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Feature Story and Gallery: John 5 at Reggies

Feature Story and Gallery: John 5 at Reggies

| April 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Astute music fans should already know that John 5 takes guitar playing to a stratospheric level. The virtuoso guitarist performs diverse musical styles including country swing, jazz, rock and industrial metal on his eighth solo album, Season Of The Witch. Joining John 5 on the album is his excellent band, The Creatures, consisting of […]

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Riot Fest 2017 Announces First Wave Of Bands

Riot Fest 2017 Announces First Wave Of Bands

| April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

RIOT FEST 2017 ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF BANDS September 15-17, 2017 / Douglas Park, Chicago IL Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, and the reunion of pioneering punk band Jawbreaker headline Riot Fest 2017. New Order, Paramore, Prophets of Rage, M.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, Mike D (DJ set) also among the 70+ artists revealed […]

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Feature Story: New Order

Feature Story: New Order

| April 19, 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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Cover Story: Dreamcar

Cover Story: Dreamcar

| April 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

The universe may seem unfathomably complex. But sometimes, it’s much simpler – and more understandably linear – than we could ever dare to imagine. A couple of decades ago, for instance, No Doubt bassist Tony Kanal bought himself a house in Los Angeles, and unwittingly became the owner of an initially feral cat left behind […]

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Cover Story: Mastodon

Cover Story: Mastodon

| February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

That which doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger, goes the old maxim. But in the case of sludge-heavy prog-metal quartet Mastodon, mortality can occasionally offer a surprising new strength, as well. As in the recent honor bestowed upon the group by Dan Weiss, the executive producer of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, […]

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File: Double Door Evicted (Updated)

File: Double Door Evicted (Updated)

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Legendary Wicker Park music venue Double Door was officially evicted from its longtime home at 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue today. The club’s owners, including partners Sean Mulroney and Joe Shanahan, have been battling landlords Brian and Harry Strauss to stay in the building they’ve occupied since 1994 until a suitable new location could be found. […]

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Photo Gallery: The Tubes at Tailgaters

Photo Gallery: The Tubes at Tailgaters

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Like many IE readers the first time I ever saw Fee Waybill, he was dressed as a carnival barker in an early MTV video. The Tubes took the stage at Tailgaters with Waybill dressed in a black Zoot Suit, black hat, and white tie belting out the words to Chuck Berry’s “Never Can Tell.” Through […]

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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 | 1 Comment

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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