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Riot Fest 2017 Single-Day Line-Up, Danzig Performance Announced

Riot Fest 2017 Single-Day Line-Up, Danzig Performance Announced

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

The wai-it-ing is the hardest part when it comes to Riot Fest’s single-day line-ups, but the wait is over. Riot Fest announced Friday, Saturday and Sunday (September 15-17) line-ups today with a bonus performance from Danzig to the Saturday bill. As expected, Jawbreaker’s historic reunion closes things out on Sunday September 17th. Single Day and […]

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Photo Gallery: Dreamcar at The Vic Theater

Photo Gallery: Dreamcar at The Vic Theater

| May 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

Take three parts No Doubt (bassist Tony Kanal, guitarist Tom Dumont and drummer Adrian Young), one part A.F.I (vocalist Davey Havok) and you’ve got yourself a new supergroup called Dreamcar. The band, which graced the cover of IE’s April issue, recently hit the road in support of their eponymous debut album. Curt Baran commenced his […]

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Stage Buzz: Ratt at Concord Hall

Stage Buzz: Ratt at Concord Hall

| May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

Are you ready to Ratt ’N’ Roll again? The recent court battles between former drummer Bobby Blotzer and the rest of the members over the use of the RATT band name has finally been determined. The winners singer Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier, who are now joined by guitarist Carlos Cavazo […]

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Feature Story – Joker Reunited

Feature Story – Joker Reunited

| May 3, 2017 | 1 Comment

Do you remember Joker? The Chicago-based glam metal band of the late ’80s/early ’90s is making a comeback. Joker had a dedicated local following when hairbands roamed the earth, and they cut their teeth at the famed Thirsty Whale in River Grove. The band was also in rotation on local radio outlets WVVX, WWBZ “The […]

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Stage Buzz: Robin Trower at Copernicus Center

Stage Buzz: Robin Trower at Copernicus Center

| April 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower is a living legend. If you haven’t heard of him by now, add his classic discography to your musical bucket list. Respect is properly due, because Trower has become the workman, prototype British blues guitarist including his start in Procol Harum in the late ’60s to a successful solo career […]

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Stage Buzz Review: The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism at Navy Pier

Stage Buzz Review: The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism at Navy Pier

| April 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism Navy Pier, Chicago Wednesday, April 12, 2017 With exponential amounts of albums, books, photographs, memorabilia and merchandise on the market relating to The Rolling Stones, it seems impossible that anyone could possibly unearth another morsel on what many might call the world’s greatest rock n’ roll band. But thanks to the […]

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Stage Buzz: Dave Davies at Arcada Theater

Stage Buzz: Dave Davies at Arcada Theater

| April 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 2014, the Kinks’ “You Really Got Me” turned 50 years old. Since that astonishing milestone, guitarist Dave Davies has only gotten busier. After returning to touring work in support of 2013’s invigorated I Will Be Me, he followed quickly with 2014’s Rippin’ Up Time, the 2015 live album Rippin’ Up New York City, and […]

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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: 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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