Six Punk Rock Bowling must-catch sets

Against Me! Plays the main stage on Monday.
Photo: Steve Marcus

GBH The veteran street punks were so ferocious in a midday slot at Riot Fest in Chicago last year, the frontman of that night’s headliner—Josh Homme from Queens of the Stone Age—raved about the performance during his own set. Saturday, 6:30 p.m., main stage.

Western Addiction Live performances are rare from this reunited, San Francisco-based melodic hardcore act, which put out one of the scene’s standout releases of last year, Tremulous, a comeback full of aggressive yet hook-y anthems. Sunday, 12:35 a.m., Bunkhouse Saloon.

Larry and His Flask Anyone who thinks punk and bluegrass can’t mix will have to reconsider after the Oregonians return to the festival for the first time in seven years. Sunday, 4:10 p.m., main stage.

The Partisans Oi! bands always get huge reactions at Punk Rock Bowling, and The Partisans were one of the genre’s best during their heyday in the late 1970s and early 1980s in Wales. Sunday, 6:30 p.m., main stage.

Svetlanas The Russians recently relocated to Italy after being called enemies of the state in their home country because of frontwoman Olga Svetlanas’ lyrical assaults on Vladimir Putin. Monday, 3 p.m., main stage.

Against Me! Laura Jane Grace and company are undoubtedly the most important punk band of the decade and threaten to steal the show every time they’re booked at Punk Rock Bowling. Monday, 7:25 p.m., main stage.

Punk Rock Bowling May 25-28, for times & ticket prices, visit

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