How three gay bars—La Mere Vipere, O’Banion’s, and Oz—became the cradle of the city’s punk scene
One of the hardest-gigging groups in the city’s early-80s jazz-fusion scene reunited in 2016.
How a doughnut-shop parking lot became a confluence of Chicago youth subcultures—and what killed it off
Chicago label Sanzimat International documents the Lithuanian diaspora with three new tapes, including one with Vyto B, creator of 70s outsider classic Tricentennial 2076.
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.
Early-80s weirdos the Bonemen of Barumba attacked pigs’ heads with axes onstage and shared a label with Big Black and the Dead Milkmen.
The Trouble Boys never made a record, but guitarist and singer Don Hedeker went on to play in Algebra Suicide and the Polkaholics.
The Imports lasted only long enough to release one single of their dark, mesmerizing postpunk.
Rude Guest’s tape-only output hurt their legacy, but local ska label Jump Up just reissued their entire discography—also on tape.
Epicycle’s brief career ended more than 30 years ago, but this North Shore punk band is still inspiring reissues today.