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Riot Fest

We recently mentioned that Riot Fest Denver's permit to hold the festival at May Farms in Byers, CO was denied due to inconveniences it caused the residents of Byers, and that the fest will happen in a new location. We now know it will be instead held at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver, still from September 19-21 as originally planned. There will also still be free parking for festival goers and all tickets purchased will be honored.

A press release also notes that many of the non-musical perks of May Farms will be kept intact:

Outside of bringing the May Farms aesthetic to the new site, organizers will also go ahead with the previously planned carnival rides and games, a miniature golf course, lucha libre, a large circus tent with oddities performers and a long list of amazing food vendors. Other plans include turfing the parking lot of the stadium and bringing all the things people love about May Farms (tractors, hay bales, etc) together with all the things to love about a country fair (rides, a pie eating contest, apple bobbing and more). Even the stages and vendor rows have been renamed to indicate Riot Fest's support of Byers, Colorado.
Riot Fest is also showing their support of the Byers community:
* Any Byers resident who wants to come to Riot Fest this year will receivecomplimentary tickets as well as free daily shuttle service to and from May Farms and Sports Authority Field. Details will be announced next week on how residents can sign-up for this.

* Riot Fest will also allow several Byers businesses and other I-70 Corridor businesses who supported them free vending space at no cost.

* Riot Fest has also announced a $5,000 scholarship to be awarded to one graduating senior who plans on majoring in music, arts, business or marketing. Riot Fest has now asked other partners, industry friends and other Colorado businesses to contribute in hopes of getting that scholarship up to $20,000.

As discussed, the lineup for Riot Fest Denver includes The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Failure, Hot Snakes, All, Mineral and many more. Plus certain artists will be performing classic albums in full. Tickets are still available.

Riot Fest also happens in Chicago (which is running a pizza-fied punk album contest) and Toronto.

Day-by-day Riot Fest Denver lineup, with the new flyer, below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Denver announces new location"

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DoNYC's Chicago cousin Do312 is running a contest. The prize is two VIP tickets to the punk-filled Riot Fest Chicago where a ton of awesome punk bands are playing in September. To enter, you need to "Pizzafy a Punk Album" and upload it to Do312 where there are already over 100 cheesy entries you can browse through, like the three non-vegan (and some not-so-punk, like The Cure) examples above.

In related news, the Macaulay Culkin-fronted Pizza Underground band plays a free outdoor show in Philadelphia TONIGHT (7/18). "Join us as we eat a lot of pizza, dance to pizza themed songs, and then watch a pizza themed movie, all in front of The Art Museum and all completely free of charge!"

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Some unfortunate news for Riot Fest Denver. The Denver Post reports that their permit from Araphoe County (where the festival was supposed to take place) has been denied. Zoning Administrator Tammy King stated some the reasons in her letter of denial:

Based upon the information provided to me, it is clear that when Riot Fest was held in 2013, the traffic generated to and from the May Farms property by allowing the above-referenced vehicles to park on the property over a two to three day period caused numerous adverse impacts to members of the community. These impacts included residents having difficulty in getting their vehicles in and out of their driveways, substantial difficulties in traveling to obtain groceries and other essential services, difficulty in getting to and from work, [and] difficulty in conducting farm trucking activities.
The fest will still go on though. They posted to their Facebook page:
Due to circumstances beyond our control and despite lots of support for Riot Fest & Sideshow in Byers, May Farms is no longer available to host Riot Fest. A nearby alternate location will be announced early next week. We know this sucks, we're as disappointed as you are, but if you could be a little patient with us, we'll have more information ASAP. All tickets will be honored at the new location. Riot Fest in Denver is NOT cancelled, the show will go on, and rock n roll never dies.
The festival is set to happen September 19-21 and the lineup includes The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Failure, Hot Snakes, All, Mineral and many more. Plus certain artists will be performing classic albums in full. Tickets are still available.

