Chicago DIY

I didn’t know this show was happening at all, let alone tonight. Starting right now apparently.


-Appalachian Terror Unit



-La Aramada

$10 suggested donation to go to political prisoners. 



Chicago in the summer is awesome! Tons of great music festivals, dancing and enjoying the outdoors! But have you ever been to a music fest and been grabbed, groped or grinded on when you surely did not want to be??  Yeah, we hear you.  We here at Between Friends believe that everyone should be able to feel comfortable and safe at a music festival (and everywhere).

If you’re going to be at Riot Fest this month, join us by using #GetConsentAtRiotFest to call out lack of consent and/or share ways people can give and get consent while having fun. 

Tips for consent DO’s & DON’Ts:

You see someone in the crowd that you think is attractive (i.e. wearing your favorite Black Flag T-Shirt)…

DO- Take a moment to ask yourself, “does that person really want you to stop their music experience to be ‘hit on’?” Now,  if you still think it’s a good idea, be prepared for rejection and be respectful by saying something specific like, ‘cool dance move’ or ‘great weezer tee’

DO - Keep a reasonable distance between you and the person (NO ONE LIKES A CLOSE TALKER!). And be aware of social cues. If they move away from you or turn their head away that might be your cue to STOP TALKING.

DO NOT -  Say “hey beautiful”, “sexy”, “cutie”, “punk-rocker” or ask them things like, “Why aren’t you dancing?” Don’t continue to stand near them or try to engage them if they are not interested.

When the music moves you to start dancing…

DO- Respect peoples’ space around you and dance in your own personal bubble and with your friends. If you happen to be part of a ‘mosh pit’ (or as parents call it a Mash Pot), just mosh with other people involved.

DO NOT- Grab someone and start dancing with them. Remember that song about whipping your hair back and forth? Even if it is great and fun, no one wants someone elses hair in their mouth!

You are trying to get through a crowd of people to see your favorite band…

DO – Remember that other people want to see the band. So if there’s no space ahead of them DON’T force your way to the front. If there is space, DO politely say excuse me.

DO NOT- Push, shove, or run over other humans. Know what’s a bummer? When someone pushes past you then stands right in front of you!

Other responses to harassment:

-If someone harasses (YES, IT IS HARASSMENT) you or someone in your area, let them know to back off. If they don’t listen and still won’t leave you or the person alone, you can walk away and/or find a person whom you feel safe around.

-If you see a friend inappropriately grab/smash/touch someone tell them that’s not okay and that they are RUINING Riot Fest for other people.

-Also if you see a friend getting overly intoxicated why not stick by them and sing all the songs together?

Remember: Consent means that you need to get permission before any kind of intentional touch! We say intentional touch because we understand that at music festivals you might bump into someone, but that a forced/unwanted touch is wrong!

Also, if something does happen because some jerk feels that they have the right to exert their sexual power over whoever just remember:


Here is a number you can call:

Chicago Rape Crisis Hotline – 1-888-293-2080

Between Friends Hotline – 1-800-603-HELP (4357)

Thank you for reading and have a great time at Riot Fest!

~Between Friends

PS: We can be reached on all different social medias!

Riot Fest sucks fucking shit and is a who’s-who of rockstar egos and nothing more than capitalist cash grab profiting off of 4 decades of underground DIY work, while contributing NOTHING to that DIY underground. It’s a pathetic laughable joke and the antithesis of what I want punk to look like.  

But someone put together this little thing to try and spread the word about consent at Riot Fest so that’s cool.


While there is a lot of appropriate rage about Ferguson right now, the killing of John Crawford, III is getting less attention than it deserves. I put Shaun King’s tweets and history lesson on the matter in chronological order for easier consumption.


Autopsy and video show John Crawford shot from behind in Wal-Mart

Witness in murder of John Crawford changes story

You really should be following Shaun King on Twitter.

Punch/Pyka/The Wrong/Premonition/Sputter 2nite at Old Mt. Happy


Fast-food workers protest in Cicero today, just west of Chicago. Part 1.

tonight tonight tonight

tonight tonight tonight

Shitkickers - N.Y. Nice Guy
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i recorded the vocalz on my macbook can you tell?

Dude. nice

show tomorrow: Thursday 9/4

NU POGODI - Ladiez 2 Tha Front breakneck grind core all the way from the UK, rife with sound & fury. If you missed ‘em last time, don’t be an idiot and miss ‘em again. NOT 2 B MIST.

RATSAK - Wisconsin Hardcore-Punxxx w/ a Dischord feel on Scat-boards, ft. mbrs. of Choose Your Poison.

KRANG - Crust Lords of The Crust War, occupying hives of scum & villainy.

CRUDE HUMOUR - Frantic, High Octane Punks, reminiscent of an off-the-rails Rudimentary Peni. Dig It.

@ Ye Olde Happy Dungeon
(ask a punk fr the address, ya dunce)
7pm (the earlier this show runs, the less chance you’ll get frisked)
$6-8 suggested USD/Bones/Currency 4 touring bands, dig?

Respect the space, don’t loiter or litter, love your brother, love your sister, love yr gender-queer franz. Punk Is Sick.

Friday, September 5, 2014.NAOMI PUNK (Olympia, WA)
Appearing alongside:BIG ZIT (NWI; Hardcore punk linchpins)BASEMENT FAMILY (Chicago; Loud bent fuzz pop)THE BUG (Chicago; Hardcore punk fresh blood)Albion. 8:00 PM. $8. Don’t fuck up.

Friday, September 5, 2014.

NAOMI PUNK (Olympia, WA)


Appearing alongside:
BIG ZIT (NWI; Hardcore punk linchpins)
BASEMENT FAMILY (Chicago; Loud bent fuzz pop)
THE BUG (Chicago; Hardcore punk fresh blood)

Albion. 8:00 PM. $8. Don’t fuck up.