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Snoop Dogg / Modest Mouse / The Dwarves / swingers
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015
Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Chicago represent! The Dwarves started here before packing up and taking its pure punk to California. In keeping with the retro vibe, the band performed, in its entirety, "Blood, Guts, and ..." its 1990 album whose full title decorum forbids listing here. The band slid into more shocking lyrics, clued in perhaps by the guitarist wearing a black jockstrap, a mask and his instrument. But make no mistake, this set was a noisy, aggro wonder. Riot Fest has so, so many bands that sound alike, you forget how dangerous and subversive punk used to be. Titles like "Back Seat of My Car," and "Let's ..." sounded as fresh and gloriously vile as they did in 1990. [Chicago Tribune]
Day 1, day 2 and then finally Riot Fest Chicago wrapped up on Sunday with Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Tenacious D, L7, Cypress Hill, Manchester Orchestra, De La Soul, Jimmy Cliff, Andrew WK, Hum, The Dwarves, Alvvays, Foxing, Beach Slang, a surprise Taking Back Sunday set on a small side stage (following a headlining set the previous day) and more.

More day 3 pictures below...

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by Andrew Sacher

Run Forever photo by Brian Wilson (no, not *that* Brian Wilson)
Run Forever

Pennsylvania indie rockers Run Forever mentioned back in the spring that they'd have a new album out on No Sleep this year, and it's since been announced. The record is self-titled and was co-produced by Matt Talbott of Hum and Kyle Gilbride of Swearin', and it actually kinda sounds like the love child of those two bands. It's scrappy and grungy like the latter, but the former's thick atmospheres are all over this too. The record features "Big Vacation" which came out as a single earlier this year, plus the recently-revealed "Separate Bedrooms" and "Weight Under Me" and the brand new "Ivory" which premieres in this post. Here's what songwriter Anthony Heubel tells us about that one:

Ivory is kind of a mix of a bunch of different events put into one song. I got a phone call when we were in Texas that a friend I grew up with had died, so that's a big part of it. Some of it's about the disconnect of being on tour, and using that as a way to block things out sometimes. There are some other secret lines in there too.
Listen to all four songs and check out the artwork and tracklist below. Run Forever drops on October 9 and pre-orders are available.

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photo: Failure at Webster Hall in August (more by Gret Cristman)

Reunited alt-rockers Failure recently toured and they're ready to hit the road again this fall. The tour includes a run with Hum and Torche (that's a great triple bill) and also one with Trail of Dead and Local H (ditto). And for this one, they'll be touring as a four-piece with former touring member Troy Van Leeuwen (also of Queens of the Stone Age).

Failure will hit NYC for a CMJ show on October 14 at Brooklyn Bowl. That's a Flood Magazine FLOODFest show, and the rest of the lineup is TBA. Tickets are on sale now and CMJ badges will also be accepted.

All dates are listed below...

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photos by Greg Cristman, words by Andrew Sacher


Failure and Hum brought their tour to NYC's Webster Hall Thursday night (8/13) for a sold-out show. The show got an early start, after opener Nothing sadly dropped off due to a death in the family, but the place was already packed as could be for Hum's 7:45 PM set. Both bands played lengthy sets full of classic material -- though Failure did include a few off this year's reunion album, The Heart Is A Monster -- and both played encores. Needless to say, Hum and Failure are a great match. Both heavy, atmospheric, and super professional bands. Failure especially, their intricate light show was as crucial to their set as the songs themselves.

More pictures and both bands' setlists, below...

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photo: Nothing at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)

Nothing have been on tour with Failure and Hum, but unfortunately had to drop off tonight's sold-out NYC show at Webster Hall (8/13) at the last minute. No formal announcement has been given at the moment, but Webster tweeted:

Update: Nothing posted:

Due to a death in the family, Nothing will not be performing tonight with Failure and Hum at Webster Hall in NYC. We are so sorry to fans who purchased tickets, but this is completely unforeseen and beyond anyone's control. We received a phone call regarding this matter only a few hours ago. We appreciate your understanding.
Sad to hear, our thoughts go out to them and their family.

Hum also played Brooklyn's Saint Vitus last night. A short video of that below...

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photo: Hum at FFF Fest 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

As you may know, the stacked Failure / Hum / Nothing tour hits NYC on August 13 at Webster Hall. That's now sold out, but there's still another chance to see Hum in NYC, and it's somewhere a little more intimate.

UPDATE: Ticketweb was listing the Webster show as sold out at the time of this post, but now tickets appear to be available.

Hum will hit Saint Vitus on August 12, the day before that Webster show. Tickets are on sale now. Updated dates are listed below.

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by Andrew Sacher

photo: Nothing at Levitation 2015 (more by PSquared)

Failure and Hum have both proved influential on the current wave of bands combining punk, metal, alternative rock and shoegaze, so it was cool enough when those bands decided to tour together this year. But now that tour is even cooler, because it's been revealed that one of the bands they influenced, Nothing, will open select dates.

They're on the NYC show, which happens August 13 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

Nothing's Will Yip-produced sophomore album will be out at some point on Collect Records. Watch the recently-released video for their Nirvana cover, with the list of tour dates, below...

