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.
Best Albums: Mogwai, Reverend Horton Heat, Step Brothers (Alchemist & Evidence)
Mogwai: Rave Tapes
Reverend Horton Heat: Rev
Step Brothers: Lord Steppington