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Stage Buzz: Bourbon and Beyond

Stage Buzz: Bourbon and Beyond

| September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The second annual Bourbon & Beyond festival returns to Champions Park in Louisville, KY, Saturday, September 22 and Sunday, September 23 with the perfect blend of bourbon, food & music not found anywhere else in the world. If bourbon, food, music, and camping is appealing to end your summer festival season, then Bourbon & Beyond […]

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Photo Gallery: Judas Priest with Deep Purple at Hollywood Casino Amphtheatre

Photo Gallery: Judas Priest with Deep Purple at Hollywood Casino Amphtheatre

| August 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli spent a muggy summer night in Tinley Park capturing two pioneers of British metal. Judas Priest   Deep Purple  

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Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Chicago 2018 – Day Four

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza Chicago 2018 – Day Four

| August 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

Day 4 of Lollapalooza continued the previous days theme of oppressive heat and dusty conditions. The pace of the early arrivals felt like life in slow motion, with most hunkered down in the shade, watching and listening to bands a safe distance front the front of the stages. As the afternoon rolled on, the crowds […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: Roger Daltrey at Ravinia

Recap and Photo Gallery: Roger Daltrey at Ravinia

| July 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

Roger Daltrey Ravinia Festival, Highland Park Monday, June 25, 2018 With a two-night stand on the North Shore, The Who’s longtime vocalist paired with a formidable band that included Simon Townsend (brother of Pete), and the Ravinia Festival Orchestra. With an expansive Ravinia stage, Daltrey’s production used up every square inch in the front of […]

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Photo Gallery: Paramore & Foster The People at Huntington Bank Pavillion at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: Paramore & Foster The People at Huntington Bank Pavillion at Northerly Island

| July 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

  The darkest of themes have a long tradition of being clothed in a pop music disguise. Franklin, Tennessee’s Paramore are no strangers to this approach. At this point, they are arguably a band in name only. With a revolving door of members throughout their decades-plus career, the focal point has always been lead singer […]

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Photo Gallery: Slayer with Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament at Hollywood Casino Ampthiteatre

Photo Gallery: Slayer with Lamb of God, Anthrax, Behemoth, and Testament at Hollywood Casino Ampthiteatre

| June 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

With the Open Air Chicago festival on sabbatical in 2018, Slayer brought a mini who’s who of metal to the HCA in Tinley Park last Friday. It also was Slayer’s final appearance in Chicagoland to make the event even more momentous. Ed Spinelli caught the historic night on ‘film.’      

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Photo Gallery: The Kills at House of Vans

Photo Gallery: The Kills at House of Vans

| May 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

Chicago’s House of Vans has become a viable nightspot in Chicago’s music landscape over the past 15 months since their grand opening in 2017. As part of their Get On Board:A Celebration of Women’s Skateboarding, the shoemaker invited The Kills to their Elizabeth Street HQ. Accustomed to playing larger clubs and theaters, the American-British duo […]

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Photo Gallery: Wolf Alice at Metro

Photo Gallery: Wolf Alice at Metro

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The British quartet Wolf Alice simply eviscerated Chicago’s Metro during their sold-out show on Friday night. The band has not so quietly become one of the finest live bands from the UK, powered by their stunning 2017 top ten critics album “Visions of a Life. Curt Baran powered through the impossibly crowded Metro photo pit […]

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Photo Gallery: Lucius at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: Lucius at Thalia Hall

| March 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

On their most recent album, the appropriately titled Nudes, the women of Lucius strip it all down. The record is an all acoustic affair that bring the voices of Jess Wolf and Holly Laessig to the front of the mix, where they most deservedly belong. Their most recent tour brought them to the acoustically delicious […]

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Photo Gallery: John 5 at Reggies

Photo Gallery: John 5 at Reggies

| February 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli was invited to spend the day with John 5 and the Creatures at Reggies, Sunday. Mingling with show VIPs, Eddie caught the band work through about 15 minutes of music, tuning-up for that nights performance, with a pre-show autograph VIP session. 5 and The Creatures are touring in support of their new live […]

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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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