Riverfest Saturday: Blue October, Papa Roach, Barenaked Ladies at the Clinton Center Bud Light Stage | Rock Candy

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Riverfest Saturday: Blue October, Papa Roach, Barenaked Ladies at the Clinton Center Bud Light Stage

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BLUE OCTOBER - 6 p.m.

One of the bigger bands to be christened by the Angst Rock Band Name Generator, Blue October has been active for 16 years, gigging around its native Houston and enjoying regional success for the bulk of its career. However, in 2006, the band's breakthrough piece of self-loathing, "Hate Me," put the post-grunge outfit on the Modern Rock Charts and on heavy rotation on VH1. (Sample lyric: "I have to block out thoughts of you so I don't lose my head/They crawl in like a cockroach leaving babies in my bed." Eek.)

Frontman and principal songwriter Justin Furstenfeld isn't faking the fret, though: The mohawked rocker with the smeared raccoon makeup has been in and out of his share of mental hospitals. Also in and out of book tours: He joined "Twilight" scribe Stephenie Meyer on a joint book/concert tour in 2008. Earlier this month, Blue October released "Ugly Side," a live acoustic album. This August, the band plans to release "Any Man in America," its ninth album to get, well, down to.

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PAPA ROACH - 7:30 p.m.

It's only appropriate that Papa Roach just won't die. One of the big names from the late-'90s/early-'00s rap-rock and nu-metal boom, the band found itself in the spotlight with "Infest," the group's triple Platinum album, and its standout single, "Last Resort." (When the aliens come and ask about nu-metal, that's the one you're going to want to play.) Over the following years, Papa Roach squeezed the angry guitar wall and caterwauling vocals dry. Since, the band has been busy mining sleaze-rock and L.A. goth-glam in singles like "Hollywood Whore" and "I Almost Told You That I Loved You." The mood may have changed, but there's still no shortage of rap-metal wannabes still aping that "Last Resort" sound. Not just inspiring young guns in the rock realm, we're pretty certain that Papa Roach's iconography — blade-edge typography and blown out color scheme — is single-handedly responsible for every single Tapout shirt ever.

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BARENAKED LADIES - 9:30 p.m

This show marks the first time that the irreverent Canadian pop act of Barenaked Ladies has played Arkansas: a shocker, considering that the band has never been shy about taking its loose banter-and-comedy-spiced show on the road. The band hit it big in 1998 with "One Week," the '90s-defining bit of half-sung, half-rapped irreverence that unleashed "Chickety China, the Chinese Chicken" on an unsuspecting public. Barenaked Ladies stayed tacked onto radio playlists with "It's All Been Done" and "Pinch Me," two more pieces of trademark harmonic pop. Festival-goers too young to have seen the band's heyday will probably recognize the band as "those guys who did the theme song for 'How I Met Your Mother.' " Riverfesters even younger than that may recognize them as "the guys who made 'Snacktime!'," the award-winning (and, creepily enough, relistenable) 2008 children's album. Sir Paul McCartney may recognize the band as "the guys that I once said could outsing John Lennon and I."

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