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Photo Gallery: Courtney Barnett at Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center

Photo Gallery: Courtney Barnett at Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center

| May 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you.” Nothing could have been further from the truth when Courtney Barnett sang that line from her song “Pedestrian at Best.” The native Australian just released her second long player Tell Me How You Really Feel and is celebrating the occasion with a brief tour in […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: U2 at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: U2 at United Center

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

U2 United Center, Chicago Tuesday, May 22, 2018 A mere three years ago, U2 set up shop at the United Center for five nights to unveil its ambitious “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” concept, accompanied by a boundary-breaking, technologically-innovative visual assault. Bono and the boys then pressed “pause” on the project to celebrate the 30thanniversary of *The […]

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Photo Gallery: Sons of Apollo at Arcada Theatre

Photo Gallery: Sons of Apollo at Arcada Theatre

| May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy are arguably the greatest hard rock rhythm section of all time, and their newest supergroup Sons of Apollo delivered a dynamic and sometimes awe-inspring show at the Arcada last week. Their bandmates Derik Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto and Ron “Bumblefoot Thal more than held their own and are […]

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Photo Gallery: The Kills at House of Vans

Photo Gallery: The Kills at House of Vans

| May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Chicago’s House of Vans has become a viable nightspot in Chicago’s music landscape over the past 15 months since their grand opening in 2017. As part of their Get On Board:A Celebration of Women’s Skateboarding, the shoemaker invited The Kills to their Elizabeth Street HQ. Accustomed to playing larger clubs and theaters, the American-British duo […]

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Stage Buzz Q&A: Utopia at Chicago Theatre May 22

Stage Buzz Q&A: Utopia at Chicago Theatre May 22

| May 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The 32-year wait to coax Todd Rundgren’s Utopia back into touring America may have felt like forever, but it’s finally over and on its way to visiting the iconic Chicago Theatre. Not only will faithful score two comprehensive sets classified by cerebral progressive rock selections and straight-up power pop, but this particular stop will also […]

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Stage Buzz: Hello My Name is… Jonathan Davis [Updated: Photo Gallery at House of Blues Chicago]

Stage Buzz: Hello My Name is… Jonathan Davis [Updated: Photo Gallery at House of Blues Chicago]

| May 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

IE’s Curt Baran caught Korn’s Jonanthan Davis at a rare intimate show Sunday at House Of Blues Chicago with New Jersey hardcore stalwarts, Palisades. Sundays will never be the same. Read our Q&A with Davis below.     Our Q&A with Jonathan Davis from May 2018 Illinois Entertainer Print & Mobile Editions To any fans […]

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Cover Story: Dorothy

Cover Story: Dorothy

| April 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the music industry, never underestimate the sound man. From his back-of-club vantage point, he usually sees – and knows – all. Two years ago, singer Dorothy Martin was playing a small San Francisco nightclub with her namesake outfit Dorothy, to a rabid crowd of mostly teenaged girls, who had copied the quasi-Goth look she […]

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Media: May 2018

Media: May 2018

| April 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you’re a big fan of WFLD-TV News (Fox 32) in Chicago, you might have noticed that their ace investigative reporter Dane Placko hasn’t been on the air for about a month. Don’t worry. He isn’t the victim of budget cuts. He hasn’t been demoted. He didn’t get hired away by the networks. He just […]

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Photo Gallery: Matt and Kim at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Matt and Kim at The Riviera Theatre

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Exuberant!! When using the word in association with Matt and Kim, it’s entitled to more than one exclamation point. The Brooklyn duo bounded onto the stage at the start of their recent performance at the Riviera Theatre and their intensity and enthusiasm never ebbed. Curt Baran found a valued free parking spot in Uptown and […]

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Photo Gallery: Five Seconds of Summer at House of Blues Chicago

Photo Gallery: Five Seconds of Summer at House of Blues Chicago

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

The line to get in the venue snaked down the sidewalk adjacent to House of Blues, and continued south, crossing the Chicago River, then turned east on West Wacker Drive. Punk-poppers 5 Seconds of Summer were in town and playing a venue much more intimate that their rabid fan base has been accustomed to. Once […]

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Stage Buzz: Record Store Day 2018

Stage Buzz: Record Store Day 2018

| April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Record Store Day “goes to 11” in 2018 (eleven years and counting)! Though it has had its share of critics over the years – mainly because of overpriced “limited editions” for some titles, and “vinyl touts” flipping the good stuff online soon after the event is over – it’s hard to argue with the […]

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Photo Gallery: Margo Price at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: Margo Price at Thalia Hall

| April 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Margo Price’s past reads like most classic country song, except her version is not fiction. The former Aledo, Illinois native suffered through obscurity, poverty, tragedy and even jail time. She watched her father lose their family farm, left college at the age of 20 to pursue a career in music, that eventually brought her to […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Darkness at Park West

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Darkness at Park West

| April 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Darkness Park West, Chicago, IL Wednesday, April 11, 2018 He’ll take your coat. He’ll share his water bottle if you appear to be parched. He’ll pull you onstage if you’re wearing his favorite shirt (the one bearing his own first name in lightning-strike font). Is there anything Justin Hawkins or his bandmates in the […]

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Photo Gallery: Sloppy Jane at Happy Gallery

Photo Gallery: Sloppy Jane at Happy Gallery

| April 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

L.A. collective Sloppy Jane are equal parts rock show/performance art/traveling circus. Lead by resident hellion Haley Dahl, the band’s size can shrink or swell at will. When they touched down at Happy Gallery this past week, the impossibly huge ensemble crammed bodies and musical instruments into an improbably small space. Of course, no matter the […]

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Photo Gallery: Dan Auerbach at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Dan Auerbach at The Riviera Theatre

| April 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Though he’s currently on a sabbatical from his “other” band, The Black Keys, that doesn’t mean bassist/guitarist Dan Auerbach is simply kicking back and soaking his feet. He recently released his second solo album Waiting On A Song, and almost immediately hit the road to play it live. His touring bands consists of a whole […]

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