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 first day of Riot this weekend as well!
Riot Fest Chicago Set Times Revealed
I’ve been lucky enough to see The Hotelier three times so far this year. All three dates have been in support of Home, Like No Place Is There. Each time has been simply incredible. We’ve talked, nearly to death, about how needed this album was to so many of us. Thus, seeing them live has also been dearly needed.
Why I’m so looking forward to seeing the band play Riot Fest is for a little bit of a different reason than a normal pick. I’ve only seen The Hotelier play in shitty/dirty/dark punk rooms in Philadelphia. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I am so curious to see how they perform outside, in the light, and to many people.
Don’t you just wonder how “Dendron” will feel with a cross-breeze? - Zack Zarrillo
Pianos Become The Teeth
This band is just so damn good live. I went from appreciating the extreme emotional nature attached to The Lack Long After from my bedroom to appreciating the utter talent of the band in a live setting. You just feel the drums in a different way live than you do when you see most other bands.
Pianos Become The Teeth are one of those bands I’d watch every time at any chance. Riot Fest with them is a huge attraction to me. - Zack Zarrillo
Even though Failure might fall into your personal category of “Bands that Reunited Recently About Whom I Have No Interest in Caring,” there are plenty of us out there who are craving the live experience of their techy, drugged-out outer-space rock. As a very new acolyte for the recently exhumed 90s grunge act, I had the pleasure of catching Failure on their Tree of Stars Tour this past spring and was bowled over by their beautifully humble re-creation of the material from their ridiculously innovative Fantastic Planet (as well as a couple of choice songs from Magnified and Comfort). I certainly can’t speak to how the band’s live performance holds up compared to how they used to play in the 90s, being that the year they broke up was the same year I got braces, but if their Riot Fest appearance is as tightly performed with thoughtful attention to all the sonic details, it’ll be one of the most deeply entrancing sets of the entire weekend. - Adrienne Fisher