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Photo Gallery: Tenacious D at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Tenacious D at The Riviera Theatre

| November 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Uptown Chicago was graced with the presence of the self-proclaimed “greatest and best” band in the world Tuesday and Wednesday night. Tenacious D, the comedic folk-metal duo, descended on a sold out Riviera Theatre for two nights of bathroom humor delivered with the contradictory assault of acoustic heaviness. Actors Jack Black and partner Kyle Gass […]

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Photo Gallery: Keller Williams’ Duo at City Winery

Photo Gallery: Keller Williams’ Duo at City Winery

| November 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

IE’s Ed Spinelli caught the uber-talented acoustic guitar pioneer Keller Williams, who is touring with big bass sidekick Danton Boller in a super intimate acoustic show at City Winery last Thursday.  

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Photo Gallery: Good Charlotte at the Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Good Charlotte at the Riviera Theatre

| November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Although they’re not exactly applying for AARP cards just yet, Waldorf, Maryland’s Good Charlotte is now entering its third decade as a band. Back in the mid-’90s, the Madden brothers, Benji and Joel, rode the initial punk-pop wave that today is influencing bands like 5 Seconds of Summer. Their 2018 release is titled Generation Rx […]

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Caught In A Mosh: Jeremy Wagner’s “Rabid Heart”

Caught In A Mosh: Jeremy Wagner’s “Rabid Heart”

| November 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many know Chicago legacy death-metal band Broken Hope’s guitarist Jeremy Wagner for his music. But some of you may not know that Wagner is also an accomplished fiction writer who has just released a new horror novel Rabid Heart (Riverdale Avenue Books). The 258-page post-apocalyptic nightmare tells the tale of a worldwide pandemic that infects […]

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Photo Gallery: John 5 at The Forge of Joliet

Photo Gallery: John 5 at The Forge of Joliet

| November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Rob Zombie’s right hand man, John 5 visited The Forge of Joliet on The Day of Dead with Ed Spinelli manning the photo pit.  

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Photo Gallery: Elton John at United Center

Photo Gallery: Elton John at United Center

| November 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Elton John delivered two nights at The United Center last week,  shedding a few tears along the way. Though it wasn’t his final, final performance in the area (he’ll be back in Rosemont in February), for many fans it will be the last chance to see him perform again. “Reg” recruited longtime band members Davey […]

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Media: November 2018

Media: November 2018

| October 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

When Eric Ferguson started working at WTMX (The Mix), the studios had just moved from Skokie to downtown, and they were considered state of the art for their time. That time, unfortunately, was the 90s. Now, he is working in state of the art facilities again–brand new studios that are still under semi-construction. “Like anything […]

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Cover Story: The Struts

Cover Story: The Struts

| October 31, 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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Recap and Photo Gallery: Nine Inch Nails with Jesus and Mary Chain at Aragon Ballroom

Recap and Photo Gallery: Nine Inch Nails with Jesus and Mary Chain at Aragon Ballroom

| October 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

Since Nine Inch Nails embarked on the Cold and Black and Infinite tour back in September, they’ve kept fans on their toes by switching up the setlist every night and dropping in random covers and deep cuts where they see fit. It wasn’t any different on the last of three nights at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom. […]

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Photo Gallery: Widespread Panic at The Riverside Theater

Photo Gallery: Widespread Panic at The Riverside Theater

| October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Widespread Panic didn’t make it to the Windy City again this year, so Ed Spinelli packed up the vintage VW minivan and went to one of the bands favorite hot spots in Milwaukee. “Panic” have been hosting their Fall, 3-day weekends in the Cream City for over a decade. The shows usually sell-out in days, […]

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Photo Gallery: Public Image Limited at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: Public Image Limited at Thalia Hall

| October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that John Lydon’s current band has lasted longer than his previous one did. Of course, he is the former Johnny Rotten, who once fronted legendary punk pioneers the Sex Pistols, who historically burned brightly in the late 1970’s, then flamed out in spectacular fashion. But it’s also […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Phil Collins at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Phil Collins at United Center

| October 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Phil Collins United Center, Chicago Monday, October 22, 2018 Too many superstars perform so often that they oversaturate the marketplace and play to diminishing returns, but that hasn’t been the case for Phil Collins thus far this century, who outside of his “First Final Farewell” Tour in 2004 and a brief Genesis reunion in 2007 […]

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Photo Gallery: Twenty One Pilots at United Center

Photo Gallery: Twenty One Pilots at United Center

| October 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

After a lengthy sabbatical, Twenty One Pilots have returned to the road. Apparently, this is a secret to the very few, considering the Columbus, Ohio duo all but sold out the entirety of their Bandito Tour in an eye blink. Their U.S. trek, in support of the 2018 release Trench brought them, and hoards of […]

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Photo Gallery and Recap: Gorillaz at United Center

Photo Gallery and Recap: Gorillaz at United Center

| October 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

“The last time we played here was 2010,” Damon Albarn told an enthusiastic crowd at the United Center during the second to last night of The Gorillaz’ Now Now tour. Albarn and his 13-member ensemble turned the arena into a nightclub, where everyone from longtime followers to fans barely in their teens danced the night […]

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Live Review & Photo Gallery: Lindsey Buckingham at Athenaeum Theatre

Live Review & Photo Gallery: Lindsey Buckingham at Athenaeum Theatre

| October 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Lindsey Buckingham Athenaeum Theatre, Chicago Wednesday, October 17, 2018 The first time Lindsey Buckingham left Fleetwood Mac, it was on his own accord, though by all indications including a very public lawsuit, the latest round was a result of being asked to leave. But one band’s loss is another man’s gain, at least as far […]

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