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FEST 15 Preview: Kevin-Eleven

Fest

Holy shit! It’s that time of the year again! The Gathering of the Beardalos known as FEST is upon us! Hey everyone, Kevin here to once again help you out if you are stuck in a pickle and are having trouble deciding exactly what bands you should see down in America’s dong AKA Florida. With over 350 bands playing over 5 days, Pre-Fest and Fest can be a little overwhelming sometimes. Maybe you couldn’t get in to see The Copyrights, or …

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Ice Cream Anti-Social: The Bollweevils

The Bollweevils

About a month ago, I walked into Cobra Lounge on a rainy night. With a pint of ice cream, I bellied up to the bar, grabbed a drink and sat down with three of the four Bollweevils. While these interviews normally take about twenty minutes, I chatted and laughed with Daryl, Ken and Pete for almost two hours as we tossed back drinks, talked music and went off on hilarious tangents. If you’re in Chicago for Riot Fest this weekend, …

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Riot Fest Chicago Survival Guide: The Do’s and Don’ts

Riot Fest

So you’re coming to Chicago for Riot Fest this weekend, huh? We here at For the Love of Punk thought we’d put together a little weekend guide for you. Whether you’re a lifer, a suburban weekend warrior, or an out-of-towner crashing on your buddies couch, we want to make sure you know the DO’S and DON’TS of Riot Chicago. DO: Prepare for the elements Chicago has a history of irrational, moody, and sometimes unforgiving weather… much like that ex that you …

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Make Riot Fest Denver Great Again: Tips For Returning Festival-Goers

Riot Fest

It’s now been a number of years since Riot Fest was strictly a Chicago festival and is entering its’ Denver iteration for the fourth year, plus this will be its’ second year at the seemingly now-permanent site of the National Western Complex. I’ve attended every Riot Fest in Denver thus far and had a blast each time. But, now that Riot Fest has become a Mile High staple, how can you keep your experience fresh as a repeat attendee? Here’s a few tips …

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Site and Instagram Takeover: Get Dead Tour Diary

Get Dead

* photo by Lindsey Lutts Get Dead has taken over our Instagram and our site so they can bring you constant tour updates. We have no idea what’s in store for you but the only way to find out is to keep checking back. The tour follows their July 2016 release of Honesty Lives Elsewhere on Fat Wreck Chords so check tour dates below to catch them on the road and above all else, scroll down to the Bad News section and …

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Ice Cream Anti-Social: Justin Schwier of Underground Communique Records

Underground Communique

This week, I sat down with Justin Schwier of Underground Communique Records. Normally, I lightheartedly chat with bands about (their) music and the conversation renders information and opinions wrapped in a few laughs. But, this interview was much different. Justin is a literal human plethora of knowledge regarding all things Chicago punk. He was an absolute joy to talk to and his compassion for and interest in this city’s scene is extremely palpable. I walked away from our meeting feeling like I had …

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Ice Cream Anti-Social: Devon Kay & the Solutions

Devon Kay & the Solutions

It’s been two years since Devon Kay & the Solutions graced a stage in their hometown of Chicago. Since then, there have been three cross country moves, a wedding and a whole bunch of fart jokes. But now, they’re back… well, kind of. On Sunday, July 31st, I caught up with the band before their reunion show at Quencher’s in Chicago. The interview didn’t go exactly as planned. In fact, there was a bit of a catastrophe that was so …

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