The Punk Vault

Jawbreaker 4/14/22 at House of Blues

Thursday night was the second of an unprecedented four night run of Jawbreaker playing the House of Blues in Chicago. They are touring in celebration of the 25th anniversary of their last studio album, Dear You and are playing the entire album*...

Jawbreaker – 4/13/22 at House of Blues

Just a few years ago, the idea of Jawbreaker playing shows again and being an active band was just the stuff of fantasy for their fanbase, a fanbase that grew exponentially the more years they’d been broken up. Through some sort of miracle...

Gary Numan – 3/21/22 at Park West

Last night saw the long-awaited return of Gary Numan to Chicago when he headlined a show at the Park West. Much like the rest of the world, the last two years were challenging for Mr. Numan. He released his most recent album, Intruder, in the middle...

Nitzer Ebb 11/18/21 at Metro

Thursday night was an exciting night for industrial music fans as the legendary Nitzer Ebb made their return to Chicago after being off the road the last two years (thanks to the pandemic). After being cooped up for the better part of the last 18...

HalloWolfBat at House Of Vans featuring The Melvins, Coven, and Heavy Temple

Events at the House Of Vans are always a special event, but it is even more special when the event is the first one in two full years. Saturday night, House Of Vans finally reopened its doors for one night for the return of the HalloWolfBat event...

Category - Show Reviews

Cold Waves IX Day Two 9/25/21 at Metro

Saturday night was the second night of Cold Waves IX at Metro, and the most stacked lineup of the weekend. It featured some legends, some returning acts, and a pair of legends teaming up for a set of great music as well...

Cold Waves IX Day One 9/24/21 at Metro

The beginning of fall signals many things, but the best thing that it brings is the annual Cold Waves Festival at Metro. This industrial/darkwave festival started nine years ago as a tribute to the late Jamie Duffy, and...

Riot Fest 2021 Day Four 9/19/21 at Douglass Park

Sunday was the final day of Riot Fest 2021. The weather was perfect and there was an amazing assortment of bands playing that day to end the four day festival with a real bang. The action once again started early...

Riot Fest 2021 Day Three 9/18/21 at Douglass Park

Saturday was the third day of Riot Fest and it had an action packed lineup. It also featured just about the most perfect weather you could ask for and the park was dry and no worse for wear from the previous...

Riot Fest 2021 Day Two 9/17/21 at Douglass Park

Friday was the second day of the 16th Riot Fest, but the first full day of this year’s festival. The gates opened bright and early and there was plenty of things to do and bands to see right after they opened. The...

Riot Fest 2021 Day One 9/16/21 at Douglass Park

It has been a long two years since the last Riot Fest. The Covid pandemic took away many things that people took for granted, not the least of which was live music and the best outdoor festival of all time, but it was...