Power Trip: Riley Gale talks plans for Full Terror Assault & a new album

Dallas thrashers Power Trip exploded onto the crossover metal scene with their 2013 Southern Lord release, Manifest Decimation. Five years later, the band is halfway through their North American tour as they continue to promote their sophomore record, Nightmare Logic. Power Trip annihilated Chicago with an all-ages show at Reggie’s Rock Club on May 16, and the five-piece crossover group will also play a soldout … Continue reading Power Trip: Riley Gale talks plans for Full Terror Assault & a new album

Doomed & Stoned’s Lara McGlynn plans Chicago’s newest heavy music festival

Lara McGlynn, 37, is heavily involved with Doomed & Stoned, an independent grassroots platform that covers the best heavy doom, sludge and drone metal, stoner, psychedelic, and 70’s-inspired rock across the globe. The audio story below details her journey from Doomed and Stoned resident “dark poet” to Chicago festival organizer. Our apologies for the grainy audio at the beginning of this interview. It gets better–we promise! McGlynn … Continue reading Doomed & Stoned’s Lara McGlynn plans Chicago’s newest heavy music festival

La Armada talks political activism and Anti-Colonial Vol. 1

It’s been awhile since we’ve had guests on Locals Only Radio. On April 23rd, La Armada stopped by the studio to talk with us about their recent record, Anti-Colonial Vol. 1, their upcoming shows, and the intersection between being musicians and political activists. La Armada Interview Here’s what else we played on April 23rd: Homan Square // La Armada Blackballed // Dare Path to Misery // … Continue reading La Armada talks political activism and Anti-Colonial Vol. 1

Meet Chicago’s South Side sad boys

Drummer Gustavo Najera unsuccessfully tries to hold back his smile as he hears the demo of “The Mess You Made,” the latest song by his band, Habitats. With the exception of myself and Najera, everyone else in the room has heard the recording before. The four other members of Habitats are crowded around their bass player’s phone, eager to hear the initial product of the … Continue reading Meet Chicago’s South Side sad boys

The woman behind Fifty50 Shows: An interview with Alicia Maciel

Fifty50 shows, a new Chicago promotion company, launched at the beginning of 2018. Fifty50’s mission is not only to provide the city with great shows featuring local talent, but also to use the proceeds obtained from their shows to serve their community. Locals Only talked to Alicia Maciel, the promotion company’s founder, to learn more about her ambitions for 2018. What is Fifty50? Maciel: FIFTY50 is … Continue reading The woman behind Fifty50 Shows: An interview with Alicia Maciel

Through n Through: The face of Little Village Hardcore talks about how bands can support local music

Through n Through, a hardcore band from the Mexican-American neighborhood of Little Village, hit the scene in 2014. In the past three years, the band has released a handful of singles and two EPs, Defend and Give Me Hate.  The band’s next show is Saturday,  October 7th, with Fragmented Era, a Little Village metal band; Black Mass, a hardcore band out of Chicago Heights; Jury of … Continue reading Through n Through: The face of Little Village Hardcore talks about how bands can support local music

Extras Needed! Chicago DIY scene to be featured in "Straight Edge Kegger"

Nearly a year after releasing the trailer for Straight Edge Kegger, a film featuring a young punk and a houseful of drunks squaring off against a gang of militant straight edgers, Weird On Top Pictures and director Jason Zink are ready to begin filming the full movie. Next Monday, September 18th, the Subterranean in Wicker Park will be hosting a FREE show with local punk bands, UGLYBoNES and … Continue reading Extras Needed! Chicago DIY scene to be featured in "Straight Edge Kegger"

Exclusive Interview: EYEHATEGOD on potential anniversary plans, Kuma’s Corner, and Motley Crue

On Saturday, September 2nd, sludge metal band EYEHATEGOD hit the Cobra Lounge as part of their Left to Starve Summer Tour. This show was the first of the band’s two-night run in Chicago and marked a special night for the group; after falling ill and receiving a liver transplant, these two shows were vocalist Mike Williams’ first time back in Chicago with EYEHATEGOD. Before experiencing … Continue reading Exclusive Interview: EYEHATEGOD on potential anniversary plans, Kuma’s Corner, and Motley Crue

Record Breakers prepares for the 10th annual Record Store Day

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Bumsy & The Moochers credit the 90’s for Chicago’s ska craze

Since 2012, Bumsy and the Moochers have been playing their danceable ska grooves in venues across the Chicagoland area. After seeing the group perform this past summer at The Drunken Donut in Joliet, I knew I had to catch their latest show at Reggie’s with So Pretty, The Two Tens, and The Dollyrots. Before their set, the band sat down with me to do an interview about … Continue reading EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Bumsy & The Moochers credit the 90’s for Chicago’s ska craze