By Nati Madrigal When I’m angry at the state of the world, I’m always rudely reminded that no matter how pissed off I am, there are so few (socially acceptable) ways in which I’m able to release my bitterness and go unhinged. I find comfort in the local scene where there are bands who are setting out to relieve their own stress – bands like … Continue reading Mazard: Bring it All Out
By Nati Madrigal Chicago’s DIY scene has it all: tight-knit community, diverse individuals, safe spaces, and of course, amazing bands — and Atheena is one of the latest to be added to the city’s already impressive roster. Since they first started in November 2021, musicians Oscar Aviles-Romo, Joshua Beardsley, and Dom Malgioglio have begun to establish themselves by playing two to three shows a month. … Continue reading Atheena: Everything to Gain and Nothing to Lose
$1 Beer Night at Sleeping Village in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood is already an alluring grab for any local venue, but booking illusion of choice, INSTILL, and BUGGIN on the three-band bill this past Monday made it an unforgettable night — that is, unless you took advantage of those cheap PBRs. Continue reading Chicago Hardcore Night at Sleeping Village
Thursday night — it’s the last day of the week before the weekend and all bets are off. Well, that’s usually the case for most, but for the Chicago hardcore scene, last Thursday was a night we’ll all remember for years to come. Continue reading Drain Returns to Cobra Lounge
By Blake Correll It was a bitter cold Chicago night — in fact, the whole United States was experiencing a punishing freeze. The last week’s snowfall gave way to blistering freezes that solidified the sidewalks into sheets of ice fit for a zamboni. Luckily, the roads were clear enough for show-goers to make it out to Schubas Tavern in Lakeview on a Saturday night. This … Continue reading Your Arms Are My Cocoon & Mush at Schubas
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?
Local punks bring punchy, high production value to the people…and they have a lot to say. By Rob Halloran Contributing Writer Edited by Nikki Roberts This past winter, we collaborated with Change the Rotation to preview a few of our most anticipated spring releases. One of those upcoming albums was The Gutters of Paradise by The Kreutzer Sonata, which officially dropped on Valentine’s Day. Today, we’re excited … Continue reading The Gutters of Paradise brings excellent production quality to Chicago punk