Riot Fest also happens in Chicago and Toronto.

by Ian Chainey

Stiff Little Fingers at Gramercy in 2011 (more by Konstantin Sergeyev)
Stiff Little Fingers

Stiff Little Fingers, the long-running Irish punkers, will be touring in support of the recently-released No Going Back in late summer. Along with a string of dates packaging the group with the Offspring and Bad Religion, Stiff Little Fingers will also play Riot Fest Chicago and Denver. The band hits NYC on September 20 at Irving Plaza as stand-alone headliners. They'll also play NJ's Stone Pony the day before (9/19) Tickets go on sale Friday (6/20) at noon, with a Live Nation and Music Geeks presale for Irving Plaza happening now (password: MUSICGEEKS).

No Going Back, the band's tenth, finds lone-constant Jake Burns in fine voice, using his gravelly rasp to great effect. It's a more mature, power-pop direction than the group's biting early material. Still, Bruce and company know how to build a song, setting engaging lyrics within strong, slightly twangy hooks. The record was shepherded into existence by a crowd-funded effort on PledgeMusic and you can stream it via Rdio and check out a few songs in this post.

All of Stiff Little Fingers' dates are listed, along with streams of No Going Back and past classics, below.

Continue reading "Stiff Little Fingers released new LP, touring w/ Offspring & Bad Religion, playing NYC/NJ headlining shows (dates, LP stream)"

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Riot Fest Chicago keeps getting crazier. First they announced their stacked lineup, then revealed that ten of those artists would be performing classic LPs in full, and now they've added more bands to the fest including a handful of heavy hitters. New additions include Primus, Tokyo Police Club, Say Anything, The Hold Steady, Only Crime, Lemuria, Pity Sex, From Indian Lakes, Lucki Eck$, Tiny Moving Parts, The Picturebooks and Survay Says. Tickets are still available.

Updated lineup, including The Cure, Jane's Addiction, Weezer, Social Distortion, Slayer, Descendents, Samhain, Patti Smith, Get Up Kids, Mineral, Failure, Mastodon and so many more, at Riot Fest's site and below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago lineup expands (Primus, Tokyo Police Club, Say Anything, The Hold Steady & more)"

by Ian Chainey

GWAR at GWAR-B-Q, 2013 (more by Josh Sisk)
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You just can't keep a good GWAR down? The show must splooge on? Never "Sick of You"?

Fans and amateur pun runners (*ahem*) were excited to learn that heavy metal liquid-excreters GWAR are, apparently, still performing. As of right now, the group have two dates on the horizon: one being the 5th Annual GWAR-B-Q (8/16 at Hadad Lake, VA) and the other the Chicago iteration of Riot Fest (Sept. 12 - 14). Maybe the rumor will float around that GWAR will back Danzig for his Samhain set, thus causing the entire internet to burst into flames. Hope you had the last 20 years written down somewhere.

Of course, jokes aside, there is something of a gigantic hole in the GWAR lineup currently: Dave "Oderus Urungus" Brockie. The singer sadly passed away in March, putting the outrageous act's future on ice. But, as long as this continuation is handled with class, it should be okay, right? So far, so good: The original Beefcake the Mighty, Mike Bishop, is reportedly back in the fold for GWAR-B-Q. Bishop played bass for the band from 1987 to 1993 and again from 1998 to 1999. The fact they're getting a past relation is a great sign. Tickets to GWAR-B-Q go on sale June 5.

So, GWAR-B-Q attendees, there will still be a GWAR for you. Riot Festers? Looks that way. The band's website posted the Riot Fest announcement as well, so it's not like a flier typo/mixed signals are at play. (The website announcement added, "Socialize, you human filth!" GWAR, immersion therapy experts.) Innnteresting. Very interesting.

The Live from Antarctica video from 1990 with Mike Bishop in the mix appears below.

