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12 Days of #RiotFestmas [Advertiser Message]

12 Days of #RiotFestmas [Advertiser Message]

| December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

RIOT FEST 2018 HOLIDAY PRESALE TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Staying true to the everlasting spirit of #RiotFestmas, we have just put a limited quantity of low-priced Riot Fest 2018 Holiday Presale Tickets on sale at Ticketfly! The prices will increase throughout Riot Festmas, so make sure you’re a good little saver that buys them ASAP. […]

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Feature Story: 25 Years of WIIL Rock

Feature Story: 25 Years of WIIL Rock

| December 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Celebrating 25 years in the radio biz is pretty impressive. Especially in the new-model digital age where Sirius, satellite stations and streaming services are competing for listeners. Just turning on the radio and letting the current DJ decide your playlist can be refreshing. Terrestrial radio’s 95 WIIL Rock is somewhat rare by today’s radio station […]

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Photo Gallery: B96 Jingle Bash at Allstate Arena

Photo Gallery: B96 Jingle Bash at Allstate Arena

| December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

’Tis the season for the annual radio station concerts. In brief: some of the biggest stars in music thank terrestrial radio buy agreeing to pop in, bang out a half a dozen songs and vanish almost as quickly. Kiss the ring and watch your songs go into heavy rotation. The B-96 Jingle Bash arguably scored […]

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Photo Gallery: A Perfect Circle at UIC Pavilion

Photo Gallery: A Perfect Circle at UIC Pavilion

| December 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Cell phones and photographers in the photo pit were prohibited at Friday’s post-Thanksgiving A Perfect Circle show at the UIC Pavilion. Although shots from the soundboard make it difficult to document the band was actually there, you’ll need to trust us and 3000 fans; APC was there.  According to photographer Ed Spinelli, “Maynard [James Keenan] […]

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Media: December 2017

Media: December 2017

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s become a year-end tradition in this space to honor some of the broadcasters we lost in the past calendar year. All of them touched countless lives in the Chicago area, maybe even your own. The Chicago media community is diminished by their absence. JOE COLLINS – Collins was a veteran traffic reporter in Chicago best […]

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Photo Gallery: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at The Vic Theater

Photo Gallery: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at The Vic Theater

| November 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured two guitar giants at The Vic last week, adding these show notes: “Chicago was the only city on this tour lucky enough to get two shows. Both easy sellouts to what appeared to be a male dominated audience, and guessing they were all guitar players getting their last lessons from the master […]

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Photo Gallery: Bootsy Collins at Chicago Music Exchange

Photo Gallery: Bootsy Collins at Chicago Music Exchange

| November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Legendary James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band bassist Bootsy Collins co-hosted a “meet and greet” at Chicago Music Exchange in conjunction with DR Strings. IE’s Eddie Spinelli captured the infectious and influential Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Famer on a chilly Saturday.

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Live Review/Gallery – Elton John at the Tax Slayer Center

Live Review/Gallery – Elton John at the Tax Slayer Center

| November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Elton John TaxSlayer Center, Moline Friday, November 10, 2017 Nearly every season in Elton John’s illustrious career is filled with some sort of milestone, but perhaps more than any in recent memory, the last year prompted several reasons to celebrate. For starters, the international superstar released his 30th studio album Wonderful Crazy Night (the first […]

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Stage Buzz: [Updated with Gallery] Doyle at The Forge of Joliet

Stage Buzz: [Updated with Gallery] Doyle at The Forge of Joliet

| November 8, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Under the eponymous Doyle banner, the dominating ex-Misfits axeman has conjured up 13 metallic horror-punk tracks on his sophomore solo effort that was released this past summer, Doyle II: As We Die. Currently on his As We Die World Tour, Doyle (real name Paul Caiafa) and his band – vocalist Alex “Wolfman” Story, bassist […]

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Recap/Gallery: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theater

Recap/Gallery: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theater

| November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Widespread Panic The Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI Widespread Panic didn’t make it to the Windy City this year, so Ed Spinelli packed up the Plymouth Voyager min-van and went to one of the bands favorite hot spots – Milwaukee! Panic have been hosting their Fall, 3-day weekends in the Cream City for a decade. The […]

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Photo Gallery – The National at House Of Vans

Photo Gallery – The National at House Of Vans

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  The National’s already busy schedule just became a bit more crowded. The Cincinnati quintet has already sold out two shows at Chicago’s Civic Opera House taking place later this month. But when a very popular former President (last name Obama) calls, well, what’s a left-leaning indie rock band to do but answer the call. […]

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Feature: Violent Femmes

Feature: Violent Femmes

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Folk-punk progenitors Violent Femmes, the Milwaukee-based band defined the genre with their biggest hit, “Blister in the Sun,” from the 1983 self-titled debut album. Enduring a couple of hiatuses throughout their 36-plus year career, the band — original members vocalist/guitarist Gordon Gano and bassist/vocalist/xylophonist Brian Ritchie, along with newly-appointed drummer John Sparrow — have […]

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Media: November 2017

Media: November 2017

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tom Shaer’s career in Chicago media includes stints as the morning man (and first voice ever) on the Score, ESPN AM 1000, morning sports anchor on WBBM News radio, and TV sports anchor at Channel 5, among other positions, but the Massachusetts native got his start in the business in Boston, and he did it […]

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Cover Story: William Patrick Corgan

Cover Story: William Patrick Corgan

| November 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

When the Jedi Master speaks, the humble light saber student must sit quietly at his feet and listen. And Smashing Pumpkins anchor Billy Corgan – who has recently re-dubbed himself with the more mature moniker of William Patrick Corgan, under which he just released the skeletal, Rick Rubin-produced solo set Oglilala, one of his best […]

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Reacap/Gallery: Flogging Molly at Limelight Metroplex

Reacap/Gallery: Flogging Molly at Limelight Metroplex

| October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Flogging Molly, the Detroit based seven-piece, played an electric two-hour set at the Limelight Eventplex in Peoria, Saturday. It was the band’s first visit to Whiskeytown in support of their latest studio album, Life Is Good. Their mix of traditional Irish music and punk rock hit the mark with a crowd spanning three generations. […]

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