The Punk Vault

Martin Atkins – Memories: My Time In and Out of Public Image Ltd. 12/2/18 at Cards Against Humanity Theater

Martin Atkins is one of the most fascinating people to come out of punk rock. At the tender age of about 19 he joined Public Image Ltd, one of the most unique and influential bands of punk’s formative years. Martin is also one of the best...

Jawbreaker, Naked Raygun, Smoking Popes 11/4/18 at Aragon Ballroom

Last night was a punk rock bonanza at the Aragon Ballroom that saw the recently reunited Jawbreaker headline the large concert venue and they were joined by two of Chicago’s most beloved bands from different eras. It was cold and rainy outside...

Hotlips Messiah 10/25/18 at Cigars and Stripes

Thursday night over in Berwyn, a small bar called Cigars and Stripes was the host of a special record release show for Hotlips Messiah. The band just released an epic, 46 song double LP with really beautiful packaging (a review will be forthcoming...

MC50 10/24/18 at Metro

Wednesday night was a very special one as the Metro hosted a celebration of one of the most important rock and roll bands of all time, the MC5.  The celebration was an appearance by MC50, which is Wayne Kramer’s (of the MC5) celebration of the...

Gorilla Biscuits 9/29/18 at Metro

Saturday the Metro hosted a good old-fashioned hardcore matinée in the spirit of CBGB when Gorilla Biscuits headlined a three band bill. Modern Life Is War was the second band of the day and got the crowd worked up into a frenzy quickly. They played...

Category - Show Reviews

Cold Waves 2018 Day Two 9/22/18 at Metro

Less than 24 hours after everyone left the Metro at the end of the first night of the Cold Waves fest, they all piled back into the club for the second night of mechanized musical entertainment. The crowd was relatively...

Cold Waves 2018 Day One 9/21/18 at Metro

What do you do once Riot Fest is over? If you like industrial music and are in the Chicago area you move indoors to the legendary Metro for the Cold Waves fest! The first of three days featuring some of the finest...

Riot Fest 2018 Day Three

It was a hot Sunday for the final day of Riot Fest but that sure beats rain and the action on Sunday happening on the various stages matched the heat and made it well worth the sweating and risk of sunburn. First wave...

Riot Fest 2018 Day Two

Day Two of Riot Fest saw the strongest lineup of bands on a single day and had the nicest weather of what was as perfect of a weekend as you could ask for in regards to the weather. The crowd was noticeably larger on...

Riot Fest 2018 Day One

As summer starts to wind down and the kids go back to school, the city of Chicago has one last blast before the end of the season and that’s Riot Fest! The festival happens in the middle of every September and...

Helloween 9/10/18 at Concord Music Hall

Last night was a special night for power metal fans at the Concord Music Hall as they presented an evening with Helloween. There was no opening bands, and this version of Helloween is unlike any that you’ve ever...

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