In the most generalized of descriptions, both Rise Against and Nirvana qualify as "loud punk," so it makes sense that the Chicago melodic-hardcore band chose the legendary Seattle outfit's "Sliver" for our loudest Undercover to date. (The air ducts outside our office, and presumably throughout our building, rattled during the performance.) Rise Against's most recent album, 2008's excellent Appeal To Reason, had the kind of blazing guitars and hoarse-throated vocals from frontman Tim McIlrath that can trace their lineage back to Seattle in the early '90s (and Southern California in the '80s). The band's currently playing a few festival gigs in Europe before heading back home to write its next record, so this is likely as close as Rise Against will come to your city for a while.
AV Undercover 2014: Watch the Recap
Wye Oak Covers Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill"
Wild Cub Covers Beyoncé's "Crazy in Love"
Lydia Loveless Covers Echo & The Bunnymen's "The Killing Moon"
The Men Covers Devo's "Gates of Steel"
Howler Covers .38 Special's "Hold On Loosely"
PUP Covers Buzzcocks' "Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)"
Eagulls Covers The Stone Roses "I Wanna Be Adored"
Hamilton Leithauser Covers John Cougar's "I Need a Lover"
Ben Watt and Bernard Butler Cover Wang Chung's "Dance Hall Days"
Real Estate Covers The Cranberries' "Linger"
Courtney Barnett Covers The Breeders' "Cannonball"