For Independent Venue Week, the Reader has rounded up some favorite stories about Chicago music venues past and present.
The new musical Verböten uses the story of Jason Narducy’s forgotten early-80s band to talk about the power of subculture.
Formed at Northwestern in 1979, the Front Lines played diverse and ambitious tunes—but they split after just a few years, done in by drummer turnover.
The Trouble Boys never made a record, but guitarist and singer Don Hedeker went on to play in Algebra Suicide and the Polkaholics.
Despite their influence on midwestern punk, Six Feet Under have fallen off the map—but Moniker Records is working on an archival release.
Epicycle’s brief career ended more than 30 years ago, but this North Shore punk band is still inspiring reissues today.
The bizarre and confrontational Skafish was one of just two acts from the Chicago punk scene to sign to a major label.