Continue reading "GWAR continue on (Beefcake the Mighty rejoining?), scheduled for GWAR-B-Q & Chicago Riot Fest"

Danzig at Riot Fest in 2013 (more by Kirstie Shanley)
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Nestled within the Riot Fest Chicago 2014 lineup sat this intriguing name: Samhain. The Samhain? The band Glenn Danzig fronted between two legacy-ensuring runs in the Misfits and his "Mother"-effin' 'solo' stardom? That Samhain?

Danzig's official website has since confirmed: "We can confirm that DANZIG has accepted an invitation to perform as his Classic SAMHAIN at Riot Fest in Chicago this September. More as we get it...Stay Tuned!!!" Riot Fest has since announced that Samhain will play Initium in full.

We actually shouldn't be too surprised. Danzg has been touring with Doyle-infused Misfits sets as part of his show for a while now, and in 2011 he did a "Danzig Legacy" tour, with shows that included (drama and) seven Samhain songs and members as part of the setlist. That tour hit Riot Fest in Chicago, a fest Danzig then played for a second time last year (and which he will play for a third time this year). Three members of Samhain played in the band (Glenn Danzig, London May and Steve Zing).

What we still don't know is who will actually be playing in this version of the reunited "Samhain". Danzig hasn't said yet. Drummer/bassist Steve Zing is a very safe bet since he was in Samhain, played the 'Legacy' shows and plays in Danzig's current lineup. Drummer/bassist London May, already back in the fold recently, also seems very possible. The bigger question is whether we'll get original member (and Danzig original member, but current country singer) drummer/bassist Eerie Von back in the fold. In our professional opinion that is who Danzig needs most to validate this thing, and actually things are looking good, though it might require Glenn also wrangling in guitarist Pete "Damien" Marshall. In 2012, Blankman ran this interview:

BMi: Why weren't you part of the Samhain reunion

EV: "What reunion? Glenn and 2 drummers? I said if the Guitar player Damian wasn't involved I wasn't interested."

BMi: What do you think about Jerry Only's continued version of the Misfits?

EV: "That's Jerry's thing. He's keeping the name alive, and playing the songs for the kids who never saw the old band. I only saw them when they first got back together, and had Graves as a singer. I thought they were pretty good. I haven't seen Jerry and the others guys since.

BMi: Knowing all the guys in the band personally, what do you think the chances are of a full-fledged Misfits reunion?

EV: "Slim to None, but you never can tell. It's been discussed over the years."

Slim to none is right, and even more right now that Danzig and Jerry Only are embroiled in yet another lawsuit concerning a legal spat with Misfits bassist Jerry Only over Hot Topic merchandising royalties, citing the devilocked dude for breach of a '94 agreement to share trademarks.
After registering the trademarks, Danzig alleges Jerry then secretly entered into deals with various merchandisers, including Hot Topic, and cut Danzig out of any potential profits in the process. Danzig claims Jerry even threatened to withhold licensing rights from merchandisers if they did business with Danzig at all.

Danzig -- who left The Misfits in 1983 -- is suing for breach of contract and more. He insists he's solely responsible for the Misfits fame as a founding member of the group, and deserves his fair share of merchandising profits. [re-tox]

Misfits say it's "sour grapes". Read the entire statement they gave to Alternative Press in response to the lawsuit, below, and good luck Glenn.

Meanwhile, Jerry Only's version of the Misfits just announced that their NYC Halloween show will happen this year on October 28 at Irving Plaza. Tickets are on Live Nation/Music Geeks presale and go on regular sale Friday (5/16) at 10 AM.

All of Danzig's & Misfits' 2014 tour dates, along with some Samhain samples -- that you should listen to with unbiased ears -- below.

