Festival Recap: Riot Fest 2017

A hot and heavy weekend in Chicago

September 20th, 2017
David Fisch

All photos by David Fisch

It’s been an interesting year for music festivals, in which most have made headlines for their follies and their corporate handlings rather than the music actually performed at the festivals themselves. It’s humbling to know that this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago went off without a hitch and was all about, you know, the music.

Additionally, it was one of few festivals so far this year that didn’t have the feeling of “festival fatigue,” in which most lineups tend to blend together as acts perform on a festival circuit. No, Riot Fest didn’t cozy up to that, but rather set out to provide thousands of people with fan favorites like Built To Spill, Ministry, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Jawbreaker, Wu-Tang Clan, Danzig, and Bad Brains.

Then again, there were the majors like Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age, and “hardly” smaller acts Death From Above, TV On The Radio, M.I.A., Action Bronson, and Vic Mensa. Just in typing out all of those bands, this year’s Riot Fest might have had the best curated sets among festivals this year.

The three-day festival over the Sept. 15th-17th weekend was generally void of issues, with some exceptions in sound for certain acts. Otherwise, the power of these bands drove a generally hot weekend and gave every rioter in the audience reason to crowd surf.

Photos from the festival can be found below.

Photo Gallery: KOLARS at The Echo

LA’s most innovative duo pack Echo Park

September 12th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

KOLARS have hit on something magical. The Los Angeles duo have been around for a bit now, touring seemingly tirelessly and appearing all over the map (including Boise, Idaho) at festivals. Their dynamic, energy, and innovative brand of rock n roll seems to be catching on in earnest. They packed the Echo last week with an enthusiastic house.
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Atmosphere at the Wiltern

God (and LA) loves Atmosphere

August 21st, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

Atmosphere may self-deprecatingly label themselves “dad rap,” but this past friday night at the Wiltern, the legendary underground hip hop duo proved these dads still do it better than any of the young whippersnappers who have come after them.
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The Weeknd at the Grammy Museum

The Weeknd seduces the Grammy Museum

August 18th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

Somewhere in between being one of the biggest names in music at the moment, selling millions of records, and writing hits, R&B superstar The Weeknd stopped in for a sold-out show at the Grammy Museum.
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Portugal. The Man @ The Hollywood Palladium

Live photos of Portugal. The Man

August 2nd, 2017
David Valera

Smoke, laser beams and projections filled The Hollywood Palladium as Portugal. The Man completed their two day stay in Los Angeles. Frontman John Gourley and the rest of the Alaskan natives electrified the crowd with songs from their latest release Woodstock.
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Gallery: FYF Fest 2017

Live photos from FYF Fest 2017

July 25th, 2017
David Valera

L.A.’s backyard festival FYF Fest took place July 21-23 at Exposition Park. The tightly curated festival featured a cross pollination of music to feed everyone’s soul. The 3-day festival featured performances by Frank Ocean, Missy Elliott, Nine Inch Nails, Björk, Anderson.Paak, & the Free Nationals, A Tribe Called Quest, Solange and Iggy Pop. The undercard was just as impressive as the headliners and not to be ignored.

Have a look at the festival photos and if you were there, tell us about your favorite moment from the “best weekend of summer”.

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Sheryl Crow @ The Grammy Museum

Wednesday Night Music Club

June 9th, 2017
Lex Voight
Category: News, Photo Gallery

It would be difficult to find a more successful, influential, or prolific female pop rock musician of the last several years than Sheryl Crow. The 55 year old rock n’ roll legend stopped by the Grammy museum this past Wednesday for a candid look at her recently released 9th record and a short performance featuring her biggest hits.
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Strange 80’s @ The Fonda

A cornucopia of stars for Sweet Relief

May 19th, 2017
Lex Voight

This past weekend was a star-studded benefit for Sweet Relief, a non profit seeking to provide healthcare for career musicians. Covering all the biggest hits of the 80’s, performers like Tenacious D, Weird Al, Sarah Silverman, Taking Back Sunday, Anberlin, Slipknot, Velvet Revolver and tons more all put on a night to remember at the Fonda.
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