Fuel Arena
Concord Music Hall
Copernicus

Recent Articles

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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. […]

Continue Reading

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, […]

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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!

Continue Reading

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 […]

Continue Reading

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.  

Continue Reading

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.    

Continue Reading

Media: October 2017

Media: October 2017

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Joe Cicero   Star 105.5 (McHenry-based) morning show host Joe Cicero grew up in the Chicago area during one of local radio’s strongest eras–the early to mid-90s. “I grew up in Addison,” he explains, “and I dropped out of high school when I was 17 and drove a delivery van. That gave me a lot […]

Continue Reading

Cover Story [Updated]: Lucky Boys Confusion

Cover Story [Updated]: Lucky Boys Confusion

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been 20 years since Lucky Boys Confusion first got together in a basement to write songs, playing their first party in the suburbs where they grew up. What happened between then and now is a story about triumph and tragedy, the roads between paved with the love of each other and the love of […]

Continue Reading

Recap/Photo Gallery: Alison Moyet at Park West

Recap/Photo Gallery: Alison Moyet at Park West

| September 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Alison Moyet Park West, Chicago Tuesday, September 19, 2017 On her first solo world tour in exactly 30 years, Alison Moyet caught Chicago faithful up to speed since Yazoo/Yaz reunited in 2008. Although she made sure to play several selections from the celebrated synthpop duo, the 21-track set was also stocked heartily with tunes […]

Continue Reading

[Updated] Live Review/Stage Buzz: The Afghan Whigs at Metro

[Updated] Live Review/Stage Buzz: The Afghan Whigs at Metro

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Afghan Whigs Metro, Chicago Sept. 23 Midway through the set Saturday night at Metro, Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli momentarily halted the band’s momentum after the song “Algiers” to address one particular fan: “Wasted and flipping me off is not going to work,” he said to a woman near the stage. As the crowd […]

Continue Reading

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2017 – Day One

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2017 – Day One

| September 19, 2017 | 1 Comment

Longtime Riot Fest attendees know it has always been smart to bring a rain poncho and waterproof boots to the 3-day festival. Day One at Riot Fest brought mid-July temps to Douglas Park, under a late summer sun – a welcome addition to the festivities for sure. Strong sets by Skating Polly, Like Pacific, INVSN, […]

Continue Reading