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Media: May 2018

Media: May 2018

| April 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jim O’Donnell has been off and on the media beat for Chicago area newspapers for four decades. As of a few months ago, he’s back on, and he’s landed at a familiar place, The Daily Herald. “That’s where my career started,” he says, “and now I’m doing a sports and media column thanks to a […]

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Cover Story: Steve Earle

Cover Story: Steve Earle

| April 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

It’s a puzzlement, a Sphinx-like riddle for the ages. How in holy hell has resident alt-country iconoclast Steve Earle managed to keep his mouth shut over the past three Trump-and-Brexit bedeviled years? Make no mistake, what he’s offered instead has been stunning —2017’s picture-perfect loper So You Wannabe an Outlaw — polished still brighter by […]

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Photo Gallery: Rise Against at Chicago Theatre

Photo Gallery: Rise Against at Chicago Theatre

| April 30, 2019 | 1 Comment

At the end of their third song, “Audience Of One,” Rise Against lead singer Tim McIlrath joked, “I don’t think we’ve ever stayed this still for this long.” So what occasion caused the Chicago punk rock quartet to strike such statuesque poses? A special evening dubbed “Ghost Note Symphony’s,” which shares its name with the […]

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Photo Gallery: Van Morrison at Chicago Theatre

Photo Gallery: Van Morrison at Chicago Theatre

| April 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

British music legend Van Morrison’s 90 – minute plus set proved he still has the voice and command like few blue eyed Irish soul singers of the 20th Century. Ed Spinelli captured “Van, The Man” at the historic Chicago Theatre on night one of three sold out shows. Setlist via Setlist.FM 1. How Far From […]

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Stage Buzz: Michael Schenker Fest at Concord Music Hall

Stage Buzz: Michael Schenker Fest at Concord Music Hall

| April 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

German guitar pioneer Michael Schenker returns to Chicago’s Concord Music Hall on May 4th for the second leg of his Resurrection Tour with his current band, Michael Schenker Fest. The 64-year-old ex-UFO and ex-Scorpions fret wizard has been dazzling audiences for nearly 50 years. Michael Schenker Fest’s 2018 debut album, Resurrection, was well-received by fans […]

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Photo Gallery and Recap: Wax Trax! Records Industrial Accident Screening and Launch Party at House of Vans Chicago

Photo Gallery and Recap: Wax Trax! Records Industrial Accident Screening and Launch Party at House of Vans Chicago

| April 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Could there have been a more brilliant way to end Record Store Day than with an Industrial Accident? The Wax Trax! documentary distills the history of Chicago’s seminal record label and store into an entertaining yarn about love, family, music, sex, drugs, rock & roll and how not to run a business, if you wish […]

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Photo Gallery: Amanda Palmer at The Chicago Theatre

Photo Gallery: Amanda Palmer at The Chicago Theatre

| April 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s not often that a concert supplies those in attendance with an escape hatch. Of course, not all performers approach a night out like Amanda Palmer. Before she took the stage at the exquisitely ornate Chicago Theater, a (paraphrased) announcement was made that the evening’s content would contain subject matter that included-but certainly wasn’t limited […]

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Photo Gallery: Remembering Shawn Smith of Brad

Photo Gallery: Remembering Shawn Smith of Brad

| April 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

IE’s Ed Spinelli befriended the late Shawn Smith of Brad (who passed away tragically April 6th) during his days photographing Seattle’s emerging grunge scene in the ’90s, which included Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. In the following gallery, Spinelli captured one of the band’s greatest gigs, including a headlining performance from Brad, a reunited Mother Love […]

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Stage Buzz: Uli Jon Roth at The Forge of Joliet and The Arcada Theatre [with added Photo Gallery]

Stage Buzz: Uli Jon Roth at The Forge of Joliet and The Arcada Theatre [with added Photo Gallery]

| April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

German guitar maestro Uli Jon Roth’s 50th-anniversary tour – where he’ll be performing selected highlights from his entire musical career – comes to Chicagoland Friday and Saturday. Roth’s arrival in Chicagoland commences Friday, April 12 at The Forge in Joliet and concludes on Saturday, April 13 at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles. The concert’s […]

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Photo Gallery: Spiritualized at The Vic Theatre

Photo Gallery: Spiritualized at The Vic Theatre

| April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

It would not be an overstatement to say that Jason Pierce creates music at a glacial pace. His three-decades old project Spiritualized has produced a mere eight albums in that time. So it’s no surprise that word of him hitting the road to support is 2018’s And Nothing Hurt caused a stir after a six […]

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Live Review: The Musical Box at Arcada Theatre

Live Review: The Musical Box at Arcada Theatre

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

.   The Musical Box Saturday, March 30, 2019 Arcada Theatre, St. Charles If you’ve ever wondered what traveling back in time would feel like, you would only have to go as far as the Arcada Theatre on the evening that The Musical Box and their current show, entitled A Genesis Extravaganza, arrived there. This […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets at Chicago Theatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets at Chicago Theatre

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets Chicago Theatre, Chicago April 4, 2019 Thursday’s concert by Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets was a dream come true for fans of early Pink Floyd and psychedelic rock. Focused exclusively on material released prior to 1973’s epic Dark Side of the Moon, Mason and his cohort of four musicians delved […]

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Stage Buzz: Record Store Day 2019

Stage Buzz: Record Store Day 2019

| April 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Record Store Day celebrates its eleventh birthday on April 13th, and it has become entrenched as a must-have shopping day for vinyl freaks. As the RSD curators state “this is a day for the people who make up the world of the record store—the staff, the customers, and the artists—to come together and celebrate the […]

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Stage Buzz: Citizen Cope at House of Blues Chicago

Stage Buzz: Citizen Cope at House of Blues Chicago

| April 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

It was one of those you-had-to-be-there moments that might sound callous — even a little cruel — in the retelling. But rest assured, it was neither of those things. It was a reckoning. Late afternoon a few years ago at a hip San Francisco nightclub — the universal hour for an artist’s pre-show soundcheck. Tonight, […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Andrew Bird at Green Mill

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Andrew Bird at Green Mill

| April 9, 2019 | 1 Comment

Andrew Bird Green Mill, Chicago April 2, 2019 On a brief introductory jaunt for his new album My Finest Work Yet, Andrew Bird returned to his old stomping grounds for the first of two intimate shows at Uptown’s 160-capacity Green Mill. Befitting his surroundings in the venerable jazz room, Bird began with the 1944 Jule […]

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