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Photo Gallery: Matt and Kim at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Matt and Kim at The Riviera Theatre

| April 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

Exuberant!! When using the word in association with Matt and Kim, it’s entitled to more than one exclamation point. The Brooklyn duo bounded onto the stage at the start of their recent performance at the Riviera Theatre and their intensity and enthusiasm never ebbed. Curt Baran found a valued free parking spot in Uptown and […]

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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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Photo Gallery: Margo Price at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: Margo Price at Thalia Hall

| April 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Margo Price’s past reads like most classic country song, except her version is not fiction. The former Aledo, Illinois native suffered through obscurity, poverty, tragedy and even jail time. She watched her father lose their family farm, left college at the age of 20 to pursue a career in music, that eventually brought her to […]

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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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Photo Gallery: Wolf Alice at Metro

Photo Gallery: Wolf Alice at Metro

| April 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

The British quartet Wolf Alice simply eviscerated Chicago’s Metro during their sold-out show on Friday night. The band has not so quietly become one of the finest live bands from the UK, powered by their stunning 2017 top ten critics album “Visions of a Life. Curt Baran powered through the impossibly crowded Metro photo pit […]

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Cover Story: Judas Priest [Updated]

Cover Story: Judas Priest [Updated]

| April 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

After an impressive five-decades long career, British heavy metal pioneers Judas Priest show no signs of slowing down with the release of their explosive 18th full-length studio album Firepower (released March 9 on Epic Records). On 14 blistering tracks, Priest delivers the indisputable, classic heavy metal sound that hearkens back to the band’s heyday. The […]

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Media: April 2018

Media: April 2018

| April 1, 2018 | 2 Comments

I was 23 years old the day I walked into the Loop offices for the first time. After getting rejections from the other rock stations in Chicago (and there were quite a few at the time), I had thrown a Hail Mary pass to the biggest of them all, The Loop. I wrote a letter […]

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Photo Gallery: Justin Timberlake at United Center

Photo Gallery: Justin Timberlake at United Center

| March 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

From boy band member from Tennesee to pop music superstar, Justin Timberlake has been no stranger to success. Basking in the afterglow of his recent Super Bowl performance, he brought his “Man Of The Woods” tour to United Center for the first of two nights (and he returns AGAIN this October). Curt Baran pulled his […]

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Photo: Gallery: Puddles Pity Party at The Vic Theatre

Photo: Gallery: Puddles Pity Party at The Vic Theatre

| March 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Since he broke out on America’s Got Talent, Puddles has amused and entertained audiences with his sad clown persona, a killer voice, and an vaudevillian shtick. He’s an odd yolking of vintage Andy Kaufman-style performance art and kinescope-era variety acts, like the pioneers of television including Milton Berle and Sid Ceasar. Ed Spinneli was knocked […]

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Cover Story: Ministry [Updated]

Cover Story: Ministry [Updated]

| March 24, 2018 | 1 Comment

Chicago’s beloved industrial metal machine Ministry is back. After the sudden death of longtime guitarist and friend Mike Scaccia in 2012, leader/vocalist Al Jourgensen decided to put Ministry on indefinite hiatus. During the band’s downtime, “Uncle Al” spawned a side project, Surgical Meth Machine, and released a self-titled debut record in 2015. It was pretty […]

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Live Review: The Eagles at United Center

Live Review: The Eagles at United Center

| March 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Eagles/ JD & The Straight Shot United Center, Chicago Wednesday, March 14, 2018 Rather than making some grand entrance or busting out the big lights (those would come a bit later), core Eagles members Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit, alongside Deacon Frey and Vince Gill, quietly got into position at the United […]

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Photo Gallery: Lucius at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: Lucius at Thalia Hall

| March 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

On their most recent album, the appropriately titled Nudes, the women of Lucius strip it all down. The record is an all acoustic affair that bring the voices of Jess Wolf and Holly Laessig to the front of the mix, where they most deservedly belong. Their most recent tour brought them to the acoustically delicious […]

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Gallery: Phil and Bob at Chicago Theatre

Gallery: Phil and Bob at Chicago Theatre

| March 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

It may take a trip to the dry cleaners to get the “collie man” redolance removed from the curtains at the historic Chicago Theater and the patron’s jackets. On the second of two sold-out shows, former Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh invited some of their friends over for an evening of stripped […]

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Live Review and Gallery: P!nk at United Center

Live Review and Gallery: P!nk at United Center

| March 10, 2018 | 0 Comments

In today’s world of instant gratification, Pink gave her fans precisely what they wanted. A light show worthy of a U.F.O. landing, music played at deafening decibels, a gaggle of backup dancers and a headlining artist who flies through the air. Oh, and all of this occurred during the evening’s first song, “Get The Party […]

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File: Hello, My Name is Kaki

File: Hello, My Name is Kaki

| March 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Kaki King’s multimedia show The Neck is a Bridge to the Body made its Chicago debut at Lincoln Hall in 2015. The senses-saturating fusion of sight and sound has evolved since then, while the guitarist and her music have done the same. King promises new material in 2018 including the album Live at Berklee, so […]

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