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Live Review: Jay-Z and Beyoncé at Soldier Field

Live Review: Jay-Z and Beyoncé at Soldier Field

| August 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Soldier Field, Chicago Friday, August 10, 2018 “What’s better than one billionaire?” rapped Jay-Z during “Family Feud” at the first of two Soldier Field stops for the “On The Run II” Tour (that continues Saturday, August 11), before answering with an emphatic “two!” He was, of course, referring to “the most incredible […]

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Photo Gallery and Recap: Radiohead at United Center

Photo Gallery and Recap: Radiohead at United Center

| July 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year Radiohead fans became ecstatic when seemingly without warning, the Oxfordshire six-piece announced a North American tour in support of their 2016 release, A Moon Shaped Pool. As arguably one of the finest live acts currently performing, the band has mostly relegated themselves to festival appearances in the hopes of minimizing the number […]

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Live Review: Ry Cooder at Thalia Hall

Live Review: Ry Cooder at Thalia Hall

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ry Cooder’s lengthy resume includes a pile of highlights. Among them are six Grammy awards, evocative soundtrack albums for films including Paris, Texas, collaboration with previously-hidden musical treasures of Cuba with Buena Vista Social Club, and profoundly influencing the signature sound of the Rolling Stones. Cooder also has a stack of great albums to his […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

| June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case Friday June 16th Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Ray LaMontagne Ray LaMontagne was in a decidedly rocking mood as he hit the stage at Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion. The day’s suffocating heat had finally been replaced with a dramatic drop in temperature and steady, cool breezes complements of Lake […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show at Copernicus Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show at Copernicus Center

| June 18, 2018 | 1 Comment

The Monkees Present: The Mike & Micky Show Copernicus Center, Chicago, IL Thursday, June 14, 2018 Several generations of Monkees fans arrived at the Copernicus Center on Thursday knowing they’d see only half of the beloved band. What they might not have expected was that The Mike & Micky Show would be twice the concert […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: David Byrne at Auditorium Theatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: David Byrne at Auditorium Theatre

| June 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

In press statements, David Byrne promised that his current tour supporting new album American Utopia would present his most ambitious show since staging the 1983 concerts that became the Jonathan Demme-directed film Stop Making Sense with Talking Heads. On the first of three nights at Chicago’s elegant Auditorium Theatre, Byrne and his cohort of 11 […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: U2 at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: U2 at United Center

| May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

U2 United Center, Chicago Tuesday, May 22, 2018 A mere three years ago, U2 set up shop at the United Center for five nights to unveil its ambitious “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” concept, accompanied by a boundary-breaking, technologically-innovative visual assault. Bono and the boys then pressed “pause” on the project to celebrate the 30thanniversary of *The […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Darkness at Park West

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Darkness at Park West

| April 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Darkness Park West, Chicago, IL Wednesday, April 11, 2018 He’ll take your coat. He’ll share his water bottle if you appear to be parched. He’ll pull you onstage if you’re wearing his favorite shirt (the one bearing his own first name in lightning-strike font). Is there anything Justin Hawkins or his bandmates in the […]

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Photo Gallery & Live Review: The Zombies at City Winery

Photo Gallery & Live Review: The Zombies at City Winery

| March 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Zombies City Winery Monday, March 19, 2018 Review by Jeff Elbel Photos by Philamonjaro On Monday, March 19, British Invasion icons the Zombies returned to City Winery for the first of two nights. The band displayed its impressive range from the jump, beginning with the full-tilt blues rock of Bo Diddley’s “Road Runner” followed […]

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Live Review: The Eagles at United Center

Live Review: The Eagles at United Center

| March 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Eagles/ JD & The Straight Shot United Center, Chicago Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Rather than making some grand entrance or busting out the big lights (those would come a bit later), core Eagles members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, alongside Deacon Frey and Vince Gill, quietly got into position at the United […]

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Live Review and Gallery: P!nk at United Center

Live Review and Gallery: P!nk at United Center

| March 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

In today’s world of instant gratification, Pink gave her fans precisely what they wanted. A light show worthy of a U.F.O. landing, music played at deafening decibels, a gaggle of backup dancers and a headlining artist who flies through the air. Oh, and all of this occurred during the evening’s first song, “Get The Party […]

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Review and Photo Gallery: Marillion at Arcada Theater

Review and Photo Gallery: Marillion at Arcada Theater

| February 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Marillion Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL Monday, February 19, 2018 Review by Jeff Elbel Chicago-area fans of Marillion’s timely concept album FEAR saw the English band perform a rare victory lap on Monday at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles. The album had been introduced to local fans at the Vic in October 2016. The […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Robert Plant at Riviera Theatre

Live Review and Gallery: Robert Plant at Riviera Theatre

| February 22, 2018 | 0 Comments

Riviera Theatre, Chicago Tuesday, February 20, 2018 Leave it to Robert Plant, arguably rock n’ roll’s most famous and ferocious front man of all time, to keep his eyes focused primarily on recent interests rather than recycling his glories of yesteryear. The man who turned down more cash than could ever be counted to reunite […]

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Live Review: The Killers at The United Center

Live Review: The Killers at The United Center

| January 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Killers United Center, Chicago Tuesday, January 16, 2018 Just six months after headlining Lollapalooza, The Killers swung back through Chicago in support of Wonderful Wonderful, its fifth studio album and first in five years. The group may have stuck to a somewhat similar set list outside of extra emphasis on the current collection, but […]

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Live Review/Gallery – Elton John at the Tax Slayer Center

Live Review/Gallery – Elton John at the Tax Slayer Center

| November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Elton John TaxSlayer Center, Moline Friday, November 10, 2017 Nearly every season in Elton John’s illustrious career is filled with some sort of milestone, but perhaps more than any in recent memory, the last year prompted several reasons to celebrate. For starters, the international superstar released his 30th studio album Wonderful Crazy Night (the first […]

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