Punx Not Disposable 3 Photo Gallery

The third installation of Punx Not Disposable features photos taken on a disposable camera from the middle of January to the last day of May of 2018. From shows in legitimate venues to moments captured outside of backyard DIY shows, these photos showcase the diverse settings that encompass Chicago’s music communities. If you’re interested in obtaining a physical print of any of these photos, shoot … Continue reading Punx Not Disposable 3 Photo Gallery

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

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

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

April photoset of the month: Brian Santostefano at Galaxie 2.0

Our second photoset of the month is courtesy of Brian Santostefano, a photographer who’s been shooting local punk, hardcore, grindcore, metal and indie rock shows since 1999. On Friday, April 20, Santostefano shot Ingrown, Dare, Decline, and x one foot in the grave x during the inaugural show at Galaxie 2.0 in Ravenswood, Chicago. Santostefano shoots using a Nikon D5100 with a battery pack for … Continue reading April photoset of the month: Brian Santostefano at Galaxie 2.0

La Armada debuts new album at Cobra Lounge record release show

It’s been six years since Latino hardcore fury group La Armada released their full-length, self-titled debut album. It has been nearly four years since the Dominican-turned-Chicagoan based band released Crisis, a highly political seven-track EP that solidified the band’s unique crossover sound–a blending of hardcore punk and metal with native Dominican rhythms. It’s been over four months since the group’s last Chicago appearance when the five-piece band … Continue reading La Armada debuts new album at Cobra Lounge record release show

March photoset of the month: Eddy Garcia at the Archer Ballroom

Our first photo gallery installation displaying work from local music photographers features Eddy Garcia‘s photo set from the Archer Ballroom last Saturday, March 31. Garcia photographed SPEAK, Reduced to Instinct, XEUTHANIZEDX and Burdened with a Canon T6i and in 35mm film.   Continue reading March photoset of the month: Eddy Garcia at the Archer Ballroom

Brutal spring weather won’t stop Chicago’s DIY shows

I’ve been reminiscing about summer DIY shows lately. Do you remember those? The ones where you could go crazy in the pit because you didn’t have three layers of hoodies weighing you down. Those shows you could walk to with your friends while enjoying the sun instead of waiting 15 minutes for the bus as the city’s brutal wind whips your face. When I think … Continue reading Brutal spring weather won’t stop Chicago’s DIY shows

Change the Rotation x Locals Only Spring Previews

By Nicole Roberts and Phil Collins The amount of Chicago talent releasing new music in the next few months is overwhelming. So overwhelming, in fact, that it takes two just to write about it! For these upcoming release previews, Locals Only has partnered with Change the Rotation in order to bring you more information about what’s new in DIY music. Death of Self Look Elsewhere … Continue reading Change the Rotation x Locals Only Spring Previews