From his earliest performances with Strike Under and Trial By Fire to his most prominent work in Pegboy and Naked Raygun, Pierre Kezdy has spent his life giving us some of the best punk music in Chicago history. Naked Raygun and Pierre Kezdy are both synonymous with Riot Fest—Naked Raygun’s 2006 reunion is easily one
Feast your eyes: We’re announcing the Riot Fest 2021 first wave lineup a whole year and three months early. Tickets are ON SALE NOW.
Hey, something to look forward to! The Smashing Pumpkins have a new record on the way. It’s a 20-track double album called ‘CYR,’ and it's due out November 27.
Photos are in from Riot Fest At The Movies last weekend. We hope you all enjoyed as many corn dogs as we did. Oh, and the movies. Those were also good.
RIP Toots Hibbert, a founding voice of reggae and the unforgettably joyful frontman of Toots and the Maytals. Blast some Toots and the Maytals this week with our playlist.
Before our screening of Stanley Kubrick's adaptation, brush up on your Nadsat with this illustrated guide.
The 126.96.36.199’s cover of “Woo Hoo” scores one of the best—and bloodiest—scenes in the first ‘Kill Bill Vol. 1’. Dive into the history of the Japanese garage rock trio before we screen the film this Friday at Riot Fest At The Movies.
Kevin Smith has been the figurehead of a major cinematic/pop culture cottage industry for over two decades. Given that, it can be easy to forget that it all started with a modest, grubby little black and white film whose budget was less than the sticker price of some luxury cars.
‘The Lost Boys’ is a movie that’s completely obsessed with cool, while also being deeply suspicious of the very concept.
Lookin’ for some good cookin’ this September? Since Riot Mike can’t make us burgers in-office right now, we’re teaming up with Goose Island to bring you the Riot Fest Burger (with a matching growler, too).
it’s only fitting that Riot Fest At The Movies should get an exclusive line of extra cool, limited-edition memorabilia—up for preorder starting today!
We’ve gone ahead and picked some of the best cuts from all four Riot Fest At The Movies features and put them together on a playlist for you. See you next week.
The ripple effect of COVID-19 has hit just about every corner of the music industry, and music television is no different. Chicago’s own JBTV—the longest running music television show in the country—is among those suffering the consequences of a nation without touring. Amidst the closing of JBTV’s studio, JBTV host Jerry Bryant has continued to interview
Introducing Riot Fest At The Movies! Join us at the Chicago Drive-In on September 11 & 12 for a double feature each night with snacks, fireworks and exclusive merch. The reviews are already in: we give it “two thumbs down... way down!” Tickets are on sale now, starting at $29.98 per car. BUY RIOT FEST AT
Other Music was always more than just a record store. For the 21 years it was open, it was a hub of the New York rock scene that cultivated and promoted indie acts—some of the most influential bands in indie history.
Sad, brooding bangs? Smudgy dark eyeliner? Yep, Robert Pattinson’s take on Batman is goth as fuck.
Chicago-based art rock quartet Pool Holograph have clearly been hard at work reinventing themselves. They’re set to release their third album, Love Touched Time and Time Began to Sweat, on October 2—and the first single, “Medieval Heart,” is evidence of lot of methodical tinkering. We’re stoked to premiere the track for you here today. Listen
Fun fact: if a wasp hates you, it can drop a pheromone on you that tells other wasps you suck. Thanks wasps. We probably deserve it.
Live music is still unfortunately scarce as the ongoing pandemic continues. Some have figured ways to carefully gather it outdoors, like one music festival in the UK. Others… well, not so much. Thankfully, Dinosaur Jr. are among the sharper tools in the shed. The band has announced two socially distanced outdoor concerts in September—one on September