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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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Recap and Photo Gallery: Sharon Van Etten with Lucy Dacus at Thalia Hall

Recap and Photo Gallery: Sharon Van Etten with Lucy Dacus at Thalia Hall

| February 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

After the critical adulation and commercial breakthrough of her Tramp album, Sharon Van Etten all but disappeared from the public eye. Well, sort of. She returned to college, became a mother, worked as an actress and did soundtrack work for film. Not exactly what one would call laying idle. Earlier this year she returned to […]

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Happy New Year: January 2019 Issue publishes January 2 and 3

Happy New Year: January 2019 Issue publishes January 2 and 3

| January 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Happy New Year to our valued IE readers. Because of the holiday and New Year’s Day publishing schedules, the January 2019 issue is distributed on Wednesday, January 2nd and Thursday January 3rd, 2019. Thank you and Happy New Year.

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Photo Gallery: Doyle at Basecamp Pub

Photo Gallery: Doyle at Basecamp Pub

| November 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Misfits guitarist Doyle made a super intimate appearance at Basecamp in Lisle, while Ed Spinelli brought his Nikon to capture the action.  

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Photo Gallery: Phish at Allstate Arena

Photo Gallery: Phish at Allstate Arena

| November 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Trey and Phish made their first visit to Rosemont in 15 years,  only hitting a minor speed bump when technical gremlins showed up briefly in their first set. An enthused Ed Spinelli was back where he was in the photo pit a decade and a half ago on Mannheim Road.   SET 1: 01. Intro […]

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