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I should probably preface this by noting that this is not a joke. I generally steer clear of the pop culture snark here in the virtual pages of The Rock Father™ Magazine (most of the time, but not always), but there's times when these things practically write themselves. Each year, I think that the folks behind the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival could not possibly create a more "anti-me" lineup for their much buzzed-about two weekend event. Still, Goldenvoice manages to surprise me, and this year just might be the most anti-Rock Father™ edition of Coachella yet! Sure, they've had some fantastic artists play (Faith No More in 2010 being the pinnacle, but others such as Guns N Roses, Depeche Mode, Oasis, and Paul McCartney have played), but they consistently manage to package a lineup of artists so devoid of anything remotely interesting to me, I still manage to find surprise in how boring it is. It wasn't always this way, either. The early lineups were good, in many ways picking up the torch for Lollapalooza in the years were Lolla went dark*. But since about 2011 it's been downhill, with very little exception. Here's a look at 2018...

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It's that time of year again - the First Wave lineup announcement for my favorite music festival, Chicago's RIOT FEST! This morning, the crew behind the fest (taking place September 15-17 at Douglas Park) unveiled over 70 artists including Nine Inch NailsQueens of the Stone Age, and the exclusive reunion of Jawbreaker. Additional highlights include New Order, Paramore, Prophets of RageM.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, a DJ set from Beastie Boys’ Mike D, Bad Brains, Ministry and Vic Mensa. Check out the full First Wave lineup below, along with my personal "Rock Father Picks" for who I'm most looking forward to seeing, highlighted in bold.

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As many of you are aware, outside of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, one of my other endeavors involves artist management for PRODUCT OF HATE, and today we have some news...

As we prepare to announce the next round of Fall Tour Dates, we can now reveal that PRODUCT OF HATE has been added to the lineup for FULL TERROR ASSAULT II - a European-style true Open Air Metal Festival being held at the Hogrock Campgrounds in Cave In Rock, Illinois from August 25-27, 2016. The current lineup as of 8/6/2016 has PRODUCT OF HATE performing from 3:05-3:35pm on the National Rock Review Mainstage on Friday, August 26th. FULL TERROR ASSAULT boasts dozens of bands at an extremely low price, with passes starting at just $50. Get tickets here. PRODUCT OF HATE will perform songs from their Napalm Records debut, BURIED IN VIOLENCE, alongside an incredible lineup that includes SACRED REICH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT, LOCK-UP, DYING FETUS, HAMMER FIGHT, WACO JESUS, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, STARKILL and many more. Check out the current lineup and set-times below...

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As we prepare to announce the next round of Fall Tour Dates, PRODUCT OF HATE can now reveal that we've been added to the lineup for FULL TERROR ASSAULT II - an European-style true Open Air Metal Festival being held at the Hogrock Campgrounds in Cave In Rock, Illinois from August 25-27, 2016. The current lineup as of 8/5/2016 has PRODUCT OF HATE performing from 3:05-3:35pm on the National Rock Review Mainstage on Friday, August 26th. FULL TERROR ASSAULT boasts dozens of bands at an extremely low price, with passes starting at just $50. Get tickets here. PRODUCT OF HATE will perform songs from our Napalm Records debut, BURIED IN VIOLENCE, alongside an incredible lineup that includes SACRED REICH, VENOMOUS CONCEPT, LOCK-UP, DYING FETUS, HAMMER FIGHT, WACO JESUS, CEPHALIC CARNAGE, STARKILL and many more.

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I've said this many times, but allow me to say this again... when it comes to music festivals, there is currently only one that maintains my loyalty: Chicago's RIOT FEST. While there's many festival offerings here in Illinois and beyond, RIOT FEST is the one that folks should be paying attention to - a festival that's grown from a days-long event scattered through multiple venues in Chicago, into the three-day behemoth known as the RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL. But there's also Denver, too - with the RIOT FEST & RODEO, and for 2016 the first wave of announcements is absolutely stellar... and this is just the first wave! Check out the announcements below, along with some official "Rock Father Picks" on what I'll most be looking forward to seeing this year...

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When it comes to music festivals, my "Old Crankypants" alter-ego tends to come out. The April arrival of the two-weekend Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is essentially the start of festival season here in the U.S., and for the most part, the most high-profile fest in the country holds little interest for me. Sure, they score a few sweet headliners like GUNS 'N ROSES this year, and the mighty FAITH NO MORE a few years back, but the running joke of the dozens of bands slapped on the poster in an increasingly smaller font is just that - a joke. Then we have Lollapalooza here in Chicago, a fest I still haven't attended since it planted its flag on Illinois soil for a permanent run - preferring to remember it as a traveling carnival of awesome from the 90s. In fact, the only fest locally that I've been known to support 100% is RIOT FEST, but I will say that the upcoming Chicago Open Air has my attention (needs some Product of Hate, though). Cranky business in lineups aside, the amount of press releases that I receive each year about the culture surrounding Coachella is fascinating. There's usually two things being pitched - "VIP" packages that would be unaffordable for most ($25K-$50K), and fashion. A lot of fashion. On the latter note, I really have no gripes, which is why it's actually sort of cool to see that MGA Entertainment has issued a new series of "Music Festival Vibes" BRATZ dolls... though "Old Crankypants" does come back when it comes to BRATZ.

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