Punx Not Disposable 4

The fourth installation of Punx Not Disposable features photos taken on a disposable camera from the summer of 2018 and at Full Terror Assault Open Air. From shows in legitimate venues to moments captured outside of backyard DIY shows, these photos showcase the diverse settings that comprise Chicago’s music community. If you’re interested in obtaining a physical print of any of these photos, shoot us an email. Best Coast … Continue reading Punx Not Disposable 4

UGLYBoNES releases third full-length record, SUNSHINE

Written by Buck Rogets Cover photo by Edy Garcia For about half a decade now, the bastard punks in UGLYBoNES have brought punk to the modern age. The group couples high fidelity recording with a new abrasive touch from all fronts. Vocalist Lev practically punches you in your ears with a beautiful screeching yell. The guitars, in every iteration of lineup, have always been exciting … Continue reading UGLYBoNES releases third full-length record, SUNSHINE

Habitats announces sophomore EP with the release of their first DIY music video

This fall, Habitats, a southside emo band, will be releasing their follow-up to 2017’s Heavy Heart, a nine-song EP that was as musically catchy as it was lyrically heartbreaking. Despite the local success of many tracks off of Heavy Heart, the guys in Habitats harbored a few regrets about the quality of their debut EP. Instead of getting hung up on their mistakes, the band is … Continue reading Habitats announces sophomore EP with the release of their first DIY music video

DIY Art Gallery

It’s no secret that many record labels and production companies have the luxury of throwing around big bucks to hire graphic designers when it comes to their advertising budgets. However, at a DIY show where it can often be difficult to get patrons to cough up the $5 cover fee, spending money on advertising and art is seldom included in the budget. Below is a … Continue reading DIY Art Gallery

Backyard Show Shots: Habitats & XEUTHANIZEDX

Eddy Garcia is at it again. On June 22, Garcia captured photos of local hardcore sludge band XEUTHANIZEDX and emo band Habitats during their sets at a backyard birthday show in Marquette Park. Five local bands, including Thisishowitendedintokyo, Sawbuck, and Death of Self, performed in honor of Habitats’ guitarist Elijio Guel’s 27th birthday. XEUTHANIZEDX Habitats You can find more of Garcia’s content here.  Cover photo … Continue reading Backyard Show Shots: Habitats & XEUTHANIZEDX

Handsome Prick prepares for their first Full Terror Assault appearance

Handsome Prick is a three-piece grindcore band with a hint of rock ‘n’ roll influence out of Dyer, Indiana. Before the band opened for grind legends Wormrot at Reggies Rock Club on May 30, Locals Only sat down with guitarist Zach Chentnik, drummer/bassist Brad Vanderzee, and live vocalist Justin Wallace to talk a little bit about Handsome Prick’s Full Terror Assault debut this September, as well … Continue reading Handsome Prick prepares for their first Full Terror Assault appearance

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?

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

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

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