The Reader crew start some conversations about Chicago’s loudest punk-rock institution: its lineup, its location, its role in the community, and more.
Riot Fest has its traditions, and it’s hard to hate Andrew W.K. or Gwar—but here are some bands we’d like to see.
Riot Fest got Blink-182! Cypress Hill! Blondie! The Jesus Lizard! Liz Phair! Atmosphere! Beck! Cat Power! And . . . the 82-year-old Jerry Lee Lewis?
After years of expanding into other cities, Riot Fest is once more a strictly hometown affair—and the Reader weighs in on its bill, its brand, and more.
Andrew W.K. has played every Riot Fest since 2012, and he’s still alive to tell the tale.
Gossip Wolf guesses about the Riot Fest roster, Skin Graft Records cranks back into action for its 25th anniversary, and more.
The Pizza Summit in Wicker Park felt like an Internet meme turned beer ad. And then Andrew W.K. came to save it.
River North Donut Fest, the Shamrock Shuffle, and more happenings from April 1-3
The festival has been a punching bag so far this year, but with luck it’ll turn out more like a piñata—and either way, the Reader is getting in a few swings.
Other Sunday favorites at the festival included Patti Smith, Billy Bragg, the Cure, Chumped, and Cheap Trick.
Tell us which headliner you’re most pumped to see, and our Riot Fest flowchart will tell you who else to catch.
Riot Fest predictions, For Practically Everyone Records revs up for spring, and more
Best shows to see Mon 10/7 through Wed 10/9
This year’s Riot Fest owes its success to a Ferris wheel and Gwar
Already a wild ride—with dozens of acts, including Iggy & the Stooges, Elvis Costello, Andrew W.K., and NOFX—Riot Fest’s new Humboldt Park incarnation is also an actual carnival