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Photo Gallery: Summerfest Milwaukee

Photo Gallery: Summerfest Milwaukee

| July 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Although Chicago’s beaches and National League baseball team are better, Milwaukee’s Summerfest arguably blows our lakefront music festivals away  – sorry ‘Lolla’ and ‘Taste.’ Ed Spinelli visited his home away from home in the Cream City June 28 and July 1 to catch a multitude of acts, including rapper Belly, rockers Buckcherry, Bonnie Raitt, George […]

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Photo Gallery: Dave Matthews Band at HBP at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: Dave Matthews Band at HBP at Northerly Island

| July 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured DMB on a hot and humid evening on night one (of 2 nights) on the lakefront. Here is the document. Set List Do You Remember Stay Or Leave Rooftop #41 Again And Again Sledgehammer (Gabriel) What Would You Say Cant Stop Don’t Drink the Water Louisiana Bayou Samurai Cop (Oh Joy Begin) […]

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Photo Gallery and Recap: Radiohead at United Center

Photo Gallery and Recap: Radiohead at United Center

| July 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year Radiohead fans became ecstatic when seemingly without warning, the Oxfordshire six-piece announced a North American tour in support of their 2016 release, A Moon Shaped Pool. As arguably one of the finest live acts currently performing, the band has mostly relegated themselves to festival appearances in the hopes of minimizing the number […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: Roger Daltrey at Ravinia

Recap and Photo Gallery: Roger Daltrey at Ravinia

| July 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Roger Daltrey Ravinia Festival, Highland Park Monday, June 25, 2018 With a two-night stand on the North Shore, The Who’s longtime vocalist paired with a formidable band that included Simon Townsend (brother of Pete), and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. With an expansive Ravinia stage, Daltrey’s production used up every square inch in the front of […]

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Photo Gallery: Paramore & Foster The People at Huntington Bank Pavillion at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: Paramore & Foster The People at Huntington Bank Pavillion at Northerly Island

| July 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

  The darkest of themes have a long tradition of being clothed in a pop music disguise. Franklin, Tennessee’s Paramore are no strangers to this approach. At this point, they are arguably a band in name only. With a revolving door of members throughout their decades-plus career, the focal point has always been lead singer […]

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Photo Gallery: 101 WKQX Piqniq at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Photo Gallery: 101 WKQX Piqniq at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

| July 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

On what could prove to be the hottest day of the year thus far, music fans gathered this past weekend at Tinley Park’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheater for 101 WKQX annual Piqniq. During the all-day affair nine bands performed for the extremely economical fee of $20. For that small pile of lettuce, attendees were treated to […]

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Live Review: Ry Cooder at Thalia Hall

Live Review: Ry Cooder at Thalia Hall

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ry Cooder’s lengthy resume includes a pile of highlights. Among them are six Grammy awards, evocative soundtrack albums for films including Paris, Texas, collaboration with previously-hidden musical treasures of Cuba with Buena Vista Social Club, and profoundly influencing the signature sound of the Rolling Stones. Cooder also has a stack of great albums to his […]

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Media: July 2018

Media: July 2018

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

WBMX midday host Diana Steele may be a new voice on the Chicago radio dial, but she isn’t new to radio, and she isn’t new to Chicago. It’s just that her two worlds had never collided like this before, and she’s really enjoying the ride. “It is the coolest thing on the planet for a […]

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Cover Story: Johnny Marr

Cover Story: Johnny Marr

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Johnny Marr just made the best record of his life. And he knows it. Dubbed Call the Comet, it’s the ex-Smith guitarist’s third, following 2013’s The Messenger and 2014’s Playland. And it finds him: Lyrically delving into grim socio-political issues that he’d often avoided; Letting his axe provide the chiming hooks in places instead of […]

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Photo Gallery: Iceage at House of Vans

Photo Gallery: Iceage at House of Vans

| June 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Retailer House of Vans’ free House Party series featured Danish post-punk mavericks Iceage on Thursday for what could potentially be their only Chicago appearance this year. Also on the bill were Atlanta’s The Black Lips, who, it was just announced, will continue to tour with Iceage deep into the remainder of the year. The evening’s […]

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Photo Gallery: Seal at Ravinia Festival

Photo Gallery: Seal at Ravinia Festival

| June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

IE’s Ed Spinelli caught the dulcet tones of vocalist/songwriter Seal on the North Shore Wednesday on the opening night for his Standards tour. After a quarter century as rock’s most unique vocalist, Seal delivered a hits-laden set on acoustic guitar and with his full band to a near sell-out crowd, buoyed by a dynamic version […]

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Stage Buzz: Real Friends “Composure” Listening Party & Interview

Stage Buzz: Real Friends “Composure” Listening Party & Interview

| June 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

On Friday night, Tinley Park’s Real Friends held a “secret” listening party for a select group of fans in support of their forthcoming third full length, Composure. The evening event was the last of three listening party events held throughout the day across the Chicagoland area. In the modern industrial workspace of Chicago’s Rowboat Creative, […]

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Photo Gallery: Poison, Cheap Trick and Pop Evil at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: Poison, Cheap Trick and Pop Evil at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

If it was 1989, this show could have been billed as the World Series of Rock VIII, playing baseball palaces across the country. But nearly 30 years later this tripleheader is basking mostly in the bleachers of nostalgia. Poison, Cheap Trick and Pop Evil threw Ed Spinelli a few choice curve balls while he captured […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

| June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case Friday June 16th Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Ray LaMontagne Ray LaMontagne was in a decidedly rocking mood as he hit the stage at Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion. The day’s suffocating heat had finally been replaced with a dramatic drop in temperature and steady, cool breezes complements of Lake […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show at Copernicus Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show at Copernicus Center

| June 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show Copernicus Center, Chicago, IL Thursday, June 14, 2018 Several generations of Monkees fans arrived at the Copernicus Center on Thursday knowing they’d see only half of the beloved band. What they might not have expected was that The Mike & Micky Show would be twice the concert […]

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