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Recap/Gallery: Beck at Riverside Theater

Recap/Gallery: Beck at Riverside Theater

| August 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Beck 8/16/2017 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI The last time Beck played in Milwaukee Bill Clinton was in the White House and the Teletubbies had just made their television debut. The reason for this drought is anybody’s guess, but all was forgiven the moment Beck hit the stage. Mr. Hansen cruised through a near-perfect set, while […]

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Photo Gallery: Rancid/Dropkick Murphys/Bouncing Souls at HBP at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: Rancid/Dropkick Murphys/Bouncing Souls at HBP at Northerly Island

| August 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

The From Boston to Berkeley Tour descended on Chicago’s lakefront and brought with it no shortage of ripped denim vests and heavily inked skin. West coast punk rock vets Rancid have teamed up with Boston rowdies Dropkick Murphys for a summer tour that recently found its way to Huntington Bank Pavilion on Northerly Island. Mosh […]

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Recap/Gallery: Lollapalooza 2017- Day 2

Recap/Gallery: Lollapalooza 2017- Day 2

| August 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Day 2. The storm has moved on. Grant Park is in surprisingly excellent condition (aside from the fact that some of it smells like the inside of a cow barn), even after the downpour. But here’s where it gets confusing. People are wearing pants? Long sleeves? Jackets?! This is Chicago so we’re not going to […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Arcade Fire at Metro

Live Review and Gallery: Arcade Fire at Metro

| August 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Arcade Fire Metro, Chicago Saturday, August 5th, 2017 It was minutes into Arcade Fire’s Saturday night at Metro before the group launched into the title track from their new album, Everything Now. Though it was only the start of the group’s sold out set, one of a few high profile after-shows this past weekend at […]

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Live Review and Gallery: The Fixx at The Arcada

Live Review and Gallery: The Fixx at The Arcada

| August 7, 2017 | 2 Comments

The Fixx at The Arcada Theatre St. Charles, IL Thursday, August 3, 2017   The Fixx brought its Cold War funk and classic, longstanding line-up to St. Charles for a strong turnout on a rainy Thursday at the Arcada Theatre. The band played a tight set packed with popular favorites from the ‘80s, but received […]

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Review and Gallery: Paul McCartney at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Review and Gallery: Paul McCartney at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Paul McCartney Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, Tinley Park, IL Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Reviewed by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Curt Baran. Former Beatle Paul McCartney knows what people want. “We can tell what songs you like,” he said midway through a nearly three-hour show. “If it’s an old Beatles song, your phones light up. It’s like […]

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Review and Gallery: The Who at Van Andel Arena

Review and Gallery: The Who at Van Andel Arena

| July 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Who Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Who needs Desert Trip when The Who, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters all made the Midwest rounds a mere of couple hours apart from one another within a 48-hour period? While Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and their immaculate backing cast’s appearance at a […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Roger Waters at United Center

Live Review and Gallery: Roger Waters at United Center

| July 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Roger Waters “Us + Them” Tour United Center, Chicago, IL Saturday, July 22, 2017   Reviewed by Jeff Elbel; Photos by Ed Spinelli Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters’ first of three nights at United Center began with clockwork precision at exactly 8PM, with sounds of crashing surf and film footage of a hooded figure […]

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Review and Gallery: Queen and Adam Lambert at United Center

Review and Gallery: Queen and Adam Lambert at United Center

| July 14, 2017 | 7 Comments

Queen + Adam Lambert United Center, Chicago Thursday, July 13, 2017 By sheer coincidence, Queen + Adam Lambert’s latest visit to another sold out United Center just so happened to fall on the exact same date of Live Aid 32 years ago. Of course, that “global jukebox” featured Queen with its late front man Freddie […]

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Review and Gallery: Gorillaz at HBP at Northerly Island

Review and Gallery: Gorillaz at HBP at Northerly Island

| July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Gorillaz Huntington Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island, Chicago Saturday, July 8, 2017 “I’ve been coming to Chicago since 1990 and you never cease to bewilder me,” exclaimed Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn to a widely enthusiastic and entirely sold out Huntington Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island on opening night of alternative ensemble’s Humanz Tour. While […]

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Recap and Gallery: Dead & Company at Wrigley Field

Recap and Gallery: Dead & Company at Wrigley Field

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dead & Company Wrigley Field, Chicago Saturday, July 1, 2017 No, Dead & Company aren’t exactly the Grateful Dead, but considering the group consists of Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, plus the originally unexpected but nonetheless exceptional John Mayer with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, it’s an all-star tribute to the original Dead. […]

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Live Review: Nick Cave at the Auditorium Theatre

Live Review: Nick Cave at the Auditorium Theatre

| June 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL Friday, June 16, 2017 Review by Jeff Elbel So much for the fourth wall. Early during his concert at the Auditorium Theatre, Nick Cave blurred the line between the audience and the stage. By the end of the show, he had simply erased it. As […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Live Review and Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| June 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

Iron Maiden Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre Tinley Park, IL June 15, 2017 Photos by Curt Baran Review by Jeff Elbel The weekend began a day early for local headbangers of all ages, when legendary British metal band Iron Maiden made the final Chicago stop on its juggernaut The Book of Souls World Tour. The six members […]

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Live Review and Gallery: U2 at Soldier Field

Live Review and Gallery: U2 at Soldier Field

| June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Joshua Tree Tour 2017 Soldier Field, Chicago, IL Saturday, June 3, 2017 Reviewed by Jeff Elbel Veteran Irish rockers U2 took a detour from the road to their upcoming Songs of Experience project in order to revisit the “desert songs” that put them firmly on the map. The band’s first night at Soldier Field […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Neil Diamond at United Center

Live Review and Gallery: Neil Diamond at United Center

| May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Neil Diamond United Center, Chicago Sunday, May 28, 2017 It didn’t take a virtual “Carpool Karaoke” ride with James Corden, Jennifer Lopez, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, John Legend and many others clamoring to get next to Neil Diamond at this year’s Grammy Awards to prove that he was cool again (at least somewhat). For […]

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