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Our culture of nostalgia continues to rage on as Riot Fest returns to Chicago, this time with Iggy Pop and a carnival. After a serious expansion that includes franchise events in Brooklyn, Toronto and Dallas, Riot Fest has established Chicago as their flagship weekend.

The lineup is firmly focused on appealing to punk rockers ages 25-45 who have more interest in seeing the bands they grew up with, as billing to up-and-coming bands has been kept quite low. Most bands are either defunct or reaching irrelevance, but that doesn’t make the lineup any less awesome. The inclusion of bands such as Iggy Pop and The Stooges, Elvis Costello, Descendents, Dropkick Murphys, Hot Water Music, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Promise Ring, Built to Spill, The Adicts and Reverend Horton Heat may be a little puzzling, but all are established as excellent live bands in any day.

On the other side, fest promoters have done a decent job including some rising punk bands up against these old favorites, including: Screaming Females, The Gaslight Anthem, Larry and His Flask, Off with Their Heads and White Mystery. While the focus is clearly on yesterday, it should be exciting how these bands stand up to the old favorites.

Tickets are still available, if you’re interested. The fest will be held at Humboldt Park, and will overlap with the sold-out AV Fest at The Hideout, featuring Wilco, Iron and Wine, Glen Hansard, Wye Oak and The War On Drugs. The verdict is still out as to which fest has captured the key aging hipster demographic.

We’ll have a review of the fest for you next week. In the meantime, enjoy a playlist of all the songs we hope to hear at this year’s Riot Fest Chicago.


Peter Lillis is Managing Editor of Frontier Psychiatrist. His teenage self is jealous of this lineup.


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As you well know, we love a great axe-man. A long running theme in our coverage this year is the rise in support for acts with huge guitar sounds. Though, in many ways, this has been a very rough year for the intelligent and progressive metal world. First, High on Fire and Sleep guitarist Matt Pike cancelled their extensive summer tour and checked into rehab following his strongest release in years. Next, the tour bus of rising southern metal lords Baroness fell 30 ft from a viaduct near Bath, England, not a month after their newest Yellow and Green hit #30 on the Billboard 200. Most recently, the Los Angeles metal institution Hydra Head Records announced they will no longer be releasing music.

Founded in 1993 in New Mexico by to-be Isis frontman, then high school student Aaron Turner, Hydra Head Records blazed a significant trail of darkness, doom, sludge and heavy across the music industry. Despite their challenging (“i.e. unmarketable” writes Turner) artists and art, Hydra Head has influenced and inspired open-minded metalheads for a generation. The demise of Hydra Head is a serious blow to the world of the heavy, and yet another sign that the industry of old can no longer survive. On the plus side, we’re left with a staggering discography of at least a decade’s worth the best metal around. The upcoming fire sale will be an exciting one to watch, as we’re sure to see some very exciting releases and rereleases.

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Mike Birbiglia can tell a mean story. He has built an impressive comedic career based on his mostly autobiographical vignettes of growth, duty, fear and love, shared in an engaging yet conversational tone. Most of all, his pieces and performances have a concept that run throughout, as opposed to the typical ad hoc musings of which most stand up comedians are guilty. His marquee piece is Sleepwalk With Me, the story of how his REM behavior disorder came to a sharp point (literally) as it mixed with his increasing anxiety over his relationships and career. First performed as an off-Broadway “one-man show” in 2008, Sleepwalk With Me has been reproduced as a comedy album, a memoir, and most recently, a feature film produced by This American Life’s Ira Glass. Talk about getting mileage out of an idea.

It helps that Sleepwalk With Me is a fantastic narrative, no matter the form. Stop me if you’ve heard this one: a comedian/bartender/slacker is essentially forced to take the reins of his life, something he worked to avoid. This isn’t a typical slacker flick, however. As you have likely inferred, this slacker suffers from a severe sleepwalking disorder in which he acts out his most vivid, strange and, at times, destructive dreams.

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Known for bridging the gap between dance-pop and guitar virtuosity, Minus the Bear are one of the best sounding bands of their generation. They aren’t regarded as noteworthy songwriters, but as immensely talented musicians, which is a blessing and a curse (see: SRV). As veterans of the indie-prog scene, Minus the Bear won’t surprise anyone these days, which is a pretty big bummer, since so much of their sound is (was?) defined by experimentation and exploration.

