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Stage Buzz: Tedeschi Trucks at Chicago Theatre

Stage Buzz: Tedeschi Trucks at Chicago Theatre

| January 12, 2020 | 0 Comments

Florida’s legendary Tedeschi Trucks Band, led by married blues guitarists Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, return to the Chicago Theatre for a 4-night run beginning this weekend. TTB has redefined blues and soul over their decade together, powered and defined best by the debut album Revelator. IE’s Ed Spinelli talked with Derek Trucks as he […]

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Stage Buzz: Hey Nonny’s Winter Blues Summit

Stage Buzz: Hey Nonny’s Winter Blues Summit

| January 8, 2020 | 1 Comment

  Winter has traditionally been a slow season for music festivals in Chicagoland while folks recover from their holiday hangovers. Other than the TNK Festival in Chicago, a sturdy and dependable showcase of emerging talent, there’s not been the equivalent in the suburbs. The folks at Hey Nonny and Straight Arrow Productions are changing the […]

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Stage Buzz: Signal The Launch at House of Blues

Stage Buzz: Signal The Launch at House of Blues

| January 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

  The members of the Chicago power trio Signal the Launch share a strong musical bond. The Lane Tech College Prep and Rolling Meadows High School graduates — brothers Mariusz (guitars/vocals) and Dan Owczarczak (bass), and Kevin Karpa (drums) — formed the band in 2016 after a life-altering incident that happened to Mariusz while driving […]

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Hello My Name Is…Michael Des Barres

Hello My Name Is…Michael Des Barres

| January 6, 2020 | 0 Comments

Michael Des Barres doesn’t want to sound jaded like he’s seen it all before. But at a sage-like 71, he has, in many ways. So don’t fault the Renaissance man for his cynical view of most pop stars’ careers: “They pretty much have a formula now,” he chuckles. “Young kid writes some songs, has some […]

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Cover Story: Grace Potter

Cover Story: Grace Potter

| January 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the DC Comics universe, Superman always had his Fortress of Solitude, a secluded palace on the frozen Arctic tundra where he could go to muse on his complex relationships with villains, the Justice League, and indeed his planetary protectorate, humankind itself. Not bad, as exotic getaways go. Vermont-bred folk-rocker Grace Potter, on the other […]

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Holiday Hangover at House of Blues Chicago

Holiday Hangover at House of Blues Chicago

| December 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

  House of Blues Chicago is kicking off the 2019 Holiday Season with their first-ever Holiday Hangover – ten days of top national tribute bands along with a roster of Chicago’s best tributes. The format has been a blast at other HOB locations across the country, and the talent buyers at the Windy City location […]

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Live Review: Los Lobos at City Winery [with added photo gallery]

Live Review: Los Lobos at City Winery [with added photo gallery]

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Los Lobos City Winery Sunday, December 8, 2019 Los Lobos set up camp at City Winery on Sunday for its eighth annual residency of Christmas shows. This time, the band brought new songs written specially for the occasion. Material from the band’s first Christmas album, Llegó Navidad, added to the already festive spirit of […]

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Photo Gallery: George Clinton and Ohio Players at Horseshoe Casino

Photo Gallery: George Clinton and Ohio Players at Horseshoe Casino

| December 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured two of the most important members of Funk’s hall of fame class, George Clinton (with Funkadelic) and Ohio Players (who recorded many of their biggest hits in Chicago). George told Spinelli that retirement is not in the cards right now (“I’m having too much fun”), and proved it to an adoring crowd […]

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Stage Buzz:  Ace Frehley at Joe’s Live Rosemont [with added photo gallery]

Stage Buzz: Ace Frehley at Joe’s Live Rosemont [with added photo gallery]

| December 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ace Frehley Friday, December 13 Joe’s Live Rosemont KISS co-founding guitarist and vocalist Ace Frehley takes the stage at Joe’s Live in Rosemont on Friday, December 13, with openers Ladrone and Like It beginning at 7:30 PM. Real rock fans know the history of this iconic guitar slinger. The former original lead guitarist for KISS […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Celine Dion at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Celine Dion at United Center

| December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Celine Dion Sunday, December 1, 2019 United Center Over a decade has passed since Celine Dion performed in Chicago. Still, as the dynamite vocalist proclaimed at the start of another United Center sell out, “It’s All Coming Back To Be Now.” Indeed, the women who captivated the generations between Barbra Streisand and Adele sounded as […]

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Cover Story – Liam Gallagher

Cover Story – Liam Gallagher

| December 3, 2019 | 2 Comments

    What becomes a legend most? It’s an old question when it comes to pop stars and celebrities in general. Not rhetorical at all, but a real procedural, albeit aesthetic conundrum whose answer — either flamboyant or conversely simplified — can often have disastrous long-term results on the career of the said performer. You’ll […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: Slayer, Ministry, Primus and Phillip H. Anselmo at Tax Slayer Center

Recap and Photo Gallery: Slayer, Ministry, Primus and Phillip H. Anselmo at Tax Slayer Center

| November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Slayer/Ministry/Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals TaxSlayer Center Moline, IL 11/14/2019 Slayer made the last “area” appearance ever (after their Riot Fest appearance in September), and the Quad Cities (Moline, IL) got the honors. They brought a “cast of thousands” with them, including Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, who started the evening with a […]

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Photo Gallery: Angel Olsen at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Angel Olsen at The Riviera Theatre

| November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Former Chicago native Angel Olsen made the most of her recent homecoming. She’s hit the road in support of her acclaimed album All Mirrors, and her performance was a kaleidoscope of dramatic strings, ethereal synths and Area 51-worthy strobes. But even if you stripped away all the extracurricular aesthetic, you’d still be left with Olsen’s […]

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Photo Gallery: FKA Twigs at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: FKA Twigs at The Riviera Theatre

| November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tahliah Debrett Barnett continues to blur the lines of what pop music can mean. Recording and performing under the moniker FKA twigs, Barnett is seamlessly merging performance art, dance and high concept approach with mainstream appeal. Nowhere was this more apparent than during her recent sold-out appearance at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre. She twirled, tap-danced, vogued, […]

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Photo Gallery: Caamp at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: Caamp at Thalia Hall

| November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Caamp is riding a wave of propulsion that is certainly cresting. The Columbus, Ohio quartet just released their second album, By And By, and it promptly shot to the top of the Billboard Heatseekers albums chart. The record has also birthed the single ”Peach Fuzz” which has quickly become all but ubiquitous on both terrestrial […]

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