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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 and Neko Case at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

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

| June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ray LaMontagne and 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 | 0 Comments

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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Photo Gallery: Dave Herrero Band with Marty Sammon plus special guests Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos at 210 Live

Photo Gallery: Dave Herrero Band with Marty Sammon plus special guests Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos at 210 Live

| June 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

210 Live in Highwood pulled out all the stops when Dave Herrero and his Band joined forces with keyboardist Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy, Otis Rush), and very special guests Cesar Rosas and David Hidalgo of Los Lobos. Adding to the festivities Friday was talent buyer and stalwart blues guitarist Dave Katzman and jazz keyboardist Judy […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Primus and Mastodon at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Primus and Mastodon at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

| June 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

On paper and in concert, this is an odd bill: Primus, a quirky and influential alternative band from the 1990s, touring with Mastodon, a contemporary metal band at the peak of its career. In common, both bands stuck to their artistic visions on Wednesday. Headliners Primus, led by bass virtuoso Les Claypool who virtually reinvented […]

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Stage Buzz: Kraut Fest; Gabriel Sanchez presents The Prince Experience

Stage Buzz: Kraut Fest; Gabriel Sanchez presents The Prince Experience

| June 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Krautfest June 8-10: 3250 Nicholson Rd; Franksville, WI 53126 If you trek north over the border, Krautfest kicks off Wisconsin’s summer festival season, drawing from the Tri-State area to feature everything you’d expect from a classic Wisconsin festival: Beer, brats, fireworks and some amazing bands, including Hoobastank and Saving Abel. Throw in a sauerkraut […]

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Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2018 – Sept 14-16 Douglas Park, Chicago: First Wave

Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2018 – Sept 14-16 Douglas Park, Chicago: First Wave

| June 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest continues its tradition of solid, left of center bookings for the 2018 version of the hometown festival that returns to Douglas Park September 14-16. This year’s fest brings a bevy of artists across dozens of genres on five stages including “First Wave” headliners including Blink-182 and Beck (with a third to be revealed […]

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Photo Gallery: Ace Frehley at Northern Lights Theater

Photo Gallery: Ace Frehley at Northern Lights Theater

| June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kiss’s guitar master and Hall Of Famer performed a surprisingly bluesy set in southern Wisconsin, mixing Kiss hits with original classics. Set list is below. Ed Spinelli caught Ace in action in the Cream City.   Parasite (KISS song) Play Video Rip It Out Play Video Hard Times (KISS song) Play Video Snowblind Play Video […]

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Photo Gallery: Ghost at Riverside Theatre

Photo Gallery: Ghost at Riverside Theatre

| June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Swedish psych-metal stalwarts Ghost at the Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee went beyond fan expectations until tragedy struck shortly before intermission. Jeffrey Fortune from Dane County, WI passed away at set’s end due to natural; causes, despite efforts by paramedics. Ghost posted the following message on their Facebook page: Tonight, in Milwaukee there was a medical […]

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Photo Gallery: Yeah Yeah Yeah’s at Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery: Yeah Yeah Yeah’s at Aragon Ballroom

| June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

It’s been more than five years since New York’s Yeah Yeah Yeahs have released a studio record. Their breakthrough debut, Fever To Tell, turned 15 this year, so instead of any new material, the trio has hit the road supporting a deluxe reissue of that record. The tour is playing a limited number of cities, […]

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Photo Gallery: The Head and the Heart and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats at Huntington Bank Pavilion

Photo Gallery: The Head and the Heart and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats at Huntington Bank Pavilion

| June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Summer is here and the time is right for music being played outdoors. Which is precisely what happened when The Head and the Heart and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Nightsweats kicked off their co-headlining tour at Huntington Bank Pavilion on the shores of Lake Michigan. For The Head and the Heart, this trek is more […]

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Photo Galley: Taylor Swift at Soldier Field

Photo Galley: Taylor Swift at Soldier Field

| June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Taylor Swift is dead. Long live Taylor Swift. At least that’s what her most recent album would have you believe. Taking the stage accompanied by Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation,” Swift sent a pretty clear message that even if the haters gonna hate, Taylor 2.0 is completely nonplussed. “The Swifties,” possibly pop music’s most dedicated fan […]

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Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater: 1935-2018

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater: 1935-2018

| June 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blues legend Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, who passed away on June 1 of heart failure, towered over the Chicago music scene both literally and figuratively. At six feet four, he cut a striking figure, slashing his left-handed guitar with his signature blues, rock and funk riffs. Born in a Mississippi cotton field and nurtured by […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: David Byrne at Auditorium Theatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: David Byrne at Auditorium Theatre

| June 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

In press statements, David Byrne promised that his current tour supporting new album American Utopia would present his most ambitious show since staging the 1983 concerts that became the Jonathan Demme-directed film Stop Making Sense with Talking Heads. On the first of three nights at Chicago’s elegant Auditorium Theatre, Byrne and his cohort of 11 […]

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Photo Gallery: Slayer with Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament at Hollywood Casino Ampthiteatre

Photo Gallery: Slayer with Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament at Hollywood Casino Ampthiteatre

| June 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

With the Open Air Chicago festival on sabbatical in 2018, Slayer brought a mini who’s who of metal to the HCA in Tinley Park last Friday. It also was Slayer’s final appearance in Chicagoland to make the event even more momentous. Ed Spinelli caught the historic night on ‘film.’      

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