The Punk Vault

Greta Van Fleet 12/12/18 at Aragon Ballroom

Wednesday night Greta Van Fleet kicked off the first of three headlining shows at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. The Aragon has been doing large rock and roll shows for decades so the venue was the perfect locale for a band such as Greta Van Fleet...

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...

Category - Show Reviews

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...

Channel 3 – 9/7/18 at Liar’s Club

It is always a treat when a classic punk rock band from the early days comes to town and play a show, it is an even bigger treat when that band happens to be Channel 3. These punk rock veterans have been at it for...

350 Fest 8/25/18 at Tinley Park Convention Center

What goes together better than punk rock and beer? The answer is nothing! Ever since Darby Crash uttered “will somebody give me a beer” in The Decline of Western Civilization, and likely well before that...

Godflesh 8/24/18 at Metro

Friday night the Metro and the people behind the Cold Waves festival joined forces to have a show at Metro with the mighty Godflesh as the headliner.  They were joined by three opening acts and it was a great way to...

Dead Milkmen 7/12/18 at House of Vans

It was a pretty hot Thursday night in Chicago which was made hotter by the great event happening at House of Vans. The relatively new venue in the West Loop threw one of their “house parties” which not only...

Poptone 6/21/18

If you were a fan of Bauhaus, Love and Rockets, and Tones on Tail, the Concord Music Hall was the place to be on Thursday night when Poptone headlined a three band bill. All the rain just meant all the more reason to...

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