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Photo Gallery: Keller Williams’ Duo at City Winery

Photo Gallery: Keller Williams’ Duo at City Winery

| November 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

IE’s Ed Spinelli caught the uber-talented acoustic guitar pioneer Keller Williams, who is touring with big bass sidekick Danton Boller in a super intimate acoustic show at City Winery last Thursday.  

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Photo Gallery: Good Charlotte at the Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Good Charlotte at the Riviera Theatre

| November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Although they’re not exactly applying for AARP cards just yet, Waldorf, Maryland’s Good Charlotte is now entering its third decade as a band. Back in the mid-’90s, the Madden brothers, Benji and Joel, rode the initial punk-pop wave that today is influencing bands like 5 Seconds of Summer. Their 2018 release is titled Generation Rx […]

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Photo Gallery: Doyle at Basecamp Pub

Photo Gallery: Doyle at Basecamp Pub

| November 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Misfits guitarist Doyle made a super intimate appearance at Basecamp in Lisle, while Ed Spinelli brought his Nikon to capture the action.  

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Photo Gallery: John 5 at The Forge of Joliet

Photo Gallery: John 5 at The Forge of Joliet

| November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Rob Zombie’s right hand man, John 5 visited The Forge of Joliet on The Day of Dead with Ed Spinelli manning the photo pit.  

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Photo Gallery: Elton John at United Center

Photo Gallery: Elton John at United Center

| November 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Elton John delivered two nights at The United Center last week,  shedding a few tears along the way. Though it wasn’t his final, final performance in the area (he’ll be back in Rosemont in February), for many fans it will be the last chance to see him perform again. “Reg” recruited longtime band members Davey […]

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Media: November 2018

Media: November 2018

| October 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

When Eric Ferguson started working at WTMX (The Mix), the studios had just moved from Skokie to downtown, and they were considered state of the art for their time. That time, unfortunately, was the 90s. Now, he is working in state of the art facilities again–brand new studios that are still under semi-construction. “Like anything […]

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Cover Story: The Struts

Cover Story: The Struts

| October 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

It was a popular, yet perhaps far-fetched concept that was titillating impressionable society a few years back. And it was relatively simple, all told, and loosely based on comic Danny Wallace’s book Yes Man, which was later satirized to a zanier degree in Jim Carrey’s film version of the same name: If you simply responded […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: Nine Inch Nails with Jesus and Mary Chain at Aragon Ballroom

Recap and Photo Gallery: Nine Inch Nails with Jesus and Mary Chain at Aragon Ballroom

| October 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Since Nine Inch Nails embarked on the Cold and Black and Infinite tour back in September, they’ve kept fans on their toes by switching up the setlist every night and dropping in random covers and deep cuts where they see fit. It wasn’t any different on the last of three nights at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. […]

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Photo Gallery: Mitski at The Vic Theatre

Photo Gallery: Mitski at The Vic Theatre

| October 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

With each release, Mitski’s artistic trajectory has made stratospheric leaps. The New York native unveiled her fifth album, the critically acclaimed Be The Cowboy in August. She’s hit the road for a tour of the same name and recently landed at Chicago’s Vic Theatre for a performance (like almost every other date on this sojourn) […]

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Photo Gallery: Widespread Panic at The Riverside Theater

Photo Gallery: Widespread Panic at The Riverside Theater

| October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Widespread Panic didn’t make it to the Windy City again this year, so Ed Spinelli packed up the vintage VW minivan and went to one of the bands favorite hot spots in Milwaukee. “Panic” have been hosting their Fall, 3-day weekends in the Cream City for over a decade. The shows usually sell-out in days, […]

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Photo Gallery: Public Image Limited at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: Public Image Limited at Thalia Hall

| October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that John Lydon’s current band has lasted longer than his previous one did. Of course, he is the former Johnny Rotten, who once fronted legendary punk pioneers the Sex Pistols, who historically burned brightly in the late 1970’s, then flamed out in spectacular fashion. But it’s also […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Phil Collins at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Phil Collins at United Center

| October 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Phil Collins United Center, Chicago Monday, October 22, 2018 Too many superstars perform so often that they oversaturate the marketplace and play to diminishing returns, but that hasn’t been the case for Phil Collins thus far this century, who outside of his “First Final Farewell” Tour in 2004 and a brief Genesis reunion in 2007 […]

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Stage Buzz: Enuff Z’Nuff at House of Blues

Stage Buzz: Enuff Z’Nuff at House of Blues

| October 19, 2018 | 1 Comment

  Chicago power-pop rockers Enuff Z’Nuff have returned, although, they never really went away. “We’ve somehow stayed relevant a little bit, and I think it’s because we didn’t stop playing,” bassist/vocalist Chip Z’Nuff said about the band’s longevity during a recent phone call. “We kept putting music out every year or two, and we toured […]

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Photo Gallery: Twenty One Pilots at United Center

Photo Gallery: Twenty One Pilots at United Center

| October 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

After a lengthy sabbatical, Twenty One Pilots have returned to the road. Apparently, this is a secret to the very few, considering the Columbus, Ohio duo all but sold out the entirety of their Bandito Tour in an eye blink. Their U.S. trek, in support of the 2018 release Trench brought them, and hoards of […]

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Photo Gallery and Recap: Gorillaz at United Center

Photo Gallery and Recap: Gorillaz at United Center

| October 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

“The last time we played here was 2010,” Damon Albarn told an enthusiastic crowd at the United Center during the second to last night of The Gorillaz’ Now Now tour. Albarn and his 13-member ensemble turned the arena into a nightclub, where everyone from longtime followers to fans barely in their teens danced the night […]

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