Staff Kristen Swanson

Kristen Swanson

Contributing Writer

Pittsburgh

Kristen Swanson's last content update – Sept. 29, 2019, 2:34 p.m.

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Cherry Glazerr

Stuffed & Ready, 2019

8.0 / 10

Stuffed & Ready is the third album released by LA band Cherry Glazerr. It’s surprising this is their third album and it’s taken me this long to notice them, but regardless, ...

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Katie Ellen

Still Life, 2018

8.0 / 10
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What started as a two-piece project after the disbandment of Chumped, Katie Ellen are making a name for themselves in their own right. Since seeing the band live this year on ...

The Sidekicks - Happiness Hours album cover

The Sidekicks

Happiness Hours, 2018

8.0 / 10

The Sidekicks are a band that I still pay attention to past my “punk only years”—you know, the years of my youth when only punk music and anything within that ...

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Kississippi

Sunset Blush, 2018

8.2 / 10
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Philly duo Kississippi released their anticipated debut album Sunset Blush and unlike some records, it lived up to the hype. The album starts off with the song “Once Good,” perfectly blending elements ...

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Riot Fest 2019: our personal highlights

Music 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 ...

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 up more every year, Riot ...

Shook Ones

Interviews Shook Ones

Posted March 16, 2019, 3:31 p.m.

Shook Ones are a melodic hardcore band that formed around the Seattle area in 2004. The band has not consistently released new music together, with each member involved in other ...

Diet Cig

Interviews Diet Cig

Posted Dec. 22, 2018, 1:52 p.m.

Diet Cig is a NY duo known for their energetic live shows and incredibly relatable, catchy lyrics. The band is as sweet as you’d expect them to be based ...

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Shows At the Drive-In, Cap'n Jazz, Best Coast to Perform 2017 Riot Fest

Posted June 11, 2017, 7:46 p.m.

Chicago's Riot Fest recently announced its second wave lineup including a mix of post-hardcore favorites to indie rock classics to punk legends. These artists join over 70 artists already ...

At the Drive-In, Cap'n Jazz, Best Coast, Black Pistol Fire, The Casualties, Mad Caddies, Cockney Rejects, Radar State, RVIVR, Versus, Seaway, Like Pacific, Grayscale, Warm Brew, Culture Abuse, Potty Mouth, Skating Polly, Upset, Gin Rummy, The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black and Kembra Pfahler. 
If that's not enough to entice you, the lineup also includes Paramore, New Order, M.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, a DJ set from Beastie Boys' Mike D, and a 40th Anniversary set by legends Bad Brains. Other artists include Death From Above 1979, GWAR, A Day to Remember, Taking Back Sunday, New Found Glory, and Say Anything.
 
Artists confirmed to perform their seminal albums in full at Riot Fest 2017:
Dinosaur Jr – You're Living All Over Me (1987)The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Let's Face It (1997)Built to Spill – Keep It Like A Secret (1999)Fishbone – Truth and Soul (1988)Bayside – The Walking Wounded (2007)Mayday Parade – A Lesson In Romantics (2007)The Lawerence Arms – Oh, Calcutta! (2006)that dog. – Retreat From The Sun (1997)
 
Fest Three-Day Passes are on sale now, with General Admission and VIP options.
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Deafheaven @ Neptune Theater

Posted Aug. 15, 2018, 1:10 a.m. by Kristen Swanson

Deafheaven w/ Drab Majesty  Neptune Theater  Seattle, Washington August 10, 2018  I saw Deafheaven back in 2015 for the first time and aside from being blown away by their performance, ...

The Menzingers @ Mr. Smalls Funhouse

Posted March 6, 2017, 8:06 a.m. by Kristen Swanson

The MenzingersMr. Smalls FunhousePittsburgh, PAFebruary 28, 2017 The first time I saw the Menzingers play in Pittsburgh was at this club that doubled as a concert venue and a nightclub. ...

Kristen Swanson's bio

I'm a music journalist who loves punk music, books, vinyl, and dinosaurs.

Kristen Swanson's favorite bands

The Lawrence Arms, Against Me!, Bouncing Souls, Jawbreaker, Hot Water Music, Iron Chic, Osker, None More Black, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits

Kristen Swanson's personal URL

http://astrangersfloor.blogspot.com

Kristen Swanson's SPB contributions

19 reviews 13 features 1 news post 2 blogposts
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