Rise Against

Critics' pick

The Chicago natives in Rise Against delighted hometown fans at the recent 10th Riot fest, in addition to marking the band's 15th year. The political punk rockers and heirs to Bad Religion are touring in the wake of their latest release, The Black Market, all breakneck drumming, wide-eye lecturing and tight-fist harmonies. Sums-'em-up track: "The Eco-Terrorist In Me." Opening is the hot British blues-punk duo Royal Blood, who do the Black Keys thing with a grungier, angrier bent.

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