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Photo Gallery: Bootsy Collins at Chicago Music Exchange

Photo Gallery: Bootsy Collins at Chicago Music Exchange

| November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Legendary James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band bassist Bootsy Collins co-hosted a “meet and greet” at Chicago Music Exchange in conjunction with DR Strings. IE’s Eddie Spinelli captured the infectious and influential Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Famer on a chilly Saturday.

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Live Review/Gallery – Elton John at the Tax Slayer Center

Live Review/Gallery – Elton John at the Tax Slayer Center

| November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Elton John TaxSlayer Center, Moline Friday, November 10, 2017 Nearly every season in Elton John’s illustrious career is filled with some sort of milestone, but perhaps more than any in recent memory, the last year prompted several reasons to celebrate. For starters, the international superstar released his 30th studio album Wonderful Crazy Night (the first […]

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Stage Buzz: [Updated with Gallery] Doyle at The Forge of Joliet

Stage Buzz: [Updated with Gallery] Doyle at The Forge of Joliet

| November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Under the eponymous Doyle banner, the dominating ex-Misfits axeman has conjured up 13 metallic horror-punk tracks on his sophomore solo effort that was released this past summer, Doyle II: As We Die. Currently on his As We Die World Tour, Doyle (real name Paul Caiafa) and his band – vocalist Alex “Wolfman” Story, bassist […]

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Recap/Gallery: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theater

Recap/Gallery: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theater

| November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Widespread Panic The Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI Widespread Panic didn’t make it to the Windy City this year, so Ed Spinelli packed up the Plymouth Voyager min-van and went to one of the bands favorite hot spots – Milwaukee! Panic have been hosting their Fall, 3-day weekends in the Cream City for a decade. The […]

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Photo Gallery – The National at House Of Vans

Photo Gallery – The National at House Of Vans

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  The National’s already busy schedule just became a bit more crowded. The Cincinnati quintet has already sold out two shows at Chicago’s Civic Opera House taking place later this month. But when a very popular former President (last name Obama) calls, well, what’s a left-leaning indie rock band to do but answer the call. […]

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Feature: Violent Femmes

Feature: Violent Femmes

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Folk-punk progenitors Violent Femmes, the Milwaukee-based band defined the genre with their biggest hit, “Blister in the Sun,” from the 1983 self-titled debut album. Enduring a couple of hiatuses throughout their 36-plus year career, the band — original members vocalist/guitarist Gordon Gano and bassist/vocalist/xylophonist Brian Ritchie, along with newly-appointed drummer John Sparrow — have […]

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Media: November 2017

Media: November 2017

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tom Shaer’s career in Chicago media includes stints as the morning man (and first voice ever) on the Score, ESPN AM 1000, morning sports anchor on WBBM News radio, and TV sports anchor at Channel 5, among other positions, but the Massachusetts native got his start in the business in Boston, and he did it […]

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Cover Story: William Patrick Corgan

Cover Story: William Patrick Corgan

| November 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

When the Jedi Master speaks, the humble light saber student must sit quietly at his feet and listen. And Smashing Pumpkins anchor Billy Corgan – who has recently re-dubbed himself with the more mature moniker of William Patrick Corgan, under which he just released the skeletal, Rick Rubin-produced solo set Oglilala, one of his best […]

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Reacap/Gallery: Flogging Molly at Limelight Metroplex

Reacap/Gallery: Flogging Molly at Limelight Metroplex

| October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Flogging Molly, the Detroit based seven-piece, played an electric two-hour set at the Limelight Eventplex in Peoria, Saturday. It was the band’s first visit to Whiskeytown in support of their latest studio album, Life Is Good. Their mix of traditional Irish music and punk rock hit the mark with a crowd spanning three generations. […]

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Photo Gallery: Katy Perry at United Center

Photo Gallery: Katy Perry at United Center

| October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Katy Perry United Center, Chicago Tuesday, October 24, 2017 It was a “Teenage Dream” come true when Katy Perry brought “Witness: The Tour” to the United Center for the opening of a two-night stand. While IE only had a window of “Roulette,” “Dark Horse” and “Chained To The Rhythm” to snap away like cray cray, […]

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Photo Gallery: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins at the Arcada Theatre

Photo Gallery: Stephen Stills & Judy Collins at the Arcada Theatre

| October 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

After 50 years of friendship and two dynamic musical journeys, Ed Spinelli caught these two singer/songwriter legends together at the Arcada in St. Charles.

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Photo Gallery: UFO with Saxon at Star Plaza Theater

Photo Gallery: UFO with Saxon at Star Plaza Theater

| October 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

35 years after their legendary 1982 U.S. Tour (stopping in Chicago at the International Amphitheater) – UFO and Saxon showed they still have plenty of rock left in the tank at the Star Plaza. Jared James Nichols opened the show. Ed Spinelli caught the action like it was Nineteen Eighty-Two!

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Photo Gallery: Bourbon & Beyond Festival – Day 1

Photo Gallery: Bourbon & Beyond Festival – Day 1

| October 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured two days of booze and music in the hot sun at ground zero in historic Louisville, KY – featuring some of the best in artists in blues, alternative and country rock including Dave Cavalier, Fantastic Negrito, Shawn James & The Shapeshifters, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, ZZ Ward, Buddy Guy, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Band […]

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Photo Gallery: Bourbon & Beyond Festival – Day 2

Photo Gallery: Bourbon & Beyond Festival – Day 2

| October 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

On Day 2 in Louisville, the heat didn’t back down and neither did the music – featuring more of the best in blues, alternative and country rock including Caitlyn Smith, Kiefer Sutherland, Jonny Lang, Nikki Lane, Trombone Shorty, G Love and Special Sauce, Gary Clark Jr., Paul Rodgers, Joe Bonamassa and Stevie Nicks.  

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Photo Gallery: Against Me! at Concord Music Hall

Photo Gallery: Against Me! at Concord Music Hall

| October 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

The mesmerizing Laura Jane Grace brought her thoroughly pummeling quartet Against Me! to  Concord Music Hall as part of the Shape Shift With Me tour. Curt Baran captured their set along with Los Angeles’ Bleached, who treated the crowd to an energetic set of Ramones-meet-’60s-Girl-Group tunes.    

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