LIVE REVIEW: Riot Fest Denver (Days 2 & 3)

I was so proud of myself for waking up the morning after my first night at Riot Fest Denver and cranking out my review of ‘Day 1’ that I believed wholeheartedly I would be able to repeat that act the following two days. “I’ll be the first to press ‘post’ out of every journalist there,” I thought. Turns out, I don’t know my body as well as I thought because the rest of my weekend in Denver required far more sleep than expected. For that, I apologize.

Now that the ringing in my ears has subsided and the festival banners …

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RIOT FEST CHICAGO: The Good, The Bad, And The Totally Weird

Alternative music fans far and wide congregated in The Windy City Sept. 12-14 for the greatest punk rock show on Earth, Riot Fest Chicago. The weekend was imaginably filled with amazing sets, carnival rides, beer, and deep fried everything.

This year’s Riot Fest Chicago was comprised of hundreds of bands, 7 stages (8 on Friday night), and way too many attractions to even consider checking out. It’s madness beyond anyone’s wildest imagination — and that’s the bittersweet part of the event. It’s beautiful to see so many awesome things happening in one venue, but so difficult to attempt to make …


LIVE REVIEW: Riot Fest Denver (Day 1)

I missed Riot Fest 2013, and to be honest I spent the first six months after it took place kicking myself for having not attended. When the 2014 installment was unveiled, I knew this would be the year I finally made the trek. Chicago was my first choice, but due to some family related issues that came up in August I ultimately settled on booking a flight, hotel, and car for one in order to enjoy Riot Fest from the parking lot of Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO.

My journey began as great adventures do, with a far too …


Childish Gambino Performs New Song “Sober” Live

A couple days ago, Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, released a new song titled “Sober” off his anticipated mixtape STN MTN/KAUAI to much praise, even though he stated that he would not be releasing a mixtape any time in the near future.

A live video has surfaced of the rapper performing the new song for the first time for an intimate audience at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The video shows Gambino performing it in a more stripped down fashion that is different than the digital version that has been released.

No release date has been set for …

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WATCH: Zella Day Performs “Compass” and “Sweet Ophelia” for ‘Buzzsessions’

Similar to what the good people at Audiotree are doing, The Wild Honey Pie have been producing gorgeous, stripped-down performances for their Buzzsessions series for quite some time. Featuring some of our absolute favorite artists, time and time again we’re left in awe of the end results with each and every session they release. This time around, we’d like to draw attention to Zella Day‘s recent studio visit with TWHP as she performs two of her most recent singles, “Compass” and “Sweet Ophelia.”

Both of these tracks will be featured on Day’s forthcoming debut EP which is set to …

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: The 10 Must-See Acts At Riot Fest Chicago

Most decisions in life are hard. Where should I go to college? What should I eat for lunch? What career path should I take? How should I cut my hair? Do I like Dumbledore or Gandalf better? Deep dish or thin crust?

The most pressing question bothering us over the last week is which Riot Fest Chicago acts can we absolutely not miss. By absolutely, we mean getting there if it means passing up every other band on the bill — even if, by some miracle, the festival curators talk Led Zeppelin into finally not being a bunch of …

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Riot Fest Chicago’s Best ‘Under The Radar’ Acts

Part of the beauty of going to a music festival is finding your next favorite band. You know, the next act that is going to truly change your life. This could happen to many who attend Riot Fest Chicago. Sure, the main stages are packed with fimilar and unforgettable names like Taking Back Sunday, The Cure, The Used, Rise Against, Slayer, Die Antwoord, and many, many more. But what about those bands playing earlier in the afternoon or on the smaller stages? Don’t those acts deserve some credit? They certainly do. And we’ve created the guide for you to …


LIVE REVIEW: The Eagles in Des Moines, Iowa (9/6/2014)

There was no heartache inside Wells Fargo Arena as the Eagles brought its ‘History of the Eagles’ to the Midwest last Saturday evening.

“It’s good to be back in the heartland,” guitarist and singer Glenn Frey said to the sold out thousands who packed the arena.

The tour, which is designed around the Eagles documentary of the same name, gives concert-goers the real life experience of the history of the Eagles. It starts at the beginning of the band’s inception and dives chronologically through the weaves and turns of the band’s highly-acclaimed career. Drummer, guitarist, and singer Don Henley joins …

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The 10 Best Riot Fest Social Media Moments Of The Year

Riot Fest isn’t only known for being the North American festival that goes above and beyond to create the most unforgettable lineups. Yes, the carnival is cool and the music is great (there’s even going to be an arcade in Chicago this year). But why do people really love Riot Fest? It’s probably the social media banter by whoever runs the account (an individual probably living in parts unknown). Known for quick wit and even quicker keystrokes, the Riot Fest Twitter and Facebook pages have been giving people a reason to chuckle all of festival season.

We’ve decided to scavenge …


LIVE REVIEW & PHOTOS: Funny Or Die’s Oddball Comedy Festival (8/22/14)

The Oddball Comedy Festival has made its way around the country this summer and will continue to bring laughter to stand-up fans through the end of September. The tour has been hitting grand-scale theaters as opposed to the usual hole-in-the-wall comedy clubs. Although it takes away the intimacy of a smaller environment, it does manage to boost your intake of comedic celebrities in one sitting.

The tour features both newcomers and legendary comics such as Aziz Ansari, Jim Jefferies, Amy Schumer, Jim Gaffigan, Marc Maron, Whitney Cummings and plenty more. Under The Gun Review was able to catch the Wantagh, …

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FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Six Reasons Why Riot Fest Chicago Will Be Your Busiest Weekend This Year

As with most festival or multiple-stage concerts, you’re forced to make choices. And that’s the exciting part of squeezing in as much music as you can in a single weekend. That means it’s a great lineup and you are always consuming music…great music.

Riot Fest Chicago is no exception to this rule. This year, for its 10th year running, the organizers of the festival went hard. The lineup is, again, unforgettable. Whether it be with anniversary sets, legendary headliners, a pure saturation of music, or some damn good food and entertainment, Riot Fest literally brings out the big guns.

Being …


COMEDY REVIEW: ‘Applespiel Make A Band And Take On The Recording Industry’

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