September 19, 2019

You’re several miles from the Chicago Loop and a world apart, but you can see a few skyscrapers from Douglas Park, which has been home to Riot Fest for the last five of its 15-year existence.

Roger Lima of Less Than Jake hams it up.

This shot of Lars Frederiksen document...

May 6, 2019

A couple of decades into their careers, some of the best punk rock artists seem to find that punk rock alone is not enough anymore. Mike Ness and his country albums. Tim Armstrong’s reggae album.

Rise Against is the latest example. Last year they released an album of co...

December 11, 2018

Punk rock was all but dead in 1989 and I missed it. 

I’m old enough to have seen The Clash and some other punk bands of the early 1980s in their heyday, but almost all of them had been gone for several years. That’s when I discovered The Buzzcocks.

They also had been par...

October 2, 2018

I’ve been going to Chicago’s Riot Fest every year since 2014 and always have a good time. Here are my highlights from this year’s three-day festival, which is focused largely, but not exclusively, on punk rock.

The Dissidents and the Kid-Friendly

I wasn’t sure if Russian...

June 6, 2018

As I’m writing this, I’m still basking in the afterglow from Supernova Ska Fest in Virginia May 26 and 27. There was plenty of ska punk -- the Suicide Machines, the Hub City Stompers, MU330, Matamoska and more. There was also some second wave 1980s-era ska -- two origi...

February 21, 2018

“We wanted to put something weird together and I think it worked,” said Ryan Young, front man for Off With Their Heads as “Spare Parts West: An Evening of Comedy and Music” came to a close in Lombard, Illinois February 2.

The night began with several comedians, each doi...

December 15, 2017

I listen a lot to Bandcamp and sometimes stumble onto some great Christmas songs there, which I collect into an iTunes playlist throughout the year. A lot of this is original material, as well as some covers.

For anyone not familiar with Bandcamp, it’s a great website w...

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