The Punk Vault

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...

The Mentally Ill – Gacy’s Place The Starbeat Sessions LP

The Mentally Ill was one of the best relatively unknown first wave Chicago punk bands that started way back in the late 1970s. They put out two 7″s before going on a hiatus that would last for years and many people, especially people like me...

Adolescents – Welcome To Reality 10″ orange vinyl

My apologies for somehow neglecting to include this one in the last Frontier Records update posted on this site but there was one more colored vinyl release that came with that batch and it was the Adolescents – Welcome To Reality 10″ on...

Thin White Rope colored vinyl reissues

Thin White Rope was one of those very good indie rock bands that for whatever reason seemed to have been overlooked by a lot of people, myself included. They were around from the mid 1980s until the early 1990s, leaving behind five studio albums...

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...

New Suicidal Tendencies vinyl colors

There has been a few new vinyl colors of the first Suicidal Tendencies LP in recent months. Since my last report it has been issued on three new colors of vinyl and the album is now being manufactured at a new plant...

The Berzerkers – Can’t Stand Still LP

The Berzerkers – Can’t Stand Still LP Hostage Records Hailing from the punk rock hotbed known as Orange County, CA, The Berzerkers present us with their debut album on Hostage Records, a label with...

Pezz – More Than You Can Give Us LP

Pezz – More Than You Can Give Us LP Truant Records Hailing from Memphis, TN, Pezz has been around since 1989. While they haven’t been as active recently as they were in the past, they seem to surprise us...

Drunk Injuns 2/21/20 at The Uptown

Friday night was a special night in Oakland, CA as The Uptown hosted MoFo’s 60th birthday party and it was a skate rock extravaganza! Drunk Injuns and JFA played together in honor of MoFo, and they were joined by...

The Adicts – 1/29/20 at House of Blues

Wednesday night, UK punk legends, The Adicts, made their long-awaited return to the windy city to headline a three band bill. The club was packed full of excited punk fans spanning a wide range of ages. First up was...

Spider – Energy Gone Wrong 7″

Spider – Energy Gone Wrong 7″ Cpryt Cntrl Records Spider is a fairly new Southern California punk rock band and this three song 7″ is their debut release. While you may not be familiar with them, if...

Interview: Street Sects

Despite being obsessed with music for almost the entirety of my half a century on this planet, I’ve found that the older I get, the less likely it is that I become genuinely excited about new bands. Don’t...

Pigface 11/30/19 at Thalia Hall

Pigface reunited once again and hit the road to tour for the first time in 14 years! The band was dormant for more than a decade before reactivating for a one-off performance here in Chicago two years ago and it was...