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Recap and Gallery: Local H Live at Harvest Moon Drive-In

Recap and Gallery: Local H Live at Harvest Moon Drive-In

| June 28, 2020 | 2 Comments

“Is this weird for you guys? It’s weird for us, too.” This was Scott Lucas of Local H at the Harvest Moon Drive-In in Gibson City, Illinois, just a few songs into an epic 30-song set Thursday in east central Illinois. IE attended the first of two sold out shows that Local H played on […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery – Dirty Honey at Bottom Lounge

Live Review and Photo Gallery – Dirty Honey at Bottom Lounge

| February 15, 2020 | 1 Comment

Dirty Honey Tuesday, February 11 Bottom Lounge, Chicago For the past year, some music industry folks have been working themselves into a piranha-like frenzy over L.A. blues-rock quartet Dirty Honey. Formed in 2017, the band features singer Marc Labelle, guitarist John Notto, bassist Justin Smolian, and drummer Corey Coverstone. The buzz surrounding the band is heightened in […]

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Live Review: DeadMau5 at Navy Pier

Live Review: DeadMau5 at Navy Pier

| February 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Deadmau5 “Cube V3” Saturday, February 1 Navy Pier, Chicago From 2008 to 2015, Joel Zimmerman, aka Deadmau5, was the inescapable force in the world of electronic dance music, one of the most prominent and most easily recognizable names in the genre, putting out albums like Album Title Goes Here and While(1<2).  To many people, he […]

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Live Review: Squirrel Nut Zippers at Arcada Theatre

Live Review: Squirrel Nut Zippers at Arcada Theatre

| February 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

    Squirrel Nut Zippers Arcada Theatre January 26, 2020   Review by Jeff Elbel Photos by Luciano J. Bilotti   In the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ heyday, the band’s music offered a singular throwback to the freewheeling fun of gypsy swing and pre-war hot jazz. In 2020, the retooled and rejuvenated band does the same […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: EOB at Lincoln Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: EOB at Lincoln Center

| February 9, 2020 | 1 Comment

Ed O’Brien (EOB) Lincoln Hall Saturday, February 8, 2020   Following in the footsteps of bandmates Thom Yorke, Colin Greenwood, and Phil Selway, guitarist and vocalist Ed O’Brien is stepping outside his role as a founding member of Radiohead and occasional high-profile sideman for other artists including Neil Finn. Performing under the name EOB, O’Brien […]

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Photo Gallery: The Black Keys at Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery: The Black Keys at Aragon Ballroom

| January 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q101 WKQX, Chicago’s flagship and only Alt-Rock station, threw itself a birthday party, Thursday. More specifically, hosted one to celebrate the one year anniversary of the morning drive time trio known as Brian, Ali and Justin. And they did so in glorious style by inviting a sold out Aragon Ballroom audience to enjoy a live […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Tool and Killing Joke at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Tool and Killing Joke at United Center

| November 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tool has always conducted itself as an unconventional anomaly. From their cryptic videos and ambiguous album art, their image has always thrived in the dark spaces that leave almost every aspect of their aesthetic open to interpretation. Who else but this band could wait 13  years between (arguably non-mainstream) records, knock Taylor Swift of the […]

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Live Review & Photo Gallery: Swervedriver at Bottom Lounge

Live Review & Photo Gallery: Swervedriver at Bottom Lounge

| October 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Swervedriver Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL October 28, 2019 Following a ten-year absence, ‘90s alt-rock groundbreakers Swervedriver unparked in 2008. By the time of 2015’s I Wasn’t Born to Lose You – the Oxford quartet’s first album in 17 years – it was clear that frontman Adam Franklin and co-guitarist Jimmy Hartridge weren’t dabbling. The […]

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Live Review: Bob Dylan at Credit Union 1 Arena

Live Review: Bob Dylan at Credit Union 1 Arena

| October 31, 2019 | 6 Comments

Bob Dylan Credit Union 1 Arena, Chicago, IL October 30, 2019 After several local visits promoting his excursions through standards from the Great American Songbook and Frank Sinatra’s repertoire, Bob Dylan returned to Chicago with a show focused on his own celebrated catalog of original material. Fans entered Credit Union 1 Arena (formerly UIC Pavilion) […]

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Live Review: Saga at Arcada Theatre

Live Review: Saga at Arcada Theatre

| October 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Saga Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL October 16, 2019 Review and photos by Jeff Elbel Wednesday night’s concert at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles was impressive on multiple counts. Credit goes to promoter Ron Onesti for listening to patrons and taking the risk to book Saga’s first standalone US show in ages. Although the […]

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Live Review:  Madonna at The Chicago Theatre

Live Review: Madonna at The Chicago Theatre

| October 17, 2019 | 4 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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Live Review: Adrian Belew at Arcada Theatre

Live Review: Adrian Belew at Arcada Theatre

| October 6, 2019 | 7 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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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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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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