Continue reading "Samhain reuniting (?) for Riot Fest, Danzig & Jerry Only in court over Hot Topic, Misfits announce Halloween show"

this is one of 10 albums being performed in full at Riot Fest
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The killer lineups for Chicago and Denver's Riot Fests were announced this week, and as if having tons of classic bands wasn't enough, the festival has now announced then ten of those bands will perform one of their classic albums in full. It's in celebration of the festival's 10th anniversary (they're calling it "10 Years. 10 Essential Albums.") and includes Jane's Addiction playing their 1988 major label debut, Nothing's Shocking, The Offspring playing their 20-year old Smash (which they're also doing on tour this year), Weezer playing The Blue Album (which also turned 20 this year), NOFX is doing Punk In Drublic (turning 20 in July), Slayer will play their thrash masterpiece Reign In Blood, Danzig's post-Misfits band Samhain are playing their debut, Initium, Descendents play their highly influential debut Milo Goes to College, Naked Raygun play their debut Throb Throb, and The Get Up Kids will play emo/pop punk classic Something To Write Home About, plus one more TBA. Nicely done, Riot Fest.

All ten of the albums will be played at Chicago's Riot Fest, and Weezer, Slayer and NOFX will do it again in Denver. You can still get tickets to Chicago and Denver.

"10 Years. 10 Essential Albums." flyer below...

Continue reading "Ten bands playing classic LPs in full at Riot Fests Chicago & Denver (Weezer, Slayer, Descendents, Get Up Kids, more)"

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The initial lineup for Riot Fest Toronto was recently announced, and since then the Riot Fest Chicago (Sept. 12-14) and Riot Fest Denver (Sept. 19-21) lineups were announced as well.

Chicago has The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, the reunited Samhain (!), Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Mastodon, Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Superchunk, Lucero, Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, Thurston Moore, Get Up Kids, Kurt Vile, Wavves, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, Samiam, Menzingers, Front Bottoms, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers and many more. Tickets are on sale now.

Denver also has The Cure, The National, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, Taking Back Sunday, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, ALL, Mineral, Menzingers, Pianos Become the Teeth, Bouncing Souls, Buzzcocks, Gogol Bordello, Stiff Little Fingers plus Primus, TV on the Radio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Violent Femmes and more. Tickets are on sale now.

Full Chicago and Denver lineups below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest 2014 Chicago & Denver lineups (The Cure, Samhain, Patti Smith, Get Up Kids, Wu-Tang, Flaming Lips, MANY more)"

Riot Fest

Riot Fest is happening in Toronto, Chicago and Denver again this year, and the lineup for Toronto was just announced. It happens on September 6 & 7 and features The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, Stars, Metric, The Head and the Heart, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight and many more. Full initial lineup below. Tickets go on sale Saturday (5/10) at 10 AM.

As mentioned on BV Chicago, the Chicago fest happens from September 12-14 this year, and Denver from September 19-21. Stay tuned for those lineups.

Full initial Toronto lineup below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Toronto 2014 lineup (The National, Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, DFA1979, Afghan Whigs, Buzzcocks, more)"

photos by Cory Dewald

The Replacements / Pixies
Riot Fest 2013 - Day 3
Riot Fest 2013 - Day 3

For a band that thrived on an anything-goes approach to performing, the Riot Fest show ran with relative precision, with barely a pause between songs. Despite tossing the clock, [Paul] Westerberg and the boys finished precisely at 10:30 p.m. Everything on the set list was at least 23 years old. But the 25-song, 75-minute performance brimmed with energy and heart. Nostalgia it was, but there was nothing formulaic or phoned-in about it.

Looking like thrift-shop dandies with their splashy mismatched clothes and spiky hair, Westerberg and Stinson cracked jokes, blew a few lyrics, and laughed like they were just banging out tunes in their garage. They stayed loose but kept the pace brisk, with plenty of help from Freese's dynamic drumming and the bow-tied Minehan's concise lead guitar.