I’ll start with this: the left side of Infinity Overhead sounds great. The right side is a little muddled, but that’s more for personal reasons. Honestly, I don’t remember my last ear infection, but I do remember they’re not pleasant. It’s funny, a kid with such bad ears growing up makes a point to listen to as much music as possible as an adult. I thought I grew out of these episodes, but I thought wrong. So, most of Infinity Overhead was listened to with only one headphone in place, when not on stereo. This is not the way to enjoy Minus the Bear, but I volunteered this review, and I made do.

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When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and experience fireworks with some cold beer and rock and roll.

In the pursuit of happiness, countless Americans have taken to their guitars and drums, synths and samplers to express their content or discontent with the state of the union. We at FP have turned toward our record collections for a glimpse at the American condition, and found evidence of our national spirit from the 50s through today. The following 27 tracks offer a snapshot at our understanding of the American Experience, as defined by the likes of Nas, John Fahey, James Murphy and Milo Aukerman, among many others. Obviously, this is far from exhaustive or comprehensive, but it’s a good place to start your American reflection and celebration.

What would you add?


Tom Gabel, Laura Jane Grace

I don’t know much about transgender dysphoria, but it doesn’t sound pleasant. However, I do know Tom Gabel the songwriter and performer quite well, as I was immersed in his artistic output for years of my life. His recent announcement of his longtime transgender dysphoria, and subsequent plans to undergo an intensive transformation to begin life as Laura Grace has sent the press into a frenzy (Rolling Stone’s exclusive interview hits shelves today). While there never is an opportune moment to radically change one’s life, this announcement feels timely as the nation becomes more welcoming and more alienating at the same time.

For the better part of the Aughts, Against Me! was my favorite band. Obsessed with honesty and compelled by personality, they stayed true to the core of punk rock with simple song structures that explode with life and positivity in the face of a dying and restricted scene. My love for Against Me! has defined my personality and my own creative output, and has enabled me to enjoy life’s questions with a cold beer, ringing ears and sore vocal cords. While I have had my disagreements with the band in recent years (namely White Crosses), the majority of their work has left a profound impact on my life that will not wane or tarnish with age. And as the leader and songwriter of Against Me!, my love and respect for Tom Gabel will prevail as well. That said, the news of her transformation has not strayed far from my mind these last few days.

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In less than a week, we’ll be partnering with our friends at Brooklyn Industries to bring you coverage of SXSW 2012.  Yesterday, they dropped by to share a Spotify playlist of Brooklyn bands they’ll be catching at the festival.  Today, we see their bet and raise them with a playlist of some of our favorite non-Brooklyn acts (yes, such things exist).  Listed below are the bands, their hometowns, and their performance details; you can stream the songs below or hear the whole thing on Spotify.  And, if you’re getting overwhelmed at the prospect of catching all of these bands, fear not: BI’s Teddy Vuong returns tomorrow with his guide to SXSW survival.

1. Cloud Nothings (Cleveland, OH) – “Stay Useless” (Performing at 512 Rooftop on March 15)

2. Grimes (Montreal, QC) – “Genesis” (Performing at Clive Bar on March 16)

3. Schoolboy Q feat. Kendrick Lamar (Compton, CA) – “Blessed” (Both artists performing at Clive Bar on March 15)

4. Youth Lagoon (Boise, ID) – “Cannons” (Performing at Club de Ville on March 15)

5. Nicolas Jaar (Providence, RI) – “Space is Only Noise if You Can See” (Performing at Central Presbyterian Church on March 15)

6. Pure X (Austin, TX) – “Dry Ice” (Performing at Barbarella on March 14)

7. Quilt (Boston, MA) – “Penobska Oakwalk” (Performing at Sony Club @ Red 7 March 15)

8. Unknown Mortal Orchestra (Portland, OR) – “Ffunny Ffriends” (Performing at Red Eyed Fly March 14)

9. G-Side (Huntsville, AL) – “Rabbits” (Performing at Swan Dive March 13)

10. Purity Ring (Edmonton, AB) – “Belispeak” (Performing at Chevrolet Sound Garage March 13)

11. Peaking Lights (Madison, WI) – “All the Sun That Shines” (Performing at Sony Club @ Red 7 March 15)

12. Thee Oh Sees (San Francisco, CA) – “The Dream” (Performing at Beauty Bar Backyard March 14)

13. Lower Dens (Baltimore, MD) – “Brains” (Performing at Hype Hotel March 16)

14. Shabazz Palaces feat. THEESatisfaction (Seattle, WA) – “Swerve…the reaping of all that is worthwhile (noir not withstanding)” (THEESatisfaction performing at Kiss & Fly March 15)

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