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Live Review and Gallery: Alkaline Trio at Metro

Live Review and Gallery: Alkaline Trio at Metro

| January 6, 2019 | 1 Comment

Alkaline Trio Metro Thursday, January 3 Alkaline Trio played the first of four consecutive sold-out nights Thursday at Metro, marking their first hometown club show since the release of their latest album, 2018’s Is This Thing Cursed? The record represents arguably the band’s strongest output in over a decade, as it captures the spirit of […]

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Live Review: Guided By Voices at Bottom Lounge

Live Review: Guided By Voices at Bottom Lounge

| January 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Guided By Voices Monday, December 31, 2018 Bottom Lounge, Chicago On Monday, Dayton, Ohio’s Guided By Voices visited Bottom Lounge to add to its memorable history of New Year’s Eve shows in Chicago. In 2004, the band played what was intended to be its final show at Metro, reeling through a four-and-a-half hour, career-spanning set […]

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Cover Story: nothing, nowhere.

Cover Story: nothing, nowhere.

| January 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Cries for help don’t come much more urgently. Last month, brash young Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson — who had joked for months in sketches about being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder — lost any remaining shreds of humor about his often-debilitating condition when he posted an alarming message on Instagram, right before he […]

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Media: January 2019

Media: January 2019

| January 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dave Fogel has now been in the saddle as the morning man at WLS for a year. The return to his former station seemed to be destined. “I was doing mornings at WJMK, and CBS sold to Entercom out of the blue, a total surprise, and they changed the format overnight. I was out of […]

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Happy New Year: January 2019 Issue publishes January 2 and 3

Happy New Year: January 2019 Issue publishes January 2 and 3

| January 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Happy New Year to our valued IE readers. Because of the holiday and New Year’s Day publishing schedules, the January 2019 issue is distributed on Wednesday, January 2nd and Thursday January 3rd, 2019. Thank you and Happy New Year.

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Photo Gallery: Los Lobos at City Winery

Photo Gallery: Los Lobos at City Winery

| December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured night one of four sold-out nights at City Winery. LA-based Tex-Mex and roots stars, Los Lobos treated the crowd to 2 sets, one acoustic and one electric to a stoked West Loop fandom.

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Advertiser Message: REO Speedwagon at Rosemont Theatre Saturday August 3rd

Advertiser Message: REO Speedwagon at Rosemont Theatre Saturday August 3rd

| December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Classic rockers REO Speedwagon, lead by storied songwriter and vocalist Kevin Cronin, return to Chicagoland next summer at the Rosemont Theater on Saturday, August 3rd. A special pre-sale is on now and you can get your tickets by entering the code “VIP“ at checkout.  The public sale begins on Friday, December 21st for this show […]

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Photo Gallery: Greta Van Fleet at Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery: Greta Van Fleet at Aragon Ballroom

| December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

One year after they played a sold-out show at Lincoln Hall, classic rock revivalists Greta Van Fleet sold-out 3 nights at Uptown’s Aragon Ballroom. Ed Spinelli captured the band on night one in the historic and acoustically challenging venue on Lawrence Avenue. Read our October 2018 Cover Story with the Greta Van Fleet

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Feature Story: Jay O’Rourke

Feature Story: Jay O’Rourke

| December 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

  If the Chicago music scene had a spine, Jay O’Rourke would one of its vertebrae. He’s been around a while, worked with some great artists as producer and engineer, and tasted some brief major-label success. But it wasn’t until now, 40 years into his story, that he says he’s found his voice. Last month […]

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Stage Buzz: Chicago Open Air 2019

Stage Buzz: Chicago Open Air 2019

| December 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

The first volley of Chicago’s rock festivals scheduled for 2019 was announced this morning as Chicago Open Air unveiled their 2019 line-up at SeatGeek Stadium (formerly Toyota Park) in Bridgeview. The 2-Day festival returns next May after taking a sabbatical in 2018. Headliners announced include California hard-rockers System Of A Down, L.A.’s acclaimed heavy rockers […]

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Photo Gallery: Thom Yorke at Chicago Theatre

Photo Gallery: Thom Yorke at Chicago Theatre

| December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

When Radiohead’s extensive tour for their 2016 release A Moon Shaped Pool came to a triumphant end this past summer, apparently one of its members still had some fuel left in his tank. Lead singer Thom Yorke immersed himself in recording the soundtrack to the motion picture Suspiria and almost immediately headed back out onto […]

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Photo Gallery: Ministry at The Forge of Joliet

Photo Gallery: Ministry at The Forge of Joliet

| December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

It was a homecoming of sorts at The Forge last Thursday as Ministry returned to the Chicago area where their careers got started on Wax Trax Records. As expected Al Jourgensen dominated the night,  backed by his dynamic 2018 version of the band. Ed Spinelli captured all the action.  

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Live Review: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Live Review: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats Aragon Ballroom Thursday, November 29, 2018 On Thursday, radio station WKQX closed the first of five nights of its “The Nights We Stole Christmas” series at the Aragon Ballroom with a sold-out headlining set by Denver’s Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. The sweat-soaked performance began with the deep […]

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Media: December 2018

Media: December 2018

| December 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

As 2018 comes to an end and a new year begins, it’s time once again to pay tribute to the people who passed away this year. Once again, we lost some of the all-time Chicago greats. Among them, the long-time anchor and reporter Warner Saunders. Saunders’ award-winning 29-year stint at NBC-5 in Chicago touched countless […]

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Cover Story: Old 97s

Cover Story: Old 97s

| December 1, 2018 | 1 Comment

Rhett Miller tried incredibly hard not to let it bother him. He really did. But then he made the unfortunate mistake of looking up the numbers, and the usually calm, cool, and collected Old 97s bandleader went ballistic because the numbers didn’t lie. “Last Christmas” by frickin’ George Michael — God rest his soul — […]

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