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Riot Fest 2023: We’re All Alright

Don’t know about you, but I’m feeling 52. I was a little nervous about attending a three-day music fest this year. Would I have the stamina? Could my feet survive standing up all day long all weekend? Would I still have fun? We missed Riot Fest last year because of fucking covid, so I knew my fest game would be rusty. Nevertheless, I persisted.

And you know what? I had nothing to worry about. And by the looks of some of the people in the crowd, I’ve still got a lot of years left in me. Looking strictly at age demographics, Riot Fest is surprisingly diverse. I was definitely not the oldest person there. And despite its punk and punk-adjacent lineup, they draw a lot of young people too. Turns out plenty of kids still like guitar music. Thank goodness. They’ll be able to push me around in my wheelchair when my feet finally give out on me.

As always happens at fests, there were a couple of bands I wanted to see first thing on Friday. And as always happens, I missed them. I would’ve loved to have seen Olivia Jean and the Bobby Lees. But nope. At least we made it in for Quasi, who were everything I was hoping they would be. After the 2019 car accident that broke her collar bone and her tibia, all fans of rock and roll drumming were scared that we might never get to see Janet Weiss behind the kit again, so it was wonderful to see her back at full strength and as powerful and explosive and musical as ever. And Sam Coomes is a great frontman…or sideman or whatever you call the singer in a two-piece that place their instruments facing each other on the stage.

It’s been thirty years since I’ve seen any incarnation of P-Funk. Back in the 90s, George Clinton would come out on stage in dreads made out of yarn and wearing a Smurfs bed sheet. These days Clinton wears a bejeweled captain’s hat and a custom Cosmic Slop hockey jersey and he’s like DJ Khaled up there, where nobody really knows if he’s contributing anything to the music. He’s the host of the party, making sure everybody’s having a funky good time. And then he goes back to sitting on the drum riser until the party needs another boost. Whenever a survey asks about the greatest American rock band, I always immediately say Funkadelic. George Clinton has had more of an influence on today’s music than just about anybody and he deserves our eternal respect. “Cosmic Slop” is one of the greatest songs of all time, but you wouldn’t be able to tell that from this performance. He’s been on a farewell tour since 2019 and I’m glad I got the chance to see him one more time. But I won’t be sad if he retires for real now.

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New Screaming Females video: Mourning Dove

Video: Screaming Females – “Mourning Dove”

Directed by William Bottini and Kate Sweeney. From Desire Pathway, out now on Don Giovanni.

Oh no! It sounds like Marissa Paternoster got dumped! Or at least she’s writing a fairly straightforward midtempo rock song from the perspective of somebody who got dumped.

In a press statement she says, “It is seldom that any Screaming Females song is about just one thing. ‘Mourning Dove’ is the only exception that I can really think of, a song about being profoundly in love while simultaneously being profoundly heartbroken.”

This band just gets better and better. I first saw them when they opened for the Arctic Monkeys and was blown away. Back then, I wrote “My only criticism is that I wish the drummer would hit the drums harder. He seemed a little too dainty compared to the absolute badassery of the other two.” Seems like at some point over the last thirteen years, the drummer has caught up!

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New Screaming Females video: Glass House

Video: Screaming Females – “Glass House”

From All At Once, due February 23 on Don Giovanni Records.

Screaming Females sound spooky in a Black Sabbath kind of way, don’t you think? Marissa Paternoster’s voice is intense and her guitar is as heavy as it gets.

She described her inspiration for the song to Rolling Stone: “Our shrinking world [is] crushed under a deluge of information, constant contact and social media sludge. It has narrowed my connection to reality in a way that I find rather upsetting.”

It is upsetting!

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Screaming Females – I Don’t Mind It

MP3: Screaming Females – “I Don’t Mind It” from Castle Talk, due September 14 on Don Giovanni.

Screaming Females - Castle TalkMan, every new song I hear from this band is better than the previous one. Marissa Paternoster’s vocals are becoming as powerful as her guitar playing. And the songwriting is so tight on this one. In a better world, “I Don’t Mind It” would be a hit single and inspire tweeners everywhere to ask for guitars for their birthday. If the rest of the album is this good, we’re in for a treat.

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Screaming Females – I Do

You like the rock and roll? Remember how J. Mascis had that bad ass tone? Well, you’re in luck. Screaming Females bring it all with a dash of scratchy vocals to boot. This is 120 Minutes Material, gang.


Screaming Females – “I Do”

CORRECTION: Apologies, this is an .aif file. In my haste to post I overlooked that fact. We have a request in for an actual MP3 of this song and will update if/when we get it. For now, give this a listen.

Screaming Females Tour Dates with Ted Leo and the Pharmacists:

03.30.10 – Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues

03.31.10 – Austin, TX @ The Parish

04.02.10 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks

04.03.10 – Tallahasee, FL @ Club Downunder

04.04.10 – Atlanta, GA @ the Masquerade

04.05.10 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle

04.08.10 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

04.09.10 – New York, NY @ the Fillmore

04.10.10 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club


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Arctic Monkeys and Screaming Females Live in Chicago

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Arctic Monkeys and Screaming Females Live in Chicago

Arctic MonkeysArctic Monkeys and Screaming Females at the Riviera

Chicago, December 6, 2009

The last two songs played over the PA before the Arctic Monkeys took the stage were Black Sabbath‘s “Paranoid” and Love‘s “Seven and Seven Is.” So that’s the kind of show this is going to be, I thought to myself, as the spotlights illuminated the stage and the crowd roared with the applause.

And it was that kind of show. At least for the first half. They front loaded their set with every fast song in their repertoire and the not-quite capacity crowd at the Riviera was going thoroughly and appropriately nuts.

Frontman Alex Turner clearly deserves the credit he gets for his clever songwriting and distinctive voice. But the true star of this band is drummer Matt Helders. He is a monster and being able to watch him beat the shit out of his drums is pure transcendent pleasure. This is why we go out to see live music. His bio on his kick drum head doesn’t lie: dude truly is an agile beast.

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Screaming Females – Bell

MP3: Screaming Females – “Bell” from Power Move, out now on Don Giovanni.

There’s no faster way to garner attention for your band these days than to be associated with Jack White. If you can get a supporting slot for whatever he’s touring with, all the better. If you can KILL in that supporting slot…well, then you’re golden.

Screaming Females may have just struck gold. DeRo described their opening slot as thus, “In a rare example of an opening band being every bit as awesome as the headliner, the New Jersey trio Screaming Females provided ample evidence that it was more than ready for the sudden leap it recently made from tiny, underground all-ages clubs to sold-out theaters as the Dead Weather‘s hand-picked support.”

Not bad.

Video: Screaming Females – “Buried In The Nude”

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