Entries tagged with: Riot Fest Chicago
Riot Fest Chicago is set to take place from September 13-15 this year in Humboldt Park. Their initial lineup includes Rocket From The Crypt, The Dismemberment Plan, Guided By Voices, Motorhead, Blondie, Public Enemy, FLAG, Bad Religion, Dinosaur Jr., Bob Mould, Screeching Weasel, Mission of Burma, GWAR, Quicksand, and many more acts. Three-day passes are on-sale now, and single-day tickets will be available soon.
Check out the initial Riot Fest Chicago 2013 lineup below...
This past September, Riot Fest made a huge jump from familiar local venues to Humboldt Park for a large carnival-style weekend. The festival will be returning to Humboldt Park in 2013, from September 13-15. Regular and VIP three-day passes are currently on what they're calling a "holiday presale." This sale will only be active for a limited window at the current prices.
Stay tuned for more information on the 2013 festival.
Pallbearer at Knitting Factory earlier on tour (BKLYN) (more by Fred Pessaro // BBG)
today in Chicago
* Riot Fest (Day 1)
* Bob Mould @ Metro (Night 2)
* Frank Turner @ Cobra Lounge
* Hideout Block Party // A.V. Fest (Day 1)
* Holograms, Staring Problems @ Schubas
* Alkaline Trio, Brendan Kelly @ Empty Bottle
* Sondre Lerche, Fancy Colors @ Lincoln Hall
* Pallbearer, Royal Thunder, Backs @ Beat Kitchen
* The Handsome Family, Jon Langford @ Mayne Stage
* The Field Auxilary, Bounds, Silver Abuse @ The Burlington
* Naked Raygun, Dan Vapid and The Cheats @ Subterranean
* Millions, Electric Hawk, Today's Man, Neverender @ Township
* Roach Beach, Bike Cops, Warsaw Vices, The Fabulous Naturals @ Ultra Lounge
Both Riot Fest and the Hideout Block Party // A.V. Fest begin tonight. Which one are you headed to this weekend, or are you going to both?
Pallbearer bring their tour with Royal Thunder through Chicago tonight, for a show at Beat Kitchen.
Death Grips have a new interactive video for "I've Seen Footage." Watch it HERE.
The Walkmen played "Love is Luck" and "We Can't Be Beat" on Conan last night. Check out the footage below.
photos by Chris La Putt
The Bronx @ Riot Fest Brooklyn - 9/8/2012
As discussed on BrooklynVegan, Riot Fest's first attempt at a NYC festival got cut short on Saturday when rain (and tornadoes) caused the promotoers to shut things down before Hot Water Music, Descendents and Gogol Bordello could play. One interesting outcome of that is that "RIOT FEST Brooklyn tickets will be honored at no cost for the RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL dates next weekend at Humboldt Park in Chicago on September 15-16." It's been a rough year for Riot Fest whose Philly fest also didn't work out as planned.
Bands that did get to play Riot Fest Brooklyn included Larry and His Flask (who are also playing Chicago), Screaming Females (ditto), The Menzingers, and The Bronx. Some pictures from those four sets are in this post. More of them below...
The Promise Ring @ Metro in February (more by Grant MacAllister)
As mentioned, The Promise Ring are one of the many acts performing at Riot Fest Chicago 2012 next weekend (September 14-16). Tickets for the festival are still available. TPR will also be playing an aftershow at the Bottom Lounge on September 15, with Like Pioneers. This will serve as their second Chicago club show since reuniting in late-2011. Advance tickets are on sale now.
All known Promise Ring dates and a stream of their 1997 LP, Nothing Feels Good are below...
As mentioned, Riot Fest is taking place in Humboldt Park and at the Congress Theater, who host the opening night, from September 14-16. Two-day passes and single-day tickets are still available. (Avoid service charges by purchasing passes at The Music Garage and/or The Alley).
They've also just announced a few festival aftershows. Here's a full list of them:
Friday, September 14Advance tickets for all aftershows are on sale now.
