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Recap & Photo Gallery: The Smashing Pumpkins at United Center

Recap & Photo Gallery: The Smashing Pumpkins at United Center

| August 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year, rumors began to swirl that Billy Corgan was “getting the band back together” to borrow a phrase from The Blues Brothers. Although the Smashing Pumpkins frontman had always continued to tour and record with different musical configurations under the same moniker, this loose talk concerned the four original members: Billy, drummer Jimmy […]

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Stage Buzz : The Dead Daisies at The Forge

Stage Buzz : The Dead Daisies at The Forge

| August 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blasting off like a screaming rocket in 2013, The Dead Daisies (TDD) have watched its fan base explode into a worldwide phenomenon. In just five short years, TDD has released four studio albums, two EPs, and a double live record. The band, featuring guitarist/co-founder David Lowy (Red Phoenix, Mink), John Corabi (ex-Mötley Crüe, The Scream), […]

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Live Review: Jay-Z and Beyoncé at Soldier Field

Live Review: Jay-Z and Beyoncé at Soldier Field

| August 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jay-Z and Beyoncé Soldier Field, Chicago Friday, August 10, 2018 “What’s better than one billionaire?” rapped Jay-Z during “Family Feud” at the first of two Soldier Field stops for the “On The Run II” Tour (that continues Saturday, August 11), before answering with an emphatic “two!” He was, of course, referring to “the most incredible […]

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Photo Gallery: Greta Van Fleet and Dorothy and the Vic

Photo Gallery: Greta Van Fleet and Dorothy and the Vic

| August 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli caught up with two of Lollapalooza’s most rocking organic bands at a Lolla aftershow at Belmont and Sheffield in Lakeview on Friday.  

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Cover Story: Børns

Cover Story: Børns

| July 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Today Garrett Borns might be the foppish baroque-pop trendsetter who records as simply Børns, with three adventurous albums to his credit, including the new Blue Madonna, his second for Interscope. But there was a time not so long ago when the Michigan native was at the mercy of a pack of marauding masked bandits after […]

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Photo Gallery: Sylvan Esso at the Vic Theatre

Photo Gallery: Sylvan Esso at the Vic Theatre

| July 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

It may not have been an actual weekend evening, but Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn sure made it feel like one. The Durham, North Carolina duo collectively know as Sylvan Esso sold out two shows in Chicago earlier this week. One at the Riviera in the city’s Uptown neighborhood and night two at The Vic […]

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Photo Gallery: Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field

Photo Gallery: Foo Fighters at Wrigley Field

| July 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dave Grohl was quite the congenial host on Sunday night. The Foo Fighters’ frontman had gathered tens of thousands of guests and welcomed them into what felt like his backyard. It’s just that on this particular evening his playground was the baseball temple that is Chicago’s Wrigley Field. The former Nirvana drummer played the role […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: Panic at the Disco at United Center

Recap and Photo Gallery: Panic at the Disco at United Center

| July 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Panic! At The Disco/ ARIZONA/ Hayley Kiyoko United Center, Chicago Tuesday, July 17, 2018 Fab front man Brendon Urie brought Panic! At The Disco in all its grand pop glory to a super sold out United Center on the Pray For The Wicked Tour, named after the group’s latest chart-topping album of the same […]

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Photo Gallery and Recap: Radiohead at United Center

Photo Gallery and Recap: Radiohead at United Center

| July 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year Radiohead fans became ecstatic when seemingly without warning, the Oxfordshire six-piece announced a North American tour in support of their 2016 release, A Moon Shaped Pool. As arguably one of the finest live acts currently performing, the band has mostly relegated themselves to festival appearances in the hopes of minimizing the number […]

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Photo Gallery: Paramore & Foster The People at Huntington Bank Pavillion at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: Paramore & Foster The People at Huntington Bank Pavillion at Northerly Island

| July 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

  The darkest of themes have a long tradition of being clothed in a pop music disguise. Franklin, Tennessee’s Paramore are no strangers to this approach. At this point, they are arguably a band in name only. With a revolving door of members throughout their decades-plus career, the focal point has always been lead singer […]

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Photo Gallery: 101 WKQX Piqniq at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Photo Gallery: 101 WKQX Piqniq at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

| July 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

On what could prove to be the hottest day of the year thus far, music fans gathered this past weekend at Tinley Park’s Hollywood Casino Amphitheater for 101 WKQX annual Piqniq. During the all-day affair nine bands performed for the extremely economical fee of $20. For that small pile of lettuce, attendees were treated to […]

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Live Review: Ry Cooder at Thalia Hall

Live Review: Ry Cooder at Thalia Hall

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ry Cooder’s lengthy resume includes a pile of highlights. Among them are six Grammy awards, evocative soundtrack albums for films including Paris, Texas, collaboration with previously-hidden musical treasures of Cuba with Buena Vista Social Club, and profoundly influencing the signature sound of the Rolling Stones. Cooder also has a stack of great albums to his […]

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Cover Story: Johnny Marr

Cover Story: Johnny Marr

| July 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Johnny Marr just made the best record of his life. And he knows it. Dubbed Call the Comet, it’s the ex-Smith guitarist’s third, following 2013’s The Messenger and 2014’s Playland. And it finds him: Lyrically delving into grim socio-political issues that he’d often avoided; Letting his axe provide the chiming hooks in places instead of […]

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Stage Buzz: Real Friends “Composure” Listening Party & Interview

Stage Buzz: Real Friends “Composure” Listening Party & Interview

| June 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

On Friday night, Tinley Park’s Real Friends held a “secret” listening party for a select group of fans in support of their forthcoming third full length, Composure. The evening event was the last of three listening party events held throughout the day across the Chicagoland area. In the modern industrial workspace of Chicago’s Rowboat Creative, […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

| June 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case Friday June 16th Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island Ray LaMontagne Ray LaMontagne was in a decidedly rocking mood as he hit the stage at Chicago’s Huntington Bank Pavilion. The day’s suffocating heat had finally been replaced with a dramatic drop in temperature and steady, cool breezes complements of Lake […]

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