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Slayer, Gwar, Glassjaw, Primus, Clutch, Mastodon Etc. Set For 2014 ‘Riot Fest’ Lineups

The 2014 ‘Riot Fest‘ lineups have been announced with the festival to take place in three cities during three weekends in September. Those cities include Toronto, Denver and Chicago.

Highlights for the metal/hard rock inclined include:

Slayer
Clutch
Jane’s Addiction
Primus
Glassjaw
Bring Me The Horizon
Mastodon
We Came As Romans
Of Mice & Men
The Used
Samhain

Also surprisingly included is Gwar on the Chicago, IL stop, suggesting the group may plan to continue on without their late frontman Dave “Oderus Urungus” Brockie.

September 06th-07th Toronto, ON – Downsview Park (‘Riot Fest & Expo‘):

The Cure
City And Colour
Metric
The National
Billy Talent
Rise Against
The Flaming Lips
Social Distortion
Death Cab For Cutie
Death From Above 1979
Brand New
Paul Weller
Awolnation
Stars
The Head And The Heart
Dropkick Murphys
Die Antwoord
Tokyo Police Club
The New Pornographers
Bring Me The Horizon
Taking Back Sunday
The Afghan Whigs
Alkaline Trio
Glassjaw
Bob Mould
Thurston Moore
Buzzcocks
Clutch
New Found Glory
Circa Survive
Manchester Orchestra
Lucero
Title Fight
Bad Suns
Citizen
Lemuria
Mounties
Pup
Nostalghia
Radkey
Rubblebucket
Pentimento
Bronco
The Hotelier
Laura Stevenson
The Beaches
Somos
Restorations
Say Yes
Seaway
Wounds
Little Big League

September 12th-14th Chicago, IL – Humboldt Park (‘Riot Fest & Carnival‘):

The Cure
Jane’s Addiction
The National
Rise Against
Weezer
The Flaming Lips
Social Distortion
Slayer
The Offspring
Wu-Tang Clan
Samhain
Descendents

Artist TBA
Tegan And Sara
Metric
Cheap Trick

Artist TBA
Pussy Riot
Patti Smith
Taking Back Sunday
Die Antwoord
City And Colour
Paul Weller
The Used
Bring Me The Horizon

Artist TBA
NOFX
Dropkick Murphys
Gogol Bordello
Of Mice & Men
Mastodon
The Afghan Whigs
Naked Raygun
Cock Sparrer
Dashboard Confessional
Superchunk
Billy Bragg
Blue Meanies
Lucero
New Found Glory
Saosin
(feat. Anthony Green)
Artist TBA
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
The Murder City Devils
Mudhoney
Failure
Hot Snakes
The Dandy Warhols
Thurston Moore
Circa Survive
The Get Up Kids
Motion City Soundtrack
Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies
Streetlight Manifesto
Clutch
Gwar
Buzzcocks
Andrew W.K.
Bouncing Souls
Stiff Little Fingers
Face To Face
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Marky Ramone
(feat. The Bouncing Souls)
Wavves
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
We Came As Romans
Senses Fail
The Orwells
All
Mineral
Title Fight
La Dispute
RX Bandits
Samiam
7 Seconds
Anti-Flag
The Menzingers
The Front Bottoms
Silverstein
Emarosa
Citizen
The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die
Bad Suns
The Pizza Underground
The Hotelier
Nostalghia
In The Valley Below
Radkey
Pianos become The Teeth
Modern Baseball
I Am The Avalanche
Skaters
Laura Stevenson
Cerebral Ballzy
Red City Radio
Pup
Dads
Show You Suck
The Unlikely Candidates
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
My Gold Mask
The Bots
Broncho
The American Scene
Baby Baby
Restorations
Wounds
Plague Vendor
Team Spirit
Somos
Rose’s Pawn Shop
Chumped
Archie Powell & The Exports
Ex Friends

September 19th-21st Byers, CO – May Farms (‘Riot Fest & Sideshow‘):

