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Photo Gallery: Eric Johnson at the Acorn Theater

Photo Gallery: Eric Johnson at the Acorn Theater

| May 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

If Eric Johnson isn’t your favorite guitar player, than odds are he is your “favorite guitar player’s guitar player.” He was especially impressive in the intimate confines of Three Oak’s (MI), Acorn Theater Thursday Night. Johnson’s two-hour set included an extended electric guitar performance, a short acoustic set, and a few tunes his from baby […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Midnight Oil at the Vic Theatre

Live Review and Gallery: Midnight Oil at the Vic Theatre

| May 19, 2017 | 6 Comments

  Midnight Oil The Vic Theatre May 18, 2017 The glorious roar and jangle of Midnight Oil’s twin guitars and the band’s righteous fury have been sorely missed by many fans in Chicago since their last date here in 2002, when the group headlined Taste of Chicago in support of the Capricornia album. The politically-charged […]

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Review and Photo Gallery: Hall & Oates/Tears For Fears at Allstate Arena

Review and Photo Gallery: Hall & Oates/Tears For Fears at Allstate Arena

| May 17, 2017 | 3 Comments

If you graduated high school in the 80s, loved your radio, and wanted your MTV, Allstate Arena was the place to be on Monday night. Judging by the packed hall, word had gotten around. Two disparate but defining bands from the era joined forces for a satisfying night of music and memories. Tears for Fears […]

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Photo Gallery – the xx at the Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery – the xx at the Aragon Ballroom

| May 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Buoyed by the success of their new album, The xx brought the I See You tour to a sold-out Aragon Ballroom on a rainy Monday. The band returns later this summer as part of the considerably larger musical festival that will be affiliated with a musical operation called Lollapalooza in Chicago’s Grant Park. Curt Baran […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Rise Against at House Of Vans

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Rise Against at House Of Vans

| April 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been way too long, right?” Thirty minutes into Rise Against’s Friday night set at House of Vans new location in the West Loop, frontman Tim McIlrath voiced what so many in the crowd were thinking. Rise Against’s last full length, The Black Market, dropped in 2014, and the band has kept a relatively low […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: John Mayer at United Center

Recap and Photo Gallery: John Mayer at United Center

| April 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

John Mayer essentially wore 3 hats during the course of his show Tuesday at the United Center: pop songster with full band; singer/songwriter solo acoustic, and blues rock guitar aficionado with power trio. His rhythm section for the full band and trio was Steve Jordan on drums and Pino Palladino on bass, was exceptional. In […]

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Stage Buzz Review: The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism at Navy Pier

Stage Buzz Review: The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism at Navy Pier

| April 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism Navy Pier, Chicago Wednesday, April 12, 2017 With exponential amounts of albums, books, photographs, memorabilia and merchandise on the market relating to The Rolling Stones, it seems impossible that anyone could possibly unearth another morsel on what many might call the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band. But thanks to the […]

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Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein at Big Shots

Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein at Big Shots

| April 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

IE’s Ed Spinelli captured Misfits original guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein at Big Shots in Valparaiso, IN

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Photo Gallery and Show Review: Radiohead at Sprint Center, Kansas City

Photo Gallery and Show Review: Radiohead at Sprint Center, Kansas City

| April 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

If you scanned the parking lots at Kansas City’s Sprint Center on Wednesday night, you would have noticed something peculiar about the motionless cars. For each Missouri license plate, there were as many, if not more, vehicles adorned with placards from neighboring States and beyond. It would certainly seem to infer that if Radiohead doesn’t […]

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Photo Gallery: Experience Hendrix at The Riverside Theater

Photo Gallery: Experience Hendrix at The Riverside Theater

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli went to the Cream City to capture to 2017 version of Experience Hendrix tour, and what a night it was. The Milwaukee version of the tour featured these six string Samsons: Featuring Billy Cox (from Jimi Hendrix Experience / Band Of Gypsys), Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde (from Black Label Society / Ozzy Osbourne), […]

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Review and Gallery: Regina Spektor at Chicago Theater

Review and Gallery: Regina Spektor at Chicago Theater

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

  It’s a seemingly innocuous statement taken at face value. But color in Regina Spektor’s back story, and the words take on a considerate amount of heft. Fleeing the former Soviet Union when anti-semitism became “too much to bear.” Spektor reflected onstage at the Chicago Theatre, thousands of miles from her former homeland and a […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Bon Jovi at United Center

Live Review and Gallery: Bon Jovi at United Center

| March 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bon Jovi United Center, Chicago Sunday, March 26, 2017 As Bon Jovi kicked off its first concert in Chicago since Soldier Field in 2013 with “This House Is Not For Sale” (the title track from the band’s 13th standard studio album), original members Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan (keyboards) and Tico Torres (drums) seemed to […]

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Photo Gallery: Sleigh Bells at Metro

Photo Gallery: Sleigh Bells at Metro

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Brooklyn’s Sleigh Bells (vocalist Alexis Krauss and guitarist Derek Edward Miller) unleashed a torrent of sound and pummeling lights on a willing Metro audience Tuesday. On tour to support their latest release Jessica Rabbit, the band yolked volume and a pupil dilating light-show into a hurricane force performance. Curt Baran dropped himself into the eye […]

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Photo Gallery: The Band Perry at Lincoln Hall

Photo Gallery: The Band Perry at Lincoln Hall

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

In advance of their forthcoming album, My Bad Imagination, The Band Perry has taken a unique promotional approach. The Grammy winning trio has embarked on what they’re calling a series of “Pop-Up Shows.” Specifically, seven concerts in seven cities, played in the round, in considerably more intimate spaces then the arenas they are accustomed to […]

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Photo Gallery – Panic at the Disco at Allstate Arena

Photo Gallery – Panic at the Disco at Allstate Arena

| March 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

Rosemont’s Allstate Arena was packed from floor to the rafters, as Brendon’s Urie’s faithful came out in droves for the Death of a Bachelor Tour featuring Panic At The Disco. The merch lines snaked their way through every corridor, seemingly overlapping each swag-station in an oval around the building’s interior. Those in attendance squealed for […]

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