Alkaline Trio, Brendan Kelly @ Empty Bottle
Naked Raygun, Dan Vapid & The Cheats @ Subterranean
Frank Turner @ Cobra Lounge
Saturday, September 15
NOFX, The Casualties, The Adicts, The Dickies @ Congress Theater
Fishbone @ Cobra Lounge
Full festival lineup-by-day is below...
Andrew WK in NYC in April (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
As mentioned, Riot Fest Chicago 2012 goes down from September 14-16 in Humboldt Park, and now also at Congress Theater, who will host the opening night. Joining the initial lineup of Iggy & the Stooges, Elvis Costello, Descendents, Gogol Bordello, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Gaslight Anthem, The Promise Ring, Screaming Females, Built to Spill, and more is a second wave of artists including Andrew W.K. (full band), Hot Water Music, Minus the Bear, The Adicts, Henry Clay People, The Adicts, Pegboy, Imagine Dragons, Dead Sara, Fireworks, The Infected, Neon Trees, and still more to come.
Day-by-day lineups have now also been revealed which you can check out below. Multi-day passes are almost all sold out, but a few options are still available, and single day tickets go on sale today at 10 AM.
Riot Fest Chicago 2012 is set to take place in Humboldt Park from September 14-16.
They've just announced their initial lineup of Rise Against, Iggy & the Stooges, The Offspring, Elvis Costello, A Day To Remember, Coheed and Cambria, Gogol Bordello, Descendents, Dropkick Murphys, NOFX, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Gaslight Anthem, Alkaline Trio, Slapstick, Awolnation, The Promise Ring, Chiodos, GWAR, August Burns Red, Frank Turner, Built To Spill, Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone, No Bunny, A Wilhelm Scream, Screaming Females, Teenage Bottlerocket, Off With Their Heads, Sister Crayon, Deals Gone Bad, White Mystery, Larry and His Flask, The Story So Far, and Japanther. Two and three-day passes are on sale NOW.
Current lineup below...
Helmet @ Double Door during Riot Fest 2011 (more by Carmelo Espanola)
Riot Fest Chicago says they'll be announcing the dates and initial lineup of the 2012 festival on Tuesday (May 15), at the stroke of midnight. There has already been some talk of Hot Water Music, who are releasing their new LP, Exister, on Tuesday and playing some dates this spring.
words by Parker Langvardt
Weezer @ Congress Theater (photo via @enfusraye)
Back on Sunday night, 10/9, after a fan-generated vote to choose which album they'd play, Weezer performed the Blue Album in its entirety as well as another full set of hits at the Congress Theater as part of Riot Fest Chicago .
Chicago's up and coming brother and sister duo White Mystery opened the final night with their bluesy garage rock. Guitarist Alex White's Rickenbacker guitar and Orange amp pumped out dirty, overdriven tones- a good pairing with Francis Scott Key White's heavy tom parts.
Teenage Bottlerocket were the only band that really fell into the punk category for the night, and a lot of attendees who had been to the other Riot Fest shows noted that Weezer isn't punk, seeming slightly irritated. Teenage Bottlerocket were good, but would have fit better on a different night's bill.
Locals Urge Overkill played driving hard rock with slightly southern elements, especially the vocals, chord changes, and guitar solos. Their singer summed up the sound of the Congress Theater well- "Sounds like busking in a subway," he said, and then made a comment about how we all fit into this submarine, so they're going to play a song off of their new album Rock & Roll Submarine. They had good harmonies and melodic instrumentation, and their drummer makes them sound tight. At times it reminded me of Load-era Metallica, without all the suck.
Weezer opened their greatest hits set with "Troublemaker" from the Red Album, a typically catchy song for the band. Frontman Rivers Cuomo dedicated the night to their Green Album and Christmas EP which featured former bassist Mikey Welsh, who passed away the day before this show in a Chicago hotel room.
