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Here’s What The Cure Played At Their Riot Fest Headlining Set

At this year’s Riot Fest, a manifold of performers showed up and showed out at the Chicago-based punk festival. From Taylor Acorn and Death Cab For Cutie to Sleep Token and Death Grips, there was a fabulous set for every kind of alternative fan. Of course, the fest closed out with a 2.5-hour, career-spanning headline performance from The Cure on Sunday, September 17.  Playing tracks from Japanese Whispers all the way to Disintegration and Pornography, fans were treated to top hits and B-sides alike, including an eight-song encore.  If you’re feeling a bit of FOMO, this setlist definitely won’t cure… Read more »


Riot Fest Unveils 2023 Lineup With Foo Fighters And The Cure

Riot Fest, one of the most eagerly-awaited music festivals of the year, has just announced its mind-blowing 3-day lineup for 2023. This year’s headliners are none other than the legendary Foo Fighters, The Cure, The Postal Service/Death Cab For Cutie, Queens Of The Stone Age, Turnstile, and The Mars Volta. But the excitement doesn’t end there. Riot Fest has managed to assemble an incredible array of talent to round out the lineup. Head Automatica, Tegan and Sara, 100 gecs, The Gaslight Anthem, Say Anything, AFI, and many other fan favorites will grace the stage. The full list of artists promises… Read more »


General Mike Patton Drafts X-ecutioners And An Army Of Other Collaborators

Mike Patton probably owns a Blackberry. The former Faith No More and Mr. Bungle frontman has always juggled his many musical whims like the finest project manager, but in 2005 his personal digital assistants might need their own personal assistants. The 37-year-old musician has recruited Oakland, California, DJ crew the X-ecutioners for his latest project, General Patton Vs. the X-ecutioners. Released February 22, Vs. is a characteristically varied affair, featuring the general’s vocal acrobatics, skittish needle-dropping and quick cut-and-paste genre changes. And, like a growing number of musical collaborations, most notably the Postal Service, the songs were all completed via… Read more »


Going Back To Cali: Fu Manchu Salute Their SoCal Upbringing

Musicians often view lyrics as vehicles to express their innermost thoughts or frustrations. Orange County, California, combo Fu Manchu prefer to use them to talk about cool stuff, and the impetus for their scorching vocals often comes from their favorite films, toys or pastimes. “We’ve all grown up surfing, skateboarding and being around cars, so a lot of those things have been used in the band since we started,” singer/guitarist Scott Hill said. While Fu Manchu might not have a lot to say lyrically or in interviews, their simplistic sentiments complement their crunchy, chugging guitar rhythms, insistent beats and powerful… Read more »


Tool Tap Fantomas For East Coast Tour

While West Coast Tool fans will be treated to King Crimson as show openers, those on the East Coast will be primed by the sonic antics of Fantômas. Though an itinerary is still being plotted, Fantômas, fronted by former Faith No More frontman Mike Patton, are tentatively scheduled to begin their three-week stint with Tool on September 22, according to an Ipecac Records spokesperson. The tour, supporting the band’s second album, The Director’s Cut (see “Patton Scores With Second Fantômas LP”), will be routed to hit major markets such as New York; Boston; Philadelphia; Portland, Maine; Washington, D.C.; Albany, New… Read more »

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