POZ Riot Fest Chicago: Our Must-See Bands And Artists (Day Three)
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 final day of Riot this weekend as well!
La Dispute’s been long known for whipping their crowds into tornado-like frenzies with their live shows, and given the way the band’s perfected the art of an escalating song, who can blame them? But with their new record stretching across the broad landscape of contemplative post-hardcore, the quieter, subtle moments tower just as expansively as the more furious ones do - and being that I haven’t seen La Dispute in a few years, I’m unbelievably excited to see how the softer songs are coming out live. Try to listen to “Woman (reading)” and not feel overwhelmingly devastated - and then look at the photos of Jordan Dreyer’s bloody face from FYF last month and realize what you’re in for. - Adrienne Fisher
On The Impossible Past was the Album Of The Year for both 2012 and 2013, and now Rented World has claimed its place as another beloved record in the band’s catalog. The arsenal of songs The Menzingers likely have prepped for a festival appearance may be too much for your weak heart to handle after corn dogs and hard cider at Riot Fest this year. You’re gonna need a crutch.
Sorry about that one. - Zack Zarrillo
The name PUP might derive from “pathetic use of potential” (though the band is adamant that it is NOT an acronym), but rendered in lowercase, it’s also a perfect descriptor for the Canadian four-piece — like a litter of puppies, the men of PUP are young, scrappy, blessed with a seemingly limitless supply of bounce-off-the-walls energy and really, really hard not to love. Their self-titled SideOneDummy debut is one of the year’s better under-the-radar releases, but it would take stretching the boundaries of what’s possible with recorded media itself to adequately capture the hyperactive, adrenalized rush of their stage show. There might be other bands that get equally bonkers on stage, but I defy you to find me one that does it while remaining this effortlessly melodic. - Jesse Richman