"El Scorcho" made for a great sing-a-long. As soon as they began to play their heavy anthem "Hash Pipe," the Congress Theater smelled a whole lot better. "Perfect Situation" lightened the mood a bit, giving way to a bit of crowd surfing. It was then that it hit me that Weezer, whose music is often based on the idea of acceptance, fit in with the otherwise punk festival just fine. Their fans were just as kind and talkative as Saturday (10/8)'s Descendents show at the venue. At first they come off as a big-time rock band, but their starkly bright "W" that hangs behind the band illuminates the crowd, encouraging people to look around and interact. They also encourage and expect the crowd to sing, and the crowd sang louder and more in key than most I've ever been a part of.
Then Cuomo pulled a little promotional tactic, playing a song for the upcoming Weezer Cruise in January and passing out a giant stack of fliers. They followed with "Island in the Sun," fitting, as their destination is Cozumel, Mexico.
They then did the last thing anyone expected by pulling out their cover of "Paranoid Android" by Radiohead, managing to alienate at least a quarter of their audience. I was very impressed by the recording, and it translated well into a slightly softer live version. Cuomo didn't have that eerie Yorke-ness when singing live. Someone once commented to me that "Paranoid Android" is like three songs in one, and after watching it live, I finally understand what they mean. The suspense that's created during the two major breakdowns is incredible. Of course they followed such a deep, moving performance with "Beverly Hills," and of course I had to like it...just a little bit. It's their pop interpretation of AC/DC's simple chord stops and it's irritatingly catchy. I do have to say that the talk box solo was way cooler to watch live than to listen to on the recording. The show was so fun that the security guards even seemed to take joy in catching crowd surfers, though maybe it was just because this crowd was far less rowdy than those of the rest of the weekend.
After a short intermission, Weezer took the stage once again, playing "My Name is Jonas" to kick off their performance of the Blue Album. Everyone sang along to the instantly recognizable tune, and the punk-speed sections had people jumping and dancing. Bassist Scott Shriner mumbled the party-conversation sections in "Undone - The Sweater Song" and conversations throughout the crowd added to the ambiance. As much as "Say It Ain't So" seems to work into Pandora and my shuffle, it will never get old and it was a delight to hear that bluesy guitar. The transition between the chorus lyric of "Holiday" to the "har-art-bee-eat" section always hits so hard. Shriner's voice melded with his bass tone as the song faded away to the barbershop quartet bridge. "Only in Dreams" was a great closer to a show. I had myself wondering whether Pinkerton would have been a better choice, as the songs I really liked on Blue Album would have probably been played anyway in the first set. Regardless, it was Weezer, and it was great.
photos by Carmelo Espanola
A set of pictures from the show continues below...
words by Parker Langvardt
Descendents @ Congress Theater (photo by Jessy Roxalot)
Michigan punk trio Cheap Girls opened Saturday (10/8)'s Riot Fest show at the Congress Theater with indie-pop tinged songs reminiscent of the late 90s. Their relaxed vocals and slacker demeanor emphasized the focus on the music rather than any notions of stardom. This continued throughout the day, and the venue always felt intimate despite the size.
The Copyrights hit the growing audience with a set full of chugging guitar chords and the occasional blast beat. The first mosh pits of the day started to form shortly into their set. Bassist Adam Fletcher was celebrating his 30th birthday that day, and they played the first phrase of "Happy Birthday," letting it ring out-of-tune before launching into an aggressive pop punk song.
Bluegrass punks Larry and His Flask strummed fast chords before exploding into insane rockabilly. Pointy-bearded double bassist Jeshua Marshall leapt several feet across the stage and continued to jump around through the entire set, slapping and popping as he dragged and heaved the massive instrument around. Acoustic guitarist Dallin Bulkley looked like an Amish punk with his long beard and huge, flat-brimmed hat. The mandolin player Kirk Skatvold switched to trumpet for their mariachi ska-punk songs, joined on euphonium and trombone by Jeshua and banjoist Andrew Carew respectively. Drummer Jamin Marshall stood at his kit during the entire performance, and fell to his knees at one point to roll his sticks on a low cymbal. The bluegrass snare drum rolls throughout many of their songs appropriately sounded like a train clacking over tracks. Towards the end of their set, the entire band (with the exception of the drummer) climbed over the barrier to join the audience, making everyone get down on the floor. After a suspenseful minute without music, they counted to four and everyone scrambled to stand up and mosh. They asked the crowd to "scream like it's the end of the world" before tearing through one last song.