Westerberg's voice sounded appropriately rough and gritty on the opening "Takin' a Ride," the first song on the first Replacements album, "Sorry Ma, Forgot to Take out the Trash" (1981), and the sneering "Tommy Gets His Tonsils Out." But he also found the tenderness in a song ("Androgynous") that rhymes "kewpie dolls" with "urine stalls." [Chicago Tribune]

Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests happening this year) wrapped up this past Sunday (9/15) with sets from The Replacements, Pixies, Rocket From the Crypt, Bob Mould, Mission of Burma, Quicksand, Touche Amore, Peelander-Z, Brand New, Best Coast and more. One set of pictures from that day is in this post, and a second set with more bands will be is up on BV Chicago soon.

If you haven't been keeping up with our Riot Fest Chicago coverage, check out day 1 pics, more day 1 pics, day 2 pics, and more day 2 pics. More of day 3 below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago day 3 in pics (The Replacements, Pixies, Best Coast, Against Me!, Suicidal Tendencies & more)"

photos by Cory Dewald

Blondie / Glassjaw / Public Enemy fans
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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. [BV Chicago]
Riot Fest Chicago (the second of three Riot Fests this year) continued on Saturday (9/14) for its second of three days. The second day had tons of multi-generational alternative music representation including punk's late '70s heyday (Blondie, X, FLAG -- the Keith Morris version of Black Flag), second wave ska (The Selecter), third wave ska (Rancid), classic indie rock (Dinosaur Jr., Violent Femmes, Guided by Voices), modern indie rock (Surfer Blood, Stars, The Sidekicks), classic hip hop (Public Enemy), and turn-of-the-millenium poppunk/emo/post-hardcore (blink-182, Taking Back Sunday, Glassjaw). Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.

Update: Day 3 pictures are here and here.

If you missed them, check out day 1 pics and more day 1 pics. More of day 2, below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago day 2 in pics (Blondie, X, FLAG, Rancid, The Selecter, Stars, Glassjaw, Public Enemy, GBV, Dino Jr. & more)"

photos by Kirstie Shanley

Gwar / Danzig
Riot Fest - 2013 - Day 1
Riot Fest - 2013 - Day 1

Not long after [Andrew W.K.'s set], on the Roots Stage, part-time UCLA professor and full-time punk rocker Greg Graffin joined his band Bad Religion. The great thing about the California punk veterans is that the majority of their songs (in true punk rock fashion) rarely pass the two-minute mark. We were treated to a nice variety of songs from their 30+ year career, including classics like "I Want to Conquer the World," "We're Only Gonna Die," and "Infected." They also performed a few tunes from this year's True North, such as "Fuck You," "Dharma and the Bomb," and the LP's title track. The members threw around some self-depreciating humor, poking fun at their age. "We've been around since the 80s!" said Graffin, now fully greyed. Their songs are timeless, and some are even more relevant now than ever. Just go re-listen to "21st Century Digital Boy." [BV Chicago]
Chicago's Riot Fest (the second of three Riot Fests this year) is currently underway. It's on its third and final day (9/15) as we speak (set times). The festival began this past Friday (9/13), and on the first day we caught sets by Danzig, Joan Jett, Bad Religion, Gwar, Atmosphere, Andrew WK, Smoking Popes, Saul Williams, Dessa, and more. Pictures from that day are in this post, and there's more pictures, plus a review, over at BV Chicago.

Update: Day 2 pictures are now posted here and here. Day 3 pictures are here and here.

More day 1 pics below...

Continue reading "Riot Fest Chicago day 1 in pics (Danzig, Joan Jett, Gwar, Bad Religion, Andrew WK, Smoking Popes, Atmosphere & more)"

Iggy and the Stooges at SXSW 2013 (more by Greg Cristman)
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We've talked about the epic Riot Fest Chicago more than a few times lately, but as mentioned, there are also (only slightly less epic) Riot Fests happening in Toronto and Denver this year.

The Toronto one happens from August 24-25 in Fort York and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, The Weakerthans, Rocket from the Crypt, Dinosaur Jr., Best Coast, The Flatliners, and Single Mothers (who all play day 2). Tickets for that day are on sale now. Flyer below.

