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Riot Fest

Riot Fest, a Chicago-based event in years past, is expanding into Dallas for the first time, and judging by the lineup, this is more of what the Warped Tour should be. You're not going to find phony boy bands dressed up in Hot Topic gear with sleeve tats. Instead, the headliners will be some of the best pop-punk and hardcore bands around, along with some metal thrown in for good measure. Headliners include Rise Against, The Descendents, NOFX, The Sword and The Gaslight Anthem, with local and regional acts like The News Can Wait, Yells at Eels and Venomous Maximus. Just having The Descendents here is a gift, since they rarely play shows and haven't been to Dallas in a long time. Certainly something you shouldn't miss if punk and metal still means something to you in your 30s and 40s. The Riot Fest afterparty takes place at Double Wide, with Here Holy Spain, Bludded Head and Dangits.

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Eric Grubbs is a Dallas-based writer who has published two books, Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore 1985-2007 and When We Were the Kids. His writing has been featured in Punk Planet, Popdose, Fort Worth Weekly, The Dentonite and LA Weekly. He supports Manchester City and will never root for Manchester United.
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