Throughout the weekend, Westword
writers have been sending in-depth dispatches from the 2016 edition of Riot Fest
Denver at the National Western Complex. Sometimes, however, the most useful review is the snap judgment, so here are postcards of the highlights — or lowlights? — from thirteen Riot Fest sets, keeping it short if not sweet.
Check out a slideshow of bands from Riot Fest 2016.
The opposite of everything Slipknot and its Wall of Death
stood for, Dan Deacon initiated a Wall of Life, where everyone in the pit high-fived each other instead of kicking each other's asses.
Motion City Soundtrack
Everything was all right.
Bob Dylan's unmemorable abortion.
The only thing they needed more than sunshine was sunblock.
Teen angst has a midlife crisis.
It seems like their shtick should be old by now until you remember every year there are more thirteen-year-olds.
Nü metal for the molly generation.
Music better suited for a soundtrack.
Frontman Geoff Rickly said it best: "When you look up sad boy in the dictionary you find Thursday."
goes to pick up his kids from soccer practice.
Fitz & the Tantrums
As replaceable as the cell phones they shill.
The King has returned and, per the usual, he wants your skulls.