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Riot Fest 2019: our personal highlights

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Riot Fest 2019: our personal highlights

Posted Sept. 29, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

We had such a blast at Riot Fest 2019 that we want to share our favorite moments and also give you recommendations for how you can recreate and/or relive those moments for yourself! Summer’s definitely over, but that doesn’t mean life has to be a total bummer. Check out our lists below and feel free to reach out with your own personal highlights from Riot Fest 2019 as well! Top 5 acts that surprised us at Riot Fest 2019 5 Slayer Just before Slayer was set to perform their last ever Chicago show, I overheard a photographer say “I love Slayer, but might not want to shoot them to avoid getting blood on my camera.” As if ...

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Bands to check out at Riot Fest 2019

Music Bands to check out at Riot Fest 2019

Posted Sept. 11, 2019, 7:36 a.m.

For 15 years now Chicago-based Riot Fest has been a multi-day music festival specializing in punk, rock, alternative, metal, and hip-hop. Although festivals are popping ...

Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2019)

Music Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (July 2019)

Posted July 2, 2019, 3:55 p.m.

Tension on the North Korean border. Conflicts with Iran. Brexit hovering like the sword of Damocles over Europe. Who knows if we'll even see ...

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Scene Point Blank's Favorites: The Year So Far (August 2007)

Posted Oct. 16, 2010, 11:05 a.m.

It's that special time again - SPB's legendary mid-year feature! If you're a newcomer to the site, this feature is essentially a review of the year so far, comprising various lists and articles, and of course, our staff's top 5 for 2007 thus far. Read on to learn reasons why Bear Grylls is the "baddest motherfucker alive", albums that disappointed us, reasons touring the South is scary and an argument explaining why the music industry isn't doomed. - the SPB team Top Five Reasons Why Bear Grylls Is The Baddest Motherfucker Alive Being a strict vegetarian and ...

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Dark Mofo Festival 2019

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Posted July 2, 2019, 3:52 p.m.

In its seventh year, it should by now be firmly established that the annual Dark Mofo Festival is hard to ...

Scene Point Blank's Favorites: Year End (2018)

Music Scene Point Blank's Favorites: Year End (2018)

Posted Jan. 2, 2019, 12:43 p.m.
Year End 2018

It's been a great year for music and we're here to tell you what you should have heard ...

2018: A Year In Review

Music 2018: A Year In Review

Posted Jan. 2, 2019, 12:41 p.m.
Year End 2018

As is traditional, we highlight some of the best non-album releases of 2018, plus a bunch more things. After you ...

Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2018

Music Pass The Mic: Artists and labels on 2018

Posted Dec. 22, 2018, 1:54 p.m.
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It's the end of the year, but before we tell you what we think the best albums and musical ...

The Fest 17

Music The Fest 17

Posted Nov. 12, 2018, 3:54 p.m.

If you count last year’s Pre-Fest only trip, Fest 17 marks my tenth trip to Florida for the annual ...

Looking Forward to The Fest 17

Music Looking Forward to The Fest 17

Posted Oct. 21, 2018, 2:59 p.m.

The Fest is a fascinating piece of DIY culture. Not only has it grown into a mega-event of 400+ bands ...

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