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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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Live Review/Photo Gallery: John Paul White at Lincoln Hall

Live Review/Photo Gallery: John Paul White at Lincoln Hall

| July 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

John Paul White Lincoln Hall, Chicago, IL Thursday, July 25, 2019   After a rough patch on the road due to illness that caused cancellation of shows in Kentucky and Tennessee, lucky fans saw John Paul White return to Chicago on Thursday night in good health and good spirits at Lincoln Hall. “How are you […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Jeff Lynne’s ELO with Dhani Harrison at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Jeff Lynne’s ELO with Dhani Harrison at United Center

| July 28, 2019 | 8 Comments

Jeff Lynne’s ELO United Center, Chicago, IL Saturday, July 27, 2019 After a 37-year gap as of 2018, many Chicago-based fans of the Electric Light Orchestra had resigned themselves to enjoying their favorite ELO music through their record collections – or perhaps by catching “Mr. Blue Sky” on repeated views of Guardians of the Galaxy […]

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Live Review: Garth Brooks at Joe’s on Weed Street

Live Review: Garth Brooks at Joe’s on Weed Street

| July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Garth Brooks Joe’s Bar, Chicago Monday, July 15, 2019 As the best-selling solo artist of all-time in America, it was far from expected that Garth Brooks would step down from filling stadiums to play for less than 500 people in a spot as intimate as Joe’s Bar on Weed Street. But considering the man […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Paul McCartney at The TaxSlayer Center Moline, IL

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Paul McCartney at The TaxSlayer Center Moline, IL

| June 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Paul McCartney TaxSlayer Center Moline Tuesday, June 11, 2019 If there’s anyone on earth who could kick up their feet and collect royalty checks until kingdom come, it’s Paul McCartney, who besides flying high with Wings and steadily cranking out solo material or duets with everyone from his late frenemy Michael Jackson to current conquerors […]

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Live Review: David Crosby at Arcada Theatre

Live Review: David Crosby at Arcada Theatre

| June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

  An Evening with David Crosby and Friends Monday, May 13, 2019 The Arcada Theatre   There is something about being in the presence of David Crosby that is oddly reassuring. It’s a bit ineffable to explain this irrefutable comfort the audience seems to be feeling as a result of the undeniably ‘hip’ vibe emanating […]

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Photo Gallery: Billy Eilish at United Center

Photo Gallery: Billy Eilish at United Center

| June 11, 2019 | 1 Comment

Billie Eilish is an old soul. There can be no other explanation as to how the 17 year-old phenomenon has so completely tapped into the human and emotional condition of her generation. Originally scheduled for the considerably smaller Aragon Ballroom (capacity 5000), tickets disappeared as quickly as they were made available, so a second show […]

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Photo Gallery: Florence + The Machine at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: Florence + The Machine at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

| June 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Even by Chicago standards, this Spring has been a series of whiplash inducing temperature swings. So it seemed almost compassionate that Ma Nature would save some of her finest work for the opening of the outdoor concert season. How appropriate then that this weather was the backdrop for Florence + The Machine. Considering she’s always […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Who at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Who at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| May 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Who Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL Tuesday, May 21, 2019 When the Who booked an outdoor show at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park as part of their Moving On! Tour, fans and band alike anticipated a great night of classic rock in fine spring weather. Ticketholders on the lawn encountered soggy seats, […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Johnny Marr at The Vic Theatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Johnny Marr at The Vic Theatre

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Johnny Marr The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL Monday, May 13, 2019 Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr’s last appearance in Chicago was a short-but-sweet set under the afternoon sun in Douglas Park at Riot Fest. This brief blast of Eurocentric alt-pop was timed to help introduce new material from 2018’s Call the Comet, the third in […]

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Live Review: Mike Stern at Jazz Showcase

Live Review: Mike Stern at Jazz Showcase

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Mike Stern Band Saturday, May 11, 2019 Jazz Showcase, Chicago Jazz guitar virtuoso Mike Stern and his band settled into the Jazz Showcase for their annual week of residency, and audiences were most definitely in for a treat. Upon entering the Showcase, I was immediately greeted by Ainsley, who was welcoming the faithful as […]

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Photo Gallery: The 1975 at United Center

Photo Gallery: The 1975 at United Center

| May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Manchester’s The 1975 were greeted with an expected rapturous ovation when they took the stage at United Center Thursday. Hand it to the band, they’ve diligently worked Sunday side stages at Lollapalooza, and “smaller” shows at Lincoln Hall and the Riviera to slowly build an audience to finally play the United Center. The band is […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: PUP at Metro

Recap and Photo Gallery: PUP at Metro

| May 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Toronto punks PUP have quickly grown out of the small venues they frequented only a few years ago. Whereas their last Chicago visit saw them playing Empty Bottle, this time they brought their high-octane energy for the first of two sold-out nights at the Metro with fellow Canadians Casper Skull and Chicago punk rockers Ratboys […]

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Photo Gallery and Recap: Wax Trax! Records Industrial Accident Screening and Launch Party at House of Vans Chicago

Photo Gallery and Recap: Wax Trax! Records Industrial Accident Screening and Launch Party at House of Vans Chicago

| April 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Could there have been a more brilliant way to end Record Store Day than with an Industrial Accident? The Wax Trax! documentary distills the history of Chicago’s seminal record label and store into an entertaining yarn about love, family, music, sex, drugs, rock & roll and how not to run a business, if you wish […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets at Chicago Theatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets at Chicago Theatre

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets Chicago Theatre, Chicago April 4, 2019 Thursday’s concert by Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets was a dream come true for fans of early Pink Floyd and psychedelic rock. Focused exclusively on material released prior to 1973’s epic Dark Side of the Moon, Mason and his cohort of four musicians delved […]

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