Riot Fest 2021 Lineup Finalized

Courtesy: Western Publicity

The official lineup for this year’s Riot Fest has been finalized.

The 2021 Riot Fest is scheduled to take place Sept. 16-19 at Douglass Park in Chicaco, IL. The whole thing kicks off the evening of Sept. 16 with performances by the likes of Alkaline Trio, Patti Smith and her Band, and Morrissey.

Sept. 17 is the first, full, official date of music for this year’s festival. It features performances from a wide range of acts, such as Smashing Pumpkins, NOFX, and Anti-Flag.

Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, and Living Colour join the likes of Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Run The Jewels, and Gwar for the second day of this year’s Riot Fest lineup.

Sunday will see just as many and varied acts taking the stage. Among the most notable of the performances planned to close out this year’s festival are those from the likes of Slipknot, Simple Plan, and Body Count. The Flaming Lips will take the place of Pixies following that band’s recent announcement that it was halting its tour plans due to concerns about the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The full lineup for this year’s Riot Fest is noted below.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
MORRISSEY, ALKALINE TRIO, PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND, JOYCE MANOR (performing S/T), WDRL, KRISTEEN YOUNG

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, LUPE FIASCO (performing The Cool), NOFX, DIRTY HEADS, SUBLIME WITH ROME, CIRCLE JERKS, DINOSAUR JR., MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK, THRICE, CIRCA SURVIVE, MEG MYERS, THE LAWRENCE ARMS, BEACH BUNNY, ANTI-FLAG, LIVING COLOUR, FISHBONE, ENVY ON THE COAST, THE SOUNDS, AMIGO THE DEVIL, EYEDRESS, BEACH GOONS, MEET ME @ THE ALTAR, SERATONES, RADKEY, KISSISSIPPI, JACKIE HAYES, OXYMORRONS, GIRLPUPPY, SEŃOR KINO

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
RUN THE JEWELS, FAITH NO MORE, DROPKICK MURPHYS, RANCID, TAKING BACK
SUNDAY, VIC MENSA, GOGOL BORDELLO, MAYDAY PARADE, BAYSIDE, STATE CHAMPS, THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, ANDREW W.K., BEST COAST, BIG FREEDIA, GWAR, HEPCAT, LES SAVY FAV, THE BRONX, FOUR YEAR STRONG, CITIZEN, FUCKED UP, JOYWAVE, NIGHT MOVES, MAN ON MAN, THE BOLLWEEVILS, ACTION/ADVENTURE, GANSER, JUST FRIENDS, THE ORPHAN THE POET, BEARINGS, SPIDER, DEVON KAY & THE SOLUTIONS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
SLIPKNOT, MACHINE GUN KELLY, THE FLAMING LIPS, DEVO, MR. BUNGLE, NEW FOUND GLORY, SIMPLE PLAN, THE GHOST INSIDE, BODY COUNT, THURSDAY, K.FLAY, KNUCKLE PUCK, HEALTH, THE BLED, MOTHER MOTHER, 3OH!3, ALEX G, FEVER 333, KENNYHOOPLA, BLEACHED, THE GORIES, FACS, RATBOYS, BLACKSTARKIDS, THE CLOCKWORKS, PET SYMMETRY, MELKBELLY, GYMSHORTS, THE WEAK DAYS, AIRSTREAM FUTURES

Tickets for Riot Fest 2021 are available here.

More information on this year’s Riot Fest is available along with all of the festival’s latest news at:

Website: https://www,riotfest.org

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RiotFest1

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Teenage Bottlerocket Premieres New Video, Announces New Tour Dates

Courtesy:  Rise Records

Courtesy: Rise Records

Punk rock band Teenage Bottlerocket premiered the video for its latest single ‘They Call Me Steve’ this week. The video can be viewed online right now via the band’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqLAkjRyiJU. It boasts an old school computer generated look that will have audiences laughing just as hard as its nonsensical lyrics. The song is taken from TBR’s latest upcoming album–its eighth full length studio effort–Tales From Wyoming.

Courtesy:  Rise Records

Courtesy: Rise Records

Along with the debut of its new video, Teenage Bottlerocket also announced this week a new slate of headlining tour dates that kicks off May 29th and runs through June 24th. The Copyrights will open for TBR on a handful of dates with Pears coming on board as a supporting act from March 31st to April 10th. Currently, Teenage Bottlerocket is on tour alongside fellow punk rock bands Pennywise and A Wilhelm Scream. That tour includes a performance at the Drunk Horse Pub in Asheville, NC on March 31st. The band’s current tour schedule is listed in full below:

Tour Dates:

(Through March 30 w/ Pennywise and A Wilhelm Scream)

Mar 19 Metro Chicago, IL

Mar 20 St Andrews Hall Detroit, MI

Mar 21 Danforth Music Hall Toronto, Canada

Mar 22 Now That’s Class Cleveland, OH

Mar 24 Middle East Downstairs Cambridge, MA

Mar 25 Bogie’s Albany, NY

Mar 26 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ

Mar 27 Irving Plaza New York, NY

Mar 28 Trocadero Philadelphia, PA

Mar 29 The Filmore Silver Spring, MD

Mar 30 PEABODYS Virginia Beach, VA

(Headline Dates w/ Pears)

