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Sweet Home: Ronnie Baker Brooks

Sweet Home: Ronnie Baker Brooks

| January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Don’t call it a comeback. Although it’s been an entire decade since Ronnie Baker Brooks has released an album, his presence in the blues industry during that time  has been ubiquitous. “I produced Eddy Clearwater’s album, West Side Strut, I did a compilation with Johnny Castro, I co-produced my dad’s last album and I’ve been […]

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Feature: Bash & Pop

Feature: Bash & Pop

| January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Say what you will about the record industry death harbinger known as Chinese Democracy — The New York Times once called it “the most expensive album never made” — the 2008 GN’R album without Slash and Duff that has somehow maintained its footing in the fickle populist rock vocabulary. Who would have guessed that Slash […]

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Media: January 2017

Media: January 2017

| January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

  2016 was a rough year. We lost some of our favorite musical and pop culture icons. But we also lost some beloved members and former members of Chicago’s media community. I had the opportunity to interview a few of them, and for those I never met, I reached out to some of their former […]

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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 – 5 Nights with Los Lobos

Photo Gallery – 5 Nights with Los Lobos

| December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

L.A.’s legendary Los Lobos has been an IE favorite since their days on Slash Records. Our SoCal soaked Tex Mex heroes spent 5 nights in Chicago commencing with City Winery and finishing up at SPACE in Evanston. Ed Spinelli captured the future HOF’ers.  

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Photo Gallery – Roger Hodgson at Arcada Theatre

Photo Gallery – Roger Hodgson at Arcada Theatre

| December 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

IE’s Ed Spinelli captured Supertramp co-founder and classic rock radio staple, Hogdson at the historic Arcada Theater.

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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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Photo Gallery: Jim James at The Vic Theatre

Photo Gallery: Jim James at The Vic Theatre

| December 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Jim James played the Vic on Saturday to a generous Chicago crowd. The My Morning Jacket front man graciously returned the favor by offering a few surprise tracks including The Velvet Underground’s “I’m Set Free” and a nice tribute to the late Leonard Cohen performing “Suzanne.” – Photos via Ed Spinelli

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Photo Gallery: Bruce Springsteen Book Signing

Photo Gallery: Bruce Springsteen Book Signing

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bruce Springsteen made a rare Chicago appearance Monday, but it was not for another sold-out show where 20,000+ fans left the United Center exhausted after a four hour rock celebration. Making an appearance at a Books A Million, a relatively small number of Bruce fans got a chance to share a moment and grab a […]

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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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December 2016: Media

December 2016: Media

| November 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

  WBBM-News Radio’s Josh Liss grew up in Skokie, and there was one voice that had a real impact on his career direction, though it didn’t manifest itself for a few years. “Harry Caray was the big reason I wanted to do sports broadcasting,” he says. “I didn’t have a dad to take me to […]

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RIP: Riot Fest Co-Founder Sean McKeough

RIP: Riot Fest Co-Founder Sean McKeough

| November 30, 2016 | 1 Comment

  Riot Fest Co-Founder and Cobra Lounge owner Sean P. McKeough, 42, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, November 29, the staff at Riot Fest announced today. Sean and co-founder Mike Petryshyn nurtured the punk rock festival from its beginnings as a small club event to its current incarnation as multi-day festivals  in Chicago’s Douglas Park […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Peter Wolf at City Winery

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Peter Wolf at City Winery

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

When Peter Wolf introduced “Nothing but the Wheel” from his 2002 solo album Sleepless, he described the distinguished company he kept while creating it. “I had the pleasure of recording this song with rock and roll royalty,” he said. “Well, real royalty – Sir Mick Jagger.”

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Photo Gallery – Buckcherry at Fuel Room

Photo Gallery – Buckcherry at Fuel Room

| November 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

IE’s Bradley Todd caught Buckcherry at their home away from home Sunday night – Austin’s Fuel Room. After two decades of touring and recording, Josh Todd and crew still represent the best of American born, hard hitting rock n’ roll.    

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Photo Gallery – The Pretty Reckless at HOB Chicago

Photo Gallery – The Pretty Reckless at HOB Chicago

| November 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

It was a packed house waiting to greet The Pretty Reckless on a blustery fall evening at Chicago’s House of Blues. Fronted by singer and former actor Taylor Momsen (Gossip Girl), the New York quartet has quietly amassed themselves an ever growing and decidedly devoted following. Them Evils and Holy White Hounds joined the mayhem. […]

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