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

Slayer 5/25/18 at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Friday night was an amazing night for metal fans as Slayer headlined an amazing five band bill at the Hollywood Casino Ampitheater. Slayer was joined on this tour by Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth and Testament! You...

The Bollweevils 5/11/18 at Brauerhouse

Last night The Bollweevils were part of a four band bill at Brauerhouse in Lombard, IL. They played in the really nice, new big music room at the club. Teenage Bottlerocket were the headliners. The band took the stage...

Ministry 4/7/18 at Riviera

Saturday night, Ministry made their return to the city that Al Jourgensen called home for over three decades to headline a show at the Riviera. Anytime the band comes to town it is a big deal and this time was no...

Gary Numan 11/29/17 at Thalia Hall

For Gary Numan’s rabid fan base, any time he tours or releases a new album it is a really big deal. Dedicated fans drive across state lines to see him perform and this year Numan fans not only got a spectacular...

Revolting Cocks 11/17/17 at Metro

It was a Cold Waves encore Friday night at the Metro when the fine folks behind that event brought us a super double bill of Revolting Cocks and Front Line Assembly! Two industrial heavyweights shared a stage that both...

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