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Cover Story: Lucky Boys Confusion

Cover Story: Lucky Boys Confusion

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been 20 years since Lucky Boys Confusion first got together in a basement to write songs, playing their first party in the suburbs where they grew up. What happened between then and now is a story about triumph and tragedy, the roads between paved with the love of each other and the love of […]

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Recap/Photo Gallery: Alison Moyet at Park West

Recap/Photo Gallery: Alison Moyet at Park West

| September 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Alison Moyet Park West, Chicago Tuesday, September 19, 2017 On her first solo world tour in exactly 30 years, Alison Moyet caught Chicago faithful up to speed since Yazoo/Yaz reunited in 2008. Although she made sure to play several selections from the celebrated synthpop duo, the 21-track set was also stocked heartily with tunes […]

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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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Live Review: Riot Fest 2017 – Douglas Park, Chicago

Live Review: Riot Fest 2017 – Douglas Park, Chicago

| September 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest Douglas Park, Chicago September 15-17, 2017 If there was one MVP act at this year’s edition of Riot Fest – a smaller, more compact affair, it was undoubtedly Nine Inch Nails. A nihilistic and seemingly self destructive act that two decades ago, would have been hard to imagine experiencing a renaissance in 2017, […]

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IE Rewind: New Order comes to Riot Fest

IE Rewind: New Order comes to Riot Fest

| September 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

When New Order keyboardist Gillian Gilbert stopped touring with the band in 1998, then quit altogether during the recording of its 2001 album Get Ready, she did it graciously, almost secretly, without any official departure announcement in the press. “And I wanted it that way,” she admits of her decision to stay home and take […]

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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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Recap/Photo Gallery: Depeche Mode at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Recap/Photo Gallery: Depeche Mode at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

| September 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Depeche Mode challenged their audience Wednesday at HCA in Tinley Park. Whether it was reminding the crowd to change our shaky government (“Where’s the Revolution,” and a surprise cover of the Beatles’ “Revolution”) and a set heavy on songs from their new album Spirit, Dave Gahan, Martin Gore and Andy Fletcher made it known this […]

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Cover Story: Scorpions

Cover Story: Scorpions

| September 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

They say you should always err on the side of caution. And Scorpions bandleader Klaus Meine wholeheartedly agrees. So he isn’t taking anything for granted as his band celebrates its 50th anniversary with its umpteenth world juggernaut, backing its recent Return to Forever album, a compendium of mostly unearthed, unfinished demos from the Blackout and […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw at Allstate Arena

Live Review and Gallery: Faith Hill and Tim McGraw at Allstate Arena

| September 1, 2017 | 4 Comments

Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Allstate Arena, Rosemont Thursday, August 31, 2017 For the first time in exactly ten years, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are back on tour together, but within moments of stepping onstage at the Allstate Arena on opening night of a double-decker engagement that returns tonight (Friday, September 1), their musical […]

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Recap/Photo Gallery – Green Day at Wrigley Field

Recap/Photo Gallery – Green Day at Wrigley Field

| August 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

Green Day, Wrigley Field and fall-like weather in the summer proved to be an unbeatable recipe Thursday. The Berkley, CA trio tore through a laundry list of Alt-rock radio hits during a marathon show that featured pyro, Close Encounter-worthy lights, audience members who briefly joined the band, fireworks and a drunken bunny. Curt Baran dropped […]

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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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[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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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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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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