Mar 31 Drunk Horse Pub @Mickey’s Fayetteville, NC

Apr 01 Loosey’s Gainesville, FL

Apr 02 Local 662 St Petersburg, FL

Apr 03 Respectable Street West Palm Beach, FL

Apr 04 Will’s Pub Orlando, FL

Apr 05 Syndicate Lounge Birmingham, AL

Apr 06 Exit/In Nashville, TN

Apr 07 The Demo St Louis, MO

Apr 08 RECORD BAR Kansas City, MO

Apr 09 Triple Nickle Colorado Springs, CO

Apr 10 Aggie Theater Fort Collins, CO

European Dates

Apr 24 Club Vaudeville Lindau, Germany

Apr 25 Loudfest at Komplex Zurich, Switzerland

Apr 26 Honky Tonky Milan, Italy

Apr 27 Warmaudio Lyon, France

Apr 28 Batofar Paris, France

Apr 29 Ekko Wieldrecht, Netherlands

Apr 30 Uncle M Festival 2015 Munster, Germany

May 01 Tube Düsseldorf, Germany

May 02 Groezrock Meerhout, Belgium

May 03 Iduna Drachten, Netherlands

May 04 Lux Hannover, Germany

May 05 Beta Copenhagen, Denmark

May 06 Pirate Satellite Festival Hamburg, Germany

May 07 Pirate Satellite Festival Berlin, Germany

May 08 Pirate Satellite Festival Wiesbaden, Germany

May 09 Pirate Satellite Festival Stuttgart, Germany

May 10 Pirate Satellite Festival Munich, Germany

May 15 Pouzza Fest 2015 Montreal, Canada

(New Headline Dates w/ The Copyrights)

May 29 Scottsdale, AZ – Pub Rock

May 30 Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory

May 31 San Diego, CA – Soda Bar

Jun 2 San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill

Jun 3 Los Angeles, CA – Los Globas

Jun 4 Orangevale, CA – Ace of Spades

Jun 5 Portland, OR – Analog Cafe

Jun 6 Seattle, WA – El Corazon

Jun 7 Vancouver, WA – Venue

Jun 9. Edmonton, AB – The Pawn Shop

Jun 10 Calgary, AN – Ship and Anchor

Jun 11 Regina, SK – McNallys Tavern

Jun 12 Saskatoon, SK – Amigo’s Cantina

Jun 13 Winnipeg, MB – The WIndsor Hotel

Jun 15 Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock Social Club

Jun 16 Milwaukee, WI

Jun 17 Oklahoma, OK – The Conservatory

Jun 19 Dallas, TX – Three Links

Jun 20 Austin, TX – Red Seven (Inside)

Jun 21 Corpus Christi, TX – House Of Rock

Tales From Wyoming will be available Tuesday, March 31st via Rise Records. It was recorded by Bill Stevenson (Rise Against, Descendants, Alkaline Trio, Hot Water Music) and can be pre-ordered online now via MerchNow and iTunes. More information on Tales From Wyoming is available online along with all of the latest news and tour updates from the band at:

Website: http://www.teenagebottlerocket.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/teenagebottlerocketofficial

Twitter: http://twitter.com/teenbottlerock

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Matt Skiba and the Sekrets a secret no more to audiences

Alkaline Trio frontman Matt Skiba has spent the past fifteen years fronting the well known Chicago based emo band.  Now, Skiba has struck out on his own, so to speak with what could actually be argued to be an emo supergroup in Matt Skiba and The Sekrets.  Skiba was joined on this debut release by AFI bassist Hunter Burgan and My Chemical Romance drummer Jarrod Alexander for this project.  The resulting sound makes for an album that fans of The Killers and Jimmy Eat World will enjoy, along with long time fans of Alkaline Trio.  It also carries themes similar to that of work from Alkaline Trio.

“Babylon” has all the sounds that fans of Jimmy Eat World and The Killers will enjoy.  And fans who have followed Alkaline Trio over the years will find “Babylon” to be familiar territory, lyrically and musically speaking.  One of the prime examples of this is in ‘All Fall Down.’  Skiba sings in the song, “You’re searching for the answers\Out in the deep blue sea\You’re spreading like a cancer\Across my memory\Give me some radiation\Give me some sense of relief.”  This is just one of the handful of songs on the album that delve into the myriad of emotions in the ups and downs of relationships. 

Of course, songs centered on personal relationships aren’t all that Skiba and his bandmates cover on “Babylon.”  There are also songs of personal struggles.  One of the more prominent of those is the album’s opener, ‘Voices.’  Skiba sings in the song’s chorus, “All alone with the voice in your head\SKin and bones\Hell knows\all the poison  that you’ve been fed\All alone with the voices in your head\In the dark\As you walk hand in hand\with the living dead\The living dead.”  The song comes across as someone fighting his or her own inner conflict.  Again, fans who have followed Skiba’s other band, Alkaline Trio, for some time, will find this and the rest of the songs on this album familiar territory.

The familiar sounds aren’t all that make “Babylon” an interesting album.  The album’s packaging may seem trivial in the grand scheme of things.  But in reality, it helps to give the album its own identity.  The packaging for the album isn’t the standard plastic case.  Nor is it the standard soft case, either.  Rather than simply being an open and close case, audiences have to slide out the sleeve on which the disc sits.  The disc is protected by light backing.  The lyric booklet sits behind that backing.  All said, it makes for easy access without the worry of breaking the case.  And the backing for the disc is soft enough that there is no worry about the disc being scratched up when it is removed and replaced. 

“Babylon” is obviously a niche album.  Fans who have been with Alkaline Trio since the beginning with likely enjoy this album.  And it’s just as enjoyable for younger audiences.  Those listeners will be able to relate to much of the material on the record.  Musically though, it’s an album that could easily find its way onto the mainstream charts, given the right support from program directors  at radio stations nation wide.

Fans who want to catch Matt Skiba and The Sekrets live will get their chance this Thursday.  The band will be performing in Chicago.  The band will finish off the East coast half of its tour next Wednesday, June 13th before heading to California for a handful of dates in the second half of the month.  Fans can keep up with all of the band’s latest news and tour dates on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/mattskibaandthesekrets

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