The Punk Vault

Skinny Puppy – 11/15/23 at House of Blues

Wednesday night was bittersweet because it was the final night of Skinny Puppy’s three night run at House of Blues which also meant that this would be the last time the band plays Chicago as they bring to close a 40 year career. They were of...

Skinny Puppy – 11/14/23 at House of Blues

Tuesday was the second night of Skinny Puppy’s three night farewell to Chicago and place was packed to the rafters. People showed up early and the club was overflowing with people before Lead Into Gold took the stage and there was even more...

Skinny Puppy – 11/13/23 at House of Blues

One of the unfortunate things about us all getting older is that at some point you have to say goodbye to your favorite bands. A lot of times a band will break up or retire without warning and only in the best of circumstances will fans get advance...

Tangerine Dream – 10/5/23 at Metro

Thursday night was a very special night over at the Metro as they hosted an evening with electronic music pioneers, Tangerine Dream! The band (in any of its incarnations) rarely toured the United States, and this was the final night of their largest...

Slowdive – 10/3/23 at Riviera

Last night the Riviera was packed full as Slowdive made their return to Chicago to perform in front of a sellout crowd. It was a beautiful night for a show, and what a soundtrack they had lined up for the evening! Drab Majesty was the opening act...

Wolves in the Throne Room – 9/30/23 at Metro

Saturday night, Wolves in the Throne Room made their long awaited return to Chicago to headline their biggest show in the city yet at the Metro. They were joined by three other bands for a great night of metal. They all pretty much played in the...

Cold Waves XI Day Three – 9/24/23 at Metro

Sunday night was the third and final night of the Cold Waves Festival at Metro. It was bittersweet that this was going to be the last show for the fest until next year, but they sure closed it on a high note! Rabbit Junk may be the only opening/mid...

Cold Waves XI Day Two – 9/23/23 at Metro

Saturday was the second night of Cold Waves at Metro and they had a couple of big names headlining this evening, including one that hasn’t played in Chicago in ages! Just like the previous night, some more recent acts rounded out the rest of...

Category - Show Reviews

Toadies – 10/9/22 at Metro

Sunday night, after being rescheduled more than once due to the pandemic, Toadies stopped in Chicago to headline a sold out show at Metro as they toured to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their popular debut album...

KMFDM – 10/8/22 at Metro

Last night, KMFDM sold out the Metro when they headline a show in their first return to Chicago since before the pandemic. They were part of a two band bill and the place was already packed solid by the time the first...

Kaelan Mikla – 10/5/22 at Chop Shop

Wednesday night, Kaelan Mikla returned to the USA after a three year absence from touring to headline a show at Chop Shop, a very nice venue in the Wicker Park area of Chicago. The last time (which was also the first...

The Bollweevils – 10/1/22 at Punk The Burbs Fest

Saturday night, The Bollweevils, one of Chicago’s finest punk bands from any generation, played a set during the Punk The Burbs fest at Base Camp in Lisle. The event was an all-day show that featured about a dozen...

Tar – 10/1/22 at Smashed Plastic Live Vol. 1

Saturday, Smashed Plastic Record Pressing held its first ever live music event, called Smashed Plastic Live, Vol. 1. This event featured an entire day’s worth of live bands, plus food trucks and various vendors...

Dinosaur Jr -9/30/22 at The Vic

There has been so many good shows in Chicago lately and it doesn’t look like that is going to change anytime soon. Friday night, Dinosaur Jr returned to the windy city to headline a show at The Vic.It has been a...

Amyl And The Sniffers – 9/28/22 at The Vic

Wednesday night, Amyl And The Sniffers returned to Chicago to headline a three band bill at The Vic. It was a really good reason to go out on a school night and many people did. Ganser was the first band of the night...