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
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
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, 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: Little Village Hardcore talks about how bands can support local music
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"
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
By Nikki Roberts On April 19th, 2008, Record Store Day was born. Since 2008, the third Saturday of April has marked a day where artists, record store employees, and music lovers alike are able to unite and celebrate vinyl records at nearly 1,400 independently owned brick-and-mortar record stores across the globe. To many collectors and lovers of physical music, the anticipation leading to Record Store … Continue reading Record Breakers prepares for the 10th annual Record Store Day
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 Bumsy & The Moochers credit the 90’s for Chicago’s ska craze
The boys in Bad Timing and Death of Self are about to unleash Bomb the Burbs, a split EP that is bound to wreck havoc across Suburbia by uniting skankers and headbangers alike. To add to the mayhem, the bands are hosting an EP release show this Saturday, March 25th, that features a lineup with fellow Suburbanites Infinite Knottage, Travesura, and The Electric Excuse Me’s. For more information on the release show, … Continue reading The Making of "Bomb The Burbs"
Nick Anderson, Aaron Kelley, Nick Schmidt, and Billy Nally are four Californian boys better known as The Wrecks. The band has only released one EP entitled We Are The Wrecks, but the group has promised they are in the process of creating more of their infectious, pop rock sound. The Wrecks played their second show in the Windy City last month at the Double Door … Continue reading Locals Only EXCLUSIVE Interview: The Wrecks