Chicago locals Shot Baker picked up on the aggression lost when The Copyrights finished their set. Their singer roamed free with his mic, yelling gruffly while the rest of the band stood relatively still, playing their instruments.
Ontario, Canada's The Flatliners' set included songs such as "Eulogy," "Monumental," and "Fred's Got Slacks," which is named after a song from the Saturday Night Live skit "The Devil Can't Write A Love Song," in which Will Ferrell is the devil and Garth Brooks sells his soul for the ability to write better songs. It turned out the Devil isn't any good at writing songs, but The Flatliners' are, and they pumped up the crowd with fast ska-punk guitar rhythms and relentless vocals.
The Menzingers played a set of pop punk songs with slightly distorted guitar chords and arpeggios.
Strike Anywhere's vocalist Thomas Barnett stood out from most of the other front men with his dreadlocks and slight boyish singing timbre, which he easily transitioned into melodic screaming.
Local Celtic punks Flatfoot 56 began by telling the crowd that they were grateful to have been asked to play Riot Fest, because they would have bought tickets anyway. Drummer Justin Bawinkel provided humorous commentary every couple songs, once stating that his facial hair "felt inferior" after seeing Larry and His Flask. Bagpiper Eric McMahon didn't play on every song, but helped expand their stage presence by walking around and amusingly posing with his forehead against the microphone before popping up to shout a single "Hey!" He played with a diverse style that set him apart from most Celtic punk bagpipers. Brandon Good's mandolin playing was even more diverse, ranging from sunny Appalachian melodies to surf rock tremolo picking. A circle pit opened up twice the diameter of the red glowing top of Congress' domed roof.
The smoking alley that the Congress Theater left open was just about filled to capacity right before Leftover Crack, which is where I met a group of Canadians that had driven from Ontario with the main purpose of seeing them. The band was denied entry on their last trip to Canada, and there has been no sign of a trip back. The stage was hazy as they started, and Stza Crack's voice had a smoky, nasally sneer when he sang, which became a gritty scream for heavier sections. They played the ska punk song "500 Channels" by their old band, Choking Victim, and Stza jumped into the crowd to join them in singing. They followed with a dance-punk song with funk elements, which was a welcomed departure from the same punk rhythms and sounds that occurred all day. Stza wished everyone a "Happy Skalloween" and began a call and response of "Fuck the Police!" before the band launched into the offbeat ska strumming of "Gang Control." They then played a song that Stza said was about unity, tolerance of sexual orientation, nationality, race, and "all that bullshit."
The Suicide Machines opened with "Our Time," and sprinkled other Destruction By Definition ska punk songs throughout their set including "New Girl," "Island," "S.O.S." "Break the Glass," and "The Real You." I was hoping there would be some brass considering some of my favorite Suicide Machines recordings have them, but there wasn't any. Singer Jason Navarro said that their secret show at the AAA Warehouse was one of the craziest shows he's ever played, and that he got in a car for no apparent reason with one of the guys from Naked Raygun and puked on the interior. At the end of their set, the bassist swung his bass over his shoulder, catching it, and the guitarist tossed his guitar ten feet in the air across the stage, landing upside down and snapping its neck on impact.
