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: […]
Even if the B-52s really are retiring from the road, they’ve left a permanent mark on the city through their influence on house music.
Bloc Party seemed oddly immune to the edgy, propulsive energy of Silent Alarm at Riot Fest—but their fans didn’t seem to care.
The Reader crew start some conversations about Chicago’s loudest punk-rock institution: its lineup, its location, its role in the community, and more.
The Riot Fest grounds themselves provide a pretty different experience than, say, Lollapalooza or Pitchfork.
If your lunch runs late, you’ll miss some of Riot Fest’s most exciting acts—including Mongolian metal warriors the Hu, garage monsters Drakulas, and folk-pop wild card Caroline Rose.
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.
Reunions and full-album sets are Riot Fest’s specialty—so what does it have to offer this year, besides Bikini Kill?
Does Riot Fest have any business taking over a public park in a largely Black and Brown neighborhood?
Douglas, Union, and Grant Parks have served as valued community centers for Chicago since the mid-1800s. Today, all three parks host thousands of attendees for popular private music festivals—Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash, Pitchfork Music Festival, and Lollapalooza, respectively—taking on a different personality for one weekend each summer before returning to their treasured role as neighborly […]
The annual Chicago Westside Music Festival brings national talent to Douglas Park while spotlighting hometown heroes. In previous editions, the free daylong event has leaned heavily on beloved mainstream R&B acts such as Bell Biv DeVoe, but the opener of this year’s festival is dynamic but not-so-family-friendly Chicago hip-hop group Crucial Conflict. The group’s members […]
Lyrical Lemonade’s Summer Smash has grown into Chicago’s biggest rap festival in just its second year, but it needed a nudge from the elements to get its act together.
Day two of Riot Fest saw a range of acts from hometown, garage pop wonders Twin Peaks to iconic Elvis Costello. Check out the highlights of the Saturday performances from photographer Danny O’Donnell. Slideshow Riot Fest 2018 Saturday 15 slides Riot Fest 2018 Saturday By Danny O’Donnell Click to View 15 slides
The first day of Riot Fest 2018 included calls for justice from Pussy Riot. Here’s a look back in photos by Danny O’Donnell. Saturday here. Sunday here. Riot Fest 2018 Friday
The Music Box 70mm Film Festival and more goings-on 9/14-9/16