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Riot Fest 2017: No Dicks on the Dancefloor

Riot Fest once again proved itself to be the music fest for grownups. Grownups in black t-shirts.

While all the other big festivals rotate the same dozen headliners, it’s great that Riot Fest has retained its punk rock focus. Maybe not as strictly as during its first several years as a multi-venue festival, but most of the performers still fall somewhere along the punk rock spectrum. And even the ones who don’t play distorted guitars could be said to have a punk rock attitude. Gotta respect that.

Riot Fest sometimes gets accused of cashing in on nostalgia. Sure, a lot of the bands peaked 20 or 30 years ago (or more). But the fact that they’re still around and kicking ass is a testament not only to their survival but to our own. We should all hope we age as gracefully as the most of these artists (Al Jourgensen excepted).

Headliners this year were Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and a reunited Jawbreaker, playing their first full show in 21 years (other than a couple warm up gigs around San Francisco last month). The headliners get the big font on the poster, but fest diehards know that the undercard is always where the action is.

It was hot and sunny when we got to the park on Friday. You never know what you’re going to get in September in Chicago, but you can usually count on at least some rain. The line to get in was down the block and security was being thorough. I heard one guy complaining that they had opened his cardboard cigarette case the wrong way and wrecked it. A woman behind me was worried she was going to miss X, who she had last seen in 1983 with the Replacements opening up for them! Don’t worry, she made it in with time to spare.

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Watch FIDLAR on Conan

Video: FIDLAR – “West Coast” (live on Conan)

FIDLAR "West Coast" 11/09/16 – CONAN on TBS

I love this band. They were definitely the highlight of Lollapalooza this year for me. This is a song from their second album, Too, and they’re on tour now so you should check them out if they come near your town. I’d love to see them in a club. “West Coast” is a super fun pop song about getting wasted and running away, a sentiment I’m sure we can all appreciate this week.

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Ten Questions We Ask Lollapalooza Performers: FIDLAR

Lollapalooza is coming up. As always, Glorious Noise will have a posse roaming Grant Park in search of warm felafels and cold beer. Along the way we try to stumble across some good music. There are a lot of bands on the line-up that we don’t know much about. So we threw out some questions to help us all get to know the Lollapalooza line-up.

Here are Brandon’s answers:

1. What’s the best part of playing festivals?

Playing for a lot of people who would never normally come to see us and seeing other bands.

2. What’s the worst part of playing festivals?

Playing while its still light out and usually festival sound sucks.

3. Have you ever attended a music festival as a fan?

Yeah, FYF in L.A. is the shit.

4. Other act(s) you’re most looking forward to seeing at Lollapalooza?

Sabbath, Jeff the Brotherhood, Black Angels

5. Who is the worst band/entourage member to sit next to on the van/bus?

Whoever is having digestive problems.

6. What’s the last music purchase you paid for with your own money?

SUNN Concert Bass head and 2×15″ Cab

7. What’s your favorite thing about Chicago?

Partying with our friend Daniel Wing.

8. How has Lollapalooza’s radius clause (no shows within 300 miles six months before and three months after) affected your touring schedule?

Didn’t really pay attention to that rule.

9. Got anything to say to fans in Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa, Indiana, and Ohio who can’t make it to Lollapalooza?

Come and we’ll try to sneak you in.

10. Finish this sentence: Perry Farrell is a _________.

3-time ballroom dancing champion.

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