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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Johnny Marr at The Vic Theatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Johnny Marr at The Vic Theatre

| May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Johnny Marr The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL Monday, May 13, 2019 Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr’s last appearance in Chicago was a short-but-sweet set under the afternoon sun in Douglas Park at Riot Fest. This brief blast of Eurocentric alt-pop was timed to help introduce new material from 2018’s Call the Comet, the third in […]

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Photo Gallery: The 1975 at United Center

Photo Gallery: The 1975 at United Center

| May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Manchester’s The 1975 were greeted with an expected rapturous ovation when they took the stage at United Center Thursday. Hand it to the band, they’ve diligently worked Sunday side stages at Lollapalooza, and “smaller” shows at Lincoln Hall and the Riviera to slowly build an audience to finally play the United Center. The band is […]

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Photo Gallery: Lizzo at Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Lizzo at Riviera Theatre

| May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

Lizzo threw a two day party in Uptown this past weekend. Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but the first her two sold out shows at that neighborhood’s Riviera Theatre sure felt celebratory. The rising star is out touring behind this year’s excellent Cuz I Love You and is inspiring her diverse […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: PUP at Metro

Recap and Photo Gallery: PUP at Metro

| May 6, 2019 | 0 Comments

Toronto punks PUP have quickly grown out of the small venues they frequented only a few years ago. Whereas their last Chicago visit saw them playing Empty Bottle, this time they brought their high-octane energy for the first of two sold-out nights at the Metro with fellow Canadians Casper Skull and Chicago punk rockers Ratboys […]

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Photo Gallery: Chvrches at Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery: Chvrches at Aragon Ballroom

| May 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

A strange, invisible pall hung over Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on Thursday night. The Scottish band Chvrches recently called out, on line, their former collaborator Marshmello for working with the infamous rapper and felon Chris Brown, whom the band rightfully called a “predator and abuser.” Since then, escalation in the beef has resulted in lead singer […]

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Cover Story: Steve Earle

Cover Story: Steve Earle

| April 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

It’s a puzzlement, a Sphinx-like riddle for the ages. How in holy hell has resident alt-country iconoclast Steve Earle managed to keep his mouth shut over the past three Trump-and-Brexit bedeviled years? Make no mistake, what he’s offered instead has been stunning —2017’s picture-perfect loper So You Wannabe an Outlaw — polished still brighter by […]

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Photo Gallery: Rise Against at Chicago Theatre

Photo Gallery: Rise Against at Chicago Theatre

| April 30, 2019 | 1 Comment

At the end of their third song, “Audience Of One,” Rise Against lead singer Tim McIlrath joked, “I don’t think we’ve ever stayed this still for this long.” So what occasion caused the Chicago punk rock quartet to strike such statuesque poses? A special evening dubbed “Ghost Note Symphony’s,” which shares its name with the […]

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Stage Buzz: Michael Schenker Fest at Concord Music Hall

Stage Buzz: Michael Schenker Fest at Concord Music Hall

| April 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

German guitar pioneer Michael Schenker returns to Chicago’s Concord Music Hall on May 4th for the second leg of his Resurrection Tour with his current band, Michael Schenker Fest. The 64-year-old ex-UFO and ex-Scorpions fret wizard has been dazzling audiences for nearly 50 years. Michael Schenker Fest’s 2018 debut album, Resurrection, was well-received by fans […]

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Photo Gallery and Recap: Wax Trax! Records Industrial Accident Screening and Launch Party at House of Vans Chicago

Photo Gallery and Recap: Wax Trax! Records Industrial Accident Screening and Launch Party at House of Vans Chicago

| April 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Could there have been a more brilliant way to end Record Store Day than with an Industrial Accident? The Wax Trax! documentary distills the history of Chicago’s seminal record label and store into an entertaining yarn about love, family, music, sex, drugs, rock & roll and how not to run a business, if you wish […]

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Photo Gallery: Amanda Palmer at The Chicago Theatre

Photo Gallery: Amanda Palmer at The Chicago Theatre

| April 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s not often that a concert supplies those in attendance with an escape hatch. Of course, not all performers approach a night out like Amanda Palmer. Before she took the stage at the exquisitely ornate Chicago Theater, a (paraphrased) announcement was made that the evening’s content would contain subject matter that included-but certainly wasn’t limited […]

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Stage Buzz: Uli Jon Roth at The Forge of Joliet and The Arcada Theatre [with added Photo Gallery]

Stage Buzz: Uli Jon Roth at The Forge of Joliet and The Arcada Theatre [with added Photo Gallery]

| April 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

German guitar maestro Uli Jon Roth’s 50th-anniversary tour – where he’ll be performing selected highlights from his entire musical career – comes to Chicagoland Friday and Saturday. Roth’s arrival in Chicagoland commences Friday, April 12 at The Forge in Joliet and concludes on Saturday, April 13 at the Arcada Theater in St. Charles. The concert’s […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets at Chicago Theatre

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets at Chicago Theatre

| April 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets Chicago Theatre, Chicago April 4, 2019 Thursday’s concert by Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets was a dream come true for fans of early Pink Floyd and psychedelic rock. Focused exclusively on material released prior to 1973’s epic Dark Side of the Moon, Mason and his cohort of four musicians delved […]

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Stage Buzz: Citizen Cope at House of Blues Chicago

Stage Buzz: Citizen Cope at House of Blues Chicago

| April 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

It was one of those you-had-to-be-there moments that might sound callous — even a little cruel — in the retelling. But rest assured, it was neither of those things. It was a reckoning. Late afternoon a few years ago at a hip San Francisco nightclub — the universal hour for an artist’s pre-show soundcheck. Tonight, […]

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Photo Gallery: Mumford & Sons at The Chicago Theatre

Photo Gallery: Mumford & Sons at The Chicago Theatre

| April 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

London quartet Mumford & Sons have pulled off some impressive feats during their decade-long career. Friday night at Chicago’s United Center they continued that winning streak. They managed to make a cavernous sports arena feel intimate and inviting. The fact that they sold it out in mere moments was equally impressive. Touring behind their fourth […]

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Cover Story: Gary Clark Jr.

Cover Story: Gary Clark Jr.

| April 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

  The Chosen One. The Future of the Blues Guitar. The Next Stevie Ray Vaughan. Savior of the Blues. At only 35-years of age, Gary Clark Jr. has carried a lot of pressure on his slim shoulders. But from the time he was a teen, blasting away his elders at Austin nightclubs, a grand destiny […]

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