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Riot Fest Chicago 2015

Following the Riot Fest Toronto lineup additions, the 2015 Riot Fest Chicago lineup has now been expanded. Additions include System of a Down, The Prodigy, 88 Fingers Louie and Chef'Special.

They join Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, BIlly Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix(, Drive Like Jehu, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, The Damned, Death, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, and more.

Riot Fest Chicago goes down September 11-13 in Douglas Park. Tickets are still available. Updated lineup below.

Update: Denver additions announced too.

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photo: Hum at FFF 2011 (more by Tim Griffin)

Hum are continuing their reunion this year with tours on either side of their upcoming Riot Fest Chicago appearance. Both legs are co-headlining with another reunited '90s-era band. The East Coast leg is with Failure, who share Hum's grungy, shoegazy style, and the West Coast is with emo band Mineral (whose reunion is fortunately not done, despite them saying the opposite).

The Hum/Failure run hits NYC on August 13 at Webster Hall. Presales for that whole run start Wednesday (6/10) via Pledgemusic, and general on-sale begins Friday (6/12).

That show's about a month after Failure's tour hits Long Island's Space at Westbury on 7/18 (tickets). If you aren't caught up, check out parts 1 through 4 of Failure's studio diary on their upcoming album, The Heart Is A Monster.

All dates are listed, with classic Hum and Failure videos, below...

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UPDATE: More artists added.

Riot Fest

First Toronto, then Denver, now the Riot Fest Chicago 2015 lineup is announced. It includes Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg (performing Doggystyle), Modest Mouse, No Doubt, Rancid (performing ...And Out Come the Wolves), Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube (performing Straight Outta Compton remix), Alkaline Trio, Taking Back Sunday, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Lifetime, Desaparecidos, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Babes In Toyland, L7, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, The Dwarves (performing Blood, Guts and Pussy), Jimmy Cliff, The Damned, Against Me!, Living Colour, Fishbone, Death, Hum, GWAR, Civ, The Thurston Moore Band, Echo & the Bunnymen, Anthrax, Modern Life Is War, The Movielife, FIDLAR, Andrew WK, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Beach Slang, Tommy Stinson and many more, plus a few more TBA.

Tickets are on sale now. This year happens at the new location of Douglas Park from September 11-13. All currently announced artists are listed below...

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by Andrew Sacher


It's no secret that the '90s are all the rage right now. The internet (and maybe even your real life) is filled with nostalgia for everything from Pogs to Nickelodeon cartoons to Tamagotchis and this reality check from The Onion that the '90s weren't only Pogs, Nickelodeon cartoons and Tamagotchis. Indie rock is no exception. The sounds of the Alternative Nation era can be heard in many of today's indie bands, and countless '90s OGs have reformed to excellent results, playing not just to the people who saw them the first time around but to many new, younger fans. When it comes to discussing '90s rock, we usually turn the conversation towards critically acclaimed bands like Pavement, Superchunk, Archers of Loaf, Built to Spill, Neutral Milk Hotel, and My Bloody Valentine or huge bands like Nirvana, Weezer, and Radiohead. You don't need another list telling you those bands are great. (But if you do, those lists are easily Googleable and recommended!) Instead, here's an alternative (pun intended) way of looking at the decade. Here's a list that highlights nine great bands who seem like they're starting to get re-evaluated a bit and starting to get the credit they deserve (some more than others).

I'm not trying to take the obscurer-than-thou route either. In fact, there's a good chance you've heard of all of these bands. All of them were on major labels. Some didn't have enough hits to get legitimately popular or remembered for more than one or two songs, but because of their MTV/KROQ associations they weren't very indie-cool either. Some achieved more mainstream success (often by changing their sound), an even bigger indie cred killer. But all of them are doing cool stuff right now, whether it's new albums, vinyl reissues, tours of the classic material, or new related bands. Almost all of them also have a clear influence on younger, modern bands. Whatever it is, it's reminding us why they were such great artists to begin with.

Of course this list could've had way more than nine bands. So feel free to comment telling us which ones you would've included and which ones you think we should've left off. Check out the list (in no particular order), with commentary and song streams, below.

UPDATE: Here's why we didn't include Nada Surf.

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photos by Tim Griffin

Hum @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
Hum at Fun Fun Fun Fest 6 - 11/06/2011

I can say without any reservations that this was a moment I had thought about for nearly 15 years. HUM was a band that I worshiped from my mid teenage years until well into my twenties. Their two major label records, You'd Prefer An Astronaut and Downward is Heavenward, I clutched tightly against my chest and listened to on repeat in the closed world of my angst-fueled bedroom. Next to ninja turtles bed sheets, posters of Nirvana and Issac Asimov novels, were cassette and CD copies of both albums. I can still remember hearing when I was 13 or 14 that HUM would be playing a small festival show at Worlds of Fun with my other favorite band of the time, Kill Creek. I've been beating myself up for missing that show for over a decade. -[Demencha]
The above review comes from the Kansas City reunion appearance of Hum, which went down a month after they played the AV Fest in Chicago and right before their Fun Fun Fun fest showing. We only posted one picture from their Austin show. This post attempts to remedy that situation.

