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Top 10 Acts Worth Mentioning at Riot Fest 2017

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Top 10 Acts Worth Mentioning at Riot Fest 2017

Posted Oct. 4, 2017, 2:31 p.m.
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Sometimes you reach a point in your life when something inside of you just breaks and no matter what you do, you can't fix it. You hate your job, you hate your apartment, you hate the city you live in. I had currently reached that point in my life when I decided to move from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Seattle, Washington. Why? Because I could. I wasn't sure driving a car full of my belongings roughly over 2,500 miles on I-90 was going to necessarily fix everything wrong with my life, but I was certain it would be the kick in the ass I needed to change. So here I am, a week later, typing this from Seattle ...

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Top Ten Acts We're Excited About at Riot Fest 2017

Music Top Ten Acts We're Excited About at Riot Fest 2017

Posted Sept. 14, 2017, 10:41 a.m.
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Multi-day music festival Riot Fest returns to Douglas Park in Chicago for its twelfth year, September 15-17th. The independent music festival specializes in punk, rock ...

Top Five Acts We're Excited About at Pitchfork 2017

Music Top Five Acts We're Excited About at Pitchfork 2017

Posted July 11, 2017, 2:23 p.m.
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Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Union Park in Chicago for it's twelfth year (except 2005's "Intonation Music Festival" tag) July 14-16. As usual ...

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Top Ten Acts We're Excited About at Riot Fest 2017

Music

Top Ten Acts We're Excited About at Riot Fest 2017

Posted Sept. 14, 2017, 10:41 a.m.
The Set List

Multi-day music festival Riot Fest returns to Douglas Park in Chicago for its twelfth year, September 15-17th. The independent music festival specializes in punk, rock, alternative, metal, and hip-hop. Not to mention, there will be carnival rides, sideshow performers, and top-notch food vendors added to the mix of performers. If that wasn't reason enough to attend, here's the top ten acts we're most excited to see perform at Riot Fest. 10 HDBeenDope There's something intriguing about young rapper HDBeenDope and it's not just his name; his sound and style is fresh enough to stand out ...

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Top 5 TV Themes

Music Top 5 TV Themes

Posted June 21, 2016, 3:29 p.m.
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TV theme songs are their own art form: they aren’t singles and they aren’t cinematic scores. Instead, they ...

Top 5 Album Closers

Music Top 5 Album Closers

Posted March 1, 2015, 3:46 p.m.
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1 Devin Townsend – "Tall Latte" (Ziltoid, the Omniscient) Ziltoid is an impeccably funny album. Not only is the premise itself ...

Top 5 Bands That Never Topped Their Debuts

Music Top 5 Bands That Never Topped Their Debuts

Posted Nov. 25, 2014, 5:23 p.m.
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1 Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction Admit it: you love this album just as much as everyone else. And ...

Our Top 5 Favorite Album Openers

Music Our Top 5 Favorite Album Openers

Posted Aug. 12, 2014, 5:34 p.m.
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The challenge of listing the definitive "best" album openers is perhaps impossible. While we're dedicated at SPB to challenging ...

5 Acts Not To Miss At... Beacons Festival 2013

Music 5 Acts Not To Miss At... Beacons Festival 2013

Posted July 29, 2013, 5:03 p.m.
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Boasting a packed, diverse lineup of bands and musicians, Beacons Festival has something for everyone. These are the acts which ...

Top 5 whoa-oh songs

Music Top 5 whoa-oh songs

Posted March 17, 2013, 1:48 p.m.
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Whoa-oh is both a pop-punk staple and a songwriting trick that finds its way across many genres. Is it a ...

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