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Riot Fest update: Danzig playing ‘Danzig III,’ Wu-Tang playing ’36 Chambers’

Yesterday, Riot Fest announced its day-by-day lineups, added Danzig to the lineup, and revealed that the final two full-album sets would be announced...

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Tool at Allstate Arena
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Tool @ Allstate Arena (pics, video, setlist)

After playing Boston Calling, NYC's Governors Ball, and more, Tool continued their tour in the Chicago area on Thursday night. Their setlist was similar to previous shows, including "The Pot" which got its tour debut in Michigan a night earlier...

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Opeth at The Vic
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Opeth, Gojira, & Devin Townsend Project @ The Vic (pics, setlists)

Opeth, Gojira and the Devin Townsend Project are currently bringing their triple threat of prog metal around the US on a tour together. Here's pics and setlists from Chicago...

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Chicago Open Air 2017 lineup

Ozzy, KISS, Korn, Pig Destroyer, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Anthrax, Megadeth, Body Count, Lamb of God, Meshuggah, Rob Zombie, Behemoth, and more.

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Racetraitor released first new music since 1999, playing reunion show

Chicago hardcore/grind outfit Racetraitor were active making politically charged punk in the late 90s, and -- for better or for worse -- their popularity has sustained itself a bit thanks to drummer Andy Hurley's later fame with Fall Out Boy. Now the left-wing political provocateurs have reunited...

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Rob Zombie at Riot Fest Chicago 2016 - Sunday
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Riot Fest Chicago 2016 – Sunday pics (Misfits, Thursday, Bad Religion, Sleater-Kinney, Rob Zombie, Deftones, more)

Riot Fest Chicago 2016 wrapped up on Sunday (9/18) with the second show by the reunited Misfits (Danzig, Jerry and Doyle, plus ex-Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo) and a younger reunited Jersey band, Thursday, and much more...

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Gwar at Riot Fest 2016 - Friday
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Riot Fest Day One Photos (Refused, Ween, Jimmy Eat World, Specials, Dillinger, GWAR, NOXF, Meat Puppets & more)

Dan Deacon, Diarrhea Planet, Dillinger Escape Plan, Eskimeaux, Fu Manchu, Girls Against Boys, Gwar, Jimmy Eat World, Laura Stevenson, Meat Puppets, NOFX, Refused, The Anniversary, The Flaming Lips, The Specials, Tigers Jaw, Ween, and more in our photo gallery from day one.

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Slayer, Testament & Carcass @ the Riv (pics)

The killer triple bill of Slayer, Testament and Carcass began their tour in Chicago on Friday (2/19) at the Riv. Head to BrooklynVegan for a full set of pictures and all three bands' se...

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The Sword & Royal Thunder @ Thalia Hall (pics)

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The Sword / Royal Thunder

Retro riffin' bands The Sword and Royal Thunder are on tour now, and played Chicago over the weekend at Thalia Hall (12/12). We've got a set of pictures from that show. More below...

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He Whose Ox Is Gored playing Reggies on tour, streaming LP

Seattle prog-doom crew He Whose Ox is Gored are streaming their new album The Camel, The Lion, The Child over at Invisible Oranges. The record is a very satisfying blend of early-Mastodon style riffing with a strong emphasis on melody and songcraft (IO's Joseph Schaefer compared them to early Alice in Chains, which is weirdly spot on)...

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