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Live Review:  Madonna at The Chicago Theatre

Live Review: Madonna at The Chicago Theatre

| October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Madame X Tour Chicago Theatre October 16, 2019 “Artists are here to disturb the peace.” One has to wonder if Madonna Louise Ciccone has accepted this James Baldwin quote as her life’s mantra. Let’s face it; the native Michigander has always had a reputation as a rabble-rouser. So, when it was announced that she would […]

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Stage Buzz: Municipal Waste at Metro

Stage Buzz: Municipal Waste at Metro

| October 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Richmond, Virginia crossover party animals Municipal Waste return from a two-year recording hiatus with the raging four-track EP The Last Rager (released on Oct. 11 via Nuclear Blast). Featuring vocalist Tony Foresta, guitarists Ryan Waste and Nick Poulos, drummer Dave Witte and bassist LandPhil Hall, the retro-thrash quintet will be returning to Chicago on […]

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Live Review: Adrian Belew at Arcada Theatre

Live Review: Adrian Belew at Arcada Theatre

| October 6, 2019 | 2 Comments

Adrian Belew Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL Wednesday, October 2, 2019 Avant-rock trailblazer Adrian Belew brought his quartet to the Arcada Theatre with new material from 2019’s Pop-Sided.  Featuring songs like “Everybody’s Sitting” and its tuneful critique of modern inertia, the album is Belew’s first solo outing in a decade and follows 2009’s adventurous instrumental […]

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Stage Buzz: Art Alexakis at S.P.A.C.E. Evanston

Stage Buzz: Art Alexakis at S.P.A.C.E. Evanston

| October 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Art Alexakis and Everclear defined the post-grunge ’90s where melodies were king, and dirty guitars were toned downed mercifully down to manageable, yet filthy levels. Singles “I Will Buy You A New Life” and “Santa Monica” are practically genres unto them themselves, which are not only benchmarks for melodic rock in the Friends-era but the […]

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Q&A and Live Review: Rick Wakeman at Arcada Theatre

Q&A and Live Review: Rick Wakeman at Arcada Theatre

| October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Rick Wakeman Arcada Theatre (St. Charles, IL) October 4, 2019 Celebrated prog-rock keyboardist and raconteur Rick Wakeman visited the Arcada Theatre on Friday night, performing a set of classically oriented solo piano pieces. The songs performed as part of Wakeman’s Grumpy Old Rock Star tour are connected by stories that were equally poignant and ludicrous. […]

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Live Review: Slayer At Riot Fest

Live Review: Slayer At Riot Fest

| September 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Slayer at Riot Fest Douglas Park, Chicago, Sept. 14, 2019 Slayer killed during a 90-minute headlining set that seemed to be cut short on a perfect late-summer evening in Douglas Park. At 9:56 p.m., minutes before the 10 p.m. curfew for music, singer-bassist Tom Araya told the crowd: “They are making us cut it short. […]

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Live Review: King Crimson at The Auditorium Theatre

Live Review: King Crimson at The Auditorium Theatre

| September 11, 2019 | 1 Comment

  King Crimson Chicago Theatre Tuesday, September 10, 2019 When progressive rock titans King Crimson last visited Chicago in 2017, the proceedings at Chicago Theatre went so well that the band released an officially sanctioned live album of the concert. On Tuesday night, the English septet stopped at the venerable Auditorium Theatre for its 2019 […]

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Stage Buzz: Riot Fest Undercard Preview

Stage Buzz: Riot Fest Undercard Preview

| September 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest returns this fall for its historic 15th anniversary, once again in Douglas Park (Ogden & Ashland). From its humble beginnings in small clubs to its current incarnation as a classic punk, indie rock, and hip-hop celebration, Riot Fest has a connection to Chicago like no other festival.  Now in its 15th year, the […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Squeeze at The Chicago Theatre

Live Review and Gallery: Squeeze at The Chicago Theatre

| September 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Squeeze Chicago Theatre August 31, 2019 When alt-pop superheroes Squeeze last visited Chicago, the group performed at the Vic Theatre in support of 2017’s LP The Knowledge. On Saturday night at the venerable Chicago Theatre, the band led by singer Chris Difford and guitarist Glenn Tilbrook hosted a considerably larger crowd for its “The Squeeze […]

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Stage Buzz: King Crimson at The Auditorium Theatre

Stage Buzz: King Crimson at The Auditorium Theatre

| September 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

As the godfathers of progressive rock, you won’t find a band with a more dedicated cult following and more influence as King Crimson. Their 1969 debut In the Court of the Crimson King is the benchmark for the prog-rock movement. Led by inventive “quality control” guitarist Robert Fripp, the band’s line-up has been noted for […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| August 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Iron Maiden Thursday August 22, 2019 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park Full disclosure… August 5, 1982 I was forever ruined by Iron Maiden. That was the day of the band’s legendary appearance on the shores of Lake Michigan at ChicagoFest. I had already seen the band several times at that point, but that night was […]

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Advertiser Message: MJ Live at The Rosemont Theatre February 1, 2020

Advertiser Message: MJ Live at The Rosemont Theatre February 1, 2020

| August 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

The #1 Michael Jackson Tribute Concert in the World, and it’s coming to the Rosemont Theatre on February 1st, 2020. Presented by 94.7 WLS-FM. Featuring all his biggest hits (solo and with the Jacksons and Jackson 5) including “Bad,”  “Billie Jean,  “Beat It,” “Dangerous,” “Smooth Criminal,” “Black & White,” “I Want You Back” and many […]

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Photo Gallery: Queen plus Adam Lambert at United Center

Photo Gallery: Queen plus Adam Lambert at United Center

| August 14, 2019 | 1 Comment

Eddie Spinelli captured Queen with Adam Lambert in a 2 hour sold-out show at United Center. As expected Lambert channels the ghosts of Freddie Mercury with aplomb, featuring original members Brian May and Roger Taylor running through a set of hits and deep cuts.  

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Photo Gallery: Knotfest at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: Knotfest at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Metal from around the world converged last weekend in Tinley Park. The occasion was the 2019 Knotfest Roadshow, a sort of mini-festival curated by Iowa shock rockers Slipknot. The band has also invited Poland’s Behemoth, Gojira from France and Denmark’s Volbeat to join their current sojourn. Well, the masked metal collective from the Hawkeye State […]

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Advertiser Message: Get The Led Out Presale at Rosemont Theatre March 7, 2020

Advertiser Message: Get The Led Out Presale at Rosemont Theatre March 7, 2020

| August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Acclaimed national Led Zeppelin touring show, Get The Led Out comes to Rosemont Theatre March 7. GTLO are a group of dedicated musicians who are passionate about their love of the music of Led Zeppelin. It’s been their mission to bring the studio recordings of “the mighty Zep” to life on the big concert stage. […]

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