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Photo Gallery: Greta Van Fleet at Lincoln Hall

Photo Gallery: Greta Van Fleet at Lincoln Hall

| December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Greta Van Fleet’s sold-out show at Lincoln Hall attracted a cross section of enthusiastic fans that greatly admire a band that carries the brightest flames of a classic rock torch. Their new double EP, From The Fires, mines the best of Led Zeppelin in a new way. This feral band of three brothers and a friendly […]

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Stage Buzz : The Jesus Lizard at Metro [Updated with Photo Gallery]

Stage Buzz : The Jesus Lizard at Metro [Updated with Photo Gallery]

| December 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Though they stopped just short of a “full monty” (as the gallery will atest), Chicago’s Jesus Lizard showed everyone their goodies during a sold-out show at Metro, Friday. Performing in Wrigleyville on only one of only six tour dates, the powerful quartet pulled themselves out of the mothballs, playing with precision and aplomb, and sounded […]

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Gallery: Jay-Z at United Center

Gallery: Jay-Z at United Center

| December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

At this point in his career, Jay-Z is all but an elder statesman in Hip-Hop. The East Coast rapper has always had some of the silkiest flow in the genre and certainly has the record sales as proof (100 million and counting). His “4:44 Tour” touched down for a stop Tuesday at the United Center. […]

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Photo Gallery: Gary Numan at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: Gary Numan at Thalia Hall

| December 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Although his name is synonymous with the ’80s New Wave classic “Cars,” London-born Gary Numan has quietly carved out a career that is now deep into its third decade. He just released his 22nd (!) album Savage (Songs From A Broken World) and has hit the road to lend it support. “The Savage” Tour landed […]

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Cover Story: Wolf Alice

Cover Story: Wolf Alice

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s what every artist aspires to; one would imagine – a famous director one day finding their life so remarkable and their look so photogenic that it warrants its own documentary. But UK rocker Ellie Rowsell was just surprised that hers happened so fast, last year when her quartet Wolf Alice had only a single […]

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Photo Gallery: Bootsy Collins at Chicago Music Exchange

Photo Gallery: Bootsy Collins at Chicago Music Exchange

| November 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

Legendary James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic and Bootsy’s Rubber Band bassist Bootsy Collins co-hosted a “meet and greet” at Chicago Music Exchange in conjunction with DR Strings. IE’s Eddie Spinelli captured the infectious and influential Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Famer on a chilly Saturday.

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Live Review/Gallery – Elton John at the Tax Slayer Center

Live Review/Gallery – Elton John at the Tax Slayer Center

| November 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Elton John TaxSlayer Center, Moline Friday, November 10, 2017 Nearly every season in Elton John’s illustrious career is filled with some sort of milestone, but perhaps more than any in recent memory, the last year prompted several reasons to celebrate. For starters, the international superstar released his 30th studio album Wonderful Crazy Night (the first […]

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Stage Buzz: [Updated with Gallery] Doyle at The Forge of Joliet

Stage Buzz: [Updated with Gallery] Doyle at The Forge of Joliet

| November 8, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Under the eponymous Doyle banner, the dominating ex-Misfits axeman has conjured up 13 metallic horror-punk tracks on his sophomore solo effort that was released this past summer, Doyle II: As We Die. Currently on his As We Die World Tour, Doyle (real name Paul Caiafa) and his band – vocalist Alex “Wolfman” Story, bassist […]

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Photo Gallery – The National at House Of Vans

Photo Gallery – The National at House Of Vans

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  The National’s already busy schedule just became a bit more crowded. The Cincinnati quintet has already sold out two shows at Chicago’s Civic Opera House taking place later this month. But when a very popular former President (last name Obama) calls, well, what’s a left-leaning indie rock band to do but answer the call. […]

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Feature: Violent Femmes

Feature: Violent Femmes

| November 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

  Folk-punk progenitors Violent Femmes, the Milwaukee-based band defined the genre with their biggest hit, “Blister in the Sun,” from the 1983 self-titled debut album. Enduring a couple of hiatuses throughout their 36-plus year career, the band — original members vocalist/guitarist Gordon Gano and bassist/vocalist/xylophonist Brian Ritchie, along with newly-appointed drummer John Sparrow — have […]

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Cover Story: William Patrick Corgan

Cover Story: William Patrick Corgan

| November 1, 2017 | 1 Comment

When the Jedi Master speaks, the humble light saber student must sit quietly at his feet and listen. And Smashing Pumpkins anchor Billy Corgan – who has recently re-dubbed himself with the more mature moniker of William Patrick Corgan, under which he just released the skeletal, Rick Rubin-produced solo set Oglilala, one of his best […]

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Photo Gallery: Katy Perry at United Center

Photo Gallery: Katy Perry at United Center

| October 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Katy Perry United Center, Chicago Tuesday, October 24, 2017 It was a “Teenage Dream” come true when Katy Perry brought “Witness: The Tour” to the United Center for the opening of a two-night stand. While IE only had a window of “Roulette,” “Dark Horse” and “Chained To The Rhythm” to snap away like cray cray, […]

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Cover Story [Updated]: Lucky Boys Confusion

Cover Story [Updated]: Lucky Boys Confusion

| September 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been 20 years since Lucky Boys Confusion first got together in a basement to write songs, playing their first party in the suburbs where they grew up. What happened between then and now is a story about triumph and tragedy, the roads between paved with the love of each other and the love of […]

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Recap/Photo Gallery: Alison Moyet at Park West

Recap/Photo Gallery: Alison Moyet at Park West

| September 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Alison Moyet Park West, Chicago Tuesday, September 19, 2017 On her first solo world tour in exactly 30 years, Alison Moyet caught Chicago faithful up to speed since Yazoo/Yaz reunited in 2008. Although she made sure to play several selections from the celebrated synthpop duo, the 21-track set was also stocked heartily with tunes […]

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[Updated] Live Review/Stage Buzz: The Afghan Whigs at Metro

[Updated] Live Review/Stage Buzz: The Afghan Whigs at Metro

| September 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Afghan Whigs Metro, Chicago Sept. 23 Midway through the set Saturday night at Metro, Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli momentarily halted the band’s momentum after the song “Algiers” to address one particular fan: “Wasted and flipping me off is not going to work,” he said to a woman near the stage. As the crowd […]

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