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Recap/Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park – Day 1

Recap/Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park – Day 1

| July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

2017 is arguably the year the Pitchfork Music Festival rediscovered its groove. Although the Chicago-based festival has always been adventurous in their approach to the acts it has booked, the past few years have felt a bit “eh.” This year’s line-up made it all that a fading memory. Curt Baran hit Union Park on the […]

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Recap/Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park – Day 2

Recap/Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park – Day 2

| July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

There was a palpable electricity in the air on day 2 of the Pitchfork Music Festival. The recently reunited A Tribe Called Quest had the headlining slot, but the day, hell, the whole weekend was owned by female artists. Curt Baran was back in the park on Saturday and he grabbed shots of Vagabon, Jeff […]

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Recap/Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park – Day 3

Recap/Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park – Day 3

| July 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

At Day 3 of 2017’s Pitchfork Music Festival hit a few speed bumps. Due to an illness in the family, The Avalanches were forced to cancel. Headliner Solange has announced that no photographers will be allowed to document her set, and legendary shoegazer’s Ride had some very uncooperative distortion pedals in their set, yet they […]

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Review and Gallery: Queen and Adam Lambert at United Center

Review and Gallery: Queen and Adam Lambert at United Center

| July 14, 2017 | 7 Comments

Queen + Adam Lambert United Center, Chicago Thursday, July 13, 2017 By sheer coincidence, Queen + Adam Lambert’s latest visit to another sold out United Center just so happened to fall on the exact same date of Live Aid 32 years ago. Of course, that “global jukebox” featured Queen with its late front man Freddie […]

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Review and Gallery: Gorillaz at HBP at Northerly Island

Review and Gallery: Gorillaz at HBP at Northerly Island

| July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Gorillaz Huntington Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island, Chicago Saturday, July 8, 2017 “I’ve been coming to Chicago since 1990 and you never cease to bewilder me,” exclaimed Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn to a widely enthusiastic and entirely sold out Huntington Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island on opening night of alternative ensemble’s Humanz Tour. While […]

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Recap and Gallery: Dead & Company at Wrigley Field

Recap and Gallery: Dead & Company at Wrigley Field

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dead & Company Wrigley Field, Chicago Saturday, July 1, 2017 No, Dead & Company aren’t exactly the Grateful Dead, but considering the group consists of Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, plus the originally unexpected but nonetheless exceptional John Mayer with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, it’s an all-star tribute to the original Dead. […]

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Photo Gallery: Red Hot Chili Peppers at United Center

Photo Gallery: Red Hot Chili Peppers at United Center

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Red Hot Chili Peppers stormed Chicago’s United Center this past weekend, acting like the Jam Band they’ve always secretly hidden under a heavy blanket of tattoos and punk rock-infused funk riffs. Curt Baran parked himself in the photo pit for night one of a two night residency, fighting a soundtrack that all but dared him […]

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Photo Gallery: 311 with New Politics at HBP at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: 311 with New Politics at HBP at Northerly Island

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

An ominous looking cloud gathered over Northerly Island just before 311 took the stage. On an otherwise postcard ready evening, the gathering storm…oh who are we fooling?…it was weed people! This is 311 after all, the two go together like mac and cheese. Curt Baran went into the pit to capture the evenings proceedings. New […]

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Stage Buzz/Recap/Gallery (Updated): Wolf Alice at Schubas

Stage Buzz/Recap/Gallery (Updated): Wolf Alice at Schubas

| July 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

North London’s Wolf Alice completely eviscerated Chicago’s Schubas Tavern Wednesday. The intimate confines at Belmont and Southport proved to be the perfect setting for the quartet to preview songs from their forthcoming release (due this fall). They also tore through fan favorites that included “Moaning Lisa Smile,” “Bros,” “Giant Peach” and “Lisbon.” Curt Baran managed […]

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Photo Gallery: Def Leppard/Poison/Tesla at HCA

Photo Gallery: Def Leppard/Poison/Tesla at HCA

| June 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured the stalwarts of ’80s metal in Tinley Park on June 24.

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Photo Gallery and Recap: Metallica with Avenged Sevenfold and Local H at Soldier Field

Photo Gallery and Recap: Metallica with Avenged Sevenfold and Local H at Soldier Field

| June 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Metallica Soldier Field, Chicago Sunday, June 18, 2017 In their 36-year career, Metallica never previously played Soldier Field until Sunday night, and while the home of the Chicago Bears doesn’t come equipped with a dome, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Robert Trujillo and Lars Ulrich would’ve surely blown the roof off the joint if it […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Live Review and Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Iron Maiden Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL June 15, 2017 Photos by Curt Baran Review by Jeff Elbel The weekend began a day early for local headbangers of all ages, when legendary British metal band Iron Maiden made the final Chicago stop on its juggernaut The Book of Souls World Tour. The six members […]

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Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds: HBP at Northerly Island

Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds: HBP at Northerly Island

| June 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds acoustic tour at the former Meigs Field Setlist Lie in Our Graves Satellite Save Me What Would You Say Dive In Funny the Way It Is Warehouse Proudest Monkey Stay or Leave So Damn Lucky Bismarck Crush Che * Out of My Hands Worried Man Blues Samurai […]

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Photo Gallery: Phoenix at Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery: Phoenix at Aragon Ballroom

| June 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

  French popsters Phoenix are just one of many bands to grace the pages of the June 2017 issue of Illinois Entertainer. They recently hit the road in support of their latest release Ti Amo. Curt Baran rolled into Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood to snapped off some shots at the band’s sold out show at the […]

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Photo Gallery: Rise Against and Deftones with Thrice at Huntington Bank Pavilion

Photo Gallery: Rise Against and Deftones with Thrice at Huntington Bank Pavilion

| June 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

On a picture perfect evening adjacent to Lake Michigan, Rise Against chose to kick off the “Wolves” tour in their hometown of Chicago. The tour’s first date also coincided with the release of Wolves, the quartet’s ninth album. The current trek will keep the band on the road deep into the summer and fall. To […]

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