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File: The Smashing Pumpkins Reunion [Updated]

File: The Smashing Pumpkins Reunion [Updated]

| February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Longtime fans of The Smashing Pumpkins hopes of a full reunion were dashed last month when ex-bassist D’Arcy Wretzky revealed to website BlastEcho.com that she was not invited to participate in the band’s reunion tour with co-founders Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin which will allegedly take place this summer. Speaking exclusively to BlastEcho […]

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Photo Gallery: K.Flay at Concord Music Hall

Photo Gallery: K.Flay at Concord Music Hall

| February 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The former Kristine Meredith Flaherty is now better known by the moniker K.Flay. Considering she used to reside in Wilmette, Illinois, well, that’s close enough to call her a hometown girl. Recently nominated for two Grammy awards, she’s currently enjoying her newfound attention on the road supporting Every Where Is Some Where, the recording that […]

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Photo Gallery: Tedeschi Trucks Band at Chicago Theatre

Photo Gallery: Tedeschi Trucks Band at Chicago Theatre

| February 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

TTB continued an annual winter tradition at Chicago Theatre in 2018 with their three-night residency, naturally all sold-out. IE’s Ed Spinelli captured Derek and Susan on night three for another round of exceptional night of blues rock and dynamic and passionate musicianship from the Grammy winners.

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Media: February 2018

Media: February 2018

| February 1, 2018 | 1 Comment

When I called Chicago radio legend Fred Winston (WLS, WMAQ, WFYR, WCFL, WPNT, WJMK, WLUP, and just about every other station on the dial), the gentleman farmer now living in Southwest Michigan, was in the middle of a project. “You caught me repairing a doorknob. Thank God for the internet. There are scores of YouTube […]

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Cover Story: Ministry

Cover Story: Ministry

| February 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

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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Photo Gallery: [Updated] Umphrey’s McGee at Park West

Photo Gallery: [Updated] Umphrey’s McGee at Park West

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

650 lucky Umphrey’s McGee fans were treated to an intimate performance at the Park West in Chicago Sunday, featuring a dynamic performance of music from their new album It’s Not Us and some old favorites. Fans were treated to a free CD of the new album, some unique band swag, a post show meet-and-greet, plus […]

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Photo Gallery: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Allstate Arena

Photo Gallery: Trans-Siberian Orchestra at Allstate Arena

| January 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

TSO brought their annual holiday extravaganza to a sold-out Rosemont arena on Dec 28th. Ed Spinelli caught the holiday spirit and their amazing lightshow showcasing the symphonic rockers in all their glory.  

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Media: January 2018

Media: January 2018

| January 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

  If you’ve listened to rock and roll radio for the last three decades, you’ve undoubtedly run across the work of Steve Seaver. He’s been rocking Chicago since 1991 at stations like The Blaze, The Loop, and currently The Drive (97.1 FM). He’s one of those rare personalities who can be identified by one name, […]

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Cover Story: Avenged Sevenfold

Cover Story: Avenged Sevenfold

| January 1, 2018 | 2 Comments

  Avenged Sevenfold frontman M. Shadows easily remembers exactly where he was and what he was doing when he received the remarkable news a few weeks ago. And it was the last bulletin on Earth he was expecting. “I was laying in bed, and I was checking my morning e-mails when I saw a ‘Congratulations’ […]

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Photo Gallery: Greta Van Fleet at Lincoln Hall

Photo Gallery: Greta Van Fleet at Lincoln Hall

| December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Greta Van Fleet’s sold-out show at Lincoln Hall attracted a cross section of enthusiastic fans that greatly admire a band that carries the brightest flames of a classic rock torch. Their new double EP, From The Fires, mines the best of Led Zeppelin in a new way. This feral band of three brothers and a friendly […]

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Photo Gallery: B96 Jingle Bash at Allstate Arena

Photo Gallery: B96 Jingle Bash at Allstate Arena

| December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

’Tis the season for the annual radio station concerts. In brief: some of the biggest stars in music thank terrestrial radio buy agreeing to pop in, bang out a half a dozen songs and vanish almost as quickly. Kiss the ring and watch your songs go into heavy rotation. The B-96 Jingle Bash arguably scored […]

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Gallery: Jay-Z at United Center

Gallery: Jay-Z at United Center

| December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

At this point in his career, Jay-Z is all but an elder statesman in Hip-Hop. The East Coast rapper has always had some of the silkiest flow in the genre and certainly has the record sales as proof (100 million and counting). His “4:44 Tour” touched down for a stop Tuesday at the United Center. […]

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Photo Gallery: Gary Numan at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: Gary Numan at Thalia Hall

| December 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Although his name is synonymous with the ’80s New Wave classic “Cars,” London-born Gary Numan has quietly carved out a career that is now deep into its third decade. He just released his 22nd (!) album Savage (Songs From A Broken World) and has hit the road to lend it support. “The Savage” Tour landed […]

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Photo Gallery: A Perfect Circle at UIC Pavilion

Photo Gallery: A Perfect Circle at UIC Pavilion

| December 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Cell phones and photographers in the photo pit were prohibited at Friday’s post-Thanksgiving A Perfect Circle show at the UIC Pavilion. Although shots from the soundboard make it difficult to document the band was actually there, you’ll need to trust us and 3000 fans; APC was there.  According to photographer Ed Spinelli, “Maynard [James Keenan] […]

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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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