Riot Fest Denver 2015 lineup analysis

“Riots aren’t always a good thing.” Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne said that in a recent promotional video for the three-city-wide Riot Fest, which was polling its participants and performers on why, as they put it, “Riot Fest sucks.” It’s the kind of thing that an adolescent Warped Tour might do today, the self-deprecating middle-finger selfie of the next wave of punk and rebel rockers.

Lady Gaga: How we all became bored with pop’s most interesting monster

Take a lesson from Lady Gaga: A meat dress will go rancid faster than any Prada or Louis Vuitton. In 2010, after releasing her platinum-selling and Grammy-winning “Fame Monster,” Lady Gaga was being hailed as “The Last Pop Star,” “The World’s Biggest Pop Star” and “Our Lady of Pop.” Those days, she would fearlessly cover herself in blood at sold-out arena shows or wear a meat dress to the MTV Video Music Awards.

Stream Unknown Mortal Orchestra “II”

Would Unknown Mortal Orchestra's music have been possible in the '60s or '70s? Despite the very obvious nostalgia for vintage rock in the New Zealand/Portland, Ore., band, there are tinges of modern influences and even forward-thinking in Unknown Mortal Orchestra's music.