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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Riot Fest announces Chicago daily band schedules

The hard-working folks over at Riot Fest have just announced the daily lineups for this year’s Chicago show at Humboldt Park. ┬áThis year’s lineup eclipses any previous year or even any combination of...

Wax Trax Records pop-up store to happen at Metro

Wax Trax Records was Chicago’s best and favorite record label and it was also the best and most revered record store in Chicago history. The punk rock, industrial, and alternative music scene in Chicago was pretty...

R.I.P. Mike Atta of The Middle Class

Today I received the sad news that Mike Atta, guitarist for The Middle Class, passed away yesterday after losing his battle to cancer. The Middle Class is often credited with being the first hardcore punk band after...

R.I.P. Dave Brockie of Gwar

Dave Brockie, better known to fans of the band Gwar as Oderus Urungus, was found dead yesterday in his home at the age of 50. No cause of death has been released at this time. Dave was the leader and a founding member...

Devo

R.I.P. Bob Casale of Devo

In sad news, new wave pioneers Devo lost another of its founding members today. Bob Casale passed away suddenly at the age of 61. The cause of death had something to do with heart failure. I don’t think Devo...

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