Chicago’s three-day, punk-rock carnival was host to Slayer, Jawbreaker, Raconteurs, Patti Smith, Rise Against, Bob Mould, Rancid, Bikini Kill, Lucero, the Struts, and more. Here are our favorite guitar-related moments from the 15th annual gathering.

American Football

American Football’s Mike Kinsella

Eventually becoming one of the heralded math-rock and emo bands of the late ’90s with their self-titled release, American Football only had a four-year run in their early years before dissolving in 2000. But the boys from the heartland resurrected the band in 2014 and have since put out two albums, including a 2019’s LP3 that was celebrated at Riot Fest. Much of the hard work by guitarist/singer Mike Kinsella was done on his Fender American Player Telecaster.

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