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Live Review:  Madonna at The Chicago Theatre

Live Review: Madonna at The Chicago Theatre

| October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Madame X Tour Chicago Theatre October 16, 2019 “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” One has to wonder if Madonna Louise Ciccone has accepted this James Baldwin quote as her life’s mantra. Let’s face it; the native Michigander has always had a reputation as a rabble-rouser. So, when it was announced that she would […]

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Cover Story: The B-52s

Cover Story: The B-52s

| August 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Kate Pierson may not have coined the suddenly-popular new portmanteau “glamping,” a mashup of glamorous and camping. Nor did she come up with its posh concept —experiencing the great outdoors, but through the comfortable buffer of the most modern of conveniences. No, the bouffant-haired B-52’s founder had nothing to do with any part of this […]

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Cover Story: Perry Farrell

Cover Story: Perry Farrell

| July 1, 2019 | 1 Comment

It took Brazilian author Paulo Coelho just two weeks to write back in ’87, but the compact little novel The Alchemist is one of those metaphysical, feel-good reads that not only deserves to be on every literate bookshelf alongside The Little Prince, but demands to be revisited every couple of years lest its wisdom be […]

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Cover Story: John Paul White

Cover Story: John Paul White

| June 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s a morsel of time-tested wisdom — initially put forward by Mahatma Gandhi — that just becomes more relevant with each passing day:  “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” As in, stop kvetching about Donald Trump and all his horrific misdeeds and get involved with the grassroots groundswell of fighting […]

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Media: June 2019

Media: June 2019

| June 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

  No one in this town has been a part of the Chicago media scene longer than WGN-Radio’s (and The Chicago Tribune’s) Rick Kogan. He was literally born into it. His parents, Herman and Marilew, were both fixtures in the heyday of Chicago’s print media. They lived the life. They hung out with Chicago’s glitterati. […]

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Cover Story: Steve Earle

Cover Story: Steve Earle

| April 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

It’s a puzzlement, a Sphinx-like riddle for the ages. How in holy hell has resident alt-country iconoclast Steve Earle managed to keep his mouth shut over the past three Trump-and-Brexit bedeviled years? Make no mistake, what he’s offered instead has been stunning —2017’s picture-perfect loper So You Wannabe an Outlaw — polished still brighter by […]

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Cover Story: Gary Clark Jr.

Cover Story: Gary Clark Jr.

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

  The Chosen One. The Future of the Blues Guitar. The Next Stevie Ray Vaughan. Savior of the Blues. At only 35-years of age, Gary Clark Jr. has carried a lot of pressure on his slim shoulders. But from the time he was a teen, blasting away his elders at Austin nightclubs, a grand destiny […]

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Cover Story: The Way Down Wanderers

Cover Story: The Way Down Wanderers

| February 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Peoria natives The Way Down Wanderers may be new to many, but since dropping a self-titled debut in 2016, as well as a pair of EPs and a live recording, the quintet has steadily swelled their grassroots fan base with an alluring, frequently unexpected hybrid of heartland sounds. Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Austin Krause-Thompson, mandolin player/violinist/guitarist/vocalist […]

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Hello My Name Is…Dave Meniketti of Y&T

Hello My Name Is…Dave Meniketti of Y&T

| February 6, 2019 | 1 Comment

Some artists hem and haw when trying to pinpoint the reason for their longevity. Not Dave Meniketti. He’s as surprised as the next guy about the four-decade career longevity of his Bay Area metal outfit Y&T, nee Yesterday and Today. They’ve survived because they’ve deserved to, a modern exercise in Darwinian natural selection. “We’ve honestly […]

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Cover Story: nothing, nowhere.

Cover Story: nothing, nowhere.

| January 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Cries for help don’t come much more urgently. Last month, brash young Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson — who had joked for months in sketches about being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder — lost any remaining shreds of humor about his often-debilitating condition when he posted an alarming message on Instagram, right before he […]

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Live Review: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

Live Review: Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats

| December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats Aragon Ballroom Thursday, November 29, 2018 On Thursday, radio station WKQX closed the first of five nights of its “The Nights We Stole Christmas” series at the Aragon Ballroom with a sold-out headlining set by Denver’s Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats. The sweat-soaked performance began with the deep […]

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Cover Story and Gallery: The Struts

Cover Story and Gallery: The Struts

| November 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

It was a popular, yet perhaps far-fetched concept that was titillating impressionable society a few years back. And it was relatively simple, all told, and loosely based on comic Danny Wallace’s book Yes Man, which was later satirized to a zanier degree in Jim Carrey’s film version of the same name: If you simply responded […]

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Cover Story: Greta Van Fleet

Cover Story: Greta Van Fleet

| October 1, 2018 | 1 Comment

  I’m sure I’m not alone in my lament that rock & and roll is on life support, and rock stars are fewer and farther between than in the past. I’m going to bet, though, that you’ll feel like you’ve sucked a deep hit off an oxygen tank the moment you hear Greta Van Fleet. […]

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Cover Story: The Voidz

Cover Story: The Voidz

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

  “A man’s got to know his limitations,” Clint Eastwood once observed as the defiant renegade cop Dirty Harry. Similarly unforgiving Strokes bandleader Julian Casablancas is still gradually discovering his own with his latest splinter combo –initially dubbed Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, now known simply as The Voidz – and its sleek, sophisticated sophomore […]

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Cover Story: Johnny Marr

Cover Story: Johnny Marr

| September 13, 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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