Just after performing at Riot Fest in Chicago, every member of White Reaper took some time to speak with us about their new Elektra album You Deserve Love, making Tony Hawk albums, working for the man, and Breaking Bad.
Riot Fest returned once again this year to sunny and spacious Douglas Park in Chicago from September 13th to 15th. We outline virtually all the highlights with our list of fifteen things we learned at this year’s festival!
Maryland hard rockers Clutch released their latest album, Book of Bad Decisions, back in September and, while at Riot Fest in Chicago, we spoke with guitarist Tim Sult about the music, their origins, and a whole lot of randomness.
With Riot Fest featuring at least 29 bands per day, there isn’t much time to do anything else but listen to the music. But, if you find yourself with copious free time, there actually is plenty to do besides music. Here are 8 things we checked out (and that you should’ve too).
Am I ready to Riot? Well let’s certainly hope so, as I headed to one of the best known and best run Chicago music fests – Riot Fest. This marks the 14th year of this fest in my hometown of Chicago.
One of the best performances of the day came from The Orwells, also on the Rise Stage. Mario Cuomo, his signature long blond hair now cut short and slicked back, along with his bandmates Dominic Corso, Grant Brinner, Henry Brinner and Matt O’Keefe owned this stage today, oozing their kinetic energy onto the crowd through every song they played.
Dead Cross – the most relentless and unforgiving performance of the weekend. Michael Crain (Retox) and Justin Pearson (the Locust, Head Wound City and Retox) along with the mighty Dave Lombardo and Mike Patton blasted their way through 45 minutes of sheer musical fury on the Roots stage at around 3:30 pm.
After playing the delicate ”Branches/Bones” from the Not the Actual Events EP the band belted out “Wish” “Less Than” and “March Of the Pigs” in rapid succession amidst a cacophony of flashing lights and smoke.
This 10th episode of Rockblot is dedicated to Eagles of Death Metal’s Merch Manager, Nick Alexander, as well as all of the others who needlessly lost their lives during the heinous Paris attacks.
While at Riot Fest 2015 in Toronto, we we #Tourpeoded Mike Portoghese (guitarist/vocalist) and Joe Torchia (drummer) of local foursome The Dying Arts, who artfully blend riotous punk with bits of post-rock and indie.
At this year’s Toronto edition of Riot Fest, where Against Me! were supporting their new live collection 23 Live Sex Acts, we gave vocalist/guitarist Laura Jane Grace and drummer Atom Willard our Rockblot test!
Babes in Toyland took the stage at Riot Fest 2015 to screaming fans and shouts of “YOU RAISED ME!” and “YOU ARE MY LIFE” being drowned out as they began to play.