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Photo Gallery: Uli Jon Roth at Reggie’s and Arcada Theater

Photo Gallery: Uli Jon Roth at Reggie’s and Arcada Theater

| March 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Legendary Scorpions guitarist and Sky Guitars founder Uli Jon Roth had Chicagoland covered this weekend, performing 2 shows – back to back at Reggie’s in the South Loop and St. Charles’ Arcada Theater. Ed Spinelli had IE covered with some assistance from Gene Ambo in the pit.

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Media: March 2017

Media: March 2017

| March 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

At the beginning of the 2016 season, WGN Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper got some excellent advice.  “One of my best friends is a non-fiction author and we talk about writing all the time. We met for breakfast last year just before spring training and he said ‘You should keep a journal this year. It’ll be […]

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Cover Story: Mastodon

Cover Story: Mastodon

| February 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

That which doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger, goes the old maxim. But in the case of sludge-heavy prog-metal quartet Mastodon, mortality can occasionally offer a surprising new strength, as well. As in the recent honor bestowed upon the group by Dan Weiss, the executive producer of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, […]

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Photo Gallery: Doyle Bramhall @ Shank Hall

Photo Gallery: Doyle Bramhall @ Shank Hall

| February 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

IE’s Ed Spinelli captured acclaimed guitarist and producer (Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Tedeschi Trucks Band) Doyle Bramhall II at the legendary Shank Hall in the Cream City (Milwaukee) Wenesday. Here is his photo evidence.  

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Live Review and Gallery: Andrew Bird at Allstate Arena

Live Review and Gallery: Andrew Bird at Allstate Arena

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Andrew Bird Friday, January 20, 2017 Allstate Arena A week after performing for A Prairie Home Companion at Symphony Center, Andrew Bird returned to open for the Lumineers at Allstate Arena. Showing his hometown roots, Andrew Bird marveled at finding himself onstage at the former “Rosemont Horizon.” He stopped short of naming shows he had […]

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Recap and Gallery: Future Islands at House Of Vans Chicago

Recap and Gallery: Future Islands at House Of Vans Chicago

| February 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a city filled with storied musical venues, the prevailing attitude seems to be that there’s always room for more. So this past weekend, the creative community welcomed House of Vans Chicago. Situated on the city’s near west side, the new venture is a bit of an anomaly. On its first official night, it was […]

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Show Recap & Photo Gallery: Tesla at Arcada Theater

Show Recap & Photo Gallery: Tesla at Arcada Theater

| February 6, 2017 | 1 Comment

It was lights out at the Arcada Wednesday as Tesla hit the stage, kicking their set off with “MP3,” from their acclaimed album Simplicity. The enthusiastic sold-out crowd definitely got their money’s worth with a selection of tunes from Tesla’s 30 years. Fan favorites “What You Give,” steamrolled into “Save That Goodness,” “Ed’s Med,” and […]

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Media: February 2017

Media: February 2017

| February 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Bill Cochran was drawn to music radio for the same reason most people are. “I just love music,” he admits. “I’m a music fan – almost a music geek. Since childhood discovering new music was always a joy for me. I grew up in Oklahoma, listening to a radio station with a format, as […]

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Recap and Gallery: Frank Turner at HOB Chicago

Recap and Gallery: Frank Turner at HOB Chicago

| January 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

How fortuitous that Frank Turner’s 2017 tour would kick off just as this country faces the aftermath of one of the most contentious elections in our nation’s history. The English folk-punker’s musings have always leaned toward the political, so it seemed all to apropos that he’s still out supporting his most current release Positive Songs […]

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Photo Gallery: Alkaline Trio at Metro

Photo Gallery: Alkaline Trio at Metro

| January 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

With Matt Skiba moonlighting as an official member of Blink-182, for a minute there Chicago thought we had almost lost Alkaline Trio. With 3 sold-out shows at Metro, Skiba and crew proved that there’s still no place like home. Katie Hovland captured them live for IE on night 3.

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Q&A and Gallery: Tedeschi Trucks Band

Q&A and Gallery: Tedeschi Trucks Band

| January 21, 2017 | 1 Comment

Florida’s legendary Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by married blues guitar greats Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, are in the midst of a 3-night run at the Chicago Theater. IE’s Ed Spinelli talked to Derek as he readied his all-star band for their stay on State Street. IE: How was your approach on (the new album) […]

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Photo Gallery: The Tubes at Tailgaters

Photo Gallery: The Tubes at Tailgaters

| January 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Like many IE readers the first time I ever saw Fee Waybill, he was dressed as a carnival barker in an early MTV video. The Tubes took the stage at Tailgaters with Waybill dressed in a black Zoot Suit, black hat, and white tie belting out the words to Chuck Berry’s “Never Can Tell.” Through […]

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Sweet Home: Ronnie Baker Brooks

Sweet Home: Ronnie Baker Brooks

| January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Don’t call it a comeback. Although it’s been an entire decade since Ronnie Baker Brooks has released an album, his presence in the blues industry during that time  has been ubiquitous. “I produced Eddy Clearwater’s album, West Side Strut, I did a compilation with Johnny Castro, I co-produced my dad’s last album and I’ve been […]

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Stage Buzz: U.D.O. at Concord Hall

Stage Buzz: U.D.O. at Concord Hall

| January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Former Accept and current U.D.O. vocalist Udo Dirkschneider is saying farewell to his former band’s material with his Dirkschneider band’s live album, LIVE — Back To The Roots Tour. The album features 25 classic Accept tracks performed by his U.D.O. band in their native Deutschland on April 2nd, 2016. The live album and current Farewell […]

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Feature: Bash & Pop

Feature: Bash & Pop

| January 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Say what you will about the record industry death harbinger known as Chinese Democracy — The New York Times once called it “the most expensive album never made” — the 2008 GN’R album without Slash and Duff that has somehow maintained its footing in the fickle populist rock vocabulary. Who would have guessed that Slash […]

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