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Stage Buzz: U.D.O. at Concord Hall

Stage Buzz: U.D.O. at Concord Hall

| January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Former Accept and current U.D.O. vocalist Udo Dirkschneider is saying farewell to his former band’s material with his Dirkschneider band’s live album, LIVE — Back To The Roots Tour. The album features 25 classic Accept tracks performed by his U.D.O. band in their native Deutschland on April 2nd, 2016. The live album and current Farewell […]

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Cover Story: AFI

Cover Story: AFI

| January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Davey Havok would like to take a vacation. He really would. But at this point – as the AFI bandleader and latter-day Renaissance man grapples with one of the busiest schedules in show business – he very well might have forgotten how. Rest and recreation are for other rockers – not him. “Two months off […]

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Photo Gallery: Metallica at the Fox Theater

Photo Gallery: Metallica at the Fox Theater

| December 23, 2016 | 1 Comment

IE’s Gene Ambo couldn’t wait for Metallica to announce their anticipated Chicago 2017 tour date(s), so he went to them – capturing James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Kirk Hammett and Robert Trujilio at the legendary Fox Theatre in Oakland, California. On the heels of 2016’s biggest rock record – Hardwired…To Self Destruct, the boys from the […]

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Photo Gallery – Roger Hodgson at Arcada Theatre

Photo Gallery – Roger Hodgson at Arcada Theatre

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

IE’s Ed Spinelli captured Supertramp co-founder and classic rock radio staple, Hogdson at the historic Arcada Theater.

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Spins: Reviewed – The Rolling Stones – “Blue and Lonesome”

Spins: Reviewed – The Rolling Stones – “Blue and Lonesome”

| December 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Britain’s oldest hitmakers” return to their blues roots. Instead of revisiting tired cliches, Jeff Elbel says they sound inspired and re-energized, in Spins.

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Live Review and Gallery – Steve Nicks and The Pretenders

Live Review and Gallery – Steve Nicks and The Pretenders

| December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Stevie Nicks/ The Pretenders United Center, Chicago Saturday, December 3, 2016 By the dates on their birth certificates, Stevie Nicks and Chrissie Hynde could easily qualify for retirement, but rather than tossing in the towel or being satisfied with repeated trips down memory lane, both the longtime Fleetwood Mac member and The Pretenders’ fearless leader […]

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Stage Buzz: Cage The Elephant @ The Aragon Ballroom

Stage Buzz: Cage The Elephant @ The Aragon Ballroom

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Cover Story: The Pretty Reckless

Cover Story: The Pretty Reckless

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

  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 […]

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RIP: Riot Fest Co-Founder Sean McKeough

RIP: Riot Fest Co-Founder Sean McKeough

| November 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

  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 […]

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Live Review: Robyn Hitchcock at City Winery

Live Review: Robyn Hitchcock at City Winery

| November 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

  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 […]

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Cover Story: Good Charlotte

Cover Story: Good Charlotte

| October 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Stage Buzz Q&A: Kansas at The Copernicus Center

Stage Buzz Q&A: Kansas at The Copernicus Center

| October 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

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 […]

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Photo Gallery – Alice Cooper @ Genesee Theatre

Photo Gallery – Alice Cooper @ Genesee Theatre

| October 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

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

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Cover Story: Rachael Yamagata

Cover Story: Rachael Yamagata

| October 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

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

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Live Review: Magnificent Coloring Day at US Cellular Field

Live Review: Magnificent Coloring Day at US Cellular Field

| September 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

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

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