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12 Artists to See at Riot Fest 2017

posted by Oscar September 12, 2017

It’s Riot Fest week!! The Chicago festival is best known for putting together some of the nation’s best lineups year after year, bringing back iconic bands for special reunions along the way, and the 2017 edition is right up there among their best ever.

We’ve been attending the Punk-rooted festival since 2011 and this year’s going to be a bit different for us, as it marks the first time we’re attending as part of the press. So instead of sneaking our way to the front rails to see the action up-front or hopping from mosh pit to mosh pit, we’ll be bouncing around all of Douglas Park this weekend to take in all it’s got to offer and taking photography of the artists we are most eager to see from this lineup.

We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite artists on the lineup that we are looking forward to seeing perform live at Riot Fest 2017. Check out the can’t-miss acts below.
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Riot Fest Announces Late Night Shows feat. The Orwells, Taking Back Sunday, Dinosaur Jr.

posted by Oscar August 15, 2017

Riot Fest time is almost here and to help build up the hype they have revealed their aftershows lineup. While the party at Douglas Park wraps up by 10:00pm a month from now, fans will be able to keep enjoying live performances from this year’s lineup at the Riot Fest Late Night shows.

The late night lineup features The Orwells, The Queers and The Ataris, GBH, Buzzcocks, Hot Water Music, New Found Glory, Bayside, Gogol Bordello, Cap’n Jazz, Dinosaur Jr. and Built to Spill, and Taking Back Sunday.

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Riot Fest Announces First Wave of Acts for the 2017 Lineup, feat. Nine Inch Nails, Queens Of The Stone Age, and a Jawbreaker Reunion

posted by Oscar April 19, 2017

Happy Riot Fest lineup announcement day! OK, that doesn’t have a good ring to it, but WGAF when you finally get the first wave lineup announcement today… Nine Inch Nails (Friday), Queens Of The Stone Age (Saturday), and the exclusive reunion of pioneering punk band Jawbreaker will all headline Riot Fest 2017.

Riot Fest will take place September 15-17 at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL. Three-Day Passes go on sale today (4/19) at Noon CDT. Get your tickets here!

Among the 70 artists unveiled today are dope acts like New Order, M.I..A., Wu-Tang Clan, Mike D (DJ set), Gogol Bordello, Vic Mensa, TV On The Radio, Fidlar, Death From Above 1979, Action Bronson, The Orwells, and Andrew W.K. Other highlights include Paramore, A Day To Remember, Bad Brains, New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones. See the full roster of artists in the poster above and listed below.

Over 25 more bands will be announced in the next wave in May, but on Thursday, April 20th the fest organizers will reveal which acts will be performing  Continue Reading

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Video: The Orwells – “Black Francis”

posted by Oscar January 12, 2017

Our boys The Orwells have shared their new visuals for a newly unveiled track, “Black Francis.” The song will appear Terrible Human Beings, out February 17th on Canvasback Music.

Speaking about its conception, Guitarist Matt O’Keefe calls the song “an ode to one of our main men,” referring to The Pixies Frank Black, aka Black Francis.  “Felt long overdue that we paid him some direct respect. We’ve been ripping him off for years, hopefully this chips away at the massive debt we’ve got to him.”

The music video was directed by Matt’s brother, Eddie O’Keefe. In a press release, Eddie says the goal was to”channel a sort of nineties hip-hop energy; something that could compliment the track’s Beastie Boys-like cadence. In an effort to achieve that feeling, we drew inspiration from Spike Lee, using the opening-title dance sequence from Do The Right Thing and his infamous floating subject shots as the foundation of our shoot.” See it above. Continue Reading

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Bonnaroo 2017 Lineup Announced feat. U2, Chance The Rapper, The Weeknd, RHCP

posted by Oscar January 11, 2017

The lineup for Bonnaroo 2017 has been revealed and it features U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Weeknd, and Chance The Rapper all getting top billing.

Taking place June 8-11 in Manchester, TN will also see performances from Lorde, Travis Scott, Cage The Elephant, Future Islands, Milky Chance, Royal Blood, Gallant, D.R.A.M., Flatbush Zombies, Margo Price, Francis and the Lights, Noname, The Orwells, Kevin Abstract, and White Reaper. See the lineup in full on the poster above and here.

Tickets are on sale now.

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Governors Ball 2017 Lineup Announced feat. Chance the Rapper, Tool, Phoenix, Childish Gambino

posted by Oscar January 4, 2017

The Governors Ball Music Festival today announced their 2017 lineup and it features Tool, Chance The Rapper, Phoenix, and Childish Gambino on the top of the bill.

Some of the other notable names on the roster include Lorde, Flume, Wu-Tang Clan, Logic, Cage The Elephant, Mark Ronson vs. Kevin Parker (of Tame Impala), Schoolboy Q, Franz Ferdinand,, Mac DeMarco, Charli XCX, Royal Blood, Danny Brown, Kehlani, The Orwells, and Zane Lowe. See the full lineup on the Governors Ball website.

