Nine Inch Nails, Jawbreaker, and that's kinda it: What The A.V. Club saw at Riot Fest 2017

This past weekend, a few A.V. Club staffers headed to Chicago’s Douglas Park for Riot Fest, the marathon three-day music festival boasting approximately 90 different artists. And due to a variety of mitigating factors—family commitments, advanced age, a general dislike of crowds and heat—we saw only a fraction of…

Taking Back Sunday, Dinosaur Jr., Built To Spill and others get Riot Fest aftershows

Riot Fest is coming to Chicago in September, and while seeing bands like Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, and the reunited lineup of Jawbreaker during regular festival hours is great and all, it’s not quite as exciting as seeing some concerts that stretch a little further into the night. That’s what Riot…

Dinosaur Jr. and Built To Spill to play classic albums live at Riot Fest 2017

Earlier this week, Chicago’s Riot Fest announced its lineup for 2017, coming out swinging with the announcement that punk rockers Jawbreaker would be reuniting for the first time in 20 years. Now, the festival’s organizers have announced another treat for nostalgic music fans, releasing a list of bands—including …

Dinosaur Jr., Jonathan Richman, and Ty Segall lead the 2017 Pickathon lineup

Though this year’s Pickathon festival in Oregon won’t have a fictional Flaming Lips feud, its actual musical acts should be at least as entertaining as that Portlandia gag. Held every year at Pendarvis Farm just outside of Portland, Pickathon prides itself on being an “alternative to the standard festival experience,”…

Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis racked up the points on @Midnight

You don’t have to be a comedian to win @Midnight. In fact, there are very few requirements for becoming an @Midnight champion; you just have to be the person Chris Hardwick screams “POINTS!” at the most, and, in the end, does anyone really want that? In any case, Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis was the latest musician…

On its 4th post-reunion offering, Dinosaur Jr. digs deep to unearth its best self

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When Dinosaur Jr.’s original lineup of J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph was restored (after much fraught and remarked-upon time apart) and 2007’s Beyond was released, everyone who remembered the first three albums (Dinosaur, Bug, and You’re Living All Over Me) heaved a sigh of relief that blew the tall grass at the…

Here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in August

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Dinosaur Jr. gives a glimpse of what it’s not with new album and tour

Dinosaur Jr. announced last month that it would be opening for Jane’s Addiction for a few shows this summer, as well as headlining Boston’s Living Colour Festival with the Los Angeles rockers. But if you were worried you wouldn’t be able to snag tickets to the handful of shows, or otherwise felt that you could do…

Jane’s Addiction, Dinosaur Jr., and Living Colour announce quick pre-Lollapalooza tour

Lollapalooza starts in a few months, and now Jane’s Addiction has announced that it’s going on a quick tour before stopping in Chicago for the new, slightly longer and slightly more expensive version of the festival that its singer Perry Farrell founded in 1991. That makes this year the 25th anniversary of…

Revisiting the book that immortalized the ’80s indie punk rock scene

It was sometime around 1997 or 1998 when author and rock journalist Michael Azerrad was sitting at home watching a generic multi-part history on rock ’n’ roll. It was late in the evening, and the episode he caught detailed the history of punk rock—or was supposed to. But something was wrong. “It went straight from…