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Media: January 2022 • Signal Stays Strong at MeTV FM

Media: January 2022 • Signal Stays Strong at MeTV FM

| December 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

  For the last few years, fans of MeTV FM (87.7FM) in Chicago have been bracing for their favorite station to be shut down by the FCC. Program director Rick O’Dell has good news for them if they haven’t heard it yet. “We reached a critical point last July where the FCC had imposed a […]

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Cover Story: Sophie and the Giants

Cover Story: Sophie and the Giants

| December 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

This is the way the Universe works if you’re open to the experience. Ever since we collectively lurched into these dark, foreboding waters of the coronavirus, you might have found yourself getting swallowed up by its inky blackness, losing sight of any easily-identifiable landmarks on shore, artistic or pop-cultural harbors where you could safely drop […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz • December 28 – January 1 • The String Cheese Incident, Robyn Hitchcock, Lotus, St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz • December 28 – January 1 • The String Cheese Incident, Robyn Hitchcock, Lotus, St. Paul & The Broken Bones

| December 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Lotus is live from Union Transfer in Philadelphia on December 28 and December 29 at 7pm.  This is a two-night event.  Tickets are $18 or $32 for both shows, and you can buy them here. American Idol Season 16 winner Maddie Poppe and her Acoustic Christmas show, live from The Basement East in Nashville on […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Jeff Tweedy at Metro • Chicago

Live Review and Gallery: Jeff Tweedy at Metro • Chicago

| December 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Jeff Tweedy Metro, Chicago, IL Thursday, December 23, 2021 Review and photos by Jeff Elbel Chicago’s hottest ticket for rock fans during the holiday season was Thursday night’s show at Metro. Jeff Tweedy and his band did not disappoint during the second of two concerts, performing a joyful set that brimmed with a sense […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz December 21-December 27 • Frank Turner, KT Tunstall, Metallica replay, Chrissie Hynde does Dylan

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz December 21-December 27 • Frank Turner, KT Tunstall, Metallica replay, Chrissie Hynde does Dylan

| December 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Frank Turner abruptly canceled his Winter 2022 tour due to the new  COVID surge. He’s graciously performing a livestream benefit to raise funds for his touring family.  FTHC Crew Christmas 2 – The “I Can’t Believe We’re Still Having to Do This” Solo Greatest Hits Livstream is on December 21 free but donations are […]

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Feature: Little Boots • Alliance with Abba

Feature: Little Boots • Alliance with Abba

| December 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Long before she conquered overseas charts with her dazzling 2009 dance-pop debut, Hands, British keyboardist/vocalist Victoria Hesketh as Little Boots worked with top-flight talent like current Adele producer Greg Kurstin, who helmed recordings by her all-girl outfit Dead Disco. And even though she just finished producing her upcoming album herself, she still knows the value […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz – December 14 – December 19 • Metallica Celebrates 40 Years,  Rod Stewart & Nile Rodgers, Bat for Lashes, Deafhaven, Pentatonix

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz – December 14 – December 19 • Metallica Celebrates 40 Years, Rod Stewart & Nile Rodgers, Bat for Lashes, Deafhaven, Pentatonix

| December 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Celebrate the holiday season with LeAnne Rimes’ “Home For the Holidays” live stream. Rimes will perform holiday classics, and her iconic hits live from Nashville, Indiana, this Tuesday, December 14, at 7 PM. Get tickets here. Of Monsters and Men continue celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album My Head Is An Animal […]

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CinemaScopes Review: The Beatles: “Get Back”

CinemaScopes Review: The Beatles: “Get Back”

| December 13, 2021 | 1 Comment

Peter Jackson’s three-part docuseries begins with a backstory montage that brings us from 1956 to 1969. Let’s encapsulate just one moment in that timeline that became the defining moment for the Beatles as it was for millions: February 9, 1964. This particular date fell on a Sunday. Americans had gone through their weekend routine that […]

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Photo Gallery – 101WKQX’s NWSC Night 4: Evanescence  • Aragon Ballroom • Chicago

Photo Gallery – 101WKQX’s NWSC Night 4: Evanescence • Aragon Ballroom • Chicago

| December 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Nights We Stole Christmas featuring Evanescence Thursday, December 9 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL Recap and photos by Curt Baran Night 4 of The Nights We Stole Christmas arrived at the Aragon Ballroom in Uptown with goth metal rockers Evanescence delivering a massive light show and even bigger sound to the black-clad masses. Singer Amy […]

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Spins: Neil Young & Crazy Horse • Barn

Spins: Neil Young & Crazy Horse • Barn

| December 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Barn (Reprise) Neil Young collects his trusty, veteran Crazy Horse gang for a freewheeling album that sounds like a joyful weekend getaway among friends in the garage – or in Young’s case, the restored 19th-century barn. The ambiance is amiable, loose, and natural. The recording draws together an intuitive band […]

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Photo Gallery – 101WKQX’s NWSC Night 3: Kings of Leon, Dayglow, Almost Monday  • Aragon Ballroom • Chicago

Photo Gallery – 101WKQX’s NWSC Night 3: Kings of Leon, Dayglow, Almost Monday • Aragon Ballroom • Chicago

| December 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Nights We Stole Christmas featuring Kings Of Leon Aragon Ballroom December 8, 2021 Chicago, IL Recap and photos by Curt Baran We made it to midweek, which means it’s time for Night 3 of The Nights We Stole Christmas (perhaps you noticed our conspicuous Night 2 absence? Photographers were asked by that evening’s headliner […]

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Photo Gallery – She & Him at Chicago Theatre • Chicago

Photo Gallery – She & Him at Chicago Theatre • Chicago

| December 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

She & Him Tuesday, December 7 Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL She & Him (Zooey Deschanel and Matt Ward) brought their much needed Very She & Him Christmas Party to State Street Tuesday, mixing vintage classics (“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Winter Wonderland,” and (gasp!) “Baby It’s Cold Outside,”) with their beloved album tracks. The […]

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Photo Gallery: The Lumineers at 101WKQX’s The Nights We Stole Christmas • Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

Photo Gallery: The Lumineers at 101WKQX’s The Nights We Stole Christmas • Aragon Ballroom, Chicago

| December 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Nights We Stole Christmas featuring The Lumineers Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL December 6, 2021 Recap and photos by Curt Baran ‘Tis the season for the end of the year, terrestrial radio station kissing booth concerts. It’s an annual tradition in which bands that stations have promoted throughout the year give thanks by playing considerably […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz December 8 – December 12 • Dave Gahan, The War on Drugs, Andrea Bocelli, .38 Special, Brandi Carlile

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz December 8 – December 12 • Dave Gahan, The War on Drugs, Andrea Bocelli, .38 Special, Brandi Carlile

| December 7, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Join Of Monsters and Men as they celebrate the 10th anniversary of their debut album, My Head is an Animal, with a full album performance live from Reykjavik, Iceland, where they held the album release show for this album ten years ago. Stream the show this Wednesday, December 8, at 8 PM. Find details […]

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Photo Gallery: Baroness at Cobra Lounge • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Baroness at Cobra Lounge • Chicago

| December 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Baroness Cobra Lounge December 1, 2021 Chicago, IL – Recap and photos by Curt Baran Baroness have finally clawed their way back onto stages in America! Their most recent album, Gold & Grey, was released in 2019, and we all know what happened next. So, the quartet from Savannah, Georgia, is doing something special to […]

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