The Punk Vault

Cold Waves VIII Day Two 9/20/19 at Metro

Friday night was the second night of Cold Waves and it was really something special as they had a big name headliner that never played the fest before, and that was the legendary Nitzer Ebb! The night was action packed...

Cold Waves VIII Day One 9/19/19 at Metro

The Cold Waves festival somehow is already eight years old and this year, all four nights took place at the legendary Metro here in Chicago, which has hosted six out of the seven previous Cold Waves. What started as a...

Riot Fest 2019 Day Three

It rained the morning of the final day of Riot Fest this year, but thankfully it stopped before the show got underway. It made for some muddy conditions, but it wasn’t bad at all and the park held up well during...

Riot Fest 2019 Day Two

Saturday was a beautiful day for an outdoor festival. It was sunny and warm, but not too warm, and Riot Fest had an amazing lineup of bands spread across five stages. This was the day that was heavy on the heavy metal...

Riot Fest 2019 Day One

Summer is nearing the end which means only one thing, Riot Fest! The last hurrah of the summer celebrated its 15th birthday last weekend and they really put together an amazing weekend of music with a really diverse...

Adam Ant 9/7/19 at The Vic

If you grew up in the 1980s and had good taste in music, then The Vic in Chicago was the place to be on Saturday night as it hosted a special night of music from the legendary Adam Ant. Adam and his band weren’t...

Channel 3 – The Bellwether 12″ EP

Channel 3 – The Bellwether 12″ EP Hostage Records It is amazing to think about that next year, Channel 3 will celebrate 40 years of being a band! Four decades! It is scary to think how fast that time has...

Converge 8/24/19 at House of Vans

Saturday night was the last House of Vans House Party for the year here in Chicago. They had a great run this year with some great bands and they really ended the season with a bang when Converge was the curator of the...

New Stimulators 7″ vinyl colors

Harley Flanagan could very well be the person who got into punk rock at the youngest age. In a recent documentary he states that his mom took him to punk rock shows in New York City in the 1970s, which means he had the...

New Adolescents vinyl colors

It has been a while but two Adolescents vinyl classics are back with a new look for a limited time. Frontier Records recently pressed up the legendary first Adolescents LP and their more recent collection of unreleased...

The Breeders 6/15/19 at House of Vans

Summertime is just about here which means that it is once again time for House of Vans to put on their shows, which they lovingly refer to as House Parties. House of Vans is located in the West Loop area of Chicago and...

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...

Bob Mould 2/23/19 at Metro

Last night was the second and final night of Bob Mould’s two night stint at Chicago’s legendary Metro. Non-stop pouring rain didn’t stop people from packing the place to the rafters for this sold out...