A dozen Chicago artists make their Riot Fest debuts this year. How did we pick just five? Completely arbitrarily!
Even if you ignore the festival’s marquee names, you can find plenty of rappers with top-shelf skills.
Who would win a Mortal Kombat bout between these two inimitable front men?
Ice Cube, Snoop Dogg, Rancid, and the Dwarves have the material to justify the gimmick. The other acts playing their old records? Not so much.
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.
You can blame Drive Like Jehu drummer Mark Trombino and his punny pastry shop for inspiring this foolishness.
And no, it’s not just because he spent three years in San Quentin.
Now that it’s impossible to get rid of bands for good, the next step is to decide which are worth revisiting.
The packed bill includes No Doubt, Drive Like Jehu, and Snoop Dogg performing Doggystyle.