The Cure
The National
Rise Against
Weezer
Social Distortion
The Flaming Lips
Primus
Slayer
Sublime With Rome
Wu-Tang Clang
TV On The Radio
Descendents
A Day To Remember
NOFX
Die Antwoord
Dropkick Murphys
Bring Me The Horizon
Gogol Bordello
Violent Femmes
City And Colour
The Used
Taking Back Sunday
Manchester Orchestra
New Found Glory
Lucero
Failure
Hot Snakes
Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies
Clutch
Bouncing Souls
Face To Face
Glassjaw
Buzzcocks
Dum Dum Girls
Bob Mould
Stiff Little Fingers
All
La Dispute
Mineral
We Came As Romans
The Expendables
3OH!3
The Menzingers
Big Freedia
The Orwells
Passafire
Larry And His Flask
Nostalghia
Skaters
In The Valley Below
Dads
Pianos Become The Teeth
I Am The Avalanche
Radkey
Cerebral Ballzy
Red City Radio
Wounds
The Unlikely Candidates
Sole And DJ Pain I
The Bots
Tiny Moving Parts
Plague Vendor
My Body Sings Electric

COMMENTS

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    • BlueBalls     May 13, 2014 at 8:33 pm

      I’ll definitely be hitting up Chicago. This is probably the only upcoming fest worth attending. Glassjaw and Primus would have been nice but shit, I won’t complain much.

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    • tenwestchaser     May 14, 2014 at 5:48 am

      Really not sure how I feel about Gwar continuing. I know that Brockie said at least once that the set up for Gwar would allow the band to continue forever with different members but I mean…that seems like it counts for everyone BUT Dave. He was what made Gwar in so many ways. Such a unique individual and he won’t be able to be replaced adequately.

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        • tenwestchaser     May 14, 2014 at 7:16 am

          You missed my point entirely. And you also clearly know nothing about Dave Brockie. The dude had an extremely unique style of comedy, not to mention a very unique voice, that made him irreplaceable. I already mentioned that pretty much every other character could be, and for the most part HAS been, played by multiple people. Also Gwar rules so you get out of town.

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        • carlosfranco     May 14, 2014 at 7:45 am

          “Unique style of comedy”? You have missed the point of music entirely. The were supposed to be a “band” not a stand up act. His voice doesn’t matter, it’s not like we’re talking about Maynard or Chino here. Anyone can spit out vocals over horrible “comedy music”. Hopefully it all fails and the world has one less “band” that adds nothing to the world of art. Now if we can get KISS to go away too we’ll be getting somewhere.

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        • tenwestchaser     May 14, 2014 at 8:38 am

          Nah man, it sounds more to me like you’ve got a pretty narrow view of what music can be. Gwar was as much about the humor as the music. They weren’t just a band they were an entertainment act. They obviously aren’t for everybody but in your case it sounds like you just seriously don’t get it.

          Is that why you’re so pissy about it? Or did Oderus fuck your girlfriend with the Cuttlefish or something? Don’t be mad about that…be proud!!! And go get yourself checked. That thing couldn’t have been clean…

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        • carlosfranco     May 14, 2014 at 10:15 am

          Music for expression not shallow entertainment. If you get entertained by it then it is successful and meaningful but it should not be reduced to “just” entertainment. If that’s the case you should just go listen to Nickelback and HELLYEAH. Is it too much to ask for the art in our world to have substance?

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        • adamonfire     May 14, 2014 at 10:24 am

          I don’t want this world to be filled with just The Place Beyond the Pines, I want my Borat and Jackass too. Entertainment is entertainment.

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        • tenwestchaser     May 14, 2014 at 10:47 am

          I echo adamonfire’s point but also add that Gwar isn’t completely base and shallow. Sure, they aren’t trying to change the world, but what they do is a lot more fleshed out then just the beheadings in stage. They created an entire universe for their story to exist in. Think if it more like a comic book. What Gwar did/does IS art, you just don’t like the art that they do. By the sounds of it, because it’s not super serious high art. It’s not profound or trying to change the world but it’s damn good entertainment. I also happen to love almost all of their albums. They get a bum rap.

