Behind the Music: Final Vans Warped Tour Recap

The cross-country Vans Warped Tour, an alternative music festival started in 1995, has finally come to an end. Back in February 2018, founder Kevin Lyman announced that this year’s traveling fest would be the last summer milestone for many young music fans across the nation. With a diverse lineup of punk, metal and rap groups, Warped Tour has always appealed to a wide array of … Continue reading Behind the Music: Final Vans Warped Tour Recap

Habitats announces sophomore EP with the release of their first DIY music video

This fall, Habitats, a southside emo band, will be releasing their follow-up to 2017’s Heavy Heart, a nine-song EP that was as musically catchy as it was lyrically heartbreaking. Despite the local success of many tracks off of Heavy Heart, the guys in Habitats harbored a few regrets about the quality of their debut EP. Instead of getting hung up on their mistakes, the band is … Continue reading Habitats announces sophomore EP with the release of their first DIY music video

DIY Art Gallery

It’s no secret that many record labels and production companies have the luxury of throwing around big bucks to hire graphic designers when it comes to their advertising budgets. However, at a DIY show where it can often be difficult to get patrons to cough up the $5 cover fee, spending money on advertising and art is seldom included in the budget. Below is a … Continue reading DIY Art Gallery

Backyard Show Shots: Habitats & XEUTHANIZEDX

Eddy Garcia is at it again. On June 22, Garcia captured photos of local hardcore sludge band XEUTHANIZEDX and emo band Habitats during their sets at a backyard birthday show in Marquette Park. Five local bands, including Thisishowitendedintokyo, Sawbuck, and Death of Self, performed in honor of Habitats’ guitarist Elijio Guel’s 27th birthday. XEUTHANIZEDX Habitats You can find more of Garcia’s content here.  Cover photo … Continue reading Backyard Show Shots: Habitats & XEUTHANIZEDX

Handsome Prick prepares for their first Full Terror Assault appearance

Handsome Prick is a three-piece grindcore band with a hint of rock ‘n’ roll influence out of Dyer, Indiana. Before the band opened for grind legends Wormrot at Reggies Rock Club on May 30, Locals Only sat down with guitarist Zach Chentnik, drummer/bassist Brad Vanderzee, and live vocalist Justin Wallace to talk a little bit about Handsome Prick’s Full Terror Assault debut this September, as well … Continue reading Handsome Prick prepares for their first Full Terror Assault appearance

Shine Light & Inspire: An interview with Chicago metalcore band Speaking With Ghosts

By Victoria Goodman Contributing Writer Edited by Nikki Roberts Speaking With Ghosts formed in Chicago in 2014 and has had many accomplishments since then. After signing to Famined Records, the group released a full-length album, Illuminate; played an impressive variety of shows, including Knotfest in 2015; and toured the United States multiple times. The band is currently preparing to begin recording new music this fall and took … Continue reading Shine Light & Inspire: An interview with Chicago metalcore band Speaking With Ghosts

D. I. whY not?

By Monsieur “Monzy” Mason Contributing Writer Cover Photo by Kaitlyn Johnston Edited by Nikki Roberts When I went to my first house show, it was quite an unforgettable experience. Game Changers, Let It Fly, Gardens, The Feedback Fiends, Mishandled and Flight Plan played that show. Watching 200+ kids moshing, finger pointing and singing along at one guy’s house was just amazing and knowing that they … Continue reading D. I. whY not?

Punx Not Disposable 3 Photo Gallery

The third installation of Punx Not Disposable features photos taken on a disposable camera from the middle of January to the last day of May of 2018. From shows in legitimate venues to moments captured outside of backyard DIY shows, these photos showcase the diverse settings that encompass Chicago’s music communities. If you’re interested in obtaining a physical print of any of these photos, shoot … Continue reading Punx Not Disposable 3 Photo Gallery

Totally Cashed releases sophomore LP, BABELAND!

Buck Rogers Contributing Writer The boys in Totally Cashed are back with their second attempt at a debut. After having issues with Punk Rock Emergency, the crew regrouped and came together to record a true debut album of driving rock tunes that don’t quite reinvent rock music, but let me tell you, they sure don’t have to. The record does a decent job at not … Continue reading Totally Cashed releases sophomore LP, BABELAND!

Girl Power: Fighting Gender Discrimination in the Music Industry

Gritty sand and dirt filled my boots and shifted under my feet as I was flung out of an Anthrax mosh pit at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater. After quickly stabilizing myself on the nearest barricade, I joined the rest of the crowd in screaming the band’s lyrics back at Anthrax vocalist Joey Belladonna. “Can’t stand it for another day…” Belladonna sang. “AIN’T GONNA LIVE MY LIFE … Continue reading Girl Power: Fighting Gender Discrimination in the Music Industry