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Gallery: Chicago Open Air Chicago 2017 – Day 1

Gallery: Chicago Open Air Chicago 2017 – Day 1

| July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The rock and metal community came out in force for Chicago Open Air festival’s day one. With over 25,000 in attendance, Ed Spinelli captured Suicide Silence, Whitechapel, Vimic, Falling In Reverse, Anthrax and our July 2017 IE Cover legends, Megadeth. Rounding out the night were Rob Zombie and Kiss at Bridgeview’s Toyota Park.

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Recap/Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park – Day 1

Recap/Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park – Day 1

| July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

2017 is arguably the year the Pitchfork Music Festival rediscovered its groove. Although the Chicago-based festival has always been adventurous in their approach to the acts it has booked, the past few years have felt a bit “eh.” This year’s line-up made it all that a fading memory. Curt Baran hit Union Park on the […]

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Recap/Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park – Day 2

Recap/Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park – Day 2

| July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

There was a palpable electricity in the air on day 2 of the Pitchfork Music Festival. The recently reunited A Tribe Called Quest had the headlining slot, but the day, hell, the whole weekend was owned by female artists. Curt Baran was back in the park on Saturday and he grabbed shots of Vagabon, Jeff […]

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Recap/Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park – Day 3

Recap/Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park – Day 3

| July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

At Day 3 of 2017’s Pitchfork Music Festival hit a few speed bumps. Due to an illness in the family, The Avalanches were forced to cancel. Headliner Solange has announced that no photographers will be allowed to document her set, and legendary shoegazer’s Ride had some very uncooperative distortion pedals in their set, yet they […]

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Stage Buzz: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park

Stage Buzz: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park

| July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Now entering its second decade of existence, the 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival has assembled what is arguably one of their finest line-ups yet. The curation has always made an effort to be eclectic, and this year is certainly no exception.   This year’s headliners include a newly activated LCD Soundsystem on Friday (July 14), old-school […]

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Photo Gallery: 311 with New Politics at HBP at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: 311 with New Politics at HBP at Northerly Island

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

An ominous looking cloud gathered over Northerly Island just before 311 took the stage. On an otherwise postcard ready evening, the gathering storm…oh who are we fooling?…it was weed people! This is 311 after all, the two go together like mac and cheese. Curt Baran went into the pit to capture the evenings proceedings. New […]

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Media: July 2017

Media: July 2017

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

When Len O’Kelly was working in Chicago as a music director and disc jockey for radio stations like WJMK (104.3), academia was the furthest thing from his mind. At the time he was a college dropout and working in one of the top markets in the country. He thought he’d be doing that the rest […]

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Cover Story: Megadeth

Cover Story: Megadeth

| July 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Not too long ago, Dave Mustaine brought his pile driving thrash-metal outfit Megadeth on tour – backing its recent Grammy-winning return to form, Dystopia — to Jakarta, the bustling capital of Indonesia on the island of Java that boasts a population of over ten million people. And he has a heartwarming when-in-Rome philosophy that guides […]

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Photo Gallery: Rammstein at HCA

Photo Gallery: Rammstein at HCA

| June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli caught the masters of German metal at HCA on June 27.

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Photo Gallery: Def Leppard/Poison/Tesla at HCA

Photo Gallery: Def Leppard/Poison/Tesla at HCA

| June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured the stalwarts of ’80s metal in Tinley Park on June 24.

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Photo Gallery and Recap: Metallica with Avenged Sevenfold and Local H at Soldier Field

Photo Gallery and Recap: Metallica with Avenged Sevenfold and Local H at Soldier Field

| June 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Metallica Soldier Field, Chicago Sunday, June 18, 2017 In their 36-year career, Metallica never previously played Soldier Field until Sunday night, and while the home of the Chicago Bears doesn’t come equipped with a dome, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich would’ve surely blown the roof off the joint if it […]

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Riot Fest 2017 Single-Day Line-Up, Danzig Performance Announced

Riot Fest 2017 Single-Day Line-Up, Danzig Performance Announced

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

The wai-it-ing is the hardest part when it comes to Riot Fest’s single-day line-ups, but the wait is over. Riot Fest announced Friday, Saturday and Sunday (September 15-17) line-ups today with a bonus performance from Danzig to the Saturday bill. As expected, Jawbreaker’s historic reunion closes things out on Sunday September 17th. Single Day and […]

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Live Review: Nick Cave at the Auditorium Theatre

Live Review: Nick Cave at the Auditorium Theatre

| June 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL Friday, June 16, 2017 Review by Jeff Elbel So much for the fourth wall. Early during his concert at the Auditorium Theatre, Nick Cave blurred the line between the audience and the stage. By the end of the show, he had simply erased it. As […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Live Review and Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Iron Maiden Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL June 15, 2017 Photos by Curt Baran Review by Jeff Elbel The weekend began a day early for local headbangers of all ages, when legendary British metal band Iron Maiden made the final Chicago stop on its juggernaut The Book of Souls World Tour. The six members […]

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Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds: HBP at Northerly Island

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds: HBP at Northerly Island

| June 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds acoustic tour at the former Meigs Field Setlist Lie in Our Graves Satellite Save Me What Would You Say Dive In Funny the Way It Is Warehouse Proudest Monkey Stay or Leave So Damn Lucky Bismarck Crush Che * Out of My Hands Worried Man Blues Samurai […]

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