The Denver one happens from September 21 to 22 at May Farms and features sets from The Replacements, Iggy and the Stooges, AFI, Brand New, Rocket From the Crypt, Guided by Voices, The Dismemberment Plan, Superchunk, Against Me!, Best Coast, Minus the Bear, Chuck Ragan, Bosnian Rainbows, This Will Destroy You, Touche Amore, Single Mothers and more on day 1; and blink-182, Rancid, Public Enemy, Matt & Kim, FLAG, Bad Religion, Yo La Tengo, Naked Raygun, Stars, Peelander-Z, Off With Their Heads, and more on day 2. Tickets (2-day passes and single day tickets) are on sale now. Full day-by-day lineup below.

Continue reading "updated Riot Fest Denver and Toronto lineups & tickets"

Best Coast @ Governors Ball 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Best Coast

Special guest Best Coast has been added to the bills of both Passion Pit shows happening at Pier 26 in NYC this September (9/6 & 9/7). Tickets are still available for both shows, and we also have a pair of tickets to give away for each show. Details on how to enter to win, below.

Passion Pit, who have been spending their summer at festivals like Firefly and Bonnaroo, and will be out and about through the fall. Updated tour dates are listed below.

Best Coast, meanwhile, have dates scheduled on the west coast, some with Lovely Bad Things, and play Riot Fest Toronto at the end of August before getting to NYC to play with Passion Pit. They then play Riot Fest Chicago with the Replacements and Pixies before hitting the road for some dates with Bleached. All dates are listed below...

Continue reading "Best Coast touring, added to Passion Pit Pier 26 shows (win tix!)"

Pixies at Wellmont Theatre in 2011 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Pixies

The Kim Deal-less Pixies announced the European leg of a world tour earlier this month, so it was only a matter of time before North American dates were announced. First, they were announced for Chicago's totally killer Riot Fest (with Replacements, Dinosaur Jr., Rancid, Blondie, Violent Femmes, Bad Religion, Rocket From the Crypt, etc), and now four small NYC shows have been announced!

The NYC shows happen on September 17, 18, and 20 at Bowery Ballroom and September 19 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Brooklyn's great indie rockers Parquet Courts open the 9/20 show, Reignwolf (who recently opened for Dinosaur Jr.) open the 9/17 and 9/18 shows, and Meg Myers opens the 9/19 show. Tickets for night 1, night 2, night 3, and night 4 are on Band Presale now (password: "bagboy") and they go on sale to the general public on Saturday (7/27) at 10 AM.

Taking Kim Deal's place on this tour is another indie rock Kim, Kim Shattuck of The Muffs, who play their first of two NYC-area shows tonight (7/25).

Pixies also just released a second music video for their new song, "Bagboy," because "who says you can't have two videos for a song?" Check out the new video (via Rolling Stone), along with the list of all tour dates, below.

Continue reading "Pixies announce 4 small NYC shows (on presale now), made a second video for "Bagboy""

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Just as Pitchfork Fest is kicking off (Kim Deal & the Breeders included), fellow Chicago festival Riot Fest, whose lineup was already killer, announces:

Pixies, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Suicidal Tendencies, Andrew W.K., Hatebreed, T.S.O.L., Off With Their Heads, The Flatliners, Nativ, Hostage Calm, The Interrupters, New Beat Fund, and Pet Symmetry will all be joining us this September to round out this rock and roll carnival!

Regrettably, a few bands have had to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. Motörhead, Bad Brains, and Attack Attack! will not be able to make it this year.
Keep an eye out for the daily schedules and individual day passes for all of this year's Riot Fests Wednesday, July 24.

Bummer about the cancellations (feel better Lemmy!), but nice additions, Kim Deal-less Pixies included. Get your tickets, stay cool, and check out the just-released map of Lollapalooza this year.

Check our BV Chicago for more Chicago stuff every day and follow them on twitter, Facebook and Instagram too.

