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Photo Gallery: Open Air Chicago 2019 at SeatGeek Stadium

Photo Gallery: Open Air Chicago 2019 at SeatGeek Stadium

| May 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Chicago Open Air Presents May 18th and 19th SeatGeek Stadium Bridgeview, IL   Chicago Open Air Presents had it’s share of obstacles in 2019 thanks to the wettest May in Chicago history. Both days were hit with severe thunderstorms right before gates opened. Day One took the bigger hit when promoters had to cancel Vein, […]

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Photo Gallery: The Distillers and Starcrawler at Metro

Photo Gallery: The Distillers and Starcrawler at Metro

| May 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

In 2000, The Distillers released their self-titled debut album on indie label Hellcat. It was a decimating blast of hardcore punk delivered with throaty urgency by Australian lead singer Brody Dalle. Their sophomore effort Sing Sing Death House also saw the light of day that same year. Dalle quickly achieved iconic status as one of […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Who at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Who at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| May 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Who Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL Tuesday, May 21, 2019 When the Who booked an outdoor show at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park as part of their Moving On! Tour, fans and band alike anticipated a great night of classic rock in fine spring weather. Ticketholders on the lawn encountered soggy seats, […]

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Stage Buzz: Judas Priest at Rosemont Theatre

Stage Buzz: Judas Priest at Rosemont Theatre

| May 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Judas Priest Saturday, May 25th Rosemont Theatre Rosemont, IL British metal pioneers Judas Priest have toured hard in support of their 2018 Firepower album, and their upcoming intimate performance Saturday at the Rosemont Theatre shows they’ve got a seemingly endless supply of fans to mine in the Chicago area. In last year’s cover story in […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Johnny Marr at The Vic Theatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Johnny Marr at The Vic Theatre

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Johnny Marr The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL Monday, May 13, 2019 Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr’s last appearance in Chicago was a short-but-sweet set under the afternoon sun in Douglas Park at Riot Fest. This brief blast of Eurocentric alt-pop was timed to help introduce new material from 2018’s Call the Comet, the third in […]

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Live Review: Mike Stern at Jazz Showcase

Live Review: Mike Stern at Jazz Showcase

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Mike Stern Band Saturday, May 11, 2019 Jazz Showcase, Chicago Jazz guitar virtuoso Mike Stern and his band settled into the Jazz Showcase for their annual week of residency, and audiences were most definitely in for a treat. Upon entering the Showcase, I was immediately greeted by Ainsley, who was welcoming the faithful as […]

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Photo Gallery: The Lemonheads at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: The Lemonheads at Thalia Hall

| May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Evan Dando brought the ’90s back to Thalia Hall to begin the weekend. Still using his three-decades old Lemonheads moniker, Dando is out supporting his 2019 covers album Varshons 2. He delivered a taut, career spanning set that included instant ear worms like “It’s About Time,” “The Great Big No,” “Drug Buddy” and the title […]

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Photo Gallery: The 1975 at United Center

Photo Gallery: The 1975 at United Center

| May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Manchester’s The 1975 were greeted with an expected rapturous ovation when they took the stage at United Center Thursday. Hand it to the band, they’ve diligently worked Sunday side stages at Lollapalooza, and “smaller” shows at Lincoln Hall and the Riviera to slowly build an audience to finally play the United Center. The band is […]

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Photo Gallery: Lizzo at Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Lizzo at Riviera Theatre

| May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Lizzo threw a two day party in Uptown this past weekend. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the first her two sold out shows at that neighborhood’s Riviera Theatre sure felt celebratory. The rising star is out touring behind this year’s excellent Cuz I Love You and is inspiring her diverse […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: PUP at Metro

Recap and Photo Gallery: PUP at Metro

| May 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Toronto punks PUP have quickly grown out of the small venues they frequented only a few years ago. Whereas their last Chicago visit saw them playing Empty Bottle, this time they brought their high-octane energy for the first of two sold-out nights at the Metro with fellow Canadians Casper Skull and Chicago punk rockers Ratboys […]

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Photo Gallery: Chvrches at Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery: Chvrches at Aragon Ballroom

| May 5, 2019 | 1 Comment

A strange, invisible pall hung over Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on Thursday night. The Scottish band Chvrches recently called out, on line, their former collaborator Marshmello for working with the infamous rapper and felon Chris Brown, whom the band rightfully called a “predator and abuser.” Since then, escalation in the beef has resulted in lead singer […]

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