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Stage Buzz: Overkill at Concord Hall

Stage Buzz: Overkill at Concord Hall

| February 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

New Jersey’s “Wrecking Crew”  and old guard thrash metal kings, Overkill are back with their 18th album, The Grinding Wheel on February 10th. The 2017 line-up features members vocalist Bobby “Blitz” Ellsworth, bassist D.D. Verni, guitarists Dave Linsk and Derek Tailer and drummer Ron Lipnicki, all intact and energized. The Grinding Wheel is the perfect […]

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Stage Buzz: DevilDriver at Portage Theater

Stage Buzz: DevilDriver at Portage Theater

| February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

California groove-metal machine, DevilDriver have returned with a ferocious seventh album, Trust No One. On 10 tracks, vocalist Dez Fafara is like a ticking time bomb ready to explode. With a dose of anger and brutal rants about life being destroyed by trust, this is Fafara at his cynical best. Gearing up for their first […]

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Stage Buzz: Tribute Weekend!

Stage Buzz: Tribute Weekend!

| January 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

January usually means snow and cold in Chicago and reduced touring schedules for a lot of bigger bands. It also opens up tour dates, which means national tribute bands get to showcase their wares to fans. This weekend a couple of acclaimed tribute acts from opposite ends of the musical spectrum will hit the stage […]

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Stage Buzz – Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper at Tailgaters

Stage Buzz – Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper at Tailgaters

| November 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Legendary British heavy metal band Grim Reaper is back. Original vocalist Steve Grimmett reformed the band in 2006 as Steve Grimmett’s Grim Reaper, and they’ve just released their first album of new material in 29 years. Walking In The Shadows combines 12 fiery tracks reminiscent of the band’s early roots with a vigorous spirit. Usually […]

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Stage Buzz: Epica at Concord Hall

Stage Buzz: Epica at Concord Hall

| November 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dutch symphonic metallers Epica return to Chicago via Concord Hall only nine months after their rescheduled North American tour, which was cut short due to a family illness. At the time, the band was already in songwriting mode for its new album, which ultimately became the fantastic The Holographic Principle. Epica’s writing and recording schedule […]

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Stage Buzz Q&A: Kansas at The Copernicus Center

Stage Buzz Q&A: Kansas at The Copernicus Center

| October 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

For as long as he can remember, powerhouse vocalist Ronnie Platt was a passionate appreciator of the legendary progressive/classic/melodic rock band Kansas. In fact, the group’s original singer Steve Walsh helped shape his singing style, which was repeatedly demonstrated while fronting a lengthy list of area bands, such as a particularly fruitful run with west […]

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Stage Buzz: Dope at Concord Hall

Stage Buzz: Dope at Concord Hall

| September 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

Edsel brings Dope back to Chicago – this time at Concord Hall…

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Photo Gallery: Magnificent Coloring Day @ US Cellular Field

Photo Gallery: Magnificent Coloring Day @ US Cellular Field

| September 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

Curt Baran captured a historic day of music on the South Side produced by Chance The Rapper with special guests Kanye West, Tyler The Creator, John Legend, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz, Common, Alicia Keys and more a cast of 44,000 fans. Read Jessi Roti’s full review HERE

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago 2016 – Day 1

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago 2016 – Day 1

| September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Day 1 at Riot Fest, and the focus stayed on the music (not the weather). Over 100 photos are included for your viewing pleasure, including The Flaming Lips, Ween, Dillinger Escape Plan, Julian Marley, Bad Cop Bad Cop and The Specials. Curt Baran manned the lens at Ogden and Sacramento…

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago 2016 – Day 2

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago 2016 – Day 2

| September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s Day 2 and faux Indian Summer continues to rain its abundant gifts down upon Riot Fest 2016! Curt Baran came back to historic Park, fully hydrated and slathered in SPF 30. Impossibly great weather was the backdrop for over 90+ photos…

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago 2016 – Day 3

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest Chicago 2016 – Day 3

| September 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

If the amount of face paint, black leather and studded jean vests are a barometer of the excitement surrounding The Misfits’ first Chicago show in three decades, then enthusiasm in Douglas Park is redlining. But there’s still no shortage of Riot Fest Day 3 to be had before the reunited ghouls take their headlining spot […]

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Stage Buzz-Anthrax @ Concord Hall

Stage Buzz-Anthrax @ Concord Hall

| September 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Kelley Simms spoke to Frankie Bello previewing the legendary thrash band’s show at Concord Hall…

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Photo Gallery – Blink-182 @ HCA

Photo Gallery – Blink-182 @ HCA

| September 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Hometown” show for Blink 2.0 at the the HCA…

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Photo Gallery – Sammy Hagar @ FMPV

Photo Gallery – Sammy Hagar @ FMPV

| September 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli caught the ageless Sammy Hagar as he covered his Montrose, solo and Van Halen years with aplomb on the lakefront…  

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Photo Gallery – Prophets Of Rage @ HCA

Photo Gallery – Prophets Of Rage @ HCA

| September 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Tom Morello, Chuck D. and crew carpet bombed the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater with music…

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