Riot Fest – Three to See on Friday

It’s Riot Fest Week in Chicago.  Humboldt Park is being transformed into a giant rock carnival.  Let the fun begin.  Check out our playlists to prepare:

PlaylistHQ Friday Picks:

1. The Offspring – 7:45pm

They will be playing their album, Smash in its entirety.

“Perhaps the element which stands out to me the most after listening to the near 40 minute album is the energy that The Offspring display in virtually every one of the 13 songs. Smash’s first track, Nitro (Youth Energy) is, as one would expect from a song titled as it is, both energetic and powerful and lays down the blue print for the tracks to follow. Through The Offspring’s fast paced, high octane attack, each of the band members compliments each other rather nicely. Hit single, Come Out and Play, will attest to that. Another powerful, highly enjoyable characteristic of Smash is the catchiness in which many of the tracks display. Many of the songs (especially the title track) have strong, memorable choruses which you will remember long after you finish listening. Interestingly, each of the songs seem as though they strive to outdo their predecessors in catchiness and with the exception of perhaps the Didjts cover Killboy Powerhead, feel as though they accomplish such a goal as you listen to them. Fortunately Smash doesn’t begin to sound contrived or forced, as the song writing is strong enough to maintain artistic credibility.” – Excerpt from a review by Mike Stagno

2. Gogol Bordello – 7pm

Gogol Bordello is a Gypsy punk band from the Lower East Side of Manhattan, formed in 1999 and known for theatrical stage shows and persistent touring.[1] Much of the band’s sound is inspired by Gypsy music. The band incorporates accordion and violin (and on some albums, saxophone) mixed with punk and dub. -From Wikipedia

3. Pussy Riot – Panel – 5:45pm

These young women faced seven years in a Russian prison for a satirical performance in a Moscow cathedral. As members of the feminist art collective Pussy Riot, they performed a 40 second “punk prayer” inside Russia’s main cathedral. This performance led to their arrest on charges of religious hatred and culminated in a trial that has reverberated around the world and transformed the face of Russian society forever.


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