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Photo Galley: Taylor Swift at Soldier Field

Photo Galley: Taylor Swift at Soldier Field

| June 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Taylor Swift is dead. Long live Taylor Swift. At least that’s what her most recent album would have you believe. Taking the stage accompanied by Joan Jett’s “Bad Reputation,” Swift sent a pretty clear message that even if the haters gonna hate, Taylor 2.0 is completely nonplussed. “The Swifties,” possibly pop music’s most dedicated fan […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: David Byrne at Auditorium Theatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: David Byrne at Auditorium Theatre

| June 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

In press statements, David Byrne promised that his current tour supporting new album American Utopia would present his most ambitious show since staging the 1983 concerts that became the Jonathan Demme-directed film Stop Making Sense with Talking Heads. On the first of three nights at Chicago’s elegant Auditorium Theatre, Byrne and his cohort of 11 […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: U2 at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: U2 at United Center

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

U2 United Center, Chicago Tuesday, May 22, 2018 A mere three years ago, U2 set up shop at the United Center for five nights to unveil its ambitious “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” concept, accompanied by a boundary-breaking, technologically-innovative visual assault. Bono and the boys then pressed “pause” on the project to celebrate the 30thanniversary of *The […]

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Photo Gallery: Sons of Apollo at Arcada Theatre

Photo Gallery: Sons of Apollo at Arcada Theatre

| May 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Bassist Billy Sheehan and drummer Mike Portnoy are arguably the greatest hard rock rhythm section of all time, and their newest supergroup Sons of Apollo delivered a dynamic and sometimes awe-inspring show at the Arcada last week. Their bandmates Derik Sherinian, Jeff Scott Soto and Ron “Bumblefoot Thal more than held their own and are […]

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Photo Gallery: Matt and Kim at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Matt and Kim at The Riviera Theatre

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Exuberant!! When using the word in association with Matt and Kim, it’s entitled to more than one exclamation point. The Brooklyn duo bounded onto the stage at the start of their recent performance at the Riviera Theatre and their intensity and enthusiasm never ebbed. Curt Baran found a valued free parking spot in Uptown and […]

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Photo Gallery: Five Seconds of Summer at House of Blues Chicago

Photo Gallery: Five Seconds of Summer at House of Blues Chicago

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

The line to get in the venue snaked down the sidewalk adjacent to House of Blues, and continued south, crossing the Chicago River, then turned east on West Wacker Drive. Punk-poppers 5 Seconds of Summer were in town and playing a venue much more intimate that their rabid fan base has been accustomed to. Once […]

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Photo Gallery: Margo Price at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: Margo Price at Thalia Hall

| April 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Margo Price’s past reads like most classic country song, except her version is not fiction. The former Aledo, Illinois native suffered through obscurity, poverty, tragedy and even jail time. She watched her father lose their family farm, left college at the age of 20 to pursue a career in music, that eventually brought her to […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Darkness at Park West

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Darkness at Park West

| April 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Darkness Park West, Chicago, IL Wednesday, April 11, 2018 He’ll take your coat. He’ll share his water bottle if you appear to be parched. He’ll pull you onstage if you’re wearing his favorite shirt (the one bearing his own first name in lightning-strike font). Is there anything Justin Hawkins or his bandmates in the […]

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Photo Gallery: Sloppy Jane at Happy Gallery

Photo Gallery: Sloppy Jane at Happy Gallery

| April 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

L.A. collective Sloppy Jane are equal parts rock show/performance art/traveling circus. Lead by resident hellion Haley Dahl, the band’s size can shrink or swell at will. When they touched down at Happy Gallery this past week, the impossibly huge ensemble crammed bodies and musical instruments into an improbably small space. Of course, no matter the […]

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Photo Gallery: Dan Auerbach at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Dan Auerbach at The Riviera Theatre

| April 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Though he’s currently on a sabbatical from his “other” band, The Black Keys, that doesn’t mean bassist/guitarist Dan Auerbach is simply kicking back and soaking his feet. He recently released his second solo album Waiting On A Song, and almost immediately hit the road to play it live. His touring bands consists of a whole […]

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Photo Gallery: Justin Timberlake at United Center

Photo Gallery: Justin Timberlake at United Center

| March 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

From boy band member from Tennesee to pop music superstar, Justin Timberlake has been no stranger to success. Basking in the afterglow of his recent Super Bowl performance, he brought his “Man Of The Woods” tour to United Center for the first of two nights (and he returns AGAIN this October). Curt Baran pulled his […]

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Photo: Gallery: Puddles Pity Party at The Vic Theatre

Photo: Gallery: Puddles Pity Party at The Vic Theatre

| March 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Since he broke out on America’s Got Talent, Puddles has amused and entertained audiences with his sad clown persona, a killer voice, and an vaudevillian shtick. He’s an odd yolking of vintage Andy Kaufman-style performance art and kinescope-era variety acts, like the pioneers of television including Milton Berle and Sid Ceasar. Ed Spinneli was knocked […]

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Photo Gallery & Live Review: The Zombies at City Winery

Photo Gallery & Live Review: The Zombies at City Winery

| March 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Zombies City Winery Monday, March 19, 2018 Review by Jeff Elbel Photos by Philamonjaro On Monday, March 19, British Invasion icons the Zombies returned to City Winery for the first of two nights. The band displayed its impressive range from the jump, beginning with the full-tilt blues rock of Bo Diddley’s “Road Runner” followed […]

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Photo Gallery: Michael Schenker Fest at Riverside Theatre

Photo Gallery: Michael Schenker Fest at Riverside Theatre

| March 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

After a sturdy sold-out show at Concord Music Hall,  former UFO and Scorpions guitarist Michael Schenker took his cast of thousands to Milwaukee. Ed Spinelli captured the German guitar pioneer in the Cream City. Read our interview with Schenker in our print and mobile editions

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Live Review: The Eagles at United Center

Live Review: The Eagles at United Center

| March 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Eagles/ JD & The Straight Shot United Center, Chicago Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Rather than making some grand entrance or busting out the big lights (those would come a bit later), core Eagles members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, alongside Deacon Frey and Vince Gill, quietly got into position at the United […]

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