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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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Stage Buzz: Kiss at RiverEdge Park

Stage Buzz: Kiss at RiverEdge Park

| August 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

Kiss RiverEdge Park Aurora Sunday, August 20th After 40+ years featuring one of rock’s most bombastic stage shows, Kiss’ Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley know how to work a crowd and a business plan, which brings them to Chicagoland for the second big tour of 2017 (they appeared at Open Air Festival last month). Whether […]

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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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Cover Story: Depeche Mode

Cover Story: Depeche Mode

| July 31, 2017 | 0 Comments

At 56, Depeche Mode bandleader Martin Gore no longer feels the need to pull any lyrical punches. So he gets right to the prickly, political point on the band’s latest Spirit set, starting with its clickety-clacking rhetorical question of a lead single “Where’s the Revolution,” with a grim societal accusation intoned in unusually ominous fashion […]

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Review and Gallery: Paul McCartney at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

Review and Gallery: Paul McCartney at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater

| July 28, 2017 | 0 Comments

Paul McCartney Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, Tinley Park, IL Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Reviewed by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Curt Baran. Former Beatle Paul McCartney knows what people want. “We can tell what songs you like,” he said midway through a nearly three-hour show. “If it’s an old Beatles song, your phones light up. It’s like […]

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Review and Gallery: The Who at Van Andel Arena

Review and Gallery: The Who at Van Andel Arena

| July 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Who Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, MI Tuesday, July 25, 2017 Who needs Desert Trip when The Who, Paul McCartney and Roger Waters all made the Midwest rounds a mere of couple hours apart from one another within a 48-hour period? While Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend and their immaculate backing cast’s appearance at a […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Roger Waters at United Center

Live Review and Gallery: Roger Waters at United Center

| July 25, 2017 | 1 Comment

Roger Waters “Us + Them” Tour United Center, Chicago, IL Saturday, July 22, 2017   Reviewed by Jeff Elbel; Photos by Ed Spinelli Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters’ first of three nights at United Center began with clockwork precision at exactly 8PM, with sounds of crashing surf and film footage of a hooded figure […]

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Riot Fest 2017 Single-Day Line-Up, Danzig Performance Announced

Riot Fest 2017 Single-Day Line-Up, Danzig Performance Announced

| July 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The wai-it-ing is the hardest part when it comes to Riot Fest’s single-day line-ups, but the wait is over. Riot Fest announced Friday, Saturday and Sunday (September 15-17) line-ups today with a bonus performance from Danzig to the Saturday bill. As expected, Jawbreaker’s historic reunion closes things out on Sunday September 17th. Single Day and […]

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Review and Gallery: Queen and Adam Lambert at United Center

Review and Gallery: Queen and Adam Lambert at United Center

| July 14, 2017 | 7 Comments

Queen + Adam Lambert United Center, Chicago Thursday, July 13, 2017 By sheer coincidence, Queen + Adam Lambert’s latest visit to another sold out United Center just so happened to fall on the exact same date of Live Aid 32 years ago. Of course, that “global jukebox” featured Queen with its late front man Freddie […]

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Review and Gallery: Gorillaz at HBP at Northerly Island

Review and Gallery: Gorillaz at HBP at Northerly Island

| July 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Gorillaz Huntington Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island, Chicago Saturday, July 8, 2017 “I’ve been coming to Chicago since 1990 and you never cease to bewilder me,” exclaimed Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn to a widely enthusiastic and entirely sold out Huntington Bank Pavilion At Northerly Island on opening night of alternative ensemble’s Humanz Tour. While […]

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Recap and Gallery: Dead & Company at Wrigley Field

Recap and Gallery: Dead & Company at Wrigley Field

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Dead & Company Wrigley Field, Chicago Saturday, July 1, 2017 No, Dead & Company aren’t exactly the Grateful Dead, but considering the group consists of Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann, plus the originally unexpected but nonetheless exceptional John Mayer with Oteil Burbridge and Jeff Chimenti, it’s an all-star tribute to the original Dead. […]

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Photo Gallery: Red Hot Chili Peppers at United Center

Photo Gallery: Red Hot Chili Peppers at United Center

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Red Hot Chili Peppers stormed Chicago’s United Center this past weekend, acting like the Jam Band they’ve always secretly hidden under a heavy blanket of tattoos and punk rock-infused funk riffs. Curt Baran parked himself in the photo pit for night one of a two night residency, fighting a soundtrack that all but dared him […]

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Stage Buzz/Recap/Gallery (Updated): Wolf Alice at Schubas

Stage Buzz/Recap/Gallery (Updated): Wolf Alice at Schubas

| July 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

North London’s Wolf Alice completely eviscerated Chicago’s Schubas Tavern Wednesday. The intimate confines at Belmont and Southport proved to be the perfect setting for the quartet to preview songs from their forthcoming release (due this fall). They also tore through fan favorites that included “Moaning Lisa Smile,” “Bros,” “Giant Peach” and “Lisbon.” Curt Baran managed […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Chris Stapelton at Wrigley Field

Live Review and Gallery: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Chris Stapelton at Wrigley Field

| July 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Wrigley Field, Chicago, IL Thursday, June 29, 2017 Reviewed by Jeff Elbel; Photos by Curt Baran Tom Petty paused during a deep dive through the Wildflowers album to tell Thursday’s sold-out Wrigley Field crowd exactly what it has been like to celebrate 40 years with the Heartbreakers. “I was going to say we’re having so […]

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