Staff Kristen Swanson

Kristen Swanson

Contributing Writer

Pittsburgh

Kristen Swanson's last content update – Jan. 14, 2019, 10:29 p.m.

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Kississippi  - Sunset Blush album cover

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 ...

Shook Ones - Body Feel album cover

Shook Ones

Body Feel, 2018

8.7 / 10

Shook Ones are a nostalgic band for me, they were the most active during my teenage years and I associate them with that time period. I’m sure like most of ...

Deafheaven - Ordinary Corrupt Human Love album cover

Deafheaven

Ordinary Corrupt Human Love, 2018

9.5 / 10

When I first heard that Deafheaven had released a new record, I was skeptical. The thing is, I’m not entirely sure why because the band has more than proven themselves ...

Teenage Bottlerocket - Stealing The Covers album cover

Teenage Bottlerocket

Stealing The Covers, 2017

7.9 / 10

Many have commented about loving the idea behind Teenage Bottlerocket's all-covers record Stealing The Covers, and even though cover albums usually have everyone sending the puke emoji as a review, I ...

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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 ...

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.
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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 ...

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 ...

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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

16 reviews 10 features 1 news post 2 blogposts
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