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Stage Buzz: Abbey Road at City Winery – October 23 • Chicago

Stage Buzz: Abbey Road at City Winery – October 23 • Chicago

| October 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

The timing couldn’t be more right. With this week’s anniversary edition of Let It Be dropping in stores and online, and the six-hour Peter Jackson Thanksgiving documentary Get Back slated for Disney streaming debut next month, Steven Kikoen’s debut of Beatles tribute band Abbey Road at City Winery on October 23 seems like it was […]

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IE Promo: The Music of Boston & Journey – December 18th • Rosemont Theatre

IE Promo: The Music of Boston & Journey – December 18th • Rosemont Theatre

| October 8, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Tommy DeCarlo, lead singer of the band Boston since 2007, arrives at Rosemont Theatre on Saturday, December 18 at 8 PM for a night of Boston’s classic hits, with Rudy Cardenas of American Idol singing the classic hits of Journey. Tickets start at just $17.50 all the way to $125.00 for very limited VIP […]

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Stage Buzz Live Review: Thievery Corporation at Park West

Stage Buzz Live Review: Thievery Corporation at Park West

| October 4, 2021 | 0 Comments

Thievery Corporation Thursday, September 30, Park West, Chicago On Thursday night, a fully packed Park West had the vibe of a trance-dance party, with the love and unity of an Afrobeat ensemble. If strictly immersed on the dance floor, one would think it was DJ night. But it was so much more with five boundless […]

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Spins: Vanishing Shores • “Maps”

Spins: Vanishing Shores • “Maps”

| September 13, 2021 | 0 Comments

Vanishing Shores Maps (independent) Vanishing Shores has made a swift ascent toward their summit of song. Kevin Bianchi established a compelling sonic identity for the group with 2018’s self-titled debut EP, but he strides forward with this full-length release. Maps finds Bianchi’s artistry expanding while offering a more focused and personal portrait. Elements of Laurel Canyon […]

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Stage Buzz: Photo Gallery: Megadeth/Lamb of God/Trivium/Hatebreed • Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Stage Buzz: Photo Gallery: Megadeth/Lamb of God/Trivium/Hatebreed • Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| September 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

After their unplanned pandemic 2020 sabbatical, Megadeth and Lamb of God arrived healthy and intact in Tinley Park last night. Both bands were seemingly overjoyed; they were finally getting to tour even at the halfway point of their grueling 27-date North American jaunt. If you can find a band more at the top of their […]

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Stage Buzz: Preview • Pitchfork Festival 2021 Undercard Picks

Stage Buzz: Preview • Pitchfork Festival 2021 Undercard Picks

| September 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Canceled and delayed by the pandemic in 2020 and 2021, Pitchfork Fest returns to Union Park September 10. 11 and 12  on a crowded fall festival weekend. You’ve read about their celebrated headliners (St.Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers, Erykah Badu); now take a look at some of our favorite undercard performers.   DEHD On their 2020 […]

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Stage Buzz: Live Review and Photo Gallery • Colin Hay at Park West

Stage Buzz: Live Review and Photo Gallery • Colin Hay at Park West

| September 6, 2021 | 0 Comments

Colin Hay Park West, Chicago, IL Sunday, August 29, 2021 Review by Jeff Elbel, photos by Philamonjaro   Colin Hay has spent decades building his brand as one of popular music’s premier solo acoustic entertainers and all-around raconteurs. His performance benefits from a miraculously ageless voice, fluid and dexterous guitar playing, and stories that overflow […]

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Stage Buzz: Review and Photo Gallery • Wilco, Sleater-Kinney at Pritzker Pavillion

Stage Buzz: Review and Photo Gallery • Wilco, Sleater-Kinney at Pritzker Pavillion

| August 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Nnamdï Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Chicago, IL Saturday, August 28, 2021 Review by Jeff Elbel Photo Gallery by Curt Baran Saturday’s performance at Pritzker Pavilion was Wilco’s first hometown show since December 2019, when the band supported 2019’s Ode to Joy album at the Chicago Theatre. After 20 months of waiting, Jeff […]

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Stage Buzz: Photo Gallery • Korn with Staind at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Stage Buzz: Photo Gallery • Korn with Staind at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| August 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

Two titans of hard rock’s Nu Metal movement descended on Tinley Park’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Friday. Korn and Staind, torchbearers that flat out owned the genre in the late 90’s, have hit the road together for a tour that’s bringing the down tuned heaviness to the late summer Shed’s across the country. The two acts […]

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Spins: Jeff + Ping • The Threefinger Opera

Spins: Jeff + Ping • The Threefinger Opera

| August 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

Jeff Elbel + Ping The Threefinger Opera (Marathon Records) A few years ago, Chicago-area musician Jeff Elbel experienced a crushed nerve ending that denied him the use of two fingers on his left hand. This is bad news for someone who not only fronts his own band, the expansive Jeff Elbel + Ping but sits […]

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Stage Buzz:  Preview • Lindsey Stirling at Huntington Bank Pavilion

Stage Buzz: Preview • Lindsey Stirling at Huntington Bank Pavilion

| August 9, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Lindsey Stirling August 10, 2021 Huntington Bank Pavilion, Chicago Like every other performer on the planet, Lindsey Stirling had to put all her touring plans on hold when COVID shut down live music. In the wake of vaccines and the window of opportunity that is still presenting itself as COVID vaccinations increase, the California […]

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Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day One Photo Gallery

Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day One Photo Gallery

| August 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Live music has returned! Lollapalooza celebrated its 30th Anniversary by returning to Chicago’s front yard. There was, however, a palpable mix of emotions that filled Grant Park with the specter of COVID still very much lurking. Proof of vaccination and/or negative test results were required for entry. Those who couldn’t provide either were required to […]

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Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day Two Photo Gallery

Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day Two Photo Gallery

| August 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

Day Two of Lollapalooza 2021 was greeted with what was, arguably, the greatest weather the festival has ever seen. Overnight storms not only tramped the dust down but also shoved the previous day’s suffocating humidity to places unknown. This blank meteorological canvass got splashed by aural brushstrokes from Oston, Rookie, Mob Rich, Tai Verdes, Black […]

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Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day Three Photo Gallery

Stage Buzz: Lollapalooza 2021 • Day Three Photo Gallery

| August 2, 2021 | 0 Comments

It’s Day Three, and Lolla keeps rolling on. Tonight’s total head-scratcher has Post Malone and Journey headlining on separate ends of Grant Park. Yep…not a typo. Let’s also toss in a recently revived Limp Bizkit to really keep it weird. But hey, there was no shortage of contemporaries like Cannons, Jessia, Porches, Michigander, Rence, BIA, […]

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