UPDATE: Check out our pictures from Pitchfork Day One, Bjork and Joanna Newsom included, at BrooklynVegan and BV Chicago.

by Bill Pearis

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Earlier this morning Har Mar Superstar tweeted "Heading into my first Mats rehearsal! Wish me luck. #ThisIsInsane" which, as SPIN has since confirmed, is not a joke.

UPDATE: Actually it was and on me too. SPIN updated their post and Jessica Hopper admitted, "Well, that was a curious event. Sean was just punking me/you/us about joining the Replacements. Good thing no one wrote, like, news items about it."

We believed, obviously. Har Mar just tweeted, "I am, however, playing tambourine in Hüsker Dü this fall." Sean Tillman, you're a funny guy.

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Holy cow! After 22 years away, The Replacements are reuniting for all three Riot Fests (Toronto, Chicago, and Denver) later this year! Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson are both in, no word on the rest of the band yet. Stay tuned.

photos by Gretchen Robinette

The Bronx / Screaming Females at Riot Fest Brooklyn 9/8/2012
The Bronx
Screaming Females

While no tornados touched down in Williamsburg on Saturday (9/8) the crazy storms cut the first-ever Brooklyn edition of Riot Fest short at 6PM after The Bronx's set, meaning only The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers and Larry and His Flask actually played. The Descendents and Hot Water Music got moved to Saint Vitus and Gogol Bordello didn't play anywhere.

Pictures from openers Larry & His Flask are HERE and more pics of the other three bands who played Riot Fest Brooklyn are below.

Continue reading "Riot Fest Brooklyn in pics (The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers)"

photos by Gretchen Robinette, words by Andrew Sacher

Larry and His Flask at Riot Fest Brooklyn - 9/8/12
Larry and His Flask

Larry and His Flask were just in town for Riot Fest Brooklyn, which went down at Williamsburg Park on Saturday (9/8) before getting shut down towards the end and sending Descendents and Hot Water Music off to finish the night at the tiny Brooklyn venue Saint Vitus. Pictures of Larry and His Flask's set from Riot Fest are in this post and pics from the rest of the fest are coming soon.

Larry and His Flask are set to follow up their 2011 debut full length, All That We Know, with the Hobo's Lament EP, due out on September 25 via Paper + Plastick Records. They've got reference points coming from all over the place: they share a knack for Americana with Lucero (with whom they've collaborated), they do to bluegrass what Gogol Bordello and Flogging Molly do to gypsy music and Celtic music, respectively, and there's even a bit of late '90s ska in the mix too. You can stream the EP's opening track, "Closed Doors," and their debut LP, below.

Riot Fest Brooklyn fell in the middle of a tour that the band are on, which includes a leg supporting Frank Turner on his North American tour, which hits NYC on September 29 and 30 at Webster Hall. The 9/30 show is sold out but tickets for the 9/29 show are still available. Jenny Owen Youngs is also on the tour.

A list of all dates, more pics of their set at Riot Fest, EP cover art and song streams are below...

Continue reading "Larry and His Flask played Riot Fest Brooklyn, releasing an EP, touring w/ Frank Turner (pics, dates & streams)"

Descendents at Saint Vitus - 9/8/12 (via Jesse Mack Johnson)
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Screaming Females at Riot Fest Brooklyn - 9/8/12 (via BrooklynVegan Instagram)
Screaming Females

Riot Fest Brooklyn went down in Williamsburg Park yesterday (9/8) with sets from Screaming Females, The Bronx, The Menzingers, and Larry And HIs Flask. Unfortunately, due to the storm that NYC got hit with yesterday, was shut down before Hot Water Music's set, which meant that Descendents and Gogol Bordello didn't get to play either. Refunds on tickets are available at point of purchase and Riot Fest Brooklyn tickets will also be honored at no extra cost for Chicago's Riot Fest, which goes down this coming weekend. Some pictures from the Brooklyn show are up on BV Chicago with more coming soon for regular BV.

