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Devo and Blondie live!

Devo and Blondie live!

The new era is alive and well

The return of Dirty Three

The return of Dirty Three

Seven years can seem like an eternity when you’re waiting for something whether it’s the end of a spat of bad luck or for the members of Dirty Three to stash their hobbies in the corner and return to the fold as Australia’s fiercest trio – one that can reduce a fan to tears with […]

Silversun Pickups live!

Silversun Pickups live!

It became apparent early on in Silversun Pickups‘ Friday night set at the Aragon Ballroom that the band wasn’t holding anything back.

Is LMFAO D.O.A.?

Is LMFAO D.O.A.?

The party’s over for LMFAO . . . for now.

Riot Fest roundup!

Riot Fest roundup!

In 2012, Riot Fest is somewhat of an anachronism in Chicago. In a festival season absolutely dominated by EDM gatherings and events, Riot Fest keeps the focus on the punk and rock side of things, with nary a turntable or Serato-fueled MacBook in sight. The end result is a feel good affair that can’t help […]

Fiona Apple busted for hash in Texas

Fiona Apple busted for hash in Texas

The fuzz patrolling the border stop in Sierra Blanca, Texas have a nose for weeding out rock stars in possession of controlled substances.

VIDEO: Randy Newman's "I'm Dreaming"

VIDEO: Randy Newman’s “I’m Dreaming”

Just when you thought Randy Newman traded in scathing commentary for Oscar gold (thanks to those treacly Pixar ditties), the man who once took on short people just released a biting new song.

Riot Fest 2012 day three photos

Riot Fest 2012 day three photos

Iggy Pop and Elvis Costello on one stage. It can only happen at Riot Fest.

Riot Fest 2012 day two photos

Riot Fest 2012 day two photos

Day two of Riot Fest saw sets by Cursive, Frank Turner, Gwar, Hot Water Music, Andrew W.K., Gaslight Anthem, Coheed and Cambria, Dropkick Murphys, Decendents, and Rise Against.

Riot Fest 2012 day 1 photos

Riot Fest 2012 day 1 photos

You couldn’t have asked for a better weekend to stage an expanded, outdoor version of Riot Fest.

Update: Amanda Palmer to pay musicians

Update: Amanda Palmer to pay musicians

Update: Amanda Palmer will pay the local horn and string players she previously enlisted to volunteer when her band of merry players rolled into town. A barrage of criticism aimed at the singer (see below) caused her to rethink the practice. She addressed the kerfuffle and change of heart on her blog: “for better or […]

Season of resurrection

Season of resurrection

In the choose-your-own-adventure saga of this weekend’s non-festival offerings, turning the final page will have you dancing, crying or screaming.

Bob Mould: Silver Age

Bob Mould: Silver Age

BOB MOULD Silver Age (Merge) Guitar album. No matter what precisely that means to you, it’s a tag that describes most of Bob Mould‘s recorded output over the past three decades of making music.

Kiss live shots!

Kiss live shots!

Members of the Kiss Army united on Sept. 7 to watch the painted road warriors blast through their hits at Tinley Park’s First Midwest Bank Amphitheater. The rock ‘n’ roll jaunt shut down long before sunrise, but these fellas are keeping their promise to party at least every other day. All photos by Curt Baran.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band live!

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band live!

Before Bruce Springsteen began his sold-out, two-night stand at the ultimate summertime “land of hope and dreams” – Wrigley Field – he owed a debt to his loyal Chicago fan base.