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Riot Fest Chicago 2014: Top 20 Sets + Photos

In its 10th total year and third at Chicago’s Humboldt Park, the 2014 Riot Fest & Carnival was kind of a mess. From its humble beginnings as a multi-venue series of shows to its current incarnation as a sprawling, multi-city, three-day bonanza, the festival is growing at a breathlessly fast rate. 4,984 more words

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Riot Fest Chicago 2014: Five Lesser-Known Bands to Check Out

One look at the headliners for Chicago’s Riot Fest confirms what everyone has quietly suspected for some time: the 1990s are back, and they seem to have dragged the ‘80s out of the cupboard with them. 753 more words

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Boston Calling Fall 2014: From Worst to Best

Last time we were here, I posed the question about how a consistently well-run, enjoyable festival could improve. It’s the inverse of that old saying about there being nowhere to go but up. 5,660 more words

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A.V. Fest/Hideout Block Party 2014: From Worst to Best

Call The Hideout Block Party & Onion A.V. Fest the anti-Lollapalooza. Whereas the Chicago festival juggernaut has been criticized for choosing fads over talent in recent years (an accusation that’s not completely true), the Block Party values longevity over buzz. 3,181 more words

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Emerging Music Festival 2014: Top 7 Sets + Photos

Once a year at the end of the summer, Quebec’s Emerging Music Festival (aka Festival de Musique Émergente, or FME) transforms the small mining town of Rouyn-Noranda into a four-day showcase of live music from all over North America. 2,191 more words

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Bumbershoot 2014: Top 10 Sets + Photos

Photography by Brittany Brassell and Breanne Joyce 

Seattle’s Bumbershoot has been a local mainstay since 1971. It’s about as Seattle as you can get. The whole thing literally takes places under the all-seeing eye of the Space Needle. 2,779 more words

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North Coast 2014: Top 10 Moments + Photos

This past Labor Day weekend, North Coast Music Festival descended upon Chicago’s Union Park for a fifth time with a lineup largely comprised of past performers. 2,330 more words

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