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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2018 – Day Three

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2018 – Day Three

| September 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

As the 2018 version of Riot Fest plowed into its third day, July weather returned full stop, beating down on the thousands who assembled for performances from (insert deep breath here) Pronoun, No Small Children, Just Friends, Calpurina, Kevin Devine, JD McPherson, Fear, SWMRS, Johnny Marr, The Dangerous Summer, The Audition, Suicidal Tendencies, Superchunk, Dillinger […]

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2018 – Day Two

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2018 – Day Two

| September 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Day Two of Riot Fest was greeted by arguably the best weather the festival has ever seen. It was also the hardest hitting line-up of the weekend. Attendees were baptized by sunshine, cool breezes and sets from Beach Bunny, Total Chaos, Badflower, The Frights, Piebald, Lower Class Brats, Health, Mannequin Pussy, Gary Numan, Reignwolf, Twin […]

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2018 – Day One

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2018 – Day One

| September 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The 2018 version of Riot Fest, in the tradition that is life in Chicago, hit a few speed bumps on its way to Douglas Park. The rollout leading up to Day One was a bit dramatic. Headliners Blink-182 had to cancel for health reasons at the eleventh hour and their understudies,  Weezer were announced only […]

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Hello My Name is Andrew W.K.

Hello My Name is Andrew W.K.

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Like Alexander the Great centuries before him, mega-metaller Andrew W.K. is probably weeping because he has no more worlds to conquer. Justifiably so. After recording 2001’s I Get Wet – a multi-tracked ELO-meets-Sweet-at-Slayer-junction masterpiece so addictive that we guarantee that there will be days you’ll wake up needing to hear it right then, this […]

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Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2018 – Undercard Picks

Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2018 – Undercard Picks

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest returns for its 14th year in to historical Douglas Park at Chicago at Ogden & Ashland. From its humble beginnings in small clubs to its current incarnation as a classic punk and hip-hop celebration each Fall, Riot Fest has a connection to Chicago like no other festival. Here are some of our must-see […]

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Cover Story: The Voidz

Cover Story: The Voidz

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

  “A man’s got to know his limitations,” Clint Eastwood once observed as the defiant renegade cop Dirty Harry. Similarly unforgiving Strokes bandleader Julian Casablancas is still gradually discovering his own with his latest splinter combo –initially dubbed Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, now known simply as The Voidz – and its sleek, sophisticated sophomore […]

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Cover Story: Johnny Marr

Cover Story: Johnny Marr

| September 13, 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: Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band at BMO Harris Pavillion

Photo Gallery: Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band at BMO Harris Pavillion

| September 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

The famous Beatles second drummer was joined (“with a little help from his friends”) in Milwaukee by and a famous band including Colin Hay from Men at Work (“Who Can It be Now”, “Land Down Under”), Steve Lukather from Toto (“Africa”, “Hold The Line”, “Roseanna”), Gregg Rolie from Santana (“Black Magic Woman”, “Evil Ways”) and […]

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Stage Buzz: Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live at Arcada Theatre [Updated with Photo Gallery]

Stage Buzz: Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live at Arcada Theatre [Updated with Photo Gallery]

| September 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hard rock pioneers Deep Purple are one of the fortunate bands that have had multiple legendary, Hall Of Fame members, and Glenn Hughes (who replaced Roger Glover/and Ian Gillan) performed with the band as co-lead vocalist (with David Coverdale) in their California Jam heyday (1973-1976), is a favorite for many DP fans. After musical stints […]

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Stage Buzz: Jay Aston’s Gene Love Jezebel at Bottom Lounge

Stage Buzz: Jay Aston’s Gene Love Jezebel at Bottom Lounge

| September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Like the Davies (The Kinks) and Gallagher (Oasis) brothers, Jay and Mike Aston have had a hard time getting along both personally and legally, so Gene Loves Jezebel has been offering two touring versions of the band for quite some time. Like the two versions of UB40, it’s “hard to keep track of players without […]

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Photo Gallery: Fall Out Boy and Rise Against at Wrigley Field

Photo Gallery: Fall Out Boy and Rise Against at Wrigley Field

| September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

For the entirety of the concert going season this summer at Wrigley Field, it has been the “away” teams that have dominated. Well, all that changed this past weekend when home-towners Fall Out Boy brought their Mania Tour to the baseball cathedral at the corner of Clark and Addison. The Chicago natives also bolstered up […]

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Stage Buzz: The Way Down Wanderers at City Winery

Stage Buzz: The Way Down Wanderers at City Winery

| September 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Way Down Wanderers City Winery Chicago Sunday, September 9 Recalling the sounds of WLS’s vintage Barn Dances with more modern nu-grass like the Avett Brothers and The Ghost of Paul Revere, Chicago’s Way Down Wanderers live it and play it authentically as a modern folk band blessed with layered and rich harmonies and soul. […]

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Photo Gallery: Metallica at The Kohl Center

Photo Gallery: Metallica at The Kohl Center

| September 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli brought his all-weather gear to a rain soaked Kohl Center in Madison for Metallica’s North-American tour, Fall kick-off. Heavy effects and pyro complimented a set balancing old classics and newer material, including a surprise cover of “Stupid Girl” by Garbage. Set List Hardwired Atlas, Rise! Seek & Destroy Cyanide Fade to Black Now […]

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Stage Buzz Q & A: Ed Kowalczyk of Live

Stage Buzz Q & A: Ed Kowalczyk of Live

| September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

On the surface, it resembles any other cleverly-conceived summer shed tour – alt-rock powerhouse Live co-headlining a massive jaunt with folk-rocking combo Counting Crows, celebrating the 25th anniversaries of both. Great bang for your concert buck, all told. But to Live leader Ed Kowalczyk – who acrimoniously quit the band in 2009, then later rejoined […]

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Photo Gallery: Govt Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: Govt Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured an evening of roots and jam bands in the shadow of Interstate 80 in Tinley Park with 3 bands that also seem to enjoy each other’s company.   Govt Mule Avett Brothers Magpie Salute

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