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Kristen Swanson

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Kristen Swanson's last content update – Oct. 4, 2017, 2:31 p.m.

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The Flatliners - Inviting Light album cover

The Flatliners

Inviting Light, 2017

7.7 / 10

Since 2002 Canadian punk band The Flatliners have been making a name for themselves. It’s hard to imagine the same ska/punk band that put out Destroy to Create released an ...

The Menzingers - After The Party album cover

The Menzingers

After The Party, 2017

7.5 / 10
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For the past 7 or so years I have been saying that The Menzingers are the best current punk band around. Not only do they put on a hell of ...

Teenage Bottlerocket - American Deutsch Bag album cover

Teenage Bottlerocket

American Deutsch Bag, 2014

6.0 / 10

I never learned German in high school, but Teenage Bottlerocket must have because their latest 7’’ is a nod to the punk side of the German language. It's been nearly ...

Masked Intruder - M.I. album cover

Masked Intruder

M.I., 2014

7.0 / 10

I haven’t met a person yet who doesn’t like Masked Intruder, and I prefer to keep it that way. However, despite everyone being completely in love with them, they manage ...

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Top 10 Acts Worth Mentioning at Riot Fest 2017

Music Top 10 Acts Worth Mentioning at Riot Fest 2017

Posted Oct. 4, 2017, 2:31 p.m.
The Set List

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 ...

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 ...

The Bouncing Souls

Interviews The Bouncing Souls

Posted March 2, 2017, 2 a.m.

The Bouncing Souls have been a band now for longer than I've been alive, and let's just say I'm not a teenager anymore. The incredible thing about ...

Masked Intruder

Interviews Masked Intruder

Posted March 1, 2015, 3:52 p.m.

Who would have thought a group of masked criminals from Madison, WI would fulfill all of our pop-punk dreams? Masked Intruder are currently making some of the catchiest music in ...

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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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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

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