How one Chicago hardcore vocalist is using music to benefit pups in need

Wiley Willis, usually recognizable by his signature page boy cap and the facial tattoos on both his temples, is hiding in plain sight at the Up the Pups benefit show at the Co-Prosperity Sphere in Bridgeport. A red bubble coat surrounds his bald, tattooed head and his heavily tattooed arms, leaving only the tattoos on his hands visible. Willis is the vocalist of two Chicago … Continue reading How one Chicago hardcore vocalist is using music to benefit pups in need

Snuffed, the newest punk band on the scene, talks Chicago influences + goals for 2019

January 20th, 2019- Snuffed is one of the latest additions to Chicago’s impressive array of hardcore punk bands. Before their show at the Archer Ballroom, a DIY space in Bridgeport, Locals Only met up with the members of Snuffed. Sprawled across the worn carpeted stairs of the Archer Ballroom and bundled up in flannels and thick winter coats, guitarist Aaron Schmitt, drummer Joe Brandenburger, vocalist Karly … Continue reading Snuffed, the newest punk band on the scene, talks Chicago influences + goals for 2019

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

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

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

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?

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

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