We’re seeing a steady return to rowdiness as punk bands are emerging out of their dens and reintegrating into the dive bar scene. Chess Club was finally able to celebrate their pandemic-era album release with a live show. They came touting fellow Black Site label-mates Red Kate– and if you’d forgotten what live punk sounded like over the course of the pandemic, Red Kate gave us all a crash course with the fury of a thousand suns. Local songwriter Matthew Mulnix opened the show.



Fally Afani is an award-winning journalist with a career spanning more than 20 years in media. She has worked extensively in radio, television, newspapers, magazines, and more.

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