Riot Fest Chicago kicks off this weekend, and PropertyOfZack is gearing up for a weekend of fun, and we hope many of you are too. Just in case you haven’t put together your schedule, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Artists that will be gracing the stage this weekend in Chicago. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re at the second day of Riot this weekend as well!
The Get Up Kids
I often hate the idea of relegating my reasoning for seeing an artist to “it’s ________, you gotta.” But in this case, IT’S THE GET UP KIDS. YOU GOTTA. Not only is it the Get Up Kids, who haven’t toured as a full outfit since 2011 (minus a few spare appearances in random cities), it’s the Get Up Kids performing their beloved and absolutely perfect album Something to Write Home About in its entirety. Let your cynicism about anniversary/album sets melt away, think about fact that this is one of the most celebrated “90s emo” records of all time, and try to remember the last time you listened to “Close to Home” and didn’t lose your mind wailing along with joy (or is that just me?). Regardless, make sure you catch this set but please do your homework and reserve all your audience calls for “Campfire Kansas” for another time - perhaps even for their official Riot Fest after-show, taking place the night before. - Adrienne Fisher
I can’t remember the last time that I’ve been this excited to see a band and can’t adequately describe what I’m feeling. I’ve been listening to the Descendents for years and had buried my hopes of seeing them live because I miss every opportunity, but the time is nigh. Arguably the founders of our beloved pop-punk, this band has influenced us individually as much as they have our favorite bands. Milo Goes to College and I Don’t Want to Grow Up have played a pivotal part of my life for the last few years, and this could not be a cooler time for this to be happening. This band has something (lyrically and musically) for everyone, and is just going to flat-out be cooler than anything ever. - Brittany Oblak
The last time I saw Dashboard Confessional was at the very end of 2011. It was great. Since then, Dashboard has been the last thing on Chris Carrabba’s mind. Further Seems Forever took a solid chunk of Carrabba’s time, but Twin Forks has been even more all-encompassing.
Further Seems Forever was a very enjoyable tangent for me, as a fan. In fact, I think I am actually the largest fan in the world of Penny Black. But damn, I miss Dashboard.
Seeing Dashboard in a festival environment seems like a great way to come back with sing-alongs with a hope for more. - Zack Zarrillo
The World Is A Beautiful Place
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am Afraid To Die are probably the most festival-worthy festival band in our entire genre-based-system. That’s a compliment, really.
Go watch them. - Zack Zarrillo
Riot Fest just gets better and better, we do not get it. The festival has announced 10 Years. 10 Essential Albums, a new twist to its festival that will feature ten bands playing their seminal albums in full. Check out the nine bands announced so far below after the jump.
Riot Fest Chicago, Denver, Toronto Announced
We don’t know how they do it, but they always manage to do it, plus we’re sponsoring it! Riot Fest 2014 will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this September in Toronto, Chicago, and Denver. The lineup will feature The Cure, Weezer, Descendents, Taking Back Sunday, Saosin, and about 50 other bands that you’ll want to throw your money at. Buy tickets here and check out the full lineups below after the jump!
Riot Fest Toronto Lineup Announced
Groezrock kicks off this weekend, and PropertyOfZack’s Zac Lomas will be on-location in Europe for one of the best festivals in 2014. Just in case you haven’t put together your schedule, we thought it’d be a great idea to put together a list of POZ’s Must See Bands And Artists that will be gracing the stage this weekend at Groezrock. Reblog and let us know who we need to see while we’re at the first day of the festival this weekend as well!
The Los Angeles skate punk legends rarely make it into the multitude of posts on PropertyOfZack, but when May 2nd rolls around and NoFX perform their seminal album Punk in Drublic in full at Groezrock it’s going to be hard to ignore the legacy that these four joking clowns have created. Whether you breathe old school punk or are coming to Groezrock for pop-punk all stars like The Wonder Years, it would be a huge mistake not to catch NoFX close out day one with what may be one of the best punk albums of the past twenty years. And if you’re not into the music then at least enjoy the myriad amounts of shoes, drinks, and possibly rotten fruit that will inevitably be thrown at lead singer Fat Mike, because, after all, that’s the only proper behavior at a NoFX show.
Plain and simple, there wouldn’t be pop-punk without the Descendents and if that’s not enough to get you to catch their set at Groezrock then I suggest you look up some videos of Descendents shows in the 80s to get a real understanding of the passion these guys bring to every live performance. Not only is Milo Aukerman still one of the most charismatic frontmen in the history of punk, but his cohorts are also some of the tightest musicians in the world, with Karl Alvarez, Stephen Egerton, and Bill Stevenson all (No, ALL!) capable of hitting every note with a precision not often seen in the realm of punk. Catch these guys while you can and join the lucky group of people who can proudly boast about the religious experience that is the Descendents live in concert.
Not only have these Pennsylvania natives just released their fourth studio album Rented World, but they’ve also been viciously cutting across every roadway the world has to offer in the past year bringing their boisterous performances to as many people as possible. I’m never one for using superlatives since absolutes do seem to be impossible in such an imperfect world, but I’m willing to go out on a limb and say that The Menzingers put on the best live show out of any band I’ve seen in the past year. There is something pure and unadulterated about the raw power and passion that the Philly-via-Scranton quartet injects into every set, something that makes you feel like you’re being told the truth and that, my friends, is a beautiful thing.
Only Crime, featuring Russ Rankin (Good Riddance), Aaron Dalbec (Bane/Converge), Bill Stevenson (Black Flag/Descendents/All), Dan Kelly (The Frisk/Tegan And Sara), and Matt Hoffman (Modern Life Is War) have signed to Rise Records and will release Pursuance on May 13th. Check out the artwork and track listing for the release in addition to a trailer below after the jump.
Descendents, Transplants, Gorilla Biscuits, Judge, and a bunch of other rad bands are playing Travis Barker’s 7th annual Musink Festival. Check out more details below after the jump.
Descendents, ALL, and about every other band in the world will be playing Groezrock 2014. Check out the lineup below after the jump.
Our 100 Words Or Less Podcast with host Ray Harkins is back with a very special guest today - Stephen Egerton of Descendents and All fame. Ray and Stephen discussed introduction to independent music, early tour life, and being a touchstone for music fans.
Filmage: The Story Of Descendents/ALL is heading over to the UK in November for several screenings. Mark Hoppus of blink-182 will be presenting the London screenings and hosting a Q&A. Check out the dates below after the jump.
Whoa, the first screening of Filmage: The Story Of Descendents/ALL that PropertyOfZack in conjunction with Under The Gun Review is presenting in Boston, MA sold out super quick. We’ve added a second, earlier showing because of it! Check out details below, and make sure to get your tickets now!