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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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Photo Gallery: Wolf Alice at Metro

Photo Gallery: Wolf Alice at Metro

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The British quartet Wolf Alice simply eviscerated Chicago’s Metro during their sold-out show on Friday night. The band has not so quietly become one of the finest live bands from the UK, powered by their stunning 2017 top ten critics album “Visions of a Life. Curt Baran powered through the impossibly crowded Metro photo pit […]

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Cover Story: Judas Priest [Updated]

Cover Story: Judas Priest [Updated]

| April 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

After an impressive five-decades long career, British heavy metal pioneers Judas Priest show no signs of slowing down with the release of their explosive 18th full-length studio album Firepower (released March 9 on Epic Records). On 14 blistering tracks, Priest delivers the indisputable, classic heavy metal sound that hearkens back to the band’s heyday. The […]

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Media: April 2018

Media: April 2018

| April 1, 2018 | 1 Comment

I was 23 years old the day I walked into the Loop offices for the first time. After getting rejections from the other rock stations in Chicago (and there were quite a few at the time), I had thrown a Hail Mary pass to the biggest of them all, The Loop. I wrote a letter […]

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Photo Gallery: Justin Timberlake at United Center

Photo Gallery: Justin Timberlake at United Center

| March 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

From boy band member from Tennesee to pop music superstar, Justin Timberlake has been no stranger to success. Basking in the afterglow of his recent Super Bowl performance, he brought his “Man Of The Woods” tour to United Center for the first of two nights (and he returns AGAIN this October). Curt Baran pulled his […]

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Photo: Gallery: Puddles Pity Party at The Vic Theatre

Photo: Gallery: Puddles Pity Party at The Vic Theatre

| March 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Since he broke out on America’s Got Talent, Puddles has amused and entertained audiences with his sad clown persona, a killer voice, and an vaudevillian shtick. He’s an odd yolking of vintage Andy Kaufman-style performance art and kinescope-era variety acts, like the pioneers of television including Milton Berle and Sid Ceasar. Ed Spinneli was knocked […]

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Photo Gallery & Live Review: The Zombies at City Winery

Photo Gallery & Live Review: The Zombies at City Winery

| March 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Zombies City Winery Monday, March 19, 2018 Review by Jeff Elbel Photos by Philamonjaro On Monday, March 19, British Invasion icons the Zombies returned to City Winery for the first of two nights. The band displayed its impressive range from the jump, beginning with the full-tilt blues rock of Bo Diddley’s “Road Runner” followed […]

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Cover Story: Ministry [Updated]

Cover Story: Ministry [Updated]

| March 24, 2018 | 1 Comment

Chicago’s beloved industrial metal machine Ministry is back. After the sudden death of longtime guitarist and friend Mike Scaccia in 2012, leader/vocalist Al Jourgensen decided to put Ministry on indefinite hiatus. During the band’s downtime, “Uncle Al” spawned a side project, Surgical Meth Machine, and released a self-titled debut record in 2015. It was pretty […]

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Photo Gallery: Michael Schenker Fest at Riverside Theatre

Photo Gallery: Michael Schenker Fest at Riverside Theatre

| March 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

After a sturdy sold-out show at Concord Music Hall,  former UFO and Scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker took his cast of thousands to Milwaukee. Ed Spinelli captured the German guitar pioneer in the Cream City. Read our interview with Schenker in our print and mobile editions

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