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Cover Story: The Way Down Wanderers

Cover Story: The Way Down Wanderers

| February 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Peoria natives The Way Down Wanderers may be new to many, but since dropping a self-titled debut in 2016, as well as a pair of EPs and a live recording, the quintet has steadily swelled their grassroots fan base with an alluring, frequently unexpected hybrid of heartland sounds. Comprised of guitarist/vocalist Austin Krause-Thompson, mandolin player/violinist/guitarist/vocalist […]

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Cover Story: Hozier

Cover Story: Hozier

| January 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

  When Andrew Hozier-Byrne looks back on his past four successful years — ever since his eponymous debut disc went #1 in his native Ireland and Top 10 around the world, fueled by the irresistible, Gospel-fervent smash single “Take Me to Church” — he has a tough time remembering all his subsequent major career coups. […]

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Cover Story: nothing, nowhere.

Cover Story: nothing, nowhere.

| January 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Cries for help don’t come much more urgently. Last month, brash young Saturday Night Live comedian Pete Davidson — who had joked for months in sketches about being diagnosed with borderline personality disorder — lost any remaining shreds of humor about his often-debilitating condition when he posted an alarming message on Instagram, right before he […]

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Feature Story: Jay O’Rourke

Feature Story: Jay O’Rourke

| December 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

  If the Chicago music scene had a spine, Jay O’Rourke would one of its vertebrae. He’s been around a while, worked with some great artists as producer and engineer, and tasted some brief major-label success. But it wasn’t until now, 40 years into his story, that he says he’s found his voice. Last month […]

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Cover Story and Gallery: The Struts

Cover Story and Gallery: The Struts

| November 15, 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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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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Hello My Name is Andrew W.K.

Hello My Name is Andrew W.K.

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Like Alexander the Great centuries before him, mega-metaller Andrew W.K. is probably weeping because he has no more worlds to conquer. Justifiably so. After recording 2001’s I Get Wet – a multi-tracked ELO-meets-Sweet-at-Slayer-junction masterpiece so addictive that we guarantee that there will be days you’ll wake up needing to hear it right then, this […]

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Cover Story: The Voidz

Cover Story: The Voidz

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

  “A man’s got to know his limitations,” Clint Eastwood once observed as the defiant renegade cop Dirty Harry. Similarly unforgiving Strokes bandleader Julian Casablancas is still gradually discovering his own with his latest splinter combo –initially dubbed Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, now known simply as The Voidz – and its sleek, sophisticated sophomore […]

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Cover Story: Johnny Marr

Cover Story: Johnny Marr

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Johnny Marr just made the best record of his life. And he knows it. Dubbed Call the Comet, it’s the ex-Smith guitarist’s third, following 2013’s The Messenger and 2014’s Playland. And it finds him: Lyrically delving into grim socio-political issues that he’d often avoided; Letting his axe provide the chiming hooks in places instead of […]

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Media – September 2018

Media – September 2018

| August 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

WXRT morning man Lin Brehmer is more than just a friendly voice on 93.1 FM every day, he is your “best friend in the whole world,” a moniker he has used now for several years.  “But I usually say it in a pathetic ‘why don’t I have any friends at all’ whine,” he points out. […]

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Remembering Aretha Franklin 1942-2018

Remembering Aretha Franklin 1942-2018

| August 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Aretha Franklin, who passed away on August 16th of pancreatic cancer at age 76, embodied her title of “Queen of Soul” in a wholly spectacular way but that name didn’t fully capture all that she was. Aretha wasn’t just a gifted singer, and she wasn’t just a master of soul singing. She sang every American […]

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Cover Story: Børns

Cover Story: Børns

| July 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today Garrett Borns might be the foppish baroque-pop trendsetter who records as simply Børns, with three adventurous albums to his credit, including the new Blue Madonna, his second for Interscope. But there was a time not so long ago when the Michigan native was at the mercy of a pack of marauding masked bandits after […]

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Cover Story:  Lissie

Cover Story: Lissie

| June 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

There is a word – and indeed a whole attendant concept – that singer-songwriter Lissie (born Elisabeth Corrin Morris in Rock Island, Illinois; she long ago dropped her surname for performing) had gradually let slip from her memory, over her recent years spent living in sunny Ojai, California. And it’s not something too easy to […]

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Stage Buzz: Hello My Name is… Jonathan Davis [Updated: Photo Gallery at House of Blues Chicago]

Stage Buzz: Hello My Name is… Jonathan Davis [Updated: Photo Gallery at House of Blues Chicago]

| May 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

IE’s Curt Baran caught Korn’s Jonanthan Davis at a rare intimate show Sunday at House Of Blues Chicago with New Jersey hardcore stalwarts, Palisades. Sundays will never be the same. Read our Q&A with Davis below.     Our Q&A with Jonathan Davis from May 2018 Illinois Entertainer Print & Mobile Editions To any fans […]

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Cover Story: Dorothy

Cover Story: Dorothy

| April 30, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the music industry, never underestimate the sound man. From his back-of-club vantage point, he usually sees – and knows – all. Two years ago, singer Dorothy Martin was playing a small San Francisco nightclub with her namesake outfit Dorothy, to a rabid crowd of mostly teenaged girls, who had copied the quasi-Goth look she […]

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