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Photo Gallery: 101.1 WKQX PIQNIQ at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: 101.1 WKQX PIQNIQ at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| June 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

All things considered, not a great day for a Piqniq. But did that stop the dedication of concert goers? Nope! The rain started early in Tinley Park during Piqniq 2019, the annual summer showcase hosted by Chicago’s alt-rock station, 101.1 WKQX. Ten bands were spread out over two stages with an inviting come-early-and-stay-late vibe presiding. […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Paul McCartney at The TaxSlayer Center Moline, IL

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Paul McCartney at The TaxSlayer Center Moline, IL

| June 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Paul McCartney TaxSlayer Center Moline Tuesday, June 11, 2019 If there’s anyone on earth who could kick up their feet and collect royalty checks until kingdom come, it’s Paul McCartney, who besides flying high with Wings and steadily cranking out solo material or duets with everyone from his late frenemy Michael Jackson to current conquerors […]

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Photo Gallery: Vince Neil, Sammy Hagar and Don Felder at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: Vince Neil, Sammy Hagar and Don Felder at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| June 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Who says the dinosaurs are extinct?!? It was all evidence to the contrary this past weekend. Tinley Park’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre played host to a collection of T-Rex sized retro rockers. Sammy Hagar and The Circle, which consists of Hagar, his former Van Halen bandmate Michael Anthony, drummer Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson. Preceding […]

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Photo Gallery: Jenny Lewis at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Jenny Lewis at The Riviera Theatre

| June 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

She promised to return and she did! Originally scheduled for earlier this year, Jenny Lewis had to cancel her show at Chicago’s Riviera Theater after her tour bus broke down. This past weekend she finally brought her “On The Line” tour to the Uptown neighborhood, with a set list that drew heavily from her 2019 […]

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Anderson Paak and Thundercat at Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island

Anderson Paak and Thundercat at Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island

| June 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Oxnard’s Anderson Paak brought his “Best Teef In The Game” tour to Northerly Island this past week and made the lakefront jump. The multi-talented singer/songwriter/producer/rapper/Grammy nominated wunderkind then proceeded to administer a clinic on how to entertain. Paak preened, spun, sang and rapped his way into the dusk. He even took his drum set-which sat […]

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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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Photo Gallery: Open Air Chicago 2019 at SeatGeek Stadium

Photo Gallery: Open Air Chicago 2019 at SeatGeek Stadium

| May 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Chicago Open Air Presents May 18th and 19th SeatGeek Stadium Bridgeview, IL   Chicago Open Air Presents had it’s share of obstacles in 2019 thanks to the wettest May in Chicago history. Both days were hit with severe thunderstorms right before gates opened. Day One took the bigger hit when promoters had to cancel Vein, […]

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Photo Gallery: The Distillers and Starcrawler at Metro

Photo Gallery: The Distillers and Starcrawler at Metro

| May 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

In 2000, The Distillers released their self-titled debut album on indie label Hellcat. It was a decimating blast of hardcore punk delivered with throaty urgency by Australian lead singer Brody Dalle. Their sophomore effort Sing Sing Death House also saw the light of day that same year. Dalle quickly achieved iconic status as one of […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Who at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Who at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| May 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Who Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL Tuesday, May 21, 2019 When the Who booked an outdoor show at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park as part of their Moving On! Tour, fans and band alike anticipated a great night of classic rock in fine spring weather. Ticketholders on the lawn encountered soggy seats, […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Johnny Marr at The Vic Theatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Johnny Marr at The Vic Theatre

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Johnny Marr The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL Monday, May 13, 2019 Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr’s last appearance in Chicago was a short-but-sweet set under the afternoon sun in Douglas Park at Riot Fest. This brief blast of Eurocentric alt-pop was timed to help introduce new material from 2018’s Call the Comet, the third in […]

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Photo Gallery: The Lemonheads at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: The Lemonheads at Thalia Hall

| May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Evan Dando brought the ’90s back to Thalia Hall to begin the weekend. Still using his three-decades old Lemonheads moniker, Dando is out supporting his 2019 covers album Varshons 2. He delivered a taut, career spanning set that included instant ear worms like “It’s About Time,” “The Great Big No,” “Drug Buddy” and the title […]

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Photo Gallery: Lizzo at Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Lizzo at Riviera Theatre

| May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Lizzo threw a two day party in Uptown this past weekend. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the first her two sold out shows at that neighborhood’s Riviera Theatre sure felt celebratory. The rising star is out touring behind this year’s excellent Cuz I Love You and is inspiring her diverse […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: PUP at Metro

Recap and Photo Gallery: PUP at Metro

| May 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Toronto punks PUP have quickly grown out of the small venues they frequented only a few years ago. Whereas their last Chicago visit saw them playing Empty Bottle, this time they brought their high-octane energy for the first of two sold-out nights at the Metro with fellow Canadians Casper Skull and Chicago punk rockers Ratboys […]

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Photo Gallery: Chvrches at Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery: Chvrches at Aragon Ballroom

| May 5, 2019 | 1 Comment

A strange, invisible pall hung over Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on Thursday night. The Scottish band Chvrches recently called out, on line, their former collaborator Marshmello for working with the infamous rapper and felon Chris Brown, whom the band rightfully called a “predator and abuser.” Since then, escalation in the beef has resulted in lead singer […]

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