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Stage Buzz : The Dead Daisies at The Forge

Stage Buzz : The Dead Daisies at The Forge

| August 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blasting off like a screaming rocket in 2013, The Dead Daisies (TDD) have watched its fan base explode into a worldwide phenomenon. In just five short years, TDD has released four studio albums, two EPs, and a double live record. The band, featuring guitarist/co-founder David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink), John Corabi (ex-Mötley Crüe, The Scream), […]

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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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Stage Buzz: Kraut Fest; Gabriel Sanchez presents The Prince Experience

Stage Buzz: Kraut Fest; Gabriel Sanchez presents The Prince Experience

| June 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Krautfest June 8-10: 3250 Nicholson Rd; Franksville, WI 53126 If you trek north over the border, Krautfest kicks off Wisconsin’s summer festival season, drawing from the Tri-State area to feature everything you’d expect from a classic Wisconsin festival: Beer, brats, fireworks and some amazing bands, including Hoobastank and Saving Abel. Throw in a sauerkraut […]

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Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2018 – Sept 14-16 Douglas Park, Chicago: First Wave

Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2018 – Sept 14-16 Douglas Park, Chicago: First Wave

| June 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest continues its tradition of solid, left of center bookings for the 2018 version of the hometown festival that returns to Douglas Park September 14-16. This year’s fest brings a bevy of artists across dozens of genres on five stages including “First Wave” headliners including Blink-182 and Beck (with a third to be revealed […]

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Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater: 1935-2018

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater: 1935-2018

| June 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blues legend Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, who passed away on June 1 of heart failure, towered over the Chicago music scene both literally and figuratively. At six feet four, he cut a striking figure, slashing his left-handed guitar with his signature blues, rock and funk riffs. Born in a Mississippi cotton field and nurtured by […]

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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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Photo Gallery: Courtney Barnett at Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center

Photo Gallery: Courtney Barnett at Preston Bradley Hall at the Chicago Cultural Center

| May 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you.” Nothing could have been further from the truth when Courtney Barnett sang that line from her song “Pedestrian at Best.” The native Australian just released her second long player Tell Me How You Really Feel and is celebrating the occasion with a brief tour in […]

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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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Stage Buzz Q&A: Utopia at Chicago Theatre May 22

Stage Buzz Q&A: Utopia at Chicago Theatre May 22

| May 17, 2018 | 0 Comments

The 32-year wait to coax Todd Rundgren’s Utopia back into touring America may have felt like forever, but it’s finally over and on its way to visiting the iconic Chicago Theatre. Not only will faithful score two comprehensive sets classified by cerebral progressive rock selections and straight-up power pop, but this particular stop will also […]

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Stage Buzz: Record Store Day 2018

Stage Buzz: Record Store Day 2018

| April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Record Store Day “goes to 11” in 2018 (eleven years and counting)! Though it has had its share of critics over the years – mainly because of overpriced “limited editions” for some titles, and “vinyl touts” flipping the good stuff online soon after the event is over – it’s hard to argue with 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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