After the show was cancelled, similarly to Refused and OFF!, who got shut down due to weather at the same venue earlier this summer, Descendents and Hot Water Music took the show over to a smaller Brooklyn venue. At 8 PM, the two bands took over Saint Vitus for a free show and needless to say it was a packed, sweaty show, with the crowd moshing, crowd surfing, and going nuts. Videos of the Descendents ripping through "Everything Sucks," "Coffee Mug," "I'm Not A Loser," "Thank You," "I'm the One" and others, plus videos of Hot Water Music doing "Trusty Chords," "State of Grace," and a cover of the Bouncing Souls' "True Believers" at the show are below.

Continue reading "Riot Fest got shut down early due to rain; Descendents & Hot Water Music played a free show at Saint Vitus instead (videos)"

by Bill Pearis

Cymbals Eat Guitars at MHOW, July 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Cymbals Eat Guitars

As we've mentioned before, Bob Mould is playing a free show tonight (9/7) at Williamsburg Park where he'll be perfoming Sugar's 1992 debut, Copper Blue, in its entirety front-to-back, as well as a set that spans his career from Husker Du to his terrific new solo album, The Silver Age. What hasn't been publicized so much is that Staten Island indie rock lovers Cymbals Eat Guitars will be opening the show (and not Howler as originally advertised). Doors are at 5:30 PM, CEG are on at 6:30 PM with Bob on around 7:45 PM.

Cymbals Eat Guitars will also open for Bob on upcoming dates in Boston (9/10) and Philadelphia (9/11). If you haven't checked out their most recent album, Lenses Alien, it's quite good and you can stream it via Spotify and watch their video of "Definite Darkness" below.

In other Williamsburg Park news, Saturday is Riot Fest Brooklyn with Gogol Bordello, Descendents, Hot Water Music, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers and Larry & His Flask all performing. Doors are at 3 PM and music goes all day and tickets are still available.

Also coming up is a free Jayhawks show at Williamsburg Park on Saturday, September 15 with openers Nicole Atkins and Chris Lee. Doors are 5:30 PM for that one.

Cymbals Eat Guitars video is below.

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Field Report at BV SXSW 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield) Field Report

Tonight (7/17) is the first show for new Brooklyn venue Williamsburg Park featuring Counting Crows, We Are Augustines, Field Report, and Kasey Anderson & the Honkies. Tickets for tonight's show are still available. Maybe this isn't the most exciting start for the venue, but there are a lot of cool shows coming up, including Refused with Off! on Wednesday (7/18), a big outdoor edition of Eugene Mirman's "Pretty Good Friends" with "special guests" and OK GO on Thursday (7/19), Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Antibalas on August 18 (FREE), Bob Mould playing Sugar's first two albums on September 7 (FREE), David Byrne & St. Vincent on September 29, Animal Collective on October 5 and more. All upcoming Williamsburg Park shows are listed below.

If you're a fan of Field Report (aka former Justin Vernon cohort Chris Porterfield) but would like to see him in a more intimate setting, he's also playing an early show at Mercury Lounge on Saturday (7/21). Tickets are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter are below.

Continue reading "Williamsburg Park opens tonight (check out the full schedule) ++++ win tickets to see Field Report at Mercury Lounge"

Riot Fest

Uh Oh:

Riot Fest East 2012, scheduled for Thursday, July 19 at Festival Pier in Philadelphia, PA has been postponed due to unforeseen circumstances. Refunds will be available at point of purchase. We are truly sorry for those of you who were planning on coming out. This one hurts, but, a rescheduled show is in the works. More information about the new date will be made available soon.
The smaller Riot Fest Brooklyn is still happening at Williamsburg Park which is also where Refused and Off! are playing one day before they were supposed to play Philly.

Speaking of Refused, they were also just announced on the lineup of Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012.

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