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Photo Gallery: Sleigh Bells at Metro

Photo Gallery: Sleigh Bells at Metro

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Brooklyn’s Sleigh Bells (vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Edward Miller) unleashed a torrent of sound and pummeling lights on a willing Metro audience Tuesday. On tour to support their latest release Jessica Rabbit, the band yolked volume and a pupil dilating light-show into a hurricane force performance. Curt Baran dropped himself into the eye […]

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Photo Gallery: Cold War Kids at The Riviera

Photo Gallery: Cold War Kids at The Riviera

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Long Beach’s Cold War Kids were apparently so excited to hit the road this spring, they didn’t bother to wait for the release of their latest album La Divine (coming April 7). Obviously, the West Coast quintet made the right call, because they were greeted by a sold-out Riviera Theater crowd when the band landed […]

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Photo Gallery: The Band Perry at Lincoln Hall

Photo Gallery: The Band Perry at Lincoln Hall

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

In advance of their forthcoming album, My Bad Imagination, The Band Perry has taken a unique promotional approach. The Grammy winning trio has embarked on what they’re calling a series of “Pop-Up Shows.” Specifically, seven concerts in seven cities, played in the round, in considerably more intimate spaces then the arenas they are accustomed to […]

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Photo Gallery – Panic at the Disco at Allstate Arena

Photo Gallery – Panic at the Disco at Allstate Arena

| March 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

Rosemont’s Allstate Arena was packed from floor to the rafters, as Brendon’s Urie’s faithful came out in droves for the Death of a Bachelor Tour featuring Panic At The Disco. The merch lines snaked their way through every corridor, seemingly overlapping each swag-station in an oval around the building’s interior. Those in attendance squealed for […]

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Photo Gallery: Kings of Leon at United Center

Photo Gallery: Kings of Leon at United Center

| March 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Nashville’s Kings Of Leon were forced to cancel their Chicago show in January when drummer Nathan Followill came down with pneumonia. The quartet assured their fans that when they were all healed, they would return. Being men of their word, the brothers Followill (Caleb, Nathan and Jared, along with cousin Matthew Followill) returned to United […]

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Photo Gallery – Sting at Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery – Sting at Aragon Ballroom

| March 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Police bassist Sting returned to his roots Friday, supporting his new album 57th and 9th with a tour at the legendary Aragon Ballroom. Looking 20 years younger than his 65 years, the bellboy from Quadrophenia defied time visually and vocally – splitting his set between Police classics and music from his new album. We’ll have […]

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Photo Gallery: Uli Jon Roth at Reggie’s and Arcada Theater

Photo Gallery: Uli Jon Roth at Reggie’s and Arcada Theater

| March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Legendary Scorpions guitarist and Sky Guitars founder Uli Jon Roth had Chicagoland covered this weekend, performing 2 shows – back to back at Reggie’s in the South Loop and St. Charles’ Arcada Theater. Ed Spinelli had IE covered with some assistance from Gene Ambo in the pit.

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Media: March 2017

Media: March 2017

| March 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

At the beginning of the 2016 season, WGN Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper got some excellent advice.  “One of my best friends is a non-fiction author and we talk about writing all the time. We met for breakfast last year just before spring training and he said ‘You should keep a journal this year. It’ll be […]

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Cover Story: Mastodon

Cover Story: Mastodon

| February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

That which doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger, goes the old maxim. But in the case of sludge-heavy prog-metal quartet Mastodon, mortality can occasionally offer a surprising new strength, as well. As in the recent honor bestowed upon the group by Dan Weiss, the executive producer of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, […]

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Photo Gallery: Tove Lo at HOB Chicago

Photo Gallery: Tove Lo at HOB Chicago

| February 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

  IE’s Curt Baran hit the pit at Chicago’s House of Blues to capture Tove Lo, who currently graces the cover of our February 2017 issue. She’s currently on the road in support of her sophomore release Lady Wood, while gearing up for stadium dates as the opening act for Coldplay. This time around, she […]

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Photo Gallery: Doyle Bramhall @ Shank Hall

Photo Gallery: Doyle Bramhall @ Shank Hall

| February 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

IE’s Ed Spinelli captured acclaimed guitarist and producer (Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Tedeschi Trucks Band) Doyle Bramhall II at the legendary Shank Hall in the Cream City (Milwaukee) Wenesday. Here is his photo evidence.  

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Stage Buzz: Overkill at Concord Hall

Stage Buzz: Overkill at Concord Hall

| February 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

New Jersey’s “Wrecking Crew”  and old guard thrash metal kings, Overkill are back with their 18th album, The Grinding Wheel on February 10th. The 2017 line-up features members vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, bassist D.D. Verni, guitarists Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer and drummer Ron Lipnicki, all intact and energized. The Grinding Wheel is the perfect […]

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Stage Buzz: DevilDriver at Portage Theater

Stage Buzz: DevilDriver at Portage Theater

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

California groove-metal machine, DevilDriver have returned with a ferocious seventh album, Trust No One. On 10 tracks, vocalist Dez Fafara is like a ticking time bomb ready to explode. With a dose of anger and brutal rants about life being destroyed by trust, this is Fafara at his cynical best. Gearing up for their first […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Andrew Bird at Allstate Arena

Live Review and Gallery: Andrew Bird at Allstate Arena

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Andrew Bird Friday, January 20, 2017 Allstate Arena A week after performing for A Prairie Home Companion at Symphony Center, Andrew Bird returned to open for the Lumineers at Allstate Arena. Showing his hometown roots, Andrew Bird marveled at finding himself onstage at the former “Rosemont Horizon.” He stopped short of naming shows he had […]

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Recap and Gallery: Future Islands at House Of Vans Chicago

Recap and Gallery: Future Islands at House Of Vans Chicago

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a city filled with storied musical venues, the prevailing attitude seems to be that there’s always room for more. So this past weekend, the creative community welcomed House of Vans Chicago. Situated on the city’s near west side, the new venture is a bit of an anomaly. On its first official night, it was […]

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