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Recap & Photo Gallery: The Smashing Pumpkins at United Center

Recap & Photo Gallery: The Smashing Pumpkins at United Center

| August 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year, rumors began to swirl that Billy Corgan was “getting the band back together” to borrow a phrase from The Blues Brothers. Although the Smashing Pumpkins frontman had always continued to tour and record with different musical configurations under the same moniker, this loose talk concerned the four original members: Billy, drummer Jimmy […]

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Stage Buzz : The Dead Daisies at The Forge

Stage Buzz : The Dead Daisies at The Forge

| August 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blasting off like a screaming rocket in 2013, The Dead Daisies (TDD) have watched its fan base explode into a worldwide phenomenon. In just five short years, TDD has released four studio albums, two EPs, and a double live record. The band, featuring guitarist/co-founder David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink), John Corabi (ex-Mötley Crüe, The Scream), […]

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Live Review: Jay-Z and Beyoncé at Soldier Field

Live Review: Jay-Z and Beyoncé at Soldier Field

| August 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Soldier Field, Chicago Friday, August 10, 2018 “What’s better than one billionaire?” rapped Jay-Z during “Family Feud” at the first of two Soldier Field stops for the “On The Run II” Tour (that continues Saturday, August 11), before answering with an emphatic “two!” He was, of course, referring to “the most incredible […]

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Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Chicago 2018 – Day One

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Chicago 2018 – Day One

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

The granddaddy of all festivals arrived in Chicago this past weekend, kicking off its annual residency in Grant Park. Tens of thousands of music fans infested the city’s spectacular front yard, faced with the daunting task of choosing between an upwards of fifty or so acts on a daily basis. It makes a music junkie […]

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Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Chicago 2018 – Day Two

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Chicago 2018 – Day Two

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lollapalooza showed no signs of slowing down on Day Two, with early performances from Dream Wife, Mobley and Clairo as proof that music’s future is in excellent shape. And there were continued affirmations from Post Animal, Dermot Kennedy, Lizzo, Lauv, Bebe Rexha, The Neighbourhood, Post Malone, Grew Van Fleet and north end headliners The National. […]

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Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Chicago 2018 – Day Three

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Chicago 2018 – Day Three

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Grant Park started to resemble a Steinbeck novel on Day 3. July’s lack of rain and Saturday’s suffocating heat and stiff wind gusts turned a previously lush oasis into a dust bowl. Bandannas were repurposed into Bandido-style face masks (including those inspired by anti-violence protests on Lake Shore Drive), and sunglasses became makeshift ski goggles […]

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Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Chicago 2018 – Day Four

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Chicago 2018 – Day Four

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Day 4 of Lollapalooza continued the previous days theme of oppressive heat and dusty conditions. The pace of the early arrivals felt like life in slow motion, with most hunkered down in the shade, watching and listening to bands a safe distance front the front of the stages. As the afternoon rolled on, the crowds […]

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Photo Gallery: Godsmack with Shinedown and Like A Storm at HCA

Photo Gallery: Godsmack with Shinedown and Like A Storm at HCA

| August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli made the trek to his summer home in Tinley Park to capture the more anticipated hard rock triple bill shed tours of the summer.  

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Photo Gallery: Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson at HBP at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: Jeff Beck, Paul Rodgers and Ann Wilson at HBP at Northerly Island

| August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Rock royalty landed at the former Meigs field Sunday. Guitar pioneer Jeff Back along with Bad Company and Free vocalist Paul Rodgers, plus Ann Wilson of Heart. Ed Spinelli was on the runway (and the photo pit) next to the big X.

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Photo Gallery: Greta Van Fleet and Dorothy and the Vic

Photo Gallery: Greta Van Fleet and Dorothy and the Vic

| August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli caught up with two of Lollapalooza’s most rocking organic bands at a Lolla aftershow at Belmont and Sheffield in Lakeview on Friday.  

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Cover Story: Børns

Cover Story: Børns

| July 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today Garrett Borns might be the foppish baroque-pop trendsetter who records as simply Børns, with three adventurous albums to his credit, including the new Blue Madonna, his second for Interscope. But there was a time not so long ago when the Michigan native was at the mercy of a pack of marauding masked bandits after […]

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Media: August 2018

Media: August 2018

| July 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

WDRV disc jockey Byrd is a rock jock out of central casting. He looks and sounds the part so much that you get the feeling if there was ever an injury to a band member of any group he was introducing on stage any given night, Byrd could fill in at the drop of a […]

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Photo Gallery: Sylvan Esso at the Vic Theatre

Photo Gallery: Sylvan Esso at the Vic Theatre

| July 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

It may not have been an actual weekend evening, but Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn sure made it feel like one. The Durham, North Carolina duo collectively know as Sylvan Esso sold out two shows in Chicago earlier this week. One at the Riviera in the city’s Uptown neighborhood and night two at The Vic […]

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Photo Gallery: Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field

Photo Gallery: Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field

| July 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dave Grohl was quite the congenial host on Sunday night. The Foo Fighters’ frontman had gathered tens of thousands of guests and welcomed them into what felt like his backyard. It’s just that on this particular evening his playground was the baseball temple that is Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The former Nirvana drummer played the role […]

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Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 – Day One

Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 – Day One

| July 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 officially arrived this past weekend in Union Park on Chicago’s West Side to celebrate what is both new and old in music. Cultural and business participants included CHIRP’s massive record fair – as well as a bevy clothing, art and book booths. But the emphasis is always music at Pitchfork […]

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