Sing-alongs and bare asses: Nostalgia ruled at this year’s Riot Fest

Riot Fest 2018 was an oddly muted affair. No big reunions or “one time only” performances of the kind that have so thrilled festivalgoers in times past, like Jawbreaker getting back together last year or L7 in 2015. Instead, there was a comforting procession of longtime stalwarts (Bouncing Souls, Andrew W.K.) and…

As a child, Say Anything’s Max Bemis was in love with Charlie Sheen in Major League

At this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago, The A.V. Club asked bands to play a game we call Punk Or Not Punk, in which they rated random things on an arbitrary, dichotomic scale. This round, Say Anything’s Max Bemis joins us to rate PBR and Say Anything (the movie) and tells us about the huge crush he had on Charlie Sheen’s…

Cap’n Jazz says sex in the daylight is “punk as fuck”

At this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago, The A.V. Club asked bands to play a game we call Punk Or Not Punk, in which they rated random things on an arbitrary, dichotomic scale. This round, Chicago’s own Cap’n Jazz, fresh off its reunion stint at the festival, rates daytime sex (technically, we asked them about daytime sets…

Minus The Bear picks its 5 biggest musical influences, from Pink Floyd to The Cardigans

The last time we saw the guys from Minus The Bear, they were destroying our Undercover sign during an awesome cover of Fugazi’s “Waiting Room.” A couple months after the fact and we’ve (mostly) forgiven them. To bury the hatchet, we sat down with them at this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago to talk about their biggest…