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Photo Gallery: The Band Perry at Lincoln Hall

Photo Gallery: The Band Perry at Lincoln Hall

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

In advance of their forthcoming album, My Bad Imagination, The Band Perry has taken a unique promotional approach. The Grammy winning trio has embarked on what they’re calling a series of “Pop-Up Shows.” Specifically, seven concerts in seven cities, played in the round, in considerably more intimate spaces then the arenas they are accustomed to […]

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Photo Gallery: Uli Jon Roth at Reggie’s and Arcada Theater

Photo Gallery: Uli Jon Roth at Reggie’s and Arcada Theater

| March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Legendary Scorpions guitarist and Sky Guitars founder Uli Jon Roth had Chicagoland covered this weekend, performing 2 shows – back to back at Reggie’s in the South Loop and St. Charles’ Arcada Theater. Ed Spinelli had IE covered with some assistance from Gene Ambo in the pit.

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Media: March 2017

Media: March 2017

| March 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

At the beginning of the 2016 season, WGN Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper got some excellent advice.  “One of my best friends is a non-fiction author and we talk about writing all the time. We met for breakfast last year just before spring training and he said ‘You should keep a journal this year. It’ll be […]

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Cover Story: Mastodon

Cover Story: Mastodon

| February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

That which doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger, goes the old maxim. But in the case of sludge-heavy prog-metal quartet Mastodon, mortality can occasionally offer a surprising new strength, as well. As in the recent honor bestowed upon the group by Dan Weiss, the executive producer of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, […]

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Photo Gallery: Tove Lo at HOB Chicago

Photo Gallery: Tove Lo at HOB Chicago

| February 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

  IE’s Curt Baran hit the pit at Chicago’s House of Blues to capture Tove Lo, who currently graces the cover of our February 2017 issue. She’s currently on the road in support of her sophomore release Lady Wood, while gearing up for stadium dates as the opening act for Coldplay. This time around, she […]

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Photo Gallery: Doyle Bramhall @ Shank Hall

Photo Gallery: Doyle Bramhall @ Shank Hall

| February 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

IE’s Ed Spinelli captured acclaimed guitarist and producer (Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Tedeschi Trucks Band) Doyle Bramhall II at the legendary Shank Hall in the Cream City (Milwaukee) Wenesday. Here is his photo evidence.  

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Stage Buzz: Overkill at Concord Hall

Stage Buzz: Overkill at Concord Hall

| February 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

New Jersey’s “Wrecking Crew”  and old guard thrash metal kings, Overkill are back with their 18th album, The Grinding Wheel on February 10th. The 2017 line-up features members vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, bassist D.D. Verni, guitarists Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer and drummer Ron Lipnicki, all intact and energized. The Grinding Wheel is the perfect […]

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Stage Buzz: DevilDriver at Portage Theater

Stage Buzz: DevilDriver at Portage Theater

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

California groove-metal machine, DevilDriver have returned with a ferocious seventh album, Trust No One. On 10 tracks, vocalist Dez Fafara is like a ticking time bomb ready to explode. With a dose of anger and brutal rants about life being destroyed by trust, this is Fafara at his cynical best. Gearing up for their first […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Andrew Bird at Allstate Arena

Live Review and Gallery: Andrew Bird at Allstate Arena

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Andrew Bird Friday, January 20, 2017 Allstate Arena A week after performing for A Prairie Home Companion at Symphony Center, Andrew Bird returned to open for the Lumineers at Allstate Arena. Showing his hometown roots, Andrew Bird marveled at finding himself onstage at the former “Rosemont Horizon.” He stopped short of naming shows he had […]

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Recap and Gallery: Future Islands at House Of Vans Chicago

Recap and Gallery: Future Islands at House Of Vans Chicago

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a city filled with storied musical venues, the prevailing attitude seems to be that there’s always room for more. So this past weekend, the creative community welcomed House of Vans Chicago. Situated on the city’s near west side, the new venture is a bit of an anomaly. On its first official night, it was […]

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Show Recap & Photo Gallery: Tesla at Arcada Theater

Show Recap & Photo Gallery: Tesla at Arcada Theater

| February 6, 2017 | 1 Comment

It was lights out at the Arcada Wednesday as Tesla hit the stage, kicking their set off with “MP3,” from their acclaimed album Simplicity. The enthusiastic sold-out crowd definitely got their money’s worth with a selection of tunes from Tesla’s 30 years. Fan favorites “What You Give,” steamrolled into “Save That Goodness,” “Ed’s Med,” and […]

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File: Double Door Evicted (Updated)

File: Double Door Evicted (Updated)

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Legendary Wicker Park music venue Double Door was officially evicted from its longtime home at 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue today. The club’s owners, including partners Sean Mulroney and Joe Shanahan, have been battling landlords Brian and Harry Strauss to stay in the building they’ve occupied since 1994 until a suitable new location could be found. […]

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Media: February 2017

Media: February 2017

| February 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Bill Cochran was drawn to music radio for the same reason most people are. “I just love music,” he admits. “I’m a music fan – almost a music geek. Since childhood discovering new music was always a joy for me. I grew up in Oklahoma, listening to a radio station with a format, as […]

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Recap and Gallery: Frank Turner at HOB Chicago

Recap and Gallery: Frank Turner at HOB Chicago

| January 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

How fortuitous that Frank Turner’s 2017 tour would kick off just as this country faces the aftermath of one of the most contentious elections in our nation’s history. The English folk-punker’s musings have always leaned toward the political, so it seemed all to apropos that he’s still out supporting his most current release Positive Songs […]

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Photo Gallery: Alkaline Trio at Metro

Photo Gallery: Alkaline Trio at Metro

| January 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

With Matt Skiba moonlighting as an official member of Blink-182, for a minute there Chicago thought we had almost lost Alkaline Trio. With 3 sold-out shows at Metro, Skiba and crew proved that there’s still no place like home. Katie Hovland captured them live for IE on night 3.

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