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Live Review: Slayer At Riot Fest

Live Review: Slayer At Riot Fest

| September 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Slayer at Riot Fest Douglas Park, Chicago, Sept. 14, 2019 Slayer killed during a 90-minute headlining set that seemed to be cut short on a perfect late-summer evening in Douglas Park. At 9:56 p.m., minutes before the 10 p.m. curfew for music, singer-bassist Tom Araya told the crowd: “They are making us cut it short. […]

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Live Review: King Crimson at The Auditorium Theatre

Live Review: King Crimson at The Auditorium Theatre

| September 11, 2019 | 1 Comment

  King Crimson Chicago Theatre Tuesday, September 10, 2019 When progressive rock titans King Crimson last visited Chicago in 2017, the proceedings at Chicago Theatre went so well that the band released an officially sanctioned live album of the concert. On Tuesday night, the English septet stopped at the venerable Auditorium Theatre for its 2019 […]

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Photo Gallery: Bush and Live at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: Bush and Live at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| September 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

The ’90s were celebrated in full force on Friday night. This year marks the 25th anniversaries of two records: Live’s Throwing Copper and Sixteen Stone from Bush-that emerged from that decade’s “alternative” scene. The previous quotation marks are certainly tongue in cheek, seeing as how there was nothing out of the ordinary about distorted guitars […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Squeeze at The Chicago Theatre

Live Review and Gallery: Squeeze at The Chicago Theatre

| September 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Squeeze Chicago Theatre August 31, 2019 When alt-pop superheroes Squeeze last visited Chicago, the group performed at the Vic Theatre in support of 2017’s LP The Knowledge. On Saturday night at the venerable Chicago Theatre, the band led by singer Chris Difford and guitarist Glenn Tilbrook hosted a considerably larger crowd for its “The Squeeze […]

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Studiophile: September 2019

Studiophile: September 2019

| September 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Chicago indie rockers Signal The Launch were at ELECTRICAL AUDIO in Chicago with acclaimed producer/engineer Steve Albini recording two tracks for their EP Dance Like a Vampire. The “Vampire” track has been a fan favorite since 2018, and the band has also shot an engaging F. W. Murnau inspired 1920’s horror-inspired music video conceived […]

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Cover Story: The B-52s

Cover Story: The B-52s

| August 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Kate Pierson may not have coined the suddenly-popular new portmanteau “glamping,” a mashup of glamorous and camping. Nor did she come up with its posh concept —experiencing the great outdoors, but through the comfortable buffer of the most modern of conveniences. No, the bouffant-haired B-52’s founder had nothing to do with any part of this […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Iron Maiden at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| August 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Iron Maiden Thursday August 22, 2019 Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre, Tinley Park Full disclosure… August 5, 1982 I was forever ruined by Iron Maiden. That was the day of the band’s legendary appearance on the shores of Lake Michigan at ChicagoFest. I had already seen the band several times at that point, but that night was […]

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Photo Gallery: Korn and Alice in Chains at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: Korn and Alice in Chains at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| August 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The cool in the evening air hinted that summer might be eyeing its inevitable exit. But the upside to that is that it results in a perfect evening for outdoor music and the Chicagoland area continues to show no signs of surrender when facing down the waning, open-air concert season. Two mavericks of the ’90s […]

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Photo Gallery: Smashing Pumpkins with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and AFI at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Photo Gallery: Smashing Pumpkins with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and AFI at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

| August 18, 2019 | 1 Comment

Tinley Park set the musical way back machine for a sojourn deep into the ’90s. Like it or not, many Pumpkin’s and Oasis fans came to hear the music of their youth. In the end, the night was a celebration of the modern era and the salad-days. Hollywood Casino Amphitheater played host to two of […]

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Photo Gallery: Queen plus Adam Lambert at United Center

Photo Gallery: Queen plus Adam Lambert at United Center

| August 14, 2019 | 1 Comment

Eddie Spinelli captured Queen with Adam Lambert in a 2 hour sold-out show at United Center. As expected Lambert channels the ghosts of Freddie Mercury with aplomb, featuring original members Brian May and Roger Taylor running through a set of hits and deep cuts.  

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Photo Gallery: Knotfest at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: Knotfest at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Metal from around the world converged last weekend in Tinley Park. The occasion was the 2019 Knotfest Roadshow, a sort of mini-festival curated by Iowa shock rockers Slipknot. The band has also invited Poland’s Behemoth, Gojira from France and Denmark’s Volbeat to join their current sojourn. Well, the masked metal collective from the Hawkeye State […]

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Stage Buzz: Suicideboys at Aragon Ballroom

Stage Buzz: Suicideboys at Aragon Ballroom

| August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

NOLA’s Suicideboys are the bad boys of underground metal/hip-hop – making a name for themselves on SoundCloud and YouTube in 2015. While the majority of acts don’t break out from these platforms, Ruby da Cherry and Scrim have defied the odds with an impressive following with a slew of sold-out shows. Tackling subjects unknown in […]

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Stage Buzz: Jay O’Rourke Band at SPACE

Stage Buzz: Jay O’Rourke Band at SPACE

| August 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jay O’Rourke Band Cover Tracks (Self) O’Rourke released one of 2018’s best local albums (Sumthin’ Good), but Cover Tracks mines music he’s loved in his formative and modern years. It’s his labor of love. Longtime IE readers will remember him as the guitarist for the Insiders and BB Spin, and his engineering resume is almost […]

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Hello Our Names are Cherie and Brie

Hello Our Names are Cherie and Brie

| August 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sure, it was a wild ride. The career of vocalist Cherie Currie had started back in the mid-‘70s with the Kim Fowley-assembled all-girl outfit with Joan Jett, The Runaways, then rocketed into film roles (“Foxes”), an album with her sister Marie, a trashy autobiography (“Neon Angel”), even a Hollywood film about the group, 2010’s The […]

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Stage Buzz: Bands in The Sand at Sideouts: New Found Glory and Vince Neil, Island Lake

Stage Buzz: Bands in The Sand at Sideouts: New Found Glory and Vince Neil, Island Lake

| August 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

As summer winds down, some of suburbia’s larger venues are bringing their A-game to their stages. At Sideouts in Island Lake, the Bands in The Sand event has become one the highlights of the summer in the northern suburbs and commences on Friday, August 16 with Florida’s pop-punk stalwarts New Found Glory one pop/punk’s most […]

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