Gov Ball will take place June 2-4 at Randall’s Island Park in New York City. Tickets go on sale Friday, 1/6 at 12pm EST: governorsballmusicfestival.com/tickets

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The Orwells Release 7-Minute Epic “Double Feature”

posted by Oscar December 5, 2016

The Orwells have released a new track off their forthcoming album Terrible Human Beings. The album closer is a 7 minute-plus epic titled “Double Feature.” Halfway through the track it goes into a dizzyingly alluring instrumental, packed with an experimental groove.

I’ve listened to this song 5 times in a row and I just can’t get enough of the instrumental. The bass line just wraps itself around you and sucks you in for the guitars’ sweet-then-dirty assault. Throw in some howling vocals from Mario Cuomo and you got yourself some real Rock & Roll magic. Hear it below. Continue Reading

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The Orwells Announce New Album ‘Terrible Human Beings,’ Share Video for “They Put A Body In The Bayou”

posted by Oscar October 27, 2016

The Orwells are making their return official with today’s formal announcement of their new album, entitled Terrible Human Beings. The Chicago-area band will be releasing their third record on February 17, 2017 via Canvasback Music. The group is calling the album a collection of“mutilated pop songs,” and lead singer Mario Cuomo says, “we wanted to make songs that at their core are catchy and pretty, then slash them up.” Find more details on Terrible Human Beings below.

Along with that announcement, The Orwells have also shared a new song called “They Put a Body In The Bayou” and its music video. In these visuals, Cuomo and the rest of the guys play secret service guards for a degenerate politician whose vices ultimately get the best of him. Check that out above.

The Orwells have also shared the news that they are partnering with Off The Street Club for their tour, which kicks off next week in Washington D.C. on November 1. More details below. Continue Reading

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The Orwells Share “Buddy,” Announce US & UK Tour Dates

posted by Oscar October 3, 2016


The Orwells are finally back! The local area dudes have unleashed a short, but sweet number titled “Buddy.” It clocks in at just shy of 1:30, but it packs plenty of juice in that time. This is their first material to hit since the release of Disgraceland in 2014. It’s a showing of what fans can expect from their forthcoming album, due early 2017. Hear it below.

The band have also announced a run of intimate smaller venue shows in the US and UK, that will give fans an early look at what the group has been cooking up. Hit the jump to find those dates. Continue Reading

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Recap: The Orwells and Their Midwest Shitfest

posted by Oscar August 15, 2016

Over the weekend The Orwells played two shows at Chop Shop as part of their Midwest Shitfest event. The band was supported that night by the bands The Symposium, Post Animal, and Joe Bordenaro & The Late Bloomers.

We were present on night 2 of the Shitfest, and it felt like it didn’t matter that this was a 21+ event because that crowd acted just as rowdy for the headlining act as I would imagine the all-ages show must’ve been like. All in all, this was a can’t-miss performance not only because The Orwells are legit one of my favorites bands and I know from experience over the years that they’re killer playing live, but also because this event was put on for the band to play new tunes and preview new material that will see release in the fall. Continue Reading


The Orwells Announce Hometown Midwest Shitfest, Tease New Album

posted by Oscar August 2, 2016

The Orwells Shitfest

News arriving revolving The Orwells… The band have announced a two-night hometown event they are calling the Midwest Shitfest. It will take place in Chicago at the Chop Shop on Friday, August 12th and Saturday August 13th and will feature performances by The Orwells and friends The Symposium, Post Animal, and Joe Bordenero and The Late Bloomers. Fans can expect to hear new songs from The Orwells, as a preview of a new album which will see tracks released in the fall.

Get your tickets now.

Along with that, word is The Orwells will release new music this year, with a new album coming in early 2017! Recorded in Chicago at Steve Albini’s Electrical Audio Studios, the album was produced by Jim Abbiss, who produced 2 songs on Disgraceland, as well as albums by Arctic Monkeys and Adele.

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The Orwells Announce Free North American Headlining Tour Dates

posted by Oscar October 23, 2015

The Orwells Converse Tour

Converse have announced the return of its fourth Converse Rubber Tracks Live Tour and this year the headliners are one of our long-time favorite rock bands, The Orwells. The tour kicks off next week on Halloween in Brooklyn, NY; tickets are free and you can sign up for them here: http://www.converse-music.com/rubbertrackslive/.

The Orwells hand-selected each emerging artist, who have previously recorded at a Converse Rubber Tracks pop-up studio, to open for them in each city. Among the band’s supporting The Orwells are Shark? (Brooklyn, NY), King Creep (Toronto, CAN), and Dante Elephante (San Francisco, CA).

To sign up for tickets, visit: converse-music.com/theorwellstour. See full dates, details and openers below.
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