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Cover Story: Bastille

Cover Story: Bastille

| October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dan Smith can’t help it. He’s one contemporary music artist that always finds himself thinking visually, like a Barry Sonnenfeld-edgy cinematographer, giddily filling every frame with kinetic action. So his British band Bastille isn’t just one-dimensional — it can be appreciated on multiple sensory levels, all the way down to its carefully-situated album cover photos […]

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Media: October 2019

Media: October 2019

| October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Next year will be Rob Hart’s 20th year on the radio in Chicago, and he has worked at several stops along the way, including WGN, News 101, and the Loop. But now he’s manning the anchor desk at the dream destination for any radio newsman: NewsRadio WBBM 780. “It’s a great radio station,” he says. […]

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Photo Gallery: The Who at Alpine Valley

Photo Gallery: The Who at Alpine Valley

| September 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

We had a feeling Alpine Valley was gonna be a good show.  Photographer Ed Spinelli confirmed Pete and Roger were in good spirits on their Wisconsin tour stop. Here’s a recap of the setlist to go along with the visuals.     Setlist via Setlist FM SHARESETLIST With Orchestra Overture 1921 Amazing Journey Sparks Pinball […]

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Photo Gallery: Korn and Alice in Chains at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: Korn and Alice in Chains at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| August 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The cool in the evening air hinted that summer might be eyeing its inevitable exit. But the upside to that is that it results in a perfect evening for outdoor music and the Chicagoland area continues to show no signs of surrender when facing down the waning, open-air concert season. Two mavericks of the ’90s […]

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Stage Buzz: Suicideboys at Aragon Ballroom

Stage Buzz: Suicideboys at Aragon Ballroom

| August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

NOLA’s Suicideboys are the bad boys of underground metal/hip-hop – making a name for themselves on SoundCloud and YouTube in 2015. While the majority of acts don’t break out from these platforms, Ruby da Cherry and Scrim have defied the odds with an impressive following with a slew of sold-out shows. Tackling subjects unknown in […]

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Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza 2019: Day Two

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza 2019: Day Two

| August 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s Day Two and Lollapalooza continues to live life in the groove. The pristine weather served as the perfect backdrop for stellar performances that included, but were certainly not limited to, NF (who’s recent release just debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200), Janelle Monae, Bishop Briggs, Chicago’s own Chevelle, Honne, Maggie Rogers, Tierra […]

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Photo Gallery: Beck, Cage The Elephant, Spoon and Wild Belle at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: Beck, Cage The Elephant, Spoon and Wild Belle at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

| August 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

While the big dog that is Lollapalooza was doing last minute opening preparations nearby, a smaller pack of mutts were owning the city’s lakefront. Beck, Cage The Elephant, Spoon and Chicago’s own Wild Belle gave everyone a reason to show up to Day One poorly rested. Huntington Bank Pavilion played host to this impossibly great […]

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Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 – Day Three

Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 – Day Three

| July 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Relief, that came in the form of rain on the second day of the Pitchfork Music Festival, proved to be a lingering hangover for Day 3. Heavy storms blew through the area early, pushing back opening times and causing collateral damage in the form of one canceled act (Dreezy, we hardly knew ye). But when […]

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Photo Gallery: Banks at House of Vans

Photo Gallery: Banks at House of Vans

| July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

BANKS celebrated the release of her third record, the aptly named III, by presenting it to those who matter most – her fans. Born Jillian Rose Banks, the California native extends her winning streak on her latest recording, pushing her brand of left-of-center R&B even further into the sonic sphere. Chicago’s House Of Vans served […]

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Live Review: Jennifer Lopez at United Center

Live Review: Jennifer Lopez at United Center

| June 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jennifer Lopez United Center, Chicago Saturday, June 29, 2019     When it comes to all-around entertainers, Jennifer Lopez stands in a transfixing class entirely her own, whether she’s bursting out of stereo speakers, sparkling on the silver screen or leaping off a television into the average living room. Yet experiencing J.Lo on stage is […]

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Photo Gallery: Julien Baker at House of Vans Chicago

Photo Gallery: Julien Baker at House of Vans Chicago

| June 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

For the past few years, Chicago’s House Of Vans has booked artists to perform in their intimate clubhouse on the city’s near West Side and invites those artists to curate the evening. This past week saw singer/songwriter Julien Baker grace the stage with nothing but her guitar, keyboard and her unbelievably expressive vocal cords. She […]

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Photo Gallery: Vampire Weekend at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: Vampire Weekend at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

| June 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Vampire Weekend doubled down on the dads this past, um, weekend. The New York band brought their “Father Of The Bride” tour to Chicago’s lakefront on the male-est of the Hallmark Holiday’s, Fathers Day. After a six year (!) lapse in between releases, their 2019 album-whose album title is eponymous with their tour name-the band […]

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Photo Gallery: Van Morrison at Chicago Theatre

Photo Gallery: Van Morrison at Chicago Theatre

| April 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

British music legend Van Morrison’s 90 – minute plus set proved he still has the voice and command like few blue eyed Irish soul singers of the 20th Century. Ed Spinelli captured “Van, The Man” at the historic Chicago Theatre on night one of three sold out shows. Setlist via Setlist.FM 1. How Far From […]

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Stage Buzz: Teenage Fanclub at Metro

Stage Buzz: Teenage Fanclub at Metro

| February 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Teenage Fanclub Metro March 6, 2019 The third album by Glasgow, Scotland alt-rockers Teenage Fanclub was a breakthrough that earned enduring devotion from a small but loyal clutch of power-pop fans. Bandwagonesque rocketed into late 1991 with big, buzzy and cathartic electric guitars serving beautifully laconic pop melodies. The chaotic but sublime sound suggested intermingled […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Elton John at Allstate Arena

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Elton John at Allstate Arena

| February 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Elton John Allstate Arena, Rosemont Friday, February 15, 2019 There’s hardly been a period in his 50-year career when Elton John hasn’t been on the road, which makes the desire to retire completely understandable, especially now that he’s 71 and itching for increased time with family. Though it sent a wave of sadness throughout his […]

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