Posted in music | pictures on September 16, 2013

photos by Kirstie Shanley, words by Zach Pollack and Milos Markicevic

Dinosaur Jr. / Guided by Voices
Riot Fest 2013 - Day 2
Riot Fest 2013 - Day 2

We began day 2 of Riot Fest Chicago 2013 by catching Stars at the Rise Stage. Their eloquent indie pop was a nice way to ease into the afternoon. Before performing "Take Me To The Riot," frontman Torquil Campbell shared, "It only took us six-years [since the release of In Our Bedroom After the War in 2007] to get to Riot Fest with the fucking theme song for Riot Fest!" --ZP

Alt-rock veterans Dinosaur Jr. hit the Roots Stage at 3:15PM and kicked things off with "Thumb," a classic from their Green Mind LP. The trio followed that up with a few songs from their post-2007 discography. J Mascis attacked his signature Jazzmaster guitar with a number of well placed solos. Lou Barlow also took center stage, singing on a couple of songs including a short cover of a Void song about not going to college, a decision Barlow sardonically said he regrets. The band also played a few tracks from their fuzzed-up lo fi classic You're Living All Over Me, which got even the most lazy listeners nodding their heads. The trio then topped off their excellent set with their awesome cover of The Cure's "Just Like Heaven." -- MM

After a bit of Dinosaur Jr., I headed over to the Rock Stage where Glassjaw had already begun to play. I've been a fan of their heavy, forward-thinking post-hardcore since my teenage years (around the time I discovered stuff like At the Drive-In, etc.), and they still deliver today. Daryl Palumbo and co. were heavy on material from 2002's Worship and Tribute but also touched on a few songs from their debut LP and more recent EPs. --ZP

With about 20 albums under their belt, it was interesting to see what songs Guided By Voices would pick for their Riot Fest set. Keeping in mind that most audience members might not be familiar with everything in their vast discography, frontman Robert Pollard announced each song's name with a short introduction throughout the whole set. The band opened with "Xeno Pariah" and followed up with songs like "Island," "Shocker in Gloomtown," and "The Challenge Is Much More," only stopping to take a quick swig from a small bottle to oil up his voice. I didn't get a chance to hear the band perform my personal favorite, "Everywhere with Helicopter," but here's to hoping I catch them perform that gem next time. -- MM

Blondie took to the Roots Stage in the early evening, just as the sun had set. Looking beautiful as ever, Debbie Harry and co. opened with their classic "One Way Or Another" while fans cooled down in the fall air. The highlight of the show was when the band later threw in a cover of The Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" during "Rapture" which they've been known to do. -- MM

One of the cool things about Riot Fest was how many bands from my youth (Glassjaw, blink-182 -- more on them in a sec) I got to see play alongside bands I got into later in life. Taking Back Sunday, another of those from my youth, played a very fun set that included about half of their 2002 debut, Tell All Your Friends, which they recently toured in full with their original lineup. We got songs like "You Know How I Do," "Timberwolves at New Jersey," and of course "Cute Without the E," plus some post-TAYF cuts like "A Decade Under the Influence" and "Number Five with a Bullet." The whole crowd knew the words, and it was a ton of fun belting along. --ZP

Famous goofballs or not, blink-182 were an influential band for many who discovered them in their formative years, which we recently argued in length. They were one of the first punk (or "pop punk") bands I personally discovered, and if not for them, I wouldn't have found bands like Superchunk, Rancid, The Thermals, Sloan, etc., so it was great to see them at this festival. The band was great, playing a ton of old favorites like "The Rock Show," "What's My Age Again?," "All The Small Things," "Josie," and so many more, plus newer ones like "Dogs Eating Dogs." The trio encored with "Carousel," "Dammit," and "Family Reunion," and at some point towards the very end of their set, tons of white confetti was shot into the crowd. What a way to polish off Day 2 of Riot Fest. --ZP

Update: Day 3 pictures are now posted here and here.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Riot Fest Chicago coverage, check out pictures and a review from day 1, plus more day 1 pictures. More pictures of day 2 at BrooklynVegan and below...

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More day 2 pictures, including shots of blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Blondie, Public Enemy, Glassjaw and more at BrooklynVegan.


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