The past decade has been an odd one for Alkaline Trio. Following the release of the Chicago punk band’s eighth studio album, 2013’s My Shame Is True, all three members took time off to focus on solo material and side projects. But when vocalist and guitarist Matt Skiba joined Blink-182 in 2015, the band he’d […]
If Slayer play and no one is around to hear them, do they make a sound? Photographer Ryan Segedi hauled his equipment all over Douglas Park and the Riot Fest press tent, documenting the symbiosis of the bands that reign (sometimes in blood) and the fans that come to see them (sometimes 18 times). SlayerCredit: […]
Reunions and full-album sets are Riot Fest’s specialty—so what does it have to offer this year, besides Bikini Kill?
Maybe Riot Fest can book amazing reunions forever—but only by building current bands into tomorrow’s back-from-the-dead headliners.
Yesterday we learned that Weezer, Run the Jewels, and Taking Back Sunday were replacing Blink-182 at Riot Fest. Today organizers added seven more bands, and single-day tickets went on sale.
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?
Current musical obsessions of Hanna Hazard from Lil Tits, Adam Luksetich from Foul Tip, and Luca Cimarusti from the Reader
Also, a Northwestern professor and an Oxford University employee are wanted for murder in connection with a stabbing death in River North.
Blink-182 helped connect the mainstream pop-punk of the late 90s to the Soundcloud rap of today.
After foregrounding his radical politics with last year’s “16 Shots,” Vic Mensa emphasizes the pop aspects of his rap songs on a new EP.
The local rap hero is one of the few bright spots on an otherwise anemic Lollapalooza lineup that also includes Lorde, Migos, the XX, Run the Jewels, and, um, Liam Gallagher.
Ju samples a well-known Blink-182 bass line on one track and references Fall Out Boy on another.
This south-suburban band, on their first Warped Tour to support their imminent debut LP, just want to make more room inside the genre they love.
No blood today, but there was vomit.
Take a peek at some of our thoughts on the bill, see how Gossip Wolf’s predictions panned out, and dig through old Reader features and write-ups on some of the bands.