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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2021 • Day Four

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2021 • Day Four

| September 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest Day Four Douglas Park Chicago, IL Day Four of Riot Fest was yet another packed schedule of performances. These included (deep inhale): Facs, 3OH!3, BLACKSTARKIDS, Health, K. Flay, The Bled, Body Count, Fever 333, Thursday, Anthrax, Bleached, DEVO, Ratboys, The Flaming Lips and Radical Stage headliner, and Slipknot nemesis Machine Gun Kelly. Does […]

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Photo Gallery:  Riot Fest 2021 • Day Two

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2021 • Day Two

| September 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest Day Two Douglas Park Chicago, IL Day Two of Riot Fest was actually the first FULL day of the festival, which meant an opportunity to see upwards of 30 bands in perfect weather with Chicago’s own Smashing Pumpkins headlining for the first time. The day also featured Seratones, The Sounds, Oxymorrons, Senor Kino, […]

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2021 • Day One

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2021 • Day One

| September 17, 2021 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest returned to Douglas Park after their 2020 COVID-19 sabbatical with a first: a bonus day (adding to its usual 3-day format) for multi-day ticket buyers and other VIPs. Despite several high profile COVID-related cancellations – the norm in this weird environment, the Riot Fest crew assembled a genuinely worthy day of music featuring […]

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Photo Gallery: Dead and Company at the Rauf Home Mortgage Music Center

Photo Gallery: Dead and Company at the Rauf Home Mortgage Music Center

| September 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Well, we went from famine to feast. The concert landscape has become so overpopulated that it has become the norm that multiple shows occur on the same day. Since cloning technology has yet to be perfected, the alternative is to hit the road. Dead & Co. arrives this weekend at Wrigley Field, which also coincides […]

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Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Festival 2021 • Day One

Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Festival 2021 • Day One

| September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

When COVID-19 shuttered the 2020 Pitchfork Music Festival, it left in its wake a deafening “what could have been.” The good news is that over the past weekend, P4K returned, salvaging a sizable chunk of its previously planned lineup, and mighty shored up the gaping wounds of the artists that were unable to make it […]

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Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 • Day Two

Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 • Day Two

| September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Day Two of the 2020 Pitchfork Music Festival could have, arguably, been the greatest single-day lineup in the fest’s already storied history. The undercard boasted a cavalcade of names that, judging by their performances and the receptions they were greeted with, all but assured they’ll return to grace the larger stages in the future. Who […]

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Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Festival 2021 • Day Three

Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Festival 2021 • Day Three

| September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Day Three was certainly the most eclectic day of the Pitchfork Music Festival. So it says a lot about its attendee’s discerning taste that it was also the first day to sell out. Those who hopped in the virtual queue that has now become the box office were treated to performances by Tomberlin, Special Interest, […]

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Stage Buzz: Live Review and Photo Gallery • Colin Hay at Park West

Stage Buzz: Live Review and Photo Gallery • Colin Hay at Park West

| September 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

Colin Hay Park West, Chicago, IL Sunday, August 29, 2021 Review by Jeff Elbel, photos by Philamonjaro   Colin Hay has spent decades building his brand as one of popular music’s premier solo acoustic entertainers and all-around raconteurs. His performance benefits from a miraculously ageless voice, fluid and dexterous guitar playing, and stories that overflow […]

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Photo Gallery: Doobie Brothers at Huntington Bank Pavilion

Photo Gallery: Doobie Brothers at Huntington Bank Pavilion

| August 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

 Ed Spinelli captured the 5oth anniversary tour of The Doobie Brothers birthday tour that yolked two eras of the band — the Tom Johnston-led band of the early 1970s, and the even more popular R&B influenced Michael McDonald-led version of the late ’70s. The near sell-out performance was as inspired as you might expect (perhaps […]

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Stage Buzz: Review and Photo Gallery • Wilco, Sleater-Kinney at Pritzker Pavillion

Stage Buzz: Review and Photo Gallery • Wilco, Sleater-Kinney at Pritzker Pavillion

| August 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Nnamdï Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL Saturday, August 28, 2021 Review by Jeff Elbel Photo Gallery by Curt Baran Saturday’s performance at Pritzker Pavilion was Wilco’s first hometown show since December 2019, when the band supported 2019’s Ode to Joy album at the Chicago Theatre. After 20 months of waiting, Jeff […]

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Stage Buzz: Photo Gallery • Korn with Staind at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Stage Buzz: Photo Gallery • Korn with Staind at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| August 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Two titans of hard rock’s Nu Metal movement descended on Tinley Park’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Friday. Korn and Staind, torchbearers that flat out owned the genre in the late 90’s, have hit the road together for a tour that’s bringing the down tuned heaviness to the late summer Shed’s across the country. The two acts […]

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Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day One Photo Gallery

Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day One Photo Gallery

| August 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Live music has returned! Lollapalooza celebrated its 30th Anniversary by returning to Chicago’s front yard. There was, however, a palpable mix of emotions that filled Grant Park with the specter of COVID still very much lurking. Proof of vaccination and/or negative test results were required for entry. Those who couldn’t provide either were required to […]

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Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day Two Photo Gallery

Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day Two Photo Gallery

| August 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Day Two of Lollapalooza 2021 was greeted with what was, arguably, the greatest weather the festival has ever seen. Overnight storms not only tramped the dust down but also shoved the previous day’s suffocating humidity to places unknown. This blank meteorological canvass got splashed by aural brushstrokes from Oston, Rookie, Mob Rich, Tai Verdes, Black […]

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Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day Three Photo Gallery

Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day Three Photo Gallery

| August 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

It’s Day Three, and Lolla keeps rolling on. Tonight’s total head-scratcher has Post Malone and Journey headlining on separate ends of Grant Park. Yep…not a typo. Let’s also toss in a recently revived Limp Bizkit to really keep it weird. But hey, there was no shortage of contemporaries like Cannons, Jessia, Porches, Michigander, Rence, BIA, […]

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Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day Four Photo Gallery

Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day Four Photo Gallery

| August 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

The curtains are now drawn closed on yet another Lollapalooza. Don’t call it a comeback. The final day featured great sets from The Aquadolls, Brooke Alexx, Sir Chloe, Sofia Valdes, RMR, Princess Nokia, Sarah Barrios, MXMTOON, Brittany Howard, The Front Bottoms, Rico Nasty, Modest Mouse, and Band of Horses. Until next summer… -Curt Baran   […]

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