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Riot Fest 2014

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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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

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Riot Fest Release Chicago and Denver Set Times

The moment is finally here — we can all start budgeting and planning our weekends for Chicago and Denver Riot Fest stops. The greatest punk rock show in North America, Riot Fest has a stacked lineup at both festivals including the likes of The Cure, Slayer, The National, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Say Anything, Taking Back Sunday, Die Antwoord, The Used, Rise Against, The Get Up Kids, Andrew W.K., plus many, many more.

So, with all of these amazing bands playing multiple stages, fans have to prepare by all means necessary. Riot Fest has released the set times and stages …

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UTG SESSION: Sleep On It, Part 2 – Train Tracks

UTG TV is happy to present you with the second installment of our UTG Session with the boys in Sleep On It. For part one, we brought you an interview with the band from their first ever national tour (‘The Rebel Alliance Tour’), in addition to an acoustic rendition of a brand new track called “Sunrise.”

Today, we bring you two tracks off their debut EP Everything, All At Once, which we recorded alongside some train tracks in Rockville Centre, NY. The track “Cope” was actually premiered through Under The Gun Review back in February. We couldn’t …

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UTG SESSION: Sleep On It, Part 1 – Interview & “Sunrise”

Chicago natives Sleep On It just wrapped up their first co-headlining tour alongside their buddies in Real Talk on ‘The Rebel Alliance Tour.’ The tour, which made its way from Kentucky to New York and back, marks the first time the band has officially hit the road. As a band that operates in a completely DIY realm of music, the guys were able to tour in support of their debut EP, Everything, All At Once, with some of their own savings and some help via their devoted fan-base through a Kickstarter campaign.

In Long Island, NY, we caught up …

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DVD REVIEW: We Came As Romans – ‘Present, Future, and Past’

Film: Present, Future, and Past
Starring: We Came As Romans
Genre: Music/Concert

The rise of We Came As Romans from unknown Michigan post-hardcore outfit to international headliners is the very definition of a cinderella story. The group that signed with Equal Vision back in 2009 have grown from boys to men over the last half decade, and in that time recorded three critically-acclaimed albums, each more complex than the one before. Through it all, the members have remained true to themselves and their roots, allowing their experiences and struggles guide the material that creates their future releases. It’s not an …

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LIVE REVIEW: The Blood Brothers @ FYF Fest in Los Angeles, California (8/24/2014)

There’s a certain sense of euphoria that rushes into you when you’re waiting for your favorite band to take the stage. The steam from the fog lights, the pure energy from the crowd waiting to explode upon hearing that first note. You wait desperately for the house music to fade and the lights to fall. You roll around on the balls of your feet, checking your phone every two seconds, counting down the minutes.

That anxiety, that natural high of anticipation creeps in through your toes and makes its way to the bottom of your stomach, where it settles — …