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Media: August 2017

Media: August 2017

| July 31, 2017 | 1 Comment

It’s been ten years since I wrote my first novel $everance (ENC Press, 2007).  That book was a satire about what had become of the media business since the original deregulation in 1996. It was intended to shine a light on the dangers of entrusting so much control over news and information in the hands […]

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Cover Story: Depeche Mode

Cover Story: Depeche Mode

| July 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

At 56, Depeche Mode bandleader Martin Gore no longer feels the need to pull any lyrical punches. So he gets right to the prickly, political point on the band’s latest Spirit set, starting with its clickety-clacking rhetorical question of a lead single “Where’s the Revolution,” with a grim societal accusation intoned in unusually ominous fashion […]

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Review and Gallery: Paul McCartney at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Review and Gallery: Paul McCartney at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Paul McCartney Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, Tinley Park, IL Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Reviewed by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Curt Baran. Former Beatle Paul McCartney knows what people want. “We can tell what songs you like,” he said midway through a nearly three-hour show. “If it’s an old Beatles song, your phones light up. It’s like […]

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Review and Gallery: The Who at Van Andel Arena

Review and Gallery: The Who at Van Andel Arena

| July 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Who Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Who needs Desert Trip when The Who, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters all made the Midwest rounds a mere of couple hours apart from one another within a 48-hour period? While Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and their immaculate backing cast’s appearance at a […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Roger Waters at United Center

Live Review and Gallery: Roger Waters at United Center

| July 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Roger Waters “Us + Them” Tour United Center, Chicago, IL Saturday, July 22, 2017   Reviewed by Jeff Elbel; Photos by Ed Spinelli Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters’ first of three nights at United Center began with clockwork precision at exactly 8PM, with sounds of crashing surf and film footage of a hooded figure […]

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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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Gallery: Chicago Open Air Chicago 2017 – Day 2

Gallery: Chicago Open Air Chicago 2017 – Day 2

| July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Music fans came out in force for Chicago Open Air festival’s day two. With over 25,000 in attendance, Ed Spinelli captured Canhill, Pig Destroyer, Metal Church, Dragonforce, Avatar, Mushroomhead, Steel Panther, Body Count, Seether, Clutch, Godsmack and Korn.

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Gallery: Chicago Open Air Chicago 2017 – Day 3

Gallery: Chicago Open Air Chicago 2017 – Day 3

| July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The rock and metal community came out to celebrate their favorite bands and music at Chicago Open Air festival’s final day. With over 25,000 in attendance, Ed Spinelli captured Demon Hunter, Kyng, Devil Driver, Hellyeah, Behemoth, Amon Amarth, Lamb of God and Slayer.

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

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

| July 20, 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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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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Review and Gallery: Queen and Adam Lambert at United Center

Review and Gallery: Queen and Adam Lambert at United Center

| July 14, 2017 | 7 Comments

Queen + Adam Lambert United Center, Chicago Thursday, July 13, 2017 By sheer coincidence, Queen + Adam Lambert’s latest visit to another sold out United Center just so happened to fall on the exact same date of Live Aid 32 years ago. Of course, that “global jukebox” featured Queen with its late front man Freddie […]

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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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Review and Gallery: Gorillaz at HBP at Northerly Island

Review and Gallery: Gorillaz at HBP at Northerly Island

| July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Gorillaz Huntington Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island, Chicago Saturday, July 8, 2017 “I’ve been coming to Chicago since 1990 and you never cease to bewilder me,” exclaimed Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn to a widely enthusiastic and entirely sold out Huntington Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island on opening night of alternative ensemble’s Humanz Tour. While […]

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