          By the way, if you think they’re just idiotic morons with no artistic merit, which seems like you do, I highly suggest looking into Dave Brockie a little deeper. Dude was super smart and spent his whole life pursuing art from a learned viewpoint. He just liked to have fun with it. World needs more like him, if you ask me.

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        • carlosfranco     May 14, 2014 at 10:57 am

          There is no shortage of people like him in rock music. Nearly everything on the radio is based off of that mentality. Just to varying degrees. Gwar, KISS, Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie happen to be in the kiddie pool when it comes to depth. 5FDP, HELLYEAH and Nickelback are on the shallow end of the pool. Where as I like to swim in the deep end where Tool, NIN and Nirvana and the rest of us adults hangout. Making music just for entertainment is basically making music just for money, which has always been degradation of our musical culture.

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        • adamonfire     May 14, 2014 at 11:36 am

          First all these shots at Sevendust and now Alice Cooper? Boy, you got some learnin’ to do. Music can be whatever the hell it wants to be, I really don’t understand why you think it should be laid out on the fine China for display – sometimes it’s more fun to smash that plate on the ground and kick the pieces around.

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        • tenwestchaser     May 14, 2014 at 11:52 am

          Yeah dude, lighten up and branch out a little. Not everything artistic is serious by definition. That was part of Dave’s brilliance. The dude actually understood art in a major way and decided to flip it on its head and piss on its face. Furthermore, if you really think Gwar and Kiss are that similar you’re really advertising your ignorance with these bands. At this point, I really truly think that you just plain old don’t get it. Sounds like you don’t really get the concept of fun, either. Starting to feel kinda sorry for ya. Do you want a hug?

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        • carlosfranco     May 14, 2014 at 12:36 pm

          Oh I get it, I just don’t think that we need pointless music. I never said that it has to be serious I just find no place for cheesy. Music should have meaning, positive, negative, happy, sad, angry, sexual, melancholy, ect. I like all genres of music, except country of course. I understand an occasional funny bit, like lyrics that cleverly funny or even just silly. I like skits on hip hop albums. I like Primus’s inflection of humor in their songs and other things of that ilk. But GWAR is only meant for entertainment. They don’t have other levels. It’s all cheese. Cheesy is not an emotion and music is supposed to come from self expression which is emotion based. Cheesiness is contrived.

          And I understand fun quite well. I find it extremely fun being in a pit going through a cathartic experience simultaneously with the rest of the crowd and more importantly the singer on stage baring their souls through their words.

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        • Stereotypical Evil Archer     May 14, 2014 at 1:38 pm

          This Carlosfranco fella is really fucking ignorant on these comments.

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        • smokin_joe     May 15, 2014 at 8:44 am

          About half way through I quit readin what carlosfranco was saying and just started clicking thumbs down instead.

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        • HoodooOperator     May 16, 2014 at 1:21 am

          I like how you mention Maynard twice in your defense and as evidence to the ‘cheesiness’ of GWAR. But I find no mention of Puscifer. Now, please don’t get me wrong, I love Tool. The complexity, the lyrical content, their delivery and art is like watching a superhero use their powers for good. But I feel the same way about Puscifer and you cannot call what they do high art. Songs like ‘Tumbleweed’ and ‘The Humbling River’ are both shining examples of the jaw dropping talent and depth that Puscifer is capable of.
          But ‘Queen B?’ It’s essentially Maynard repeating “This lady got the thickness, can I get a witness, this lovely lady’s got the thickness. Can I get a hell yeah?” Over a club track. They do an art rock cover of ‘Balls To The Wall’ for Christ’s sake. And it’s fucking awesome! But also a it cheesy and completely unnecessary.
          My point?
          Even Maynard, deep, serious, wine making Maynard knows that making music for the fun of it is awesome and much needed. Try to enjoy goofy shit. Ween is awesome. The BigDumbFace album is damn good and if you don’t see the depth and intellectual observation that GWAR is making about America and the way we all live on the seminal GWAR classic, ‘America Must Be Destroyed’ than there’s nothing else I can do.

