Shred Your Standards Photo Gallery

Last weekend, fans of Chicago art, music, and skating flocked to Logan BLVD skate park for Shred Your Standards Fest. The first day of the fest was photographed by Zack Lewandowski, whose knack for capturing the energy of the crowd in his live music photography conveys the lively, buzzing atmosphere of Chicagoland DIY shows. Continue reading Shred Your Standards Photo Gallery

Mazard: Bring it All Out

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

Atheena: Everything to Gain and Nothing to Lose

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

Chicago Hardcore Night at Sleeping Village

$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

Your Arms Are My Cocoon & Mush at Schubas

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

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?

The Gutters of Paradise brings excellent production quality to Chicago punk

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