Staff Picks: Best Albums of 2022Listen to the playlist now
Rather than make one of those topical on-trend year-end lists, we decided to share a random smattering of the albums we’ve enjoyed most this year.
Secret Satan Stash Is Back PLUS Get 20% Off Merch For A Whole Week of Black Friday20% off all merch on Riot Brand with the code BLACKFRIDAY22 starting tomorrow
Back by “popular” demand this holiday season is the Secret Satan Stash! You know the drill—there’s NO picking what shirts go in the stash, NO returns whatsoever, and absolutely NO crying allowed (as always). Perfect for when you want to buy a gift for somebody without the hassle of having to think too hard. Or at all, for that matter.
The Kings of the New Age Are Coming to ChicagoAn Interview With State Champs
State Champs hit the road last week in support of their fourth studio album, Kings of the New Age. This is the band’s biggest headlining tour to date which means larger stages, ramped up production value, and big surprises for fans, including a carefully curated setlist of old hits and new fan favs. The night […]
Staff Picks: What the Heck Do I Watch on Halloween?
Halloween’s on a Monday this year—but we’re not letting that slow down the greatest day of the year! The Riot Fest team has been hard at work celebrating, debating, and sharing our favorite films to watch on Halloween night, and we’ve come up with a frightfully good list of our top picks for you. Here’s […]
Why The Cramps are the Ultimate Halloween BandYes, even beating out the Misfits.
Recently, I walked into a bougie health food store (it wasn’t Whole Foods, but a large local competitor) to the strains of a song I never expected to hear over their speakers: “Human Fly” by the Cramps. It was far from the first time I’d heard a punk-adjacent song in this kind of store. When […]
Who The Heck Are Pinkshift?
Today’s Who The Heck feature is all about Pinkshift, Baltimore’s most promising young punk trio—and quite possibly the textbook definition of a “next generation” pop punk band (if “pop punk” is even the right phrase). Inspired by acts like My Chemical Romance and No Doubt, Pinkshift’s style leans into grunge and post-hardcore territories—but it was […]
Premiere: Meet Ekko Astral, a Queer Post-Punk Band Making Mascara MoshpitsListen to “EAT OFF MY CHEST“ off the D.C. group’s debut EP (out October 28) below
“WE’RE JUST GROWING TITS AND THROWING FITS AT THE END OF THE WORLD! ” That’s just one memorable line from singer-songwriter Jael Holzman, a trans woman at the front of a thrilling new band called Ekko Astral who are currently tearing up Washington D.C.’s local punk scene. Today, we’re premiering their latest single “EAT OFF […]
Watch a New Blind Adam and The Federal League Video Ahead of ANTIfestListen to “There Was A Ballgame” ahead of their Chicago show with Anti-Flag on November 4
Ahead of their opening slot for ANTIfest in just two weeks, Blind Adam and The Federal League have released a brand new video for their song “There Was A Ballgame.” Watch it below. The track is off Blind Adam’s 2021 record An Act of Desperation, which was produced by Chris #2 Barker of Anti-Flag. Singer […]
Bundle Up: Riot Fest Hoodie Orders Get Free Shipping
The best time of the year is finally here: FALL. Sorry, but we love light jackets and Halloween more than we love our own festival. (Can you really blame us? It’s a lot of work…) Anyways: it’s chilly out, so we’ve added free shipping on all RiotBrand.org orders with a hoodie included (U.S. orders only). […]
Violence, High Heels, and “the Sexiest Band in the World”: Girls Against Boys’ Scott McCloud Revisits ‘House of GVSB’
The 90s alternative rock boom produced a lot of surprising success stories. For instance, post-hardcore outfit Girls Against Boys, which was born out of the DC Dischord scene before landing on MTV, Kevin Smith soundtracks, and (in poster form) Meadow Soprano’s bedroom wall. It was a strange rock star moment from a band whose shadow-y […]
Staff Picks: 20 Businesses & Orgs to Support for Filipino-American History Month
Along with being the start of the spooky season, October is also when we celebrate Filipino-American History! Like many other Filipinos, the pride I have for my home country and culture stays spilling at the seams. I miss the Philippines and my family every single day, but the community I have found in America has […]