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Media – March 2020

Media – March 2020

| March 2, 2020 | 0 Comments

How long has Pat Cassidy been delivering us the news on the radio by “the dawn’s early light?” “The alarm clock has gone off at 2:30 am for over 40 years,” he says with a laugh. “I go to bed early. The bottom line is that I start going to bed around 6:30 or seven […]

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IE Rewind: Prognosis at Martyrs’

IE Rewind: Prognosis at Martyrs’

| March 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

  Almost a year in the making, Deacon Productions founder Steve Kikoen has branched out from his musical tributes to ‘70s/‘80s stalwarts Steely Dan (and Santana) to even deeper AOR territory: Prog Rock. Kikoen’s newest project – Prognosis – is dedicated to progressive rock – which arguably exploded as a “genre” in 1968, powered by […]

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Live Review: Squirrel Nut Zippers at Arcada Theatre

Live Review: Squirrel Nut Zippers at Arcada Theatre

| February 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

    Squirrel Nut Zippers Arcada Theatre January 26, 2020   Review by Jeff Elbel Photos by Luciano J. Bilotti   In the Squirrel Nut Zippers’ heyday, the band’s music offered a singular throwback to the freewheeling fun of gypsy swing and pre-war hot jazz. In 2020, the retooled and rejuvenated band does the same […]

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Photo Gallery: Sons of The Apollo with Tony McAlpine at The Arcada Theatre

Photo Gallery: Sons of The Apollo with Tony McAlpine at The Arcada Theatre

| February 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured pro-metal supergroup Sons of The Apollo at The Arcada Theatre with guitar pioneer Tony McAlpine opening the show.  

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: EOB at Lincoln Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: EOB at Lincoln Center

| February 9, 2020 | 1 Comment

Ed O’Brien (EOB) Lincoln Hall Saturday, February 8, 2020   Following in the footsteps of bandmates Thom Yorke, Colin Greenwood, and Phil Selway, guitarist and vocalist Ed O’Brien is stepping outside his role as a founding member of Radiohead and occasional high-profile sideman for other artists including Neil Finn. Performing under the name EOB, O’Brien […]

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Stage Buzz: Hey Nonny’s Winter Blues Summit [with added Photo Gallery]

Stage Buzz: Hey Nonny’s Winter Blues Summit [with added Photo Gallery]

| February 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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Cover Story: Grace Potter [with added Photo Gallery from Riviera Theatre]

Cover Story: Grace Potter [with added Photo Gallery from Riviera Theatre]

| February 8, 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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Media: February 2020

Media: February 2020

| February 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Scott Miller was a regular on the radio in Chicago for several decades (WJMK, WCKG, WGN, WDRV, News 101.1 FM, Oprah Radio). Still, a few years ago, after his stint at the Drive (97.1 FM) with Pete McMurray and Dan McNeil, Miller found himself out of work. Despite knowing just about everyone in town, he […]

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Cover Story – Caroline Polachek

Cover Story – Caroline Polachek

| February 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

The relationship between art and its attendant inspiration has been analyzed countless times over the years. The French painter Henri Matisse, for instance, said that the main impetus for creativity was simply courage, while author Jack London believed that you had to hunt it down with a club. Renowned acting coach Stella Adler posited that […]

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Photo Gallery: Heilung at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Heilung at The Riviera Theatre

| January 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

Heilung Riviera Theatre 01/20/2020 Heilung (‘healing’ in German), the Nordic folk mood makers arrived in North America for the first time and easily sold out the Riv on their short tour. Originally booked at the Vic Theatre, the show was to moved to the Riviera to meet ticket demand. Ed Spinelli captured their Nordic spectacle. […]

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Photo Gallery: The Black Keys at Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery: The Black Keys at Aragon Ballroom

| January 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Q101 WKQX, Chicago’s flagship and only Alt-Rock station, threw itself a birthday party, Thursday. More specifically, hosted one to celebrate the one year anniversary of the morning drive time trio known as Brian, Ali and Justin. And they did so in glorious style by inviting a sold out Aragon Ballroom audience to enjoy a live […]

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Stage Buzz: Tedeschi Trucks at Chicago Theatre [Updated with Photo Gallery]

Stage Buzz: Tedeschi Trucks at Chicago Theatre [Updated with Photo Gallery]

| January 12, 2020 | 1 Comment

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: 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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Media – January 2020

Media – January 2020

| January 1, 2020 | 1 Comment

  When Brad Edwards was asked to be the co-anchor of the 5, 6, and 10 pm newscasts on CBS-2 Chicago in March of 2019, he was a little taken aback. Edwards had been a big part of the award-winning CBS investigative team since 2012, and “anchor” was a whole different ballgame. He knew what […]

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