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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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Media: January 2019

Media: January 2019

| January 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dave Fogel has now been in the saddle as the morning man at WLS for a year. The return to his former station seemed to be destined. “I was doing mornings at WJMK, and CBS sold to Entercom out of the blue, a total surprise, and they changed the format overnight. I was out of […]

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Photo Gallery: Los Lobos at City Winery

Photo Gallery: Los Lobos at City Winery

| December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured night one of four sold-out nights at City Winery. LA-based Tex-Mex and roots stars, Los Lobos treated the crowd to 2 sets, one acoustic and one electric to a stoked West Loop fandom.

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Photo Gallery: Greta Van Fleet at Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery: Greta Van Fleet at Aragon Ballroom

| December 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

One year after they played a sold-out show at Lincoln Hall, classic rock revivalists Greta Van Fleet sold-out 3 nights at Uptown’s Aragon Ballroom. Ed Spinelli captured the band on night one in the historic and acoustically challenging venue on Lawrence Avenue. Read our October 2018 Cover Story with the Greta Van Fleet

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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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Photo Gallery: Thom Yorke at Chicago Theatre

Photo Gallery: Thom Yorke at Chicago Theatre

| December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

When Radiohead’s extensive tour for their 2016 release A Moon Shaped Pool came to a triumphant end this past summer, apparently one of its members still had some fuel left in his tank. Lead singer Thom Yorke immersed himself in recording the soundtrack to the motion picture Suspiria and almost immediately headed back out onto […]

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Photo Gallery: Ministry at The Forge of Joliet

Photo Gallery: Ministry at The Forge of Joliet

| December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

It was a homecoming of sorts at The Forge last Thursday as Ministry returned to the Chicago area where their careers got started on Wax Trax Records. As expected Al Jourgensen dominated the night,  backed by his dynamic 2018 version of the band. Ed Spinelli captured all the action.  

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Media: December 2018

Media: December 2018

| December 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

As 2018 comes to an end and a new year begins, it’s time once again to pay tribute to the people who passed away this year. Once again, we lost some of the all-time Chicago greats. Among them, the long-time anchor and reporter Warner Saunders. Saunders’ award-winning 29-year stint at NBC-5 in Chicago touched countless […]

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Photo Gallery: Tenacious D at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Tenacious D at The Riviera Theatre

| November 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Uptown Chicago was graced with the presence of the self-proclaimed “greatest and best” band in the world Tuesday and Wednesday night. Tenacious D, the comedic folk-metal duo, descended on a sold out Riviera Theatre for two nights of bathroom humor delivered with the contradictory assault of acoustic heaviness. Actors Jack Black and partner Kyle Gass […]

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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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Photo Gallery: Keller Williams’ Duo at City Winery

Photo Gallery: Keller Williams’ Duo at City Winery

| November 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

IE’s Ed Spinelli caught the uber-talented acoustic guitar pioneer Keller Williams, who is touring with big bass sidekick Danton Boller in a super intimate acoustic show at City Winery last Thursday.  

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Photo Gallery: Good Charlotte at the Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Good Charlotte at the Riviera Theatre

| November 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Although they’re not exactly applying for AARP cards just yet, Waldorf, Maryland’s Good Charlotte is now entering its third decade as a band. Back in the mid-’90s, the Madden brothers, Benji and Joel, rode the initial punk-pop wave that today is influencing bands like 5 Seconds of Summer. Their 2018 release is titled Generation Rx […]

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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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Photo Gallery: John 5 at The Forge of Joliet

Photo Gallery: John 5 at The Forge of Joliet

| November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Rob Zombie’s right hand man, John 5 visited The Forge of Joliet on The Day of Dead with Ed Spinelli manning the photo pit.  

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Photo Gallery: Elton John at United Center

Photo Gallery: Elton John at United Center

| November 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Elton John delivered two nights at The United Center last week,  shedding a few tears along the way. Though it wasn’t his final, final performance in the area (he’ll be back in Rosemont in February), for many fans it will be the last chance to see him perform again. “Reg” recruited longtime band members Davey […]

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