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Queens Of The Stone Age preview

Queens Of The Stone Age preview

| October 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

Queens Of The Stone Age Riviera, Chicago Thursday, October 25, 2007 When did Queens Of The Stone Age get so stinkin’ boring? Maybe the better question is what made the Queens so stinkin’ boring? The answer is pretty obvious.

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Josh Rouse preview

Josh Rouse preview

| October 24, 2007 | 2 Comments

Josh Rouse Park West, Chicago Thursday, October 25, 2007 Nebraska-born singer-songwriter Josh Rouse currently resides in Spain where he recorded his latest disc, Country Mouse, City House, in just six days. Released on his own Bedroom Classics imprint, the album has more in common with ’70s California than his new digs.

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Nightwish preview

Nightwish preview

| October 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

Nightwish House Of Blues, Chicago Saturday, October 27, 2007 Fans probably thought Finland symphonic metalers Nightwish were nuttier than squirrel turds for dumping their vocalist right after their most popular record. A stonesy move, for sure, but with it Nightwish proved a band can actually downgrade the singer position while upgrading the group.

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Eulogies preview

Eulogies preview

| October 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

Eulogies Schubas, Chicago Wednesday, October 31, 2007 Thursday, November 1, 2007 I can’t help think singer-songwriter Peter Walker has backed his new band into a corner by picking Eulogies as a band name. Aside from upsetting countless, burgeoning metal bands, everything they do is going to be filtered through a spectrum of death.

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His Name Is Alive reviewed

His Name Is Alive reviewed

| October 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

His Name Is Alive Xmmer (Silver Mountain) A record deal with 4AD used to mean something, almost as if you could record by fiat. You could do anything, people would respect it, and if the relationship ended it was because 4AD were selling out and not you. Appearing: Thursday, October 25th at Schubas in Chicago.

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Small Sins reviewed

Small Sins reviewed

| October 24, 2007 | 0 Comments

Small Sins Mood Swings (Astralwerks) Next time you bring a ruler to hip-hop’s knuckles for glorifying guns, you might consider stopping by electro pop for a swat or two.

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Van Halen live!

Van Halen live!

| October 17, 2007 | 2 Comments

Van Halen Allstate Arena, Rosemont Tuesday, October 16, 2007 The summer of reunions continues. We’ve had the Police, Genesis, hell even The Bangles have shown up. Now it’s Van Halen’s turn with David Lee Roth in tow. If you close your eyes and listen, you’d swear it was 1984 again. For the Van Halen live […]

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Jethro Tull live!

Jethro Tull live!

| October 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Jethro Tull Rialto Square Theatre, Joliet Saturday, October 13, 2007 Prior to Jethro Tull’s sold-out performance at the ornate and acoustically complimentary Rialto Square Theatre, an announcement was made stating whistling, shouting, and even drinking at any point during the concert would be completely inappropriate. At first, the list of regulations was meant with defiant […]

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Down live!

Down live!

| October 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Down House Of Blues, Chicago Wednesday, October 10, 2007 “Fucking Chicago, we’re Down” frontman Phil Anselmo roared as he and his all-star crew of bandmates — guitarists Pepper Keenan (Corrosion Of Conformity) and Kirk Windstein (Crowbar), bassist Rex Brown (ex-Pantera), and drummer Jimmy Bower (Eyehategod) — took the stage at House Of Blues. Not exactly […]

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Yo La Tengo live!

Yo La Tengo live!

| October 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Yo La Tengo Lakeshore Theater, Chicago Thursday, October 11, 2007 Having never seen one of Yo La Tengo’s Hanukkah-in-Hoboken residencies, I can only imagine the randomness of the covers and arrangements they choose. A window was opened, however, on Thursday night, during the first of two stripped-down-and-tossed-in-the-air gigs at the intimate Lakeshore.

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Brandi Carlile, A Fine Frenzy live!

Brandi Carlile, A Fine Frenzy live!

| October 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Brandi Carlile/A Fine Frenzy House Of Blues, Chicago Thursday, October 11, 2007 Kicking off a two-night stand at House Of Blues, ingĂ©nue Brandi Carlile enticed the rowdy crowd to put up or shut up when she veered dangerously close to the lip of the stage and belted out a chugging new tune, “How These Days […]

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Interpol live!

Interpol live!

| October 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Interpol Aragon Ballroom, Chicago Thursday, October 11, 2007 For the third time this year, Interpol visited Chicago with its haunting, atmospheric indie rock. Though it may seem like overkill, each setting and circumstance was remarkably diverse, from its Our Love To Admire prerelease publicity gig at the intimate Metro, to a co-headlining slot alongside Muse […]

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Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster preview

Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster preview

| October 17, 2007 | 1 Comment

Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster, Every Time I Die Riviera, Chicago Friday, October 19, 2007 Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster frontman Dallas Taylor used to hold down the same job for Underoath before leaving the group and forming Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster. Logic might say this was a bad move. Underoath […]

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Gliss & Johnossi previews

Gliss & Johnossi previews

| October 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Gliss/Johnossi Empty Bottle/Logan Square Auditorium Friday, October 19, 2007 One might suggest , looking at this week’s docket in Chicago, going to New York for the annual CMJ New Music Marathon isn’t worth it. Especially when two of the hottest new bands are in the Windy City on the same night.

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Chiodos preview

Chiodos preview

| October 17, 2007 | 0 Comments

Chiodos House Of Blues, Chicago Sunday, August 21, 2007 Much like Fall Out Boy, Chiodos have built an unprecedented following without much help from the mainstream. Working the Warped stages and dozens of smaller circuits are paying off. But also like Fall Out Boy, they aren’t getting much respect in the process.

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