Earlier this decade, new bands recontextualizing 90s emo and the torrent of 90s emo bands reuniting (even for just a few anniversary tours) provoked a surge of interest, but it has been petering out over the last couple years. This has led to situations such as elder statesmen Giants Chair playing a rare reunion show […]
Five Riot Fest emo acts—Thursday, Tigers Jaw, the Anniversary, Balance & Composure, and Underoath—talk about how the genre’s reputation has evolved along with its sound.
Other Sunday favorites at the festival included Patti Smith, Billy Bragg, the Cure, Chumped, and Cheap Trick.
A Riot Fest moods Venn diagram: Bands to make you sad, bands to make you happy, and the Pizza Underground
A miniature history of emo’s evolution, assembled from bands on the Riot Fest bill
Before Michigan emo outfit Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) play Chicago tomorrow night read this lengthy Q&A with front man Keith Latinen—he talks about poetry, Michigan, and, yes, “emo revival.”
The Cure, Jane’s Addiction, Slayer, Weezer, Wu-Tang Clan, the Offspring, and Patti Smith are among dozens of acts slated to play this tenth annual Riot Fest in September.
One thing emo’s fourth wave is getting right.
Midwestern underground emo is coming back—and it’s turning up overseas and on the charts.
A posthumous CD release for the great Eddie Johnson Tenor saxophonist Eddie Johnson, who died last year on April 7 at age 89, was one of Chicago’s greatest jazz musicians, a pure embodiment of the classic swing he’d grown up playing. He only made two albums under his own name, and the better of the […]