PHOTOS: Riot Fest Denver: Day 2

Still covered in the dust and grime from the day before, fans converged on the second day of Riot Fest Denver like a swarm. Band after band delivered stellar performances, not to outdone by the lineup from Day 1. New Beat Fund, Kongos and Peelander-Z got the party started with some funky beats and rousing crowd participation. Denver boys Breathe Carolina really kicked up some dust with their electric set. Public Enemy always brings the riot, delivering a unforgettable performance. The rain clouds rolled in around 6pm right before Bad Religion was set to take the stage. In concern for crowd safety,

PHOTOS: Riot Fest Denver: Day 1

This is the first time Riot Fest has hit the Mile High City and from what we saw yesterday, we can only hope that Riot Fest will continue to find a 2nd home in Denver, Colorado. Crowds drifted in as things got off to a slow start on Day #1, which is a shame for anyone who missed the first few bands. Bosnian Rainbows and Touche Amore started off the day with a bang, both delivering show-stopping performances as the day had barely even started. The Dismemberment Plan and Minus the Bear kept the afternoon rolling as the crowds started pouring in

REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2012 Day 2

ACL Day 2 started out slow with festival attendees holding out hope that the muggy weather would clear up. Ironically, once everyone packed into the park, around 5 p.m., the heavy rains crashed in and left us soaked and muddy. In one of those, "you can run, but you can't hide," scenarios, folks flocked under tents and brought out the umbrellas, but after the third downpour, they embraced the storms and sloshed through the mud to the next show. The morning shows kicked off with Caveman, Quiet Company and Civil Twilight. B-Sides spoke with Civil Twilight yesterday and loved how humble the

REVIEW: Austin City Limits 2012 Day One

  Each year ACL brings some of the best acts in the world to our little/big town and what feels like the entire population of Austin takes over Zilker park. What's usually a quaint area to walk your dogs, jog by the lake or toss around a frisbee, turns into one of the most renowned festivals to ever hit the music scene. The park was more packed than we've ever seen it, making talks of a two-weekend fest next year not seem so crazy. Despite the crowds everyone was in high spirits and ready for the best weekend of the year. It's usually

2012 IndieCade Shows its Force

Last weekend I got the chance to visit IndieCade, a festival of independent games in the L.A. neighborhood of Culver City. Featuring galleries of video, board and card games, developer competitions, titles like Guacamelee and Aatheuo and presentations by game industry bosses, it was an awfully fun convention to visit. The underlying feelings I left with were of exhilaration and awe at the creativity of the ideas I saw and the resolve by their authors to realize them. 2353

REVIEW: Lollapalooza 2012 Day Three

Sunshine and great music is what people hope for when attending Lollapalooza and the final day of the 2012 edition is what they got. After torrential rains and winds caused the legendary festival to be suspended and forced an evacuation, many all around felt like they wore a badge of honor for making it to Sunday's event in one piece. Early performers, Mona and Oberhofer set the tone for the day as they came out of the gates ready to rock. Both bands have garnered minor airplay on U.S. radio as Mona put on a tight set

REVIEW: Lollapalooza 2012 Day Two

The second day of Lollapalooza was suspended for a few hours of the festival due to severe weather conditions. Inclement weather hadn't been a problem during festivals during previous years(last year Foo Fighters played in the midst of a short rainstorm), as the rain was not as heavy but strong thunderstorms with gusting winds approached the Chicagoland area just as the festival had kicked off. Taking the necessary measures to protect festival goers and the performers, the festival grounds were quickly evacuated just as the festival had started to get going. Unfortunately, the suspension meant that the

REVIEW: Lollapalooza 2012 Day One

Lollapalooza 2012 day one headliners, Black Sabbath, capped off a solid day of amazing performances. Led by frontman, Ozzy Osbourne, the crowd included many who weren't even born during the band's heyday, but that didn't stop them from getting a two-hour history lesson from the English rock stalwarts. Earlier in the day, UK trio, Animal Kingdom put on a great set filled with big dreamy indie-pop sounds including B-Sides fav, "Strange Attractor". Psychedelic surf band, The Growlers performed shortly thereafter with a large diverse crowd that were just as excited to see Black Sabbath as they were

LIVE REVIEW: Bilbao BBK Live 2012

Bilbao BBK Live is a festival in the northeast corner of Spain, closer to the French-Spanish border than Madrid or Barcelona. With a lineup that rivals many four to six day festivals in Europe, Bilbao BBK Live is not only concentrated quality, but one of the most affordable festivals on the European summer festival circuit. Much pre-festival excitement was focused on bands like Snow Patrol, The Maccabees, Band of Skulls, and AWOLNATION. Although those bands all produced solid sets, in the end, were not as memorable as the groups that will be reviewed in detail shortly. 1665