If you missed them (possibly because you live in the East Coast), we also have a consolation prize in the form of a live recording via Cavis Tapes who recorded the whole Fun Fun Fun Fest set and posted it as a free download, Grab that before the link expires.

You can also get your Hum fix via a tribute LP which was recently released via Pop Up Records. The record features contributions from names like The Esoteric, Constants, Junius, City of Ships, and many others.

So far Hum has not announced any more shows. More of those belated Hum pictures from Fun Fun Fun Fest are below...

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photos by Tim Griffin

Flying Lotus

Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 came to a close on Sunday night. It was another successful year for the well-rounded music fest, and the end of its first in the larger (and much dustier) Auditorium Shores. And though Ryan Gosling may have been the most talked about artist at the festival (Danzig was a close second), the real star was festival organizer Transmission Enertainment for putting together such a kickass lineup on four stages for three days straight (not to mention a mechanical bull) (and skate and bike ramp and tons of good food and vendors and merch and posters and wrestling) (and Turquoise Jeep).

After Hum and then a quick set of comedy by metal comedian Brian Posehn (he did his Slayer joke and one that involved Pantera), Slayer closed out the large Orange stage on Sunday (the other metal acts played on the slightly smaller Black Stage all weekend, but the Orange was the biggest and actually specially built to Slayer's specs).

Slayer wasn't the only wild headliner of the day though. In fact, that's an understatement. Trash Talk played after Henry Rollins did his set of spoken word in the Yellow Tent because Trash Talk had to miss their originally scheduled set on the Black Stage earlier in the week due to a family emergency. Thanking everyone for missing Slayer to see them (actually not true because it ended up Trash Talk was done before Slayer even started), Trash Talk started their hardcore insanity by pointing out that they were on the only stage with no barricade (the stage comedians usually played). Circle pits, stagediving, stage crowding, grabbing the mic, pumping fists (and skateboards) and just general craziness characterized the next 20 minutes or so.

The always controversial Odd Future drew their own giant and enthusiastic crowd to their headlining set on the Blue Stage, and Blonde Redhead closed out the Black Stage to a more intimate and chilled out audience (in the location that was metal, punk, garage and hardcore the rest of the weekend).

Here is our second set of pictures from the final day of the fest, including Asobi Seksu, the reunited Hum, We Were Promised Jetpacks (who just played NYC and one of our CMJ day parties), Odd Future, G-Side, Austra, Grimes, MNDR, Mates of State, Budos Band, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Architecture in Helsinki, Del the Funky Homosapien, Brian Posehn, Flying Lotus, Brody Stevens, Trash Talk, Henry Rollins, and more SLAYERRRR.

We previously posted pictures from both day 1 and day 2, and a second set by BBG day 1, day 2, and day 3

The rest of day 3, below...

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Slayer at Izod Center (photos by Samantha Marble)

Slayer, Thee Oh Sees, Public Enemy, Girls, Danzig Legacy, (Danzig + Doyle von Frankenstein playing Misfits, Samhain & Danzig), Hot Snakes, Diplo, Major Lazer, Henry Rollins, Ted Leo & The Phramacists, Spank Rock, Murder City Devils, Hum, Lykke Li, Passion Pit, Four Tet, Rakim, The Damned, Austra, Purity Ring, and Flynt Flossy are just a few of the acts announced today as part of the Fun Fun Fun Fest 2011 lineup. Another amazing year! Check out the full lineup below and stay tuned for more announcements coming in August and September.

The new additions to the Austin, Texas festival, which takes place from 11/4 - 11/6, are in addition to the the previous "lineup leaks" that included Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, X (performing "Los Angeles"), Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot, Kid Dynamite and others

2011 is the festival's sixth year, but first at its new home Auditorium Shores (no more Waterloo Park). Tickets are on sale now.

Slayer also has a NYC performance coming up with Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth as part of the "Big Four" show at Yankee Stadium on 9/14. Tickets are still available.

Fun Fun Fun 2011 flyer and almost-full lineup is below.

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by BBG


"Matt Talbott tells me there's some Hum shows coming this fall! I don't have all the details yet, but here's what I know: there will be one on September 10th, and it won't be in Champaign. A show in Champaign is possibly going to be planned for September 9th, and they are playing Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin, TX in November." -[h-u-m.net]
The above quote comes from a Hum fansite, and while we have yet to receive official word, it does seem within the realm of possibility considering that Hum have reunited occaisionally since officially dissolving in 2000. More news to come.

Hum released You'd Prefer an Astronaut in 1995 and the follow-up Downward Is Heavenward in 1998.

Though they haven't confirmed Hum, Fun Fun Fun Fest did recently "leak" some more of their Austin festival lineup. The first leak had Brian Posehn, Odd Future, Okkervil River, M83, and X (performing "Los Angeles"). The second leak added Reggie Watts, Flying Lotus, Tune-Yards, Ra Ra Riot and Kid Dynamite!

That now makes two upcoming shows for Kid Dynamite who are also playing FYF Fest in LA.