Similarly to 2010's Riot Fest headliners Bad Religion, the reunited Descendents have vocally matured, adding deepness and clarity that seems to come with age and practice. Singer Milo Aukerman actually holds a doctorate in biochemistry, much like Bad Religion's Greg Graffin, whose muddled P.H.D. is in something along the lines of evolutionary biology. The difference is that Aukerman tended to write about a more personal level of life than Graffin, making them much more accessible and less polarizing, especially with their pop-punk sound. Their unique style, which involves dark and slightly bizarre scales, shakes things up from the stereotype of punk, and I think it ends up being more genuine. The vibrato guitar melody of "Silly Girl" was much more full and emotional than the recording. "I Wanna Be a Bear" reminded everyone of Aukerman's wit. One of my favorite parts of the show was Aukerman's reading of the band's Ten Commandments during "All-O-Gistics," with an artificial stone in hand:
Thou shalt not commit laundryThis concluded Saturday's epically long (2:30PM on) Congress Theater show.
Thou shalt covet thy neighbor's food
Thou shalt not create ties with the scathed
Thou shalt always go for greatness
Thou shalt not commit adulthood
Thou shalt not partake of decaf
Thou shalt not suppress flatulence
Thou shalt not commit hygiene
Thou shalt not have no idea
Thou shalt commit thyself to an institution
Thou shalt not take the van's name in vain
Thou shalt not allow anything to deter you in your quest for All
We don't have pictures from this one, but you can see some from Helmet's Riot Fest set, HERE.
photos by Carmelo Espanola
Helmet @ Double Door (10/07/2011)
Initially we had opted to shoot the Danzig Legacy show at the Congress Theater, however last minute Danzig's camp decided that there would be no photographers let in.
Carmelo watched a bit of the show , and then hopped over to the Double Door to catch Helmet. Though we missed them, Bitter Wigs, Admiral of Black, and Electric Hawk opened the show. Some pictures of the headliner's set are below. Even more pics of Helmet, from their recent NYC show, HERE.
The very same night, former Helmet drummer John Stanier played the Vic with his band Battles. More on that show HERE.
photos by Carmelo Espanola
BV Chicago's Carmelo Espanola was in attendance, camera in tow..
today in Chicago
* Man Or Astro Man?, Jaill @ Metro
* Wild Flag, YellowFever @ Empty Bottle
* Lindstrom, Olin, Kid Color @ Smart Bar
* Riot Fest Secret Show @ AAA Warehouse
* Riot Fest Secret Show @ Cobra Lounge (Late Show)
* Dead To Me, Sundowner, The Bombpops @ Beat Kitchen
* Boats, Advance Base, Runaway Five, Naive @ Ultra Lounge
* The Business, The Crombies @ Cobra Lounge (Early Show)
* Cro-Mags, Early Graves, New Lows @ Reggie's (Free Show)
* Stephen Kellogg & The Sixers, Jon Mclaughlin, Amy Lennard @ Lincoln Hall
* The Great Society Mind Destroyers, Panda Riot, Light Foils, Chatham Rise @ Viaduct Theatre
* Smoking Popes, Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, Super Happy Fun Club @ Double Door (Free Show)
* The Descendents, Suicide Machines, Strike Anywhere, The Flatliners, Flatfoot 56, Menzingers, Shot Baker, The Copyrights, Cheap Girls, Larry and His Flask @ Congress Theater
Wild Flag play their first of two shows at the Empty Bottle tonight.
today in Chicago
* Dick Dale @ SPACE
* Battles, Walls @ the Vic
* Imelda May @ Park West
* Riot Fest Secret Show @ AAA
* Cut Chemist, Quantic @ The Mid
* Van Hunt, Empress Hotel @ Schubas
* Helmet, Electric Hawk @ Double Door
* Riot Fest Secret Show @ Cobra Lounge
* LA Looks, Secret Science @ Ultra Lounge
* Roger Daltry @ Horseshoe Hammond Casino
* Jackie Greene, Nicki & Tim Bluhm @ Lincoln Hall
* Esperanza Spalding @ Chicago Symphony Center
* Thomas Dolby, A Map of the Floating City @ Martyrs
* Arboretum, Eternal Tapestry, Matthew Hale Clark @ Hideout
* Gardens and Villa, Youth Lagoon, Tiger Waves @ Empty Bottle
* Northpilot, The Lonliest Monk, Guillermo Sexo @ Subterranean
* The Naked and Famous, The Chain Gang of 1974, White Arrows @ Metro
* Danzig, Samhain, Youth of Today, Macabre, Nachtmystium, The Infected @ Congress Theater
* The Bears Of Blue River, Dastardly, Bright Young Man, Shaina Hoffman, Woodrow Hart @ Panchos
* ALL, Scott Reynolds, Down By Law, The Chinese Telephones, The Holy Mess @ Bottom Lounge
Battles have posted some making of footage for their "My Machines" video. Check it out.
