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posted: 9/11/2012 6:00 AM

Music notes: Naked Raygun play Riot Fest after-party

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  • Naperville native and longtime Naked Raygun leader Jeff Pezzati will perform with the band at Subterranean Friday, Sept. 14.

    Naperville native and longtime Naked Raygun leader Jeff Pezzati will perform with the band at Subterranean Friday, Sept. 14.


Local punk legends
The band Naked Raygun, which has roots in the suburbs, was one of the fixtures of the early punk scene in Chicago. Raygun's melodic brand of punk influenced numerous bands during the alternative era and beyond, and the band, led by Naperville native Jeff Pezzati, continues to draw enthusiastic crowds. The band will perform this weekend with Dan Vapid and the Cheats in what is being billed as an "after-party" show for Riot Fest, the three-day punk-rock festival taking place in Chicago's Humboldt Park.
10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Subterranean, 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago. $25. Go to

Block party
The annual Hideout Block Party has become one of the city's best fall musical events, and this year's no exception. The lineup for the two-day fest includes Wilco, the Corin Tucker Band, Iron & Wine and Wild Belle, a band whose members are natives of Barrington.
Starts at 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, and 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Hideout, 1354 W. Wabansia, Chicago. $30 to $60. Go to

Popes reissued
Rock records from the 1990s are getting reissued left and right these dates, and suburban pop-punk band the Smoking Popes is about to join the party. The band's 1995 record, "Born to Quit," will be reissued on SideOneDummy Records on Oct. 23. The album, the first one from the Popes to appear on a major label, was a hit with critics and fans (including, of all people, former Smiths frontman Morrisey). The reissue will include remastered sound, new liner notes featuring fellow suburban rocker Matt Skiba (of Alkaline Trio), Joe Shanahan, owner of venerable Chicago rock club Metro and comedian Kyle Kinane. Commentary from Popes frontman Josh Caterer and bonus tracks will round out the package. For information, go to (The band will play the album in its entirety on the road this fall, making a stop in Chicago on Oct. 20.)

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