Riot Fest Denver 2014: Photos of the people and culture on day two |Check It >>

From mohawks twice the size of your head to fire eaters, Riot Fest certainly brings some unique sights. They don’t add the “sideshow” term to the title of the music festival for no reason. On its second day, Riot Fest brought sets from the Cure, Social Distortion, The Used, Descendents and many more. See photos of the people and culture at day two of Riot Fest 2014 below: (more…)

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Riot Fest Denver turned its freak factor down significantly on Saturday, the festival’s hump day. Gone was the Flaming Lips’ kookiness, Die Antwoord’s strange singularity and Gogol Bordello’s Eastern Bloc-inspired zaniness. (Read about those bands’ Riot Fest Denver sets in our Friday review.) On Saturday, Riot Fest Denver focused on its pop-punk and post-hardcore bread and butter. Don’t...

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If you’ve ever wanted to take a trek in a time machine back to the ’90s and earlier, look no further than Sports Authority Field this weekend. Weezer. Slayer. NOFX. New Found Glory. Buzzcocks. ALL. These are just a few of the throwback acts that took the Riot Fest Denver stages Friday, bringing out a diverse crowd of old school punks, tattooed dads with their offspring, lots of 20-somethings...

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Wayne Coyne walking across the screaming Riot Fest crowd. Weezer dropping the iconic blue square behind them on stage as they kick off “My Name is Jonas” followed by the entirety of “The Blue Album.” For a festival heavy on the nostalgia, Riot Fest didn’t disappoint in adding new memories to the cherished ones. We were there — and will be all weekend — filming...

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Best Colorado shows this week: Lykke Li, Riot Fest and more |Check It >>

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Riot Fest Denver 2014 Day One

Despite Riot Fest's best efforts, something feels lost this year in a parking lot rather than the plains, but that didn't stop Weezer, Die Antwoord and more from delivering memorable sets on Friday.

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Riot Fest Denver 2014: Photos, review of day two with the Cure, Social Distortion and more (video)

Riot Fest Denver 2014 Day Two

Social Distortion, Plague Vendor, The Used, Descendents, Face to Face, Glassjaw, We Came as Romans, Strung out, The Bots, Larry and his Flask and Wiredogs performed on Day two of Riot Fest Denver 2014. Photos by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com.

Riot Fest Denver turned its freak factor down significantly on Saturday, the festival’s hump day.

Gone was the Flaming Lips’ kookiness, Die Antwoord’s strange singularity and Gogol Bordello’s Eastern Bloc-inspired zaniness. (Read about those bands’ Riot Fest Denver sets in our Friday review.)

On Saturday, Riot Fest Denver focused on its pop-punk and post-hardcore bread and butter. Don’t believe me? Have a look at All Music Guide, one of the Internet’s most trusted music resources.

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Riot Fest 2014: Watch five videos with Weezer, Flaming Lips and more

Riot Fest Denver 2014 Day One

Weezer, Slayer, Flaming Lips, Gogol Bordello, Die Antword, Buzzcock, The Orwells, La Dispute and Mineral perform on Day One of Riot Fest Denver 2014. Photos by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com.

Wayne Coyne walking across the screaming Riot Fest crowd. Weezer dropping the iconic blue square behind them on stage as they kick off “My Name is Jonas” followed by the entirety of “The Blue Album.” For a festival heavy on the nostalgia, Riot Fest didn’t disappoint in adding new memories to the cherished ones.

We were there — and will be all weekend — filming who and what we see, capturing the bands, crowds and moments. Join us below as we run down our five favorite moments from day one of Riot Fest 2014 in video form. And, of course, you can catch our photos and review of the day here.

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Are front-to-back album concerts sucking the fun out of live music?

An increasing number of acts have been booking dates around the idea of performing their most popular, iconic albums from start to finish. That includes multiple acts at Riot Fest Denver. But in the rush to monetize nostalgia, is something lost in the live experience?

An increasing number of acts have been booking dates around the idea of performing their most popular, iconic albums from start to finish. That includes multiple acts at Riot Fest Denver. But in the rush to monetize nostalgia, is something lost in the live experience?

Rob Crow has a cure for bands who have grown tired of playing their greatest hits in concert dozens upon dozens of times, year after grueling year.

“We’re trying to do a different version of ‘Fortress’ every night,” said Crow, the singer and guitarist for San Diego-based indie rock band Pinback. “Sometimes we’ll do one where I don’t play any instruments and I just run around and break-dance on stage. Other times I’ll just play bass, or the guitar part, or a completely different guitar part. We leave it open to change every night.”

Doing that for an entire album, however, seems impractical for Pinback’s current tour, which brings it to the Gothic Theatre on Sept. 23. The band is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its 2004 Touch and Go release “Summer in Abaddon” by playing the album from front to back.

“Fortress,” an audience favorite and one of Pinback’s most popular songs with more than a million views on YouTube, is just one in a set of many.

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