Alex Simotes

Alex Simotes


BIO: Sardonic sack of muscle, fat and bone floating around the Chicago punk scene with a camera, pen and bad attitude.

Review + Gallery: Fest 15 In Gainesville

Mac Sabbath

Friday morning, we woke up groggy and hung over. We successfully partied and did the things we wanted to do for two days. The newly dubbed “Chicken Who Crew” gathered up our belongings and hopped in the rent a car bound for another three days of debauchery in a new city. Gainesville, Florida and The Fest 15 were a mere two hours away. We arrived at The Wyndham Resort and were immediately told that none of the rooms were ready for the mass …

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Gallery: The Slackers, Duppies, Circle City Deacons and Run & Punch in Chicago

The Slackers

Long-running New York rock steady/ska/ reggae/jazz legends THE SLACKERS brought their Fall 2016 tour through Chicago, Illinois’s 1st Ward at Chop Shop last month, bringing along Gainesville skameisters Duppies, Indianapolis’s smooth rocking Circle City Deacons and local ska punkers Run and Punch to round out the long 4-ska-band bill. Working through almost two hours of classics, Vic and company kept the crowd moving nonstop as they crooned and tooted. Grab the pork pie hat you thought looked sick on you in your sophomore year out of your parents’ closet …

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Gallery: Signals Midwest, The Gunshy, Turnspit, Recreational Drugs in Chicago

Signals Midwest

Cleveland, Ohio’s Signals Midwest released their excellent new record At This Age back in September and went out on the road this fall in support of the album. Their final stop was at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago, along with tour mates and local Chicago band The Gunshy, who were also celebrating the release of their own record, Porterhouse. On top of the double album release party extravaganza, they brought along local support Turnspit and Recreational Drugs. Check out the photo gallery below! * all photos by Alex Simotes. Signals Midwest …

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Gallery: The Specials (Riot Fest Aftershow) in Chicago

The Specials

English Two-Tone legends The Specials brought their signature mix of punk attitude and dancehall rhythms to the Concord Music Hall in Chicago, Illinois for a special sold-out Riot Fest pre-show Thursday September 16th, a day before their anticipated Riot Fest performance. Supported by Brooklyn reggae group The Far East, The Specials danced their way through a veritable greatest hits collection, from “A Message to You, Rudy” to the all-time classic “Little Bitch,” much to the delight of the fedora clad and 3-piece-suited audience. Put on …

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Review + Gallery: Lost Love, The Howl and Bottle Kids in Chicago

Lost Love

In the dog days of summer, on a sweaty, sweltering Chicago Thursday night, Quencher’s Saloon seemed like a decent enough place to hang out. I’ve written before about their infamous “Chicago Handshake” drink combo. The less we talk about that the better. I didn’t want to leave my apartment, especially when my bud Vito at MP Shows put together a stupid-hot short three band line up. I feared I may just burst into flames when I stepped in the door. …

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