-side underground supergroup Canal Irreal. The band, whose name means “unreal channel” in Spanish, features members of razacore outfit Sin Orden (who emerged in a second wave of local Latinx punk […]
Last May, Chicago band Canal Irreal announced their existence by releasing their first single, “Si Somos,” an explosive mix of postpunk and hardcore that combines jagged riffs and propulsive guitar lines with narrative lyrics about society’s rejection of and refusal to deal with the very issues it creates. Sung in Spanish from a first-person perspective, […]
Nineties concert series Homocore Chicago gave today’s queer punks a running start at the dramatically different hurdles they face.
The Homocore Chicago series puts its legacy on exhibit for its 25th birthday, Smart Bar hosts 23 hours of continuous DJ sets, and more.
Everything about this year’s Fed Up Fest—the bystander intervention training, the panel discussions on aging in punk, the frenzied yet thoughtful music—manifested the spirit of resistance, hope, and direct action.
Seven Reader writers tackle a dozen records, including the long-gestating debut from footwork producer Jana Rush, lost recordings from 60s garage-rock oddballs the Monks, and a riveting solo set from unsung improvising pianist Pat Thomas.
Fed Up Fest fights for LGBTQ rights with an anarchic DIY concert where every band drew its lineup out of a hat six weeks ago.
CHI PRC celebrates Chicago’s rich history of punk and hardcore, supporters of the Standing Rock Sioux hold a march and fund-raiser in Pilsen, and more.
Revisiting the old haunts of legendary 90s hardcore band Los Crudos provides a miniature history of gentrification and activism in Chicago.