JEFF the Brotherhood played Fallon. Footage below.
Those Darlins played Schubas last night with Peelander Z. How was the show? Today they've released a new video for "Screws Get Loose." View it below.
St. Vincent @ the Met in August (more by Bao Nguyen)
today in Chicago
* X @ Bottom Lounge
* St. Vincent, Cate Le Bon @ Metro
* Foster The People, Reptar @ the Riv
* The Mekons, Brokeback @ Lincoln Hall
* The Asteroids Galaxy Tour, Born Gold @ Schubas
* Cerebral Ballzy, Cenobites, Cadence Fox @ Subterranean
* Those Darlins, Peelander Z, Young Buffalo @ Empty Bottle
* Datarock, Ella Riot, Baertur, Syntax Terrorkester @ Double Door
* The Extraordinaires, Netherfriends, Dowsing, Skymaul @ The Juicer
* Hollerado, Michael Lux and the Bad Sons, Baron Von Something, The Hemmingbirds @ Ultra Lounge
Feist played Letterman last night. Check out the footage below.
Riot Fest kicks off tonight with X at the Bottom Lounge.
Scottish folk musician Bert Jansch passed away early this morning. RIP Bert.
Stream new albums from Bjork, Future Islands, and more over at NPR.
Holy Ghost! @ T5 - the last LCD Soundsystem shows (more by Vincent Cornelli)
Double Door has a slew of amazing upcoming shows on their calendar.
These are our picks...
Stiff Little Fingers, Flatfoot 56, and Rambos will play on August 17th (tomorrow).
Sleepy Sun, and Buffalo Killers will play on August 25th.
JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, and Soul Summit DJs will play on September 2nd.
Kings Go Forth, and Soul Summit DJs will play September 16th.
Data Rock will play on October 5th.
Lisa Hannigan, and John Smith will play on October 10th.
Butch Walker And The Black Widows will play on October 13th.
Tickets go on sale this Saturday (8/20), at noon CST.
The Lemonheads, and The Shining Twins will play on October 21st.
Holy Ghost!, Jessica 6, and Eli Escobar will play on November 5th.
Meat Puppets will play on November 11th.
To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Muppets creator Jim Henson's death, some now-classic cuts from the program/feature-length films have been manifested in a covers LP.
Muppets: The Green Album, out August 23rd features prolific artists such as: Ok Go, Weezer, The Fray, Alkaline Trio, My Morning Jacket, Amy Lee, Sondre Lerche, The Airborne Toxic Event, Brandon Saller, Andrew Bird, Matt Nathanson, and Rachael Yamagata.
Stream the album in its entirety via NPR.
Weezer, Andrew Bird, and The Airborne Toxic Event all have upcoming Chicago shows too.
Today, Riot Fest Chicago saw the lineup additions of: Leftover Crack, 7 Seconds, Down By Law, ...AND THIS ↓
On Friday October 7, 2011 Danzig(!) will headline Riot Fest and perform a career spanning show featuring sets of Danzig, Samhain and Misfits songs with none other than Doyle joining on guitar the Misfits set. We've waited years for this and we can't wait to see the inside of the Congress Theater turn into a churning sea of humanity.
Tickets are on sale now, with more band announcements are stil to come(!).
Red Bull's Riot Fest Chicago is set to take place at various venues throughout the city from October 5th - 9th.
Headliners include: Weezer, Social Distortion, and Descendents, with more TBA.
What has been announced of the lineup thus far, is manifested in the poster above.
We'll keep you updated as more details become available.