Kendra Sheetz

Kendra Sheetz

EMAIL: [email protected]

BIO: Writer. Photographer. Editor. Overall Question Answerer. Proving, time after time, that she really can do it all (or will try to)… all the while wielding a Tito’s and soda.

Interview: Kyle Kinane Talks Touring with The Falcon, IHOP Breakfast and Post-Election Hope

Kyle Kinane

After a long night of drinking at the Gman Tavern, I stumbled home (with a little help from some friends) to throw on my unicorn onesie and crawl into bed. I woke up abruptly the next day, three minutes late for my phone interview with Kyle Kinane. Luckily, he was just as tired and groggy sounding as me as we laughed and stumbled through our interview. We discussed a resurgence in the comedy scene as it relates to punk music, old Chicago …

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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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Review + Gallery: Big Pre-Fest in Little Ybor 4


“Yeah, can I get a Whiskey-Ginger, and 2 Goose Islands please?” The old woman working the only open bar in LAX past 1am on a Wednesday morning stared at me dead eyed. She had lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll’s eyes. “Want to make the Whiskey a double?” I thought back to the events of the day. Work 8 hours. Pick up my friend Kaylin. Drive from San Diego to Los Angeles. Get to the airport. Get 4 people …

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Interview: Brendan Kelly Talks Touring, Trump and What’s Next For The Falcon

The Falcon

On the evening of the election, before the country was introduced to our new orange overlord and the wonder that is Joe Biden memes, I sat down with Brendan Kelly of The Falcon at the Gman Tavern here in Chicago. Over vodka sodas and warm tea (as we were both ill), we discussed the band’s upcoming tour with Arms Aloft and Kyle Kinane, PC culture, the fate of The Falcon and what pair of shorts are the best to wear while …

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Stream: Better Now – ‘Funky Town Sessions’

Better Now

Fort Worth’s Better Now has released a live EP entitled Funky Town Sessions on Bandcamp via Sparkle Motion Records. The songs, which are acoustic versions of tracks off their first two EPs, were recorded when the band was on the Funkytown Podcast in August 2016. Check out the full interview HERE. They were tracked, mixed, and mastered by Joe Tacke at One Horn Studios in Fort Worth, TX. Listen to Funky Town Sessions below: Funky Town Sessions by Better Now   Better Now is also playing the Fest …

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Review + Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago Day 3


Let me take a moment to tell you about the Law of Standard Deviation. In short, it states that 99.7% of all occurrences of an event or action will take place within three deviations of the mean (or 0 deviations). This is the principal behind that bell curve that your teachers always talked about. Everyone pretty much does the same except for the burnout who tanked the exam because they spent seven hours geeked up on Adderall looking up conspiracy …

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Review + Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago Day Two

Social Distortion

Insanity, by Einstein’s definition, is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results. While this may or may not be a true attribution, it is a fair statement and the most accurate to how I approach any music festival. For those of you keeping track of my writing (see: my review of the Shaky Knees festival in May), you will know that my experience is a predictable one as shittily illustrated by the graph below. Day …

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Review + Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago Day One


It is 12:30pm and it feels like a jellyfish is hugging my balls. “Does it look I’m hiding anything in my crotch?” I ask my girlfriend Rachel. My hangover tells me that I’m being more paranoid than I should be…this isn’t my first rodeo. As a Polish punk there are few things I love more than combining my passion for subverting authority with my love of saving money. Which brings us to this point: waddling through the security line at …

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