The Punk Vault

R.I.P. Pete Shelley

The BBC reported that Pete Shelley, lead singer of the Buzzcocks passed away today. Pete was 63 years old. The suspected cause of death was a heart attack. The Buzzcocks were among the first wave of UK punk rock bands dating back to the 1970s and...

Riot Fest reveals first wave of 2018 lineup

The world’s best music festival, Riot Fest, just announced the first wave of bands playing this year’s fest here in Chicago. The list so far reveals a TON of great bands and those closed-minded folks who say, “there’s not...

Public Enemy release new album, available for free until July 4

One of the best bands from the golden age of hip-hop, Public Enemy, has enjoyed a career that has now lasted for three decades. As a surprise thank you to fans, not only has Public Enemy just released a new album, but they are offering it to...

Riot Fest announces first wave of 2017 lineup. Jawbreaker reunion!

Those fine folks over at Riot Fest somehow manage to keep topping themselves. Every year the festival grows and every year they keep amazing us with great lineups and once in a lifetime reunions and this year is no different. This morning they...

The Damned celebrate 40th anniversary with US tour, playing House of Blues Chicago 4/23

While it was the Sex Pistols that got all the credit for turning the world on to punk rock in the 1970s, it was The Damned who did it first, did it better, and are still doing it today. The Damned was the first UK punk band to release a 7″...

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R.I.P. Eric Brockman of Life Sentence

Punk rock in Chicago lost another comrade on Monday as Eric Brockman, guitarist/leader of Life Sentence, passed away. Eric ¬†was a staple of the Chicago punk scene throughout the 1980’s, first in the Anti-Bodies...

Riot Fest announces lineup for Chicago

Riot Fest turns 11 this year and they are going into their second decade in Chicago with a new location (Douglas Park) and have just released most of the first wave lineup for this year’s fest. As always there...

New layout for Riot Fest Chicago

This year’s Riot Fest in Chicago marks the 10th anniversary for the festival that started as a two-day indoor punk fest and evolved into the greatest outdoor festival this city has ever seen. Not only have they...

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