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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2018 – Day Two

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2018 – Day Two

| September 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Day Two of Riot Fest was greeted by arguably the best weather the festival has ever seen. It was also the hardest hitting line-up of the weekend. Attendees were baptized by sunshine, cool breezes and sets from Beach Bunny, Total Chaos, Badflower, The Frights, Piebald, Lower Class Brats, Health, Mannequin Pussy, Gary Numan, Reignwolf, Twin […]

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2018 – Day One

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2018 – Day One

| September 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

The 2018 version of Riot Fest, in the tradition that is life in Chicago, hit a few speed bumps on its way to Douglas Park. The rollout leading up to Day One was a bit dramatic. Headliners Blink-182 had to cancel for health reasons at the eleventh hour and their understudies,  Weezer were announced only […]

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Hello My Name is Andrew W.K.

Hello My Name is Andrew W.K.

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Like Alexander the Great centuries before him, mega-metaller Andrew W.K. is probably weeping because he has no more worlds to conquer. Justifiably so. After recording 2001’s I Get Wet – a multi-tracked ELO-meets-Sweet-at-Slayer-junction masterpiece so addictive that we guarantee that there will be days you’ll wake up needing to hear it right then, this […]

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Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2018 – Undercard Picks

Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2018 – Undercard Picks

| September 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest returns for its 14th year in to historical Douglas Park at Chicago at Ogden & Ashland. From its humble beginnings in small clubs to its current incarnation as a classic punk and hip-hop celebration each Fall, Riot Fest has a connection to Chicago like no other festival. Here are some of our must-see […]

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Photo Gallery: Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band at BMO Harris Pavillion

Photo Gallery: Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band at BMO Harris Pavillion

| September 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

The famous Beatles second drummer was joined (“with a little help from his friends”) in Milwaukee by and a famous band including Colin Hay from Men at Work (“Who Can It be Now”, “Land Down Under”), Steve Lukather from Toto (“Africa”, “Hold The Line”, “Roseanna”), Gregg Rolie from Santana (“Black Magic Woman”, “Evil Ways”) and […]

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Stage Buzz: Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live at Arcada Theatre [Updated with Photo Gallery]

Stage Buzz: Glenn Hughes Performs Classic Deep Purple Live at Arcada Theatre [Updated with Photo Gallery]

| September 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hard rock pioneers Deep Purple are one of the fortunate bands that have had multiple legendary, Hall Of Fame members, and Glenn Hughes (who replaced Roger Glover/and Ian Gillan) performed with the band as co-lead vocalist (with David Coverdale) in their California Jam heyday (1973-1976), is a favorite for many DP fans. After musical stints […]

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Stage Buzz: Jay Aston’s Gene Love Jezebel at Bottom Lounge

Stage Buzz: Jay Aston’s Gene Love Jezebel at Bottom Lounge

| September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

Like the Davies (The Kinks) and Gallagher (Oasis) brothers, Jay and Mike Aston have had a hard time getting along both personally and legally, so Gene Loves Jezebel has been offering two touring versions of the band for quite some time. Like the two versions of UB40, it’s “hard to keep track of players without […]

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Photo Gallery: Fall Out Boy and Rise Against at Wrigley Field

Photo Gallery: Fall Out Boy and Rise Against at Wrigley Field

| September 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

For the entirety of the concert going season this summer at Wrigley Field, it has been the “away” teams that have dominated. Well, all that changed this past weekend when home-towners Fall Out Boy brought their Mania Tour to the baseball cathedral at the corner of Clark and Addison. The Chicago natives also bolstered up […]

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Stage Buzz: The Way Down Wanderers at City Winery

Stage Buzz: The Way Down Wanderers at City Winery

| September 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Way Down Wanderers City Winery Chicago Sunday, September 9 Recalling the sounds of WLS’s vintage Barn Dances with more modern nu-grass like the Avett Brothers and The Ghost of Paul Revere, Chicago’s Way Down Wanderers live it and play it authentically as a modern folk band blessed with layered and rich harmonies and soul. […]

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Stage Buzz Q & A: Ed Kowalczyk of Live

Stage Buzz Q & A: Ed Kowalczyk of Live

| September 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

On the surface, it resembles any other cleverly-conceived summer shed tour – alt-rock powerhouse Live co-headlining a massive jaunt with folk-rocking combo Counting Crows, celebrating the 25th anniversaries of both. Great bang for your concert buck, all told. But to Live leader Ed Kowalczyk – who acrimoniously quit the band in 2009, then later rejoined […]

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Live Review: Zebra at Arcada Theatre

Live Review: Zebra at Arcada Theatre

| September 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

Zebra The Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL Friday, August 31, 2018 Review by Jeff Elbel Photos by Luciano J. Bilotti The Arcada Theatre in St. Charles continues to reinforce its reputation as an essential musical hub in the greater Chicago area. On Friday, the Arcada welcomed ‘80s hitmakers and New Orleans hard rockers Zebra for […]

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Live Review: Ariana Grande at The Vic Theatre

Live Review: Ariana Grande at The Vic Theatre

| August 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Towards the end of Ariana Grande’s performance at the Vic Theater Wednesday,  her manager, Scooter Braun, came onstage and interrupted the singer’s rendition of “God Is a Woman,” from Grande’s just released Sweetener (Republic Records) album. Bragging like a proud parent, Braun informed Grande that she had the number one song (“Woman”) from the number […]

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Recap & Photo Gallery: Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field

Recap & Photo Gallery: Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field

| August 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

When Pearl Jam last played Wrigley Field in the summer of 2016, something was missing. In fact, that something had an absence that was entering its second century. But when Eddie Vedder, the Seattle quintet’s lead singer, brought Tom Ricketts out midway through their Saturday night performance at the historic ballpark, the Chicago Cubs owner […]

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Live Review & Photo Gallery: Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Allstate Arena

Live Review & Photo Gallery: Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Allstate Arena

| August 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

Jeff Lynne’s ELO Allstate Arena, Rosemont, IL Wednesday, August 15, 2018 The famous Electric Light Orchestra jukebox spaceship descended upon the Chicago area for the first time in 37 years on Wednesday, when Jeff Lynne brought his innovative fusion of rock, pop and classical elements to Rosemont. Generations of fans packed Allstate Arena to capacity, […]

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Recap & Photo Gallery: The Smashing Pumpkins at United Center

Recap & Photo Gallery: The Smashing Pumpkins at United Center

| August 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year, rumors began to swirl that Billy Corgan was “getting the band back together” to borrow a phrase from The Blues Brothers. Although the Smashing Pumpkins frontman had always continued to tour and record with different musical configurations under the same moniker, this loose talk concerned the four original members: Billy, drummer Jimmy […]

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