On the final day of Riot Fest 2018, the Avengers and Blondie bridged the four decades since their first releases with vital, inspiring sets.
Twin Peaks have grown in the five years since they first played Riot Fest, and with Saturday’s set they showed off their lived-in material and the comfortable community they’ve helped build in the local rock scene.
The likely poisoning of Pussy Riot member Peter Verzilov this week didn’t keep the group from Riot Fest, where they delivered loud criticisms of Russia and the United States.
It’s been a bad year for punks—and for everyone else who hates authoritarianism. But Riot Fest has persevered to bring us Run the Jewels, Blondie, Gary Numan, and 85 more acts.
Nu-metal is enjoying a rosy reappraisal in the media, but Incubus cut their ties to the much-maligned subgenre even before its early-2000s fall from grace.
Minneapolis duo Atmosphere invented emo rap—now also called “Soundcloud rap”—15 years before the likes of Lil Xan and Trippie Redd picked up the thread.
Clem Burke is a Rock Hall of Famer with Blondie, unjustly afflicted by a resemblance to Despicable Donald.
The Chicago festival has never topped 25 percent female-inclusive acts, but it’s still ahead of many of its competitors.
Riot Fest only missed the mark with one record—and it’s not Suicidal Tendencies’ thrash landmark, Cypress Hill’s dark trip, or Bad Religion’s brainy skate-punk masterpiece.
Maybe Riot Fest can book amazing reunions forever—but only by building current bands into tomorrow’s back-from-the-dead headliners.
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?