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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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Media: December 2017

Media: December 2017

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s become a year-end tradition in this space to honor some of the broadcasters we lost in the past calendar year. All of them touched countless lives in the Chicago area, maybe even your own. The Chicago media community is diminished by their absence. JOE COLLINS – Collins was a veteran traffic reporter in Chicago best […]

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Photo Gallery: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at The Vic Theater

Photo Gallery: John McLaughlin & Jimmy Herring at The Vic Theater

| November 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured two guitar giants at The Vic last week, adding these show notes: “Chicago was the only city on this tour lucky enough to get two shows. Both easy sellouts to what appeared to be a male dominated audience, and guessing they were all guitar players getting their last lessons from the master […]

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Live Review/Gallery – Elton John at the Tax Slayer Center

Live Review/Gallery – Elton John at the Tax Slayer Center

| November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Elton John TaxSlayer Center, Moline Friday, November 10, 2017 Nearly every season in Elton John’s illustrious career is filled with some sort of milestone, but perhaps more than any in recent memory, the last year prompted several reasons to celebrate. For starters, the international superstar released his 30th studio album Wonderful Crazy Night (the first […]

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Recap/Gallery: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theater

Recap/Gallery: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theater

| November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Widespread Panic The Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI Widespread Panic didn’t make it to the Windy City this year, so Ed Spinelli packed up the Plymouth Voyager min-van and went to one of the bands favorite hot spots – Milwaukee! Panic have been hosting their Fall, 3-day weekends in the Cream City for a decade. The […]

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Photo Gallery – The National at House Of Vans

Photo Gallery – The National at House Of Vans

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  The National’s already busy schedule just became a bit more crowded. The Cincinnati quintet has already sold out two shows at Chicago’s Civic Opera House taking place later this month. But when a very popular former President (last name Obama) calls, well, what’s a left-leaning indie rock band to do but answer the call. […]

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Media: November 2017

Media: November 2017

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tom Shaer’s career in Chicago media includes stints as the morning man (and first voice ever) on the Score, ESPN AM 1000, morning sports anchor on WBBM News radio, and TV sports anchor at Channel 5, among other positions, but the Massachusetts native got his start in the business in Boston, and he did it […]

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Cover Story: William Patrick Corgan

Cover Story: William Patrick Corgan

| November 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

When the Jedi Master speaks, the humble light saber student must sit quietly at his feet and listen. And Smashing Pumpkins anchor Billy Corgan – who has recently re-dubbed himself with the more mature moniker of William Patrick Corgan, under which he just released the skeletal, Rick Rubin-produced solo set Oglilala, one of his best […]

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Reacap/Gallery: Flogging Molly at Limelight Metroplex

Reacap/Gallery: Flogging Molly at Limelight Metroplex

| October 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Flogging Molly, the Detroit based seven-piece, played an electric two-hour set at the Limelight Eventplex in Peoria, Saturday. It was the band’s first visit to Whiskeytown in support of their latest studio album, Life Is Good. Their mix of traditional Irish music and punk rock hit the mark with a crowd spanning three generations. […]

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Photo Gallery: Katy Perry at United Center

Photo Gallery: Katy Perry at United Center

| October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Katy Perry United Center, Chicago Tuesday, October 24, 2017 It was a “Teenage Dream” come true when Katy Perry brought “Witness: The Tour” to the United Center for the opening of a two-night stand. While IE only had a window of “Roulette,” “Dark Horse” and “Chained To The Rhythm” to snap away like cray cray, […]

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