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Photo Gallery: Amyl & The Sniffers at Logan Square Auditorium • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Amyl & The Sniffers at Logan Square Auditorium • Chicago

| May 15, 2022

Amyl & The Sniffers Logan Square Auditorium Chicago, IL May 14, 2022 Words and photos by Curt Baran Since their inception in 2016, Australia’s Amyl & The Sniffers have earned themselves a reputation as a combustible live act. Not surprising, considering their brand of Stooges-meets-Yeah Yeah Yeah’s always receives extra emphasis from lead singer Amy […]

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Photo Gallery: Sleaford Mods at Thalia Hall • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Sleaford Mods at Thalia Hall • Chicago

| May 13, 2022

Sleaford Mods Thalia Hall Chicago, IL May 11, 2022 Recap and photos by Curt Baran Sleaford Mods are pissed! Not surprising, given the current state of things. And while they’ve never shied away from spleen-venting in the past, their 2021 release Spare Ribs has certainly upped the anger quotient. The English duo operates in a […]

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Live Review: Steve Hackett at Copernicus Center • Chicago

Live Review: Steve Hackett at Copernicus Center • Chicago

| May 7, 2022

Steve Hacket and his band (Photo: Steven Kikoen)     Steve Hackett Copernicus Center Chicago, IL Thursday, May 5, 2022 Reviewed by Steven Kikoen I first saw Steve Hackett live at The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago in the ‘70s. It was the first Genesis tour after the departure of Peter Gabriel. The previous year, I […]

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Photo Gallery: Patti Smith at Metro • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Patti Smith at Metro • Chicago

| May 6, 2022

Patti Smith Metro Chicago, IL May 4, 2022 Recap and photos by Curt Baran Chicago is privileged to have countless music venues that are worshipped by fans on both the local and national levels. Arguably, none is more venerable than Metro. The Wrigleyville institution celebrates its fourth decade this year and its history is undeniable. […]

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Photo Gallery: Journey and Toto at Allstate Arena • Rosemont

Photo Gallery: Journey and Toto at Allstate Arena • Rosemont

| May 5, 2022

Journey and Toto Allstate Arena Rosemont, IL Monday May 2, 2022   It was a ’70s and ’80s AOR listeners’ dream at Rosemont’s Allstate Arena Monday Night. IE’s Ed Spinelli captured the sold-out classic rock double bill to a sold-out crowd.

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Stage Buzz: Patti Smith, John 5, Fontaines D.C., Interpol, Saba, Escape The Fate

Stage Buzz: Patti Smith, John 5, Fontaines D.C., Interpol, Saba, Escape The Fate

| May 3, 2022

The legendary Patti Smith and her band will play an intimate hometown show at the Metro this Wednesday, May 4th at 8 PM. You don’t want to miss this, so get tickets here. Death metal band Gatecreeper along with special guests Narrow Head, 200 Stab Wound, and Fearing will play Bottom Lounge on Thursday, May […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Claudettes at The Venue • Aurora

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Claudettes at The Venue • Aurora

| May 2, 2022

The Claudettes The Venue, Aurora, IL Friday, April 29, 2022 Review and photos by Jeff Elbel This year holds the potential for good things for the Claudettes, and the band is working hard to make up for the lost time. The Chicago-based quartet released High Times in the Dark in early 2020 to a strong response from […]

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Media: May 2022 • WGN’s Dave Plier

Media: May 2022 • WGN’s Dave Plier

| May 1, 2022

  WGN Radio’s Dave Plier’s interest in the media began at a very young age. “Getting to see the Bozo show when I was a kid really did it. I saw the set there, and I remember thinking it was so small. I had no idea it was like that. It intrigued me and fascinated […]

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Cover Story: PUP • “Finding Balance”

Cover Story: PUP • “Finding Balance”

| May 1, 2022

Everyone remembers where they were in March 2020. Toronto punks PUP just started their spring tour, when suddenly they were told to pack it up and go home. Instead of spending their nights playing to fervent fans around the world, they were sitting on their couches trying to fend off boredom. Frontman Stefan Babcock couldn’t […]

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Photo Gallery: Mastodon and Opeth with Khemiss at The Riviera Theatre • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Mastodon and Opeth with Khemiss at The Riviera Theatre • Chicago

| April 30, 2022

Mastodon/Opeth Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL April 28th, 2022 Recap and photos by Curt Baran Oh did the heaviness arrive in Uptown on Thursday night! Metal stalwarts Mastodon and Opeth have teamed up for a co-headlining tour that recently touched down at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre. Atlanta’s Mastodon took the direct approach by simply pummeling attendees into […]

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Photo Gallery: Big Thief at The Riviera Theatre • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Big Thief at The Riviera Theatre • Chicago

| April 26, 2022

Big Thief Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL April 25th, 2022 Words and photos by Curt Baran Expect to see Big Thief’s fifth album Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You on a great many year-end, best of 2022 lists. The Brooklyn quartet has seen its popularity grow exponentially since its 2015 inception. The band has hit […]

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Photo Gallery: LP at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

Photo Gallery: LP at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

| April 26, 2022

LP Vic Theatre Chicago, IL April 24th, 2022 Even the most astute of music nerds might not recognize the name Laura Pergolizzi. Perhaps better known under her performing moniker, LP, she has written hits for Cher, Christina Aguilera, Celine Sion, Rihanna, and countless others. Along the way, she’s also carved out a solo career of […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Wilco at Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Wilco at Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

| April 26, 2022

Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 20th Anniversary Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL April 24, 2022 Review by Jeffrey Kotthoff; Additional photos by Jeff Elbel and photos courtesy of Auditorium Theatre/Andy Argyrakis Wilco’s 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was born of dysfunction and chaos. For most bands, the idea of looking back and celebrating what by all accounts […]

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Stage Buzz: Ho99o9, Mastodon, Charlie XCX, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Disclosure

Stage Buzz: Ho99o9, Mastodon, Charlie XCX, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Disclosure

| April 24, 2022

  Hip hop/punk rock group Ho99o9 and N8NOFACE will bring their chaotic show to Subterranean this Tuesday, April 26th. Doors open at 7 PM. You can still get tickets here. Don’t miss Mastodon at the Riviera Theatre with Opeth this Thursday, April 28th at 7 PM. Find tickets here. John Mayer brings his Sob Rock […]

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Photo Gallery: Lorde at Chicago Theatre • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Lorde at Chicago Theatre • Chicago

| April 24, 2022

Lorde Chicago Theatre Chicago, IL April 22nd, 2022 Photos and recap by Curt Baran Lorde’s Solar Power tour arrived in Chicago this past weekend for two shows at the city’s acoustically perfect Chicago Theatre. The New Zealand native used the building’s interior to her advantage, going from a whisper to a scream and all points in […]

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