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Riot Fest announces lineup for Riot Fest 2021

If this isn’t the bright light at the end of a long dark tunnel that has been the current pandemic then I don’t know what is. Riot Fest unveiled their lineup and plans to return this September and boy did they put together a lineup that...

R.I.P. Pierre Kezdy of Naked Raygun

We lost a punk rock super hero today. Pierre Kezdy of Naked Raygun lost his battle to cancer and passed away at the far too young age of 58. The influence Pierre left on this city from all the bands he played in, but especially in Naked Raygun, will...

Help Pierre Kezdy of Naked Raygun battle cancer

Pierre Kezdy is most known as one of the superheroes in Chicago punk legends, Naked Raygun but his super powers extend far beyond that. Pierre has been responsible for some of the best punk rock music to come out of this city since punk rock became...

R.I.P. Kim Shattuck

Kim Shattuck, an indie rock icon, passed away today at the age of 56 after losing her battle with ALS. Kim is most known for being the singer and songwriter of The Muffs, but she also did time in The Pixies, The Pandoras, and others. She was an...

R.I.P. Keith Flint of The Prodigy

Keith Flint, vocalist for The Prodigy, passed away this weekend at the age of 49. The cause of death was a suicide. Flint joined the Prodigy in the mid-1990s and the first single featuring his vocals, “Firestarter” became a huge hit for...

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R.I.P. John Stabb of Government Issue

This one took me awhile to write because it hits closer to home. As many of you are probably aware of by now, John Stabb lost his battle to stomach cancer on Saturday. John was 54 years old, which is far too young to go...

R.I.P. Eric Brockman of Life Sentence

Punk rock in Chicago lost another comrade on Monday as Eric Brockman, guitarist/leader of Life Sentence, passed away. Eric ¬†was a staple of the Chicago punk scene throughout the 1980’s, first in the Anti-Bodies...

Riot Fest announces lineup for Chicago

Riot Fest turns 11 this year and they are going into their second decade in Chicago with a new location (Douglas Park) and have just released most of the first wave lineup for this year’s fest. As always there...

New layout for Riot Fest Chicago

This year’s Riot Fest in Chicago marks the 10th anniversary for the festival that started as a two-day indoor punk fest and evolved into the greatest outdoor festival this city has ever seen. Not only have they...