Tim Armstrong is like a bizarre, punk-rock Woody Guthrie. Songs like "Harry Bridges" and "Sidekick" could have been written by Guthrie way back and frequently surpass anything in the Springsteen catalog.
Best Coast took the stage to Toto's "Africa" (as the crowd, most of whom younger than the song itself, cheered frenetically and clapped along), though the momentum was briefly interrupted by sound problems.
From the Greek, "phenomena" means, "to show, shine, appear, to be manifest (or manifest itself)" -- an occurrence that is a given, a force of nature that becomes the object of a person's attention.
Amidst a carnival backdrop and a vast, black-clad bromance, Riot Fest 2013 battered, broke and scarred the Chicago faithful and the wanderers alike, just as desired.