By Randall Colburn

Riot Fest 2017 Festival Review: From Worst to Best

“No one here released an essential album this year,” said one of my colleagues as we baked in the scorching sunbeams skating across this year’s Riot Fest, waiting for the third, fifth, or eighth act of the day to take the stage. He wasn’t criticizing the year’s booking, really, just making a point. And it’s […]


Legendary 1983 New Order gig has its audio surface online for the first time

“one of the hottest gigs I have ever done,” This was how Peter Hook described New Order’s first concert in Chicago on June 30th 1983, at Chicago’s Metro in his book “Substance: Inside New Order. The packed house and the blistering hot weather caused the onstage temperature to reach up to 118 degrees, inevitably knocking out the band’s power out mid-set, […]

By Michelle Geslani

Company of Thieves return with first single in six years, “Treasure”: Stream

This past spring, indie rockers Company of Thieves announced they’d be reconvening for a reunion tour set for September. The three-piece, made up of Genevieve Schatz, Marc Walloch and Chris Faller, went on hiatus three years ago with two albums under its belt, 2009’s Ordinary Riches and the excellent Running From a Gamble from 2011. However, that’s not […]

By Michael Roffman

Chicago rockers Melkbelly announce debut album, Nothing Valley, share “Kid Kreative”: Stream

There’s something in the water around Chicago. Something good. It’s why we get bands like The Orwells. Or Twin Peaks. Or The Kickback, whose sophomore album is among this year’s best. Keeping that trend alive is fuzzy punk quartet Melkbelly, an act that has lived and breathed the city’s DIY art and music scene for […]

By Meredith Goldberg

DS Photo Gallery: Pegboy, The Crombies and The Beer Nuts at Chicago’s Motoblot 2017

Motoblot 2017 was held at Cobra Lounge/All Rise Brewing again this year, June 23-25th. This is the 4th year since the event evolved from the decade long Mods vs Rockers Chicago. Motoblot celebrates motorculture, especially inspired by that of 1960’s Great Britain, per festival assistant Nick Goodwin, a self-described petrol-head. Co-Founder Lawrence R. Fletcher estimated the […]

By Ben Kaye

Win VIP Passes to Riot Fest 2017

Oh, Riot Fest, why are you so good to us? Year in and year out, you make rioting in Chicago’s Douglas Park seem less like a terrifying, mass, momentary loss of humanity and more like the best damn rock party of the entire summer. When the festival returns on September 15th-17th this year, it looks like […]

By Alex Young

Riot Fest drops the hammer with 2017 lineup

Riot Fest returns to Chicago’s Douglas Park from September 15th-17th, 2017. Once again, the lineup is truly something to behold. Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and a reunion of seminal punk band Jawbreaker top this year’s bill. Other notable acts include M.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, New Order, Prophets of Rage, Paramore, Beastie Boys’ […]

By Kevin McMahon

Meet Mykele Deville: Chicago’s DIY Rap Phenomenon

Photography by​ Zakkiyah Najeebah When speaking about Chicago poet-rapper Mykele Deville, it’s easy to delve into hyperbole. To many entrenched in Chicago’s DIY community, he represents change, a rising tide that spilled over the dam separating homogeneous scenes. A tide that created the diverse blend found today in the city’s most popular below-ground art spaces. From […]

By Alex Young

Source: Arcade Fire, Muse, The Weeknd, Chance the Rapper to headline Lollapalooza 2017

Photos by David Brendan Hall (Arcade Fire, Muse) and Philip Cosores (Chance) Lollapalooza is set to unveil its 2017 lineup on Wednesday morning. Industry sources tell Consequence of Sound that Arcade Fire, Muse, The Weeknd, and Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper are among the headliners topping the bill. Arcade Fire have played Lollapalooza twice before, first in 2005 as […]