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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Fleetwood Mac at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Fleetwood Mac at United Center

| October 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fleetwood Mac United Center, Chicago Saturday, October 6, 2018 Every instance when the current members of Fleetwood Mac chanted “chains keep us together” at the United Center on only the second night of a North American tour that stretches well into 2019, it seemed to be much more than a chance for the audience to […]

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Media: October 2018

Media: October 2018

| October 1, 2018 | 1 Comment

For the first time since the late ’80s, the Chicago radio landscape doesn’t include Cara Carriveau. Cara stepped down from her shift at WSHE (100.3 FM) earlier this year after stints at the Wabbit (103.9FM), Rock 103.5, the Loop (97.9FM), and the Mix (101.9FM), and jumped into a new role at Local Radio Networks. It’s […]

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Photo Gallery: Bourbon & Beyond, Champions Park, Louisville

Photo Gallery: Bourbon & Beyond, Champions Park, Louisville

| September 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

A rain shortened Bourbon & Beyond still delivered a world-class music line-up on Day One at Champions Park in Louisville. Ed Spinelli donned his rain gear and his Hefty-covered Nikon in a steady rain, while capturing Swimming With Bears, Larkin Poe, Mindi Abair & Boneshakers, Joseph, JJ Grey & Mofro, Keb Mo, Sheryl Crow, David Byrne […]

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2018 – Day Three

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2018 – Day Three

| September 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

As the 2018 version of Riot Fest plowed into its third day, July weather returned full stop, beating down on the thousands who assembled for performances from (insert deep breath here) Pronoun, No Small Children, Just Friends, Calpurina, Kevin Devine, JD McPherson, Fear, SWMRS, Johnny Marr, The Dangerous Summer, The Audition, Suicidal Tendencies, Superchunk, Dillinger […]

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Hello My Name is Andrew W.K.

Hello My Name is Andrew W.K.

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Like Alexander the Great centuries before him, mega-metaller Andrew W.K. is probably weeping because he has no more worlds to conquer. Justifiably so. After recording 2001’s I Get Wet – a multi-tracked ELO-meets-Sweet-at-Slayer-junction masterpiece so addictive that we guarantee that there will be days you’ll wake up needing to hear it right then, this […]

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Cover Story: The Voidz

Cover Story: The Voidz

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

  “A man’s got to know his limitations,” Clint Eastwood once observed as the defiant renegade cop Dirty Harry. Similarly unforgiving Strokes bandleader Julian Casablancas is still gradually discovering his own with his latest splinter combo –initially dubbed Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, now known simply as The Voidz – and its sleek, sophisticated sophomore […]

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Cover Story: Johnny Marr

Cover Story: Johnny Marr

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Johnny Marr just made the best record of his life. And he knows it. Dubbed Call the Comet, it’s the ex-Smith guitarist’s third, following 2013’s The Messenger and 2014’s Playland. And it finds him: Lyrically delving into grim socio-political issues that he’d often avoided; Letting his axe provide the chiming hooks in places instead of […]

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Photo Gallery: Metallica at The Kohl Center

Photo Gallery: Metallica at The Kohl Center

| September 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli brought his all-weather gear to a rain soaked Kohl Center in Madison for Metallica’s North-American tour, Fall kick-off. Heavy effects and pyro complimented a set balancing old classics and newer material, including a surprise cover of “Stupid Girl” by Garbage. Set List Hardwired Atlas, Rise! Seek & Destroy Cyanide Fade to Black Now […]

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Photo Gallery: Govt Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: Govt Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured an evening of roots and jam bands in the shadow of Interstate 80 in Tinley Park with 3 bands that also seem to enjoy each other’s company.   Govt Mule Avett Brothers Magpie Salute

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Photo Gallery: Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch with Nothing More and Bad Wolves at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Photo Gallery: Breaking Benjamin and Five Finger Death Punch with Nothing More and Bad Wolves at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

| September 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured nearly 5 hours in Tinley Park Wednesday with one of the most acclaimed metal tours of the summer featuring Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch with Nothing More and Bad Wolves. All photos by Ed Spinelli Breaking Benjamin Five Finger Death Punch Nothing More   Bad Wolves

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Media – September 2018

Media – September 2018

| August 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

WXRT morning man Lin Brehmer is more than just a friendly voice on 93.1 FM every day, he is your “best friend in the whole world,” a moniker he has used now for several years.  “But I usually say it in a pathetic ‘why don’t I have any friends at all’ whine,” he points out. […]

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Recap & Photo Gallery: Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field

Recap & Photo Gallery: Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field

| August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

When Pearl Jam last played Wrigley Field in the summer of 2016, something was missing. In fact, that something had an absence that was entering its second century. But when Eddie Vedder, the Seattle quintet’s lead singer, brought Tom Ricketts out midway through their Saturday night performance at the historic ballpark, the Chicago Cubs owner […]

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Remembering Aretha Franklin 1942-2018

Remembering Aretha Franklin 1942-2018

| August 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Aretha Franklin, who passed away on August 16th of pancreatic cancer at age 76, embodied her title of “Queen of Soul” in a wholly spectacular way but that name didn’t fully capture all that she was. Aretha wasn’t just a gifted singer, and she wasn’t just a master of soul singing. She sang every American […]

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Live Review & Photo Gallery: Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Allstate Arena

Live Review & Photo Gallery: Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Allstate Arena

| August 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

Jeff Lynne’s ELO Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL Wednesday, August 15, 2018 The famous Electric Light Orchestra jukebox spaceship descended upon the Chicago area for the first time in 37 years on Wednesday, when Jeff Lynne brought his innovative fusion of rock, pop and classical elements to Rosemont. Generations of fans packed Allstate Arena to capacity, […]

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Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Chicago 2018 – Day One

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Chicago 2018 – Day One

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

The granddaddy of all festivals arrived in Chicago this past weekend, kicking off its annual residency in Grant Park. Tens of thousands of music fans infested the city’s spectacular front yard, faced with the daunting task of choosing between an upwards of fifty or so acts on a daily basis. It makes a music junkie […]

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