Get Your Tickets Now for Riot Fest

Riot Fest has put together one of the most impressive festival lineups of the year and tickets are on sale and going fast. The first wave of bands have been announced for Riot Fest & Rodeo in Denver and Riot Fest & Carnival in Chicago. There are performances from The Original Misfits (featuring Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang Von Frankenstein), Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, Deftones, Underoath, Brand New, Motion City Soundtrack, and many more. Chicago even has Thursday playing and Jimmy Eat World’s first show of 2016. There will be more lineup announcements forthcoming so make sure you get your tickets now.


Chewbacca Talking Masks Selling Out Everywhere

Brad Esposito, writing for Buzzfeed, on how the famous Chewbacca talking masks are now selling out all over the place. I want one.

The mask is now out of stock at Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, and Kohl’s, meaning you’ll have to turn to eBay if you’re desperate, where prices continue to rocket well beyond the original $20 to $30. In less than two days, more than 100 million people have watched a video of Texas mom Candace Payne trying on a Chewbacca mask in her car and laughing hysterically.

Are Mis-Gendered Band Names ‘Ironic’ or Sexist?

Kayleigh Hughes, writing for The Establishment, on the topic of mis-gendered band names:

Women and nonbinary people are desperate to see ourselves in, well, any kind of pop culture. We’ve created organizations around the world such as Girls Rock Austin, Gender Amplified, and Girls Inc to try to work toward a future where seeing women making music, working in tech, appearing onscreen, or working behind the scenes is normalized and not othered. So, when members of dominant cultural groups take terms used to describe us or our bodies, such as “girls” or “pussy,” this works against that goal by pushing us out of even lingual spaces. Even our words aren’t ours anymore; they’re being snatched back and reappropriated by those who already have so much.

If you’re thinking, “oh god another think piece,” I would beg you to reconsider and give this a full read, it’s well researched and well argued.