Liz Phair: Return to Guyville

Liz Phair strutted across the floor of the Metro and on to a small raised platform in the back of the room where I was standing. “Hey, what’s up?” she asked me. “How’re you?” “‘Hey! I’m doing alright,” I told her. I wish I would have said something a little cooler or sophisticated, but my job as a VIP Rep requires that I conduct myself … Continue reading Liz Phair: Return to Guyville

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

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?

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

Chicago’s SXE Community Part 2: Why We’re Here

The previous installment of Chicago SXE, “How We Got Here”, explored the “paths” that members of Chicago’s straight edge community have traveled on their journey to claiming straight edge. The three main paths explored were 1) having previous problematic substance use, 2) modeling positive behavior from a role model who exemplified straight edge values and 3) having a negative influence in their life that steered … Continue reading Chicago’s SXE Community Part 2: Why We’re Here

Chicago’s SXE Community Part 1: How We Got Here

Jay Williams, 21, pulls a jumbo Sharpie out of his backpack while he waits for a show to begin at Galaxie 2.0, the city’s newest north side straight edge venue. Williams draws two bold lines on each hand to form dark X’s before passing the pen to his girlfriend, Hailey Rose, so she can follow suit. The couple explains to me that, regardless if they’re … Continue reading Chicago’s SXE Community Part 1: How We Got Here

How to beat age restrictions: the best Chicago music venues for underage fans

When I was a 15-year-old commuter from the west suburbs of Chicago, I told my parents I had purchased tickets to see pop punk bands Stickup Kid and Candy Hearts play an all-ages show at the Beat Kitchen. I lied to them and made up a story about how a friend’s dad would be taking us both to the show that night. Instead, I hopped … Continue reading How to beat age restrictions: the best Chicago music venues for underage fans

Behind the Music: Purple Llama Records

Locals Only is excited to launch yet another new segment, Behind the Music! These short photo feature pieces aim to showcase the people and places that work “behind the scenes” to bring music into our lives, whether that be employees at a music venue, owners of record stores or organizers who book shows. Purple Llama, a joint coffee and record shop in Wicker Park, celebrated its … Continue reading Behind the Music: Purple Llama Records

Not All That Glitters Is Gold: Led Zeppelin’s Questionable Songwriting Ethics

Many plagiarism allegations, settled both in and out of courtrooms, lurk within Led Zeppelin’s discography. Allegations ranging from incorrect songwriting attribution to explicit plagiarism have followed the legendary rock group throughout their entire career. However, considering the clouded circumstances surrounding accusations of plagiarism against the band, especially those that were settled outside of court, it is strange that these claims have not impacted the band’s … Continue reading Not All That Glitters Is Gold: Led Zeppelin’s Questionable Songwriting Ethics

Mexican Metalheads, Pilsen Punx & Little Village Hardcore: DIY Music & Chicago’s southwest side

  Ska band Bombflower performs at Slob City, a DIY house venue in Little Village Photo by Heriberto Gallegos of Glegoz Photography   My relationship with “Do It Yourself” (DIY) music communities is one that spans about six years and a variety of different musical genres. When I lived in Aurora, a suburb about 30 miles west of Chicago, I began getting involved in DIY … Continue reading Mexican Metalheads, Pilsen Punx & Little Village Hardcore: DIY Music & Chicago’s southwest side