By Matt Melis

Album Review: Melkbelly – Nothing Valley

There’s something desperate about the Midwestern summer, a certain revved-up edge to any nice day that’s brought about by memories of the miserable just passed and almost returning. That impatient pursuit of fun takes a musical form on Nothing Valley, the debut album from Chicago’s Melkbelly and inaugural release for Wax Nine Records, the Carpark […]

By Alex Young

Consequence of Sound to live stream Protomartyr’s concert at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall

Protomartyr will play a gig at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall on Sunday, October 8th. Consequence of Sound and are teaming up to live stream the band’s performance. Fans can watch live on our Facebook page beginning at 9:45 p.m. CT. Sunday night’s performance comes in support of Detroit post-punk outfit’s excellent new album, Relatives in Descent, which was released in September. Below, watch […]

By liorphillips

Artist of the Month Melkbelly on Family Matters, Van Life, and Keeping “Gross but Cute”

Photos by Lenny Gilmore On the massive “Twin Looking Motherfucker”, Chicago quartet Melkbelly push and pull, burn and glow, start and stop. The guitars and bass sound like steel-winged birds flying in formation, each beat a new concussive flap. The drums heave with a distorted burn, never leaving space for a single breath. The vocals tear […]

By Meredith Goldberg

DS Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago – Day One (Nine Inch Nails, X, Buzzcocks and more)

The weekend of September 15-17 saw the annual return of Riot Fest. Riot Fest 2017 was held for the 12th consecutive year in Chicago and for the third consecutive year in Douglas Park. Riot Fest saw an eclectic crowd turn out, including multiple generations of families. There were too many young punk fans, some just […]

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 […]