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[Updated] Live Review/Stage Buzz: The Afghan Whigs at Metro

[Updated] Live Review/Stage Buzz: The Afghan Whigs at Metro

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Afghan Whigs Metro, Chicago Sept. 23 Midway through the set Saturday night at Metro, Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli momentarily halted the band’s momentum after the song “Algiers” to address one particular fan: “Wasted and flipping me off is not going to work,” he said to a woman near the stage. As the crowd […]

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Stage Buzz: Bourbon & Beyond

Stage Buzz: Bourbon & Beyond

| September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Summer is waning, but festies will get their last licks in September 23 and 24 in Louisville.  If bourbon, food, music, and camping is appealing to end your summer festival season, then Bourbon & Beyond should be on your radar. With camping gear and a quick 5 hour drive, music fans can sample several renowned […]

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Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2017 Undercard Preview

Stage Buzz: Riot Fest 2017 Undercard Preview

| September 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest returns to Douglas Park for its 13th year this September. Based on that number, palm–readers may think it’ll be an unlucky year for the festival. But this year’s lineup is arguably the best ever put together by the organizers. With so many great bands and artists performing you might feel overwhelmed. That’s where […]

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Updated: Live Review/Stage Buzz – Mastodon at  Metro

Updated: Live Review/Stage Buzz – Mastodon at Metro

| September 8, 2017 | 1 Comment

Live Review Mastodon Metro, Chicago Sept. 9, 2017 Mastodon rarely plays an encore. Instead, the band merely thanks the crowd and walks offstage. Saturday night at Metro, though, the band’s parting words carried more weight as they played an intimate benefit concert for Hope For The Day, a Chicago-based mental health education and suicide prevention […]

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[Updated] Stage Buzz/Recap/Photo Gallery: Kiss at RiverEdge Park

[Updated] Stage Buzz/Recap/Photo Gallery: Kiss at RiverEdge Park

| August 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Kiss brought all their pageantry and glory to RiverEdge Park in Aurora, Sunday. Despite the threat of thunderstorms hovering overhead, Kiss took the stage on time and ended just minutes before buckets of rain hit the western suburbs. Three generations of fans were treated to a classic catalog and all the pyro Kiss fans […]

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

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

| July 20, 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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Stage Buzz: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park

Stage Buzz: Pitchfork Music Festival Chicago 2017 at Union Park

| July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Now entering its second decade of existence, the 2017 Pitchfork Music Festival has assembled what is arguably one of their finest line-ups yet. The curation has always made an effort to be eclectic, and this year is certainly no exception.   This year’s headliners include a newly activated LCD Soundsystem on Friday (July 14), old-school […]

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Stage Buzz/Recap/Gallery (Updated): Wolf Alice at Schubas

Stage Buzz/Recap/Gallery (Updated): Wolf Alice at Schubas

| July 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

North London’s Wolf Alice completely eviscerated Chicago’s Schubas Tavern Wednesday. The intimate confines at Belmont and Southport proved to be the perfect setting for the quartet to preview songs from their forthcoming release (due this fall). They also tore through fan favorites that included “Moaning Lisa Smile,” “Bros,” “Giant Peach” and “Lisbon.” Curt Baran managed […]

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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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