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Stage Buzz: Cage The Elephant @ The Aragon Ballroom

Stage Buzz: Cage The Elephant @ The Aragon Ballroom

Bowling Green’s Cage The Elephant are arguably one of the finest live acts currently working the floorboards. The only thing predictable about lead singer Matt Shultz is his unpredictability. After four releases, including 2015’s Tell Me I’m Pretty their set lists are stocked with a seemingly endless supply of rock radio staples (“Ain’t No Rest […]

Cover Story: The Pretty Reckless

Cover Story: The Pretty Reckless

  Batman had his recessed Batcave. Superman had his Arctic Fortress of Solitude. And rocker/actress/artist Taylor Momsen has her own off-the-map hideout, an idyllic place in an unspecified part of New England where she regularly goes to collect her thoughts, create new paintings and sculptures, and generally recharges her creative batteries. And going off the […]

RIP: Riot Fest Co-Founder Sean McKeough

RIP: Riot Fest Co-Founder Sean McKeough

  Riot Fest Co-Founder and Cobra Lounge owner Sean P. McKeough, 42, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 29, the staff at Riot Fest announced today. Sean and co-founder Mike Petryshyn nurtured the punk rock festival from its beginnings as a small club event to its current incarnation as multi-day festivals  in Chicago’s Douglas Park […]

Live Review: Robyn Hitchcock at City Winery

Live Review: Robyn Hitchcock at City Winery

  Robyn Hitchcock and Emma Swift Thursday, November 17, 2016 City Winery As Robyn Hitchcock’s touring partner for a number of years, Emma Swift received a warm welcome at City Winery from the headliner’s fans. The Australian transplant by way of Nashville colored tremulous guitar chords with her rich and winsome alto on songs including […]

Live Review - ARW at Chicago Theatre

Live Review – ARW at Chicago Theatre

Generations of Yes fans gathered to celebrate at the Chicago Theatre when principal members of two key line-ups combined forces for the first time since 1991’s Union tour. Billed as ARW, Singer Jon Anderson and keyboardist Rick Wakeman from the classic ‘70s line-up that created progressive rock masterpieces Fragile and Close to the Edge were joined by guitarist/vocalist Trevor Rabin from the ‘80s pop powerhouse incarnation that produced 1983’s 90125.

Cover Story: Good Charlotte

Cover Story: Good Charlotte

For protean punk – and part-time thespian – Joel Madden, of Good Charlotte renown, there’s only one thing better than his cameo appearance last year on Lee Daniels’ hit TV series Empire, alongside his wife of six years, designer Nicole Richie. And that’s building an actual empire of his own, which he’s quietly been doing […]

Stage Buzz Q&A: Kansas at The Copernicus Center

Stage Buzz Q&A: Kansas at The Copernicus Center

For as long as he can remember, powerhouse vocalist Ronnie Platt was a passionate appreciator of the legendary progressive/classic/melodic rock band Kansas. In fact, the group’s original singer Steve Walsh helped shape his singing style, which was repeatedly demonstrated while fronting a lengthy list of area bands, such as a particularly fruitful run with west […]

Photo Gallery - Alice Cooper @ Genesee Theatre

Photo Gallery – Alice Cooper @ Genesee Theatre

  IE’s Ed Spinelli captured the godfather of glam-rock, the legendary Alice Cooper at the Genesee Theatre in Waukegan.      

Cover Story: Rachael Yamagata

Cover Story: Rachael Yamagata

The truth is out there, believes Rachael Yamagata …. life-changing answers will become self-evident.

Live Review: Magnificent Coloring Day at US Cellular Field

Live Review: Magnificent Coloring Day at US Cellular Field

Chance The Rapper puts the ghost of disco demolition to bed on the South Side…

Photo Gallery: ZZ Top at Rosemont Theatre

Photo Gallery: ZZ Top at Rosemont Theatre

Houston’s ZZ Top played their big ’80s hits, ’70s jams, and tracks from their most recent retro sounding studio album, La Futura. Bradley Todd caught them live in Rosemont.

Live Review: Echo and the Bunnymen at Metro

Live Review: Echo and the Bunnymen at Metro

Liverpool’s second most famous band return to their famous Chicago home, Metro…

Feature Story: Belly

Feature Story: Belly

Everybody Get Together…Again.

Cover Story: Rob Zombie

Cover Story: Rob Zombie

The Spectral Metal Master comes to Riot Fest…

Cover Story: Bastille

Cover Story: Bastille

It was a summer ritual that British musician Dan Smith eagerly awaited every year – the Glastonbury Festival, a weekend in late June where he and his friends piled into a minivan and camped out on-site for three days of musical mayhem. And he was just as excited this year, even though he arrived in […]

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