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        • carlosfranco     May 14, 2014 at 12:56 pm

          That did nothing but prove my point. Not to mention that is Fox “News” show, which is the epicenter of lack of taste and intelligence on television.

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        • tenwestchaser     May 14, 2014 at 2:20 pm

          Who thumbs downs Oderus reading goodnight moon?? Get this dude/dudette a sense of humor before they kill themself!!

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        • nymets71087     May 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm

          First, it wasn’t in reply to you to so I’m not sure why you are replying to me. Second, I don’t watch Fox News or any other 24 hour commentary news program and quite frankly, the whole Fox News shtick is getting old. All of these networks are the same, just from a different angle. I was simply providing an interview that I found to be quite hilarious. I’ve never really got into Gwar music but Brockie is too damn funny. Too bad you dont.

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    • adamonfire     May 14, 2014 at 6:31 am

      This lineup is spectacular, and that $70 early bird pass I bought back in December is really coming through now. God damn, I’m going to have to make a Sophie’s Choice with a lot of these. And let’s talk about the huge middle finger given to Lolla by Riot scoring Jane’s Addiction, ballsy on both parts.

      The Cure
      Jane’s Addiction
      Rise Against
      Weezer
      The Flaming Lips
      Social Distortion
      Slayer
      The Offspring
      Wu-Tang Clan
      Samhain
      Descendents
      Metric (typo on Wook’s part)
      Cheap Trick
      Taking Back Sunday
      City And Colour
      The Used
      Bring Me The Horizon
      Gogol Bordello
      Of Mice & Men
      Dashboard Confessional
      New Found Glory
      Saosin (feat. Anthony Green)
      Mighty Mighty Bosstones
      Mudhoney
      The Dandy Warhols
      Circa Survive
      The Get Up Kids
      Me First And The Gimmie Gimmies
      Clutch
      Gwar
      Buzzcocks
      Andrew W.K.
      Bouncing Souls
      Face To Face
      Marky Ramone (feat. The Bouncing Souls)
      We Came As Romans
      Senses Fail
      Title Fight
      La Dispute
      RX Bandits
      Samiam
      7 Seconds
      Anti-Flag
      The Menzingers
      Silverstein
      Emarosa
      Citizen
      Radkey
      Pianos become The Teeth
      Dads

      Wowza. Looking forward to finding out who the ????’s are too.

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      • mYstic headlock     May 14, 2014 at 7:14 am

        It pretty much looks identical to a Lollapalooza, with maybe a slightly less concentrated indie-hipster bullshit roster. Much less than at Coachella.

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        • adamonfire     May 14, 2014 at 8:08 am

          They’re not even close to being the same, take another peek at that Lolla line-up. This one has 20x the rock, Lolla is now an EDM/indie fest.

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        • mYstic headlock     May 14, 2014 at 3:47 pm

          You’re right about more good bands, bit there’s plenty of obnoxious indie shit there too. The plus is I think I could go 3 days avoiding all of it.

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      • magicseamonkey     May 14, 2014 at 7:21 am

        I wouldn’t say it’s really a middle finger to Lolla at all. Maybe if they weren’t a month separated. Lolla is more youth oriented. Riot has tended to skew more towards the older crowd.

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        • adamonfire     May 14, 2014 at 8:06 am

          Sure it is, it’d be like Metallica playing Rock on the Range and not Orion if it were still around. I realize Lolla isn’t the same festival it used to be / Perry isn’t as integral as he used to be but I still think it’s huge and a commentary on Lolla. Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to both, but Riot absolutely destroys Lolla once again when it comes to the lineup.

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      • adamonfire     May 15, 2014 at 5:41 am

        A friend of mine sent me a song of theirs yesterday and it was the first time I’ve ever listened to them – and I am proud to say I made it a whole 90 seconds before switching it off, I felt like I was on a game show where I should get paid a certain amount of monies for every second tolerated.

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