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Remembering Aretha Franklin 1942-2018

Remembering Aretha Franklin 1942-2018

| August 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Aretha Franklin, who passed away on August 16th of pancreatic cancer at age 76, embodied her title of “Queen of Soul” in a wholly spectacular way but that name didn’t fully capture all that she was. Aretha wasn’t just a gifted singer, and she wasn’t just a master of soul singing. She sang every American […]

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Cover Story: Børns

Cover Story: Børns

| July 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today Garrett Borns might be the foppish baroque-pop trendsetter who records as simply Børns, with three adventurous albums to his credit, including the new Blue Madonna, his second for Interscope. But there was a time not so long ago when the Michigan native was at the mercy of a pack of marauding masked bandits after […]

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Cover Story: Johnny Marr

Cover Story: Johnny Marr

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Johnny Marr just made the best record of his life. And he knows it. Dubbed Call the Comet, it’s the ex-Smith guitarist’s third, following 2013’s The Messenger and 2014’s Playland. And it finds him: Lyrically delving into grim socio-political issues that he’d often avoided; Letting his axe provide the chiming hooks in places instead of […]

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Stage Buzz: Real Friends “Composure” Listening Party & Interview

Stage Buzz: Real Friends “Composure” Listening Party & Interview

| June 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

On Friday night, Tinley Park’s Real Friends held a “secret” listening party for a select group of fans in support of their forthcoming third full length, Composure. The evening event was the last of three listening party events held throughout the day across the Chicagoland area. In the modern industrial workspace of Chicago’s Rowboat Creative, […]

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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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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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Cover Story: Judas Priest [Updated]

Cover Story: Judas Priest [Updated]

| April 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

After an impressive five-decades long career, British heavy metal pioneers Judas Priest show no signs of slowing down with the release of their explosive 18th full-length studio album Firepower (released March 9 on Epic Records). On 14 blistering tracks, Priest delivers the indisputable, classic heavy metal sound that hearkens back to the band’s heyday. The […]

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Cover Story: Ministry [Updated]

Cover Story: Ministry [Updated]

| March 24, 2018 | 1 Comment

Chicago’s beloved industrial metal machine Ministry is back. After the sudden death of longtime guitarist and friend Mike Scaccia in 2012, leader/vocalist Al Jourgensen decided to put Ministry on indefinite hiatus. During the band’s downtime, “Uncle Al” spawned a side project, Surgical Meth Machine, and released a self-titled debut record in 2015. It was pretty […]

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Cover Story: The Vaccines

Cover Story: The Vaccines

| February 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fans will have to forgive the cheesy film reference, chortles Justin Young. But for a while there recently, the anchor for brainy British folk-punkers The Vaccines actually came to believe that he’d somehow lost his magical inner mojo, just like Austin Powers in Mike Myers’ hilarious espionage spoof The Spy Who Shagged Me. And no […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Robert Plant at Riviera Theatre

Live Review and Gallery: Robert Plant at Riviera Theatre

| February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Riviera Theatre, Chicago Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Leave it to Robert Plant, arguably rock n’ roll’s most famous and ferocious front man of all time, to keep his eyes focused primarily on recent interests rather than recycling his glories of yesteryear. The man who turned down more cash than could ever be counted to reunite […]

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Eddie Shaw (1937-2018)

Eddie Shaw (1937-2018)

| January 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

A huge, gaping hole has been left in the foundation of the Chicago blues scene with the passing of Eddie Shaw, who died on January 29 at age 80. Beloved by all for his warmth and charisma, Eddie was also a walking encyclopedia of blues history. Born in Mississippi, he learned to play blues by […]

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Stage Buzz : The Jesus Lizard at Metro [Updated with Photo Gallery]

Stage Buzz : The Jesus Lizard at Metro [Updated with Photo Gallery]

| December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Though they stopped just short of a “full monty” (as the gallery will atest), Chicago’s Jesus Lizard showed everyone their goodies during a sold-out show at Metro, Friday. Performing in Wrigleyville on only one of only six tour dates, the powerful quartet pulled themselves out of the mothballs, playing with precision and aplomb, and sounded […]

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Cover Story: Wolf Alice

Cover Story: Wolf Alice

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s what every artist aspires to; one would imagine – a famous director one day finding their life so remarkable and their look so photogenic that it warrants its own documentary. But UK rocker Ellie Rowsell was just surprised that hers happened so fast, last year when her quartet Wolf Alice had only a single […]

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Stage Buzz: [Updated with Gallery] Doyle at The Forge of Joliet

Stage Buzz: [Updated with Gallery] Doyle at The Forge of Joliet

| November 8, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Under the eponymous Doyle banner, the dominating ex-Misfits axeman has conjured up 13 metallic horror-punk tracks on his sophomore solo effort that was released this past summer, Doyle II: As We Die. Currently on his As We Die World Tour, Doyle (real name Paul Caiafa) and his band – vocalist Alex “Wolfman” Story, bassist […]

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IE Rewind: New Order comes to Riot Fest

IE Rewind: New Order comes to Riot Fest

| September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

When New Order keyboardist Gillian Gilbert stopped touring with the band in 1998, then quit altogether during the recording of its 2001 album Get Ready, she did it graciously, almost secretly, without any official departure announcement in the press. “And I wanted it that way,” she admits of her decision to stay home and take […]

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