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Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater: 1935-2018

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater: 1935-2018

| June 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blues legend Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, who passed away on June 1 of heart failure, towered over the Chicago music scene both literally and figuratively. At six feet four, he cut a striking figure, slashing his left-handed guitar with his signature blues, rock and funk riffs. Born in a Mississippi cotton field and nurtured by […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: David Byrne at Auditorium Theatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: David Byrne at Auditorium Theatre

| June 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

In press statements, David Byrne promised that his current tour supporting new album American Utopia would present his most ambitious show since staging the 1983 concerts that became the Jonathan Demme-directed film Stop Making Sense with Talking Heads. On the first of three nights at Chicago’s elegant Auditorium Theatre, Byrne and his cohort of 11 […]

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Photo Gallery: Slayer with Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament at Hollywood Casino Ampthiteatre

Photo Gallery: Slayer with Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament at Hollywood Casino Ampthiteatre

| June 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

With the Open Air Chicago festival on sabbatical in 2018, Slayer brought a mini who’s who of metal to the HCA in Tinley Park last Friday. It also was Slayer’s final appearance in Chicagoland to make the event even more momentous. Ed Spinelli caught the historic night on ‘film.’      

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Cover Story:  Lissie

Cover Story: Lissie

| June 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

There is a word – and indeed a whole attendant concept – that singer-songwriter Lissie (born Elisabeth Corrin Morris in Rock Island, Illinois; she long ago dropped her surname for performing) had gradually let slip from her memory, over her recent years spent living in sunny Ojai, California. And it’s not something too easy to […]

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Media: June 2018

Media: June 2018

| May 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

WSCR (The Score) Morning host Mike Mulligan has the background that Chicago sports fans seem to require. He is one of us. “I grew up on the South Side, and went to school at Quigley, and college at Loyola.” He also grew up listening to the radio, and he understands our unique market history. “I […]

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Photo Gallery: Courtney Barnett at Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center

Photo Gallery: Courtney Barnett at Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center

| May 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you.” Nothing could have been further from the truth when Courtney Barnett sang that line from her song “Pedestrian at Best.” The native Australian just released her second long player Tell Me How You Really Feel and is celebrating the occasion with a brief tour in […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: U2 at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: U2 at United Center

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

U2 United Center, Chicago Tuesday, May 22, 2018 A mere three years ago, U2 set up shop at the United Center for five nights to unveil its ambitious “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” concept, accompanied by a boundary-breaking, technologically-innovative visual assault. Bono and the boys then pressed “pause” on the project to celebrate the 30thanniversary of *The […]

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Photo Gallery: Sons of Apollo at Arcada Theatre

Photo Gallery: Sons of Apollo at Arcada Theatre

| May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy are arguably the greatest hard rock rhythm section of all time, and their newest supergroup Sons of Apollo delivered a dynamic and sometimes awe-inspring show at the Arcada last week. Their bandmates Derik Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto and Ron “Bumblefoot Thal more than held their own and are […]

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Photo Gallery: The Kills at House of Vans

Photo Gallery: The Kills at House of Vans

| May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Chicago’s House of Vans has become a viable nightspot in Chicago’s music landscape over the past 15 months since their grand opening in 2017. As part of their Get On Board:A Celebration of Women’s Skateboarding, the shoemaker invited The Kills to their Elizabeth Street HQ. Accustomed to playing larger clubs and theaters, the American-British duo […]

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Stage Buzz Q&A: Utopia at Chicago Theatre May 22

Stage Buzz Q&A: Utopia at Chicago Theatre May 22

| May 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The 32-year wait to coax Todd Rundgren’s Utopia back into touring America may have felt like forever, but it’s finally over and on its way to visiting the iconic Chicago Theatre. Not only will faithful score two comprehensive sets classified by cerebral progressive rock selections and straight-up power pop, but this particular stop will also […]

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Stage Buzz: Hello My Name is… Jonathan Davis [Updated: Photo Gallery at House of Blues Chicago]

Stage Buzz: Hello My Name is… Jonathan Davis [Updated: Photo Gallery at House of Blues Chicago]

| May 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

IE’s Curt Baran caught Korn’s Jonanthan Davis at a rare intimate show Sunday at House Of Blues Chicago with New Jersey hardcore stalwarts, Palisades. Sundays will never be the same. Read our Q&A with Davis below.     Our Q&A with Jonathan Davis from May 2018 Illinois Entertainer Print & Mobile Editions To any fans […]

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Cover Story: Dorothy

Cover Story: Dorothy

| April 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the music industry, never underestimate the sound man. From his back-of-club vantage point, he usually sees – and knows – all. Two years ago, singer Dorothy Martin was playing a small San Francisco nightclub with her namesake outfit Dorothy, to a rabid crowd of mostly teenaged girls, who had copied the quasi-Goth look she […]

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Media: May 2018

Media: May 2018

| April 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

If you’re a big fan of WFLD-TV News (Fox 32) in Chicago, you might have noticed that their ace investigative reporter Dane Placko hasn’t been on the air for about a month. Don’t worry. He isn’t the victim of budget cuts. He hasn’t been demoted. He didn’t get hired away by the networks. He just […]

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Photo Gallery: Matt and Kim at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Matt and Kim at The Riviera Theatre

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Exuberant!! When using the word in association with Matt and Kim, it’s entitled to more than one exclamation point. The Brooklyn duo bounded onto the stage at the start of their recent performance at the Riviera Theatre and their intensity and enthusiasm never ebbed. Curt Baran found a valued free parking spot in Uptown and […]

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Photo Gallery: Five Seconds of Summer at House of Blues Chicago

Photo Gallery: Five Seconds of Summer at House of Blues Chicago

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

The line to get in the venue snaked down the sidewalk adjacent to House of Blues, and continued south, crossing the Chicago River, then turned east on West Wacker Drive. Punk-poppers 5 Seconds of Summer were in town and playing a venue much more intimate that their rabid fan base has been accustomed to. Once […]

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