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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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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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