On the final weekend of the summer, Chicago’s Humboldt Park hosted the city’s eighth annual Riot Fest, the punk-, rock-, and hardcore-filled festival that has since branched to Brooklyn, Toronto, and Dallas. This year’s installment was special for more than its consolidated location in the park; it also boasted a brand-new carnival — featuring a Ferris wheel, funnel cake, and impossible-to-win prize games — to enjoy between sets.
“The Door” (The Casket Lottery) & “Balance Beam” (Nathan Ellis)
As a name, Nathan Ellis is unassuming, also held by the random college professor, fire chief, and publicist. As a musician, Nathan Ellis might still be unassuming, unwilling to play up his accomplishments, but his list is no joke: The Casket Lottery, Coalesce, Able Baker Fox, Jackie Carol, and now solo singer-songwriter material.
Chicago’s Riot Fest and Carnival has announced a second wave of confirmed performers for its 2012 festival. Andrew WK, Minus the Bear, Hot Water Music, Pegboy, and many more have joined the likes of Rise Against, Iggy & The Stooges, Elvis Costello, GWAR, Reverend Horton Heat, Coheed and Cambria, and Dropkick Murphys for the festivities from Sept. 14-16.
ALARM columnist Sean-Michael Yoder shares his first five electronic picks in 2009. The list includes Aether’s “melodic” Artifacts, London’s John Tejada with Fabric 44, the pop/dance beats of Hercules and Love Affair’s self-titled album, a Lollapalooza mix, and Jaga Jazzist leader Lars Horntveth’s 37-minute song, “Kaleidoscopic.”