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As Riot Fest Denver has now taken on Colorado stages twice, and on both occasions it has poured rain on the music festival’s final day, it is now tradition. There will be rain on the last day of Riot Fest Denver. And that rain started falling ever-so-gently during Manchester Orchestra’s subtle indie rock and the Expendables’ weed-obsessed dub in the 6 p.m. hour Sunday and it didn’t relent until...

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The National performs at Outside Lands 2013. Photo by Jon Bauer, heyreverb.com. What exactly was going on with the National on Sunday night in Colorado, where the group headlined the final day of Riot Fest Denver? Not only did the band’s set sound awful but their on-stage frustration eventually lead up to singer Matt Berninger throwing down his microphone and storming off the stage at the end...

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

While it’s the studded belts, the various colors of hair and the arsenal of boots that draw the eye, Riot Fest brings out plenty of normal people, too. Parents, kids, grandparents — you could find them all in the parking lot of Sports Authority Field this weekend. On its third day, Riot Fest brought sets from Wu-Tang Clan, the National, TV On the Radio, Social Distortion and many more. See...

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…)

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

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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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Riot Fest Denver 2014: Photos, review of day three with Wu-Tang Clan, the National and more (video)

Riot Fest Denver 2014 Day Three

Wu-Tang Clan, Rise Against, TV on the Radio, Dropkick Murphys, Manchester Orchestra, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Touche Amore, Bouncing Souls, Bob Mould and the Menzingers perform on the final day of Riot Fest Denver 2014. Photos by Seth McConnell, heyreverb.com.

As Riot Fest Denver has now taken on Colorado stages twice, and on both occasions it has poured rain on the music festival’s final day, it is now tradition.

There will be rain on the last day of Riot Fest Denver.

And that rain started falling ever-so-gently during Manchester Orchestra’s subtle indie rock and the Expendables’ weed-obsessed dub in the 6 p.m. hour Sunday and it didn’t relent until after headliners the National and Wu-Tang Clan played their final songs at 11 p.m.

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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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