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12 Days of #RiotFestmas [Advertiser Message]

12 Days of #RiotFestmas [Advertiser Message]

| December 15, 2017 | 0 Comments

RIOT FEST 2018 HOLIDAY PRESALE TICKETS ON SALE NOW! Staying true to the everlasting spirit of #RiotFestmas, we have just put a limited quantity of low-priced Riot Fest 2018 Holiday Presale Tickets on sale at Ticketfly! The prices will increase throughout Riot Festmas, so make sure you’re a good little saver that buys them ASAP. […]

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Feature Story: 25 Years of WIIL Rock

Feature Story: 25 Years of WIIL Rock

| December 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Celebrating 25 years in the radio biz is pretty impressive. Especially in the new-model digital age where Sirius, satellite stations and streaming services are competing for listeners. Just turning on the radio and letting the current DJ decide your playlist can be refreshing. Terrestrial radio’s 95 WIIL Rock is somewhat rare by today’s radio station […]

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Cover Story: Wolf Alice

Cover Story: Wolf Alice

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s what every artist aspires to; one would imagine – a famous director one day finding their life so remarkable and their look so photogenic that it warrants its own documentary. But UK rocker Ellie Rowsell was just surprised that hers happened so fast, last year when her quartet Wolf Alice had only a single […]

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Media: December 2017

Media: December 2017

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s become a year-end tradition in this space to honor some of the broadcasters we lost in the past calendar year. All of them touched countless lives in the Chicago area, maybe even your own. The Chicago media community is diminished by their absence. JOE COLLINS – Collins was a veteran traffic reporter in Chicago best […]

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Photo Gallery: Bootsy Collins at Chicago Music Exchange

Photo Gallery: Bootsy Collins at Chicago Music Exchange

| November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Legendary James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band bassist Bootsy Collins co-hosted a “meet and greet” at Chicago Music Exchange in conjunction with DR Strings. IE’s Eddie Spinelli captured the infectious and influential Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Famer on a chilly Saturday.

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Feature: Violent Femmes

Feature: Violent Femmes

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Folk-punk progenitors Violent Femmes, the Milwaukee-based band defined the genre with their biggest hit, “Blister in the Sun,” from the 1983 self-titled debut album. Enduring a couple of hiatuses throughout their 36-plus year career, the band — original members vocalist/guitarist Gordon Gano and bassist/vocalist/xylophonist Brian Ritchie, along with newly-appointed drummer John Sparrow — have […]

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Media: September 2017

Media: September 2017

| September 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

Fred Huebner is certainly not a newcomer on the local sports radio scene. His roots go back four decades. “Like a lot of those guys on the Score, I started working at Sportsphone,” he explains. “I was there beginning in 1976. We would do reports that were exactly 59 seconds–and people called the number to […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Chris Stapelton at Wrigley Field

Live Review and Gallery: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Chris Stapelton at Wrigley Field

| July 2, 2017 | 1 Comment

Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL Thursday, June 29, 2017 Reviewed by Jeff Elbel; Photos by Curt Baran Tom Petty paused during a deep dive through the Wildflowers album to tell Thursday’s sold-out Wrigley Field crowd exactly what it has been like to celebrate 40 years with the Heartbreakers. “I was going to say we’re having so […]

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Photo Gallery: Rammstein at HCA

Photo Gallery: Rammstein at HCA

| June 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli caught the masters of German metal at HCA on June 27.

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Photo Gallery: Tool at Allstate Arena

Photo Gallery: Tool at Allstate Arena

| June 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Headlining one of 2017’s most anticipated tours,  L.A.’s prog/art/metal legends Tool arrived at the former Rosemont Horizon insisting on a highly regimented “1 song” photo limit for members of the press. With 42 years under our belts – and thousands of bands photographed in our library, IE management would usually tell the said “one song […]

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Spins: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Deluxe Edition Reviewed

Spins: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Deluxe Edition Reviewed

| June 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

  The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band Deluxe Edition (Capitol) The 50th anniversary celebration for the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band has sparked ample debate. The outpouring of opinion was inevitable, given the album’s status as the most universally-praised release of the rock era. Beatle diehards may argue whether Abbey Road […]

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Cover Story: Flogging Molly

Cover Story: Flogging Molly

| May 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  In a few short days, the life of Django the Irish wolfhound would be over. At the age of eight – a long span for such a large breed – the gentle giant was suffering congestive heart failure, and in the past two months had lost over 40 of his original 195 lbs., and […]

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Photo Gallery: Experience Hendrix at The Riverside Theater

Photo Gallery: Experience Hendrix at The Riverside Theater

| March 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli went to the Cream City to capture to 2017 version of Experience Hendrix tour, and what a night it was. The Milwaukee version of the tour featured these six string Samsons: Featuring Billy Cox (from Jimi Hendrix Experience / Band Of Gypsys), Buddy Guy, Zakk Wylde (from Black Label Society / Ozzy Osbourne), […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Bon Jovi at United Center

Live Review and Gallery: Bon Jovi at United Center

| March 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bon Jovi United Center, Chicago Sunday, March 26, 2017 As Bon Jovi kicked off its first concert in Chicago since Soldier Field in 2013 with “This House Is Not For Sale” (the title track from the band’s 13th standard studio album), original members Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan (keyboards) and Tico Torres (drums) seemed to […]

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Photo Gallery: Cold War Kids at The Riviera

Photo Gallery: Cold War Kids at The Riviera

| March 23, 2017 | 0 Comments

Long Beach’s Cold War Kids were apparently so excited to hit the road this spring, they didn’t bother to wait for the release of their latest album La Divine (coming April 7). Obviously, the West Coast quintet made the right call, because they were greeted by a sold-out Riviera Theater crowd when the band landed […]

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