Paul Natkin on display; a new music venue opens in Chicago
22 years in the making, back where they left off
Now in it’s 9th year, the folks from Riot Fest are taking its line-up to another level. This year’s line-up includes Violent Femmes, Motorhead, Rancid, Blondie, Rocket From The Crypt, Atmosphere, The Dismemberment Plan, Best Coast and “a slew of killer bands from every era.” Riot Fest says it’s “on a mission to create a […]
In 2012, Riot Fest is somewhat of an anachronism in Chicago. In a festival season absolutely dominated by EDM gatherings and events, Riot Fest keeps the focus on the punk and rock side of things, with nary a turntable or Serato-fueled MacBook in sight. The end result is a feel good affair that can’t help […]
You couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to stage an expanded, outdoor version of Riot Fest.
It will be hard for Riot Fest to sneak up on people this year – though unlike for Cinderella teams in sports, that’s a good thing. Due to its previous construction as a multi-venue, à la carte/elective smorgasbord, Riot Fest gained higher esteem among punk aficionados and outsiders than average Chicagoans. No more. By taking […]
In what was expected to be a slam-dunk conviction, Cook County Judge Vincent Gaughan acquitted Justin Pivec of aggravated battery in 2010′s brutal beating of Madina Lake bassist
The Big Bore So I paid $18 to see The Big Four broadcast in June. The idea of going to the movies to watch a metal concert was a bit strange and spending nearly $20 to do so was plain dumb, but I had to. My gut tells me this thing eventually comes to The […]
God Bless The Queen The blues world has lost its Queen. Koko Taylor, whose raw-edged, impassioned vocals won the hearts of fans worldwide for five decades, passed away at 80 on June 3rd of complications from gastrointestinal surgery.