The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events originally planned to celebrate the Year of Chicago Music in 2020. Then the pandemic diminished those festivities to the point that the city declared 2021 the Year of Chicago Music too. The ongoing surge of the Delta variant means the U.S. won’t be rid of the pandemic […]
This week’s featured gig poster was created by Justin Gray, an illustrator and designer from New Jersey.
With federal aid to venues only now arriving, how are tour managers, stagehands, bookers, and their colleagues in the concert business making ends meet?
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This week’s featured gig poster was created for Riot Fest by graphic designer Monique Doron and art director Dan Wade.
New releases from chilly, thrilling postpunks Ganser, instrumental guitar-and-drums duo Sun Speak, and “queer twee pop” band Joey Nebulous
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: […]
The Riot Fest crowd may not have been howlin’ at the moon, but the Memphis band still created a rip-roaring good time.
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?