In his cover story for this week’s Music in Review issue, Aaron Leitko notes the shuttering of the DIY venue Kansas House, and laments that an era of punk and indie-rock houses located in Arlington has finally ended. He writes:
DIY record labels like Teenbeat, Dischord, and Simple Machines, as well as activist groups like Positive Force, cleverly repurposed Arlington’s middle-class workforce housing, then available as cheap, safe rentals, into small businesses, design studios, and rehearsal rooms.
Now that Kansas House is kaput, that time is effectively over. Those houses have been repurposed again, this time by developers who have built condominiums, restaurants, and shopping centers.
Leitko visits each of those houses, and talks to some of the key figures who lived in them. Read the full feature here.