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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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Gallery: Phil and Bob at Chicago Theatre

Gallery: Phil and Bob at Chicago Theatre

| March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

It may take a trip to the dry cleaners to get the “collie man” redolance removed from the curtains at the historic Chicago Theater and the patron’s jackets. On the second of two sold-out shows, former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh invited some of their friends over for an evening of stripped […]

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Live Review and Gallery: P!nk at United Center

Live Review and Gallery: P!nk at United Center

| March 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

In today’s world of instant gratification, Pink gave her fans precisely what they wanted. A light show worthy of a U.F.O. landing, music played at deafening decibels, a gaggle of backup dancers and a headlining artist who flies through the air. Oh, and all of this occurred during the evening’s first song, “Get The Party […]

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File: Hello, My Name is Kaki

File: Hello, My Name is Kaki

| March 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kaki King’s multimedia show The Neck is a Bridge to the Body made its Chicago debut at Lincoln Hall in 2015. The senses-saturating fusion of sight and sound has evolved since then, while the guitarist and her music have done the same. King promises new material in 2018 including the album Live at Berklee, so […]

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Photo Gallery: MGMT at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: MGMT at The Riviera Theatre

| March 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Even by today’s rock n’ roll standards, MGMT’s recorded output has been surprisingly glacial. A valued four records since their inception in 2002, which includes their recently unveiled Little Dark Age. There will be no new music “before its time.” The tour of the same name brought them to the Riviera Theater in Chicago’s historic […]

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Cover Story: The Vaccines

Cover Story: The Vaccines

| February 28, 2018 | 0 Comments

Fans will have to forgive the cheesy film reference, chortles Justin Young. But for a while there recently, the anchor for brainy British folk-punkers The Vaccines actually came to believe that he’d somehow lost his magical inner mojo, just like Austin Powers in Mike Myers’ hilarious espionage spoof The Spy Who Shagged Me. And no […]

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Media: March 2018

Media: March 2018

| February 28, 2018 | 2 Comments

  In 1968, John Records Landecker was in his final semester at Michigan State University (after beginning his college career at Grand Valley State), when he suddenly got an offer he felt he couldn’t refuse. A big AM rock station in Philadelphia (WIBG) wanted him to be their new nighttime jock. The only problem was […]

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Review and Photo Gallery: Marillion at Arcada Theater

Review and Photo Gallery: Marillion at Arcada Theater

| February 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Marillion Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL Monday, February 19, 2018 Review by Jeff Elbel Chicago-area fans of Marillion’s timely concept album FEAR saw the English band perform a rare victory lap on Monday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. The album had been introduced to local fans at the Vic in October 2016. The […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Robert Plant at Riviera Theatre

Live Review and Gallery: Robert Plant at Riviera Theatre

| February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Riviera Theatre, Chicago Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Leave it to Robert Plant, arguably rock n’ roll’s most famous and ferocious front man of all time, to keep his eyes focused primarily on recent interests rather than recycling his glories of yesteryear. The man who turned down more cash than could ever be counted to reunite […]

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File: The Smashing Pumpkins Reunion [Updated]

File: The Smashing Pumpkins Reunion [Updated]

| February 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Longtime fans of The Smashing Pumpkins hopes of a full reunion were dashed last month when ex-bassist D’Arcy Wretzky revealed to website BlastEcho.com that she was not invited to participate in the band’s reunion tour with co-founders Billy Corgan, James Iha and Jimmy Chamberlin which will allegedly take place this summer. Speaking exclusively to BlastEcho […]

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Photo Gallery: K.Flay at Concord Music Hall

Photo Gallery: K.Flay at Concord Music Hall

| February 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The former Kristine Meredith Flaherty is now better known by the moniker K.Flay. Considering she used to reside in Wilmette, Illinois, well, that’s close enough to call her a hometown girl. Recently nominated for two Grammy awards, she’s currently enjoying her newfound attention on the road supporting Every Where Is Some Where, the recording that […]

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Photo Gallery: Tedeschi Trucks Band at Chicago Theatre

Photo Gallery: Tedeschi Trucks Band at Chicago Theatre

| February 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

TTB continued an annual winter tradition at Chicago Theatre in 2018 with their three-night residency, naturally all sold-out. IE’s Ed Spinelli captured Derek and Susan on night three for another round of exceptional night of blues rock and dynamic and passionate musicianship from the Grammy winners.

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Media: February 2018

Media: February 2018

| February 1, 2018 | 2 Comments

When I called Chicago radio legend Fred Winston (WLS, WMAQ, WFYR, WCFL, WPNT, WJMK, WLUP, and just about every other station on the dial), the gentleman farmer now living in Southwest Michigan, was in the middle of a project. “You caught me repairing a doorknob. Thank God for the internet. There are scores of YouTube […]

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Photo Gallery: [Updated] Umphrey’s McGee at Park West

Photo Gallery: [Updated] Umphrey’s McGee at Park West

| January 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

650 lucky Umphrey’s McGee fans were treated to an intimate performance at the Park West in Chicago Sunday, featuring a dynamic performance of music from their new album It’s Not Us and some old favorites. Fans were treated to a free CD of the new album, some unique band swag, a post show meet-and-greet, plus […]

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