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Mercyful Fate at Hard Rock Casino • Gary, IN

Mercyful Fate at Hard Rock Casino • Gary, IN

| November 11, 2022

Mercyful Fate with Kreator and Midnight Hard Rock Casino  Gary IN Nov 3, 2022 Photo Gallery by Edward Spinelli Danish black metal legends Mercyful Fate returned to the Chicago area – this time at Hard Rock Casino in Gary after a 20 year hiatus to a near-capacity crowd with support in Kreator and Cleveland-based metal stalwarts […]

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Stage Buzz: Jake Scott, Loathe, Big Suit, Blackpink, Paramore

Stage Buzz: Jake Scott, Loathe, Big Suit, Blackpink, Paramore

| November 10, 2022

  After a five-year hiatus, iconic alt-rock stalwarts Paramore are back with a vengeance. The band has embarked on their first tour since 2018 in preparation for their upcoming 6th studio album, This is Why. The album’s September released title track suggests a defiant clap-back thematically reminiscent of their pop-punk roots with a modern groove. […]

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Stage Buzz: ANTIfest, Tegan & Sara, Joe Bonamassa

Stage Buzz: ANTIfest, Tegan & Sara, Joe Bonamassa

| November 1, 2022

      Anti-Flag has never been shy to speak up and speak out. Since their formation in 1988, they’ve created punk rock anthems that don’t shy away from political issues, such as animal rights, anti-fracking, climate change, and their anti-war stance. Before they release their next album LIES THEY TELL OUR CHILDREN, next year, […]

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Cover Story: Smashing Pumpkins: Never Mind the Gatekeepers

Cover Story: Smashing Pumpkins: Never Mind the Gatekeepers

| October 31, 2022

    It’s not often that an artist is afforded the privilege of seeing the importance of their career painstakingly delineated in its relative historical importance. You usually have to wait until your screen has faded to afterworld black for that kind of cumulative honor. But at 55, after nearly four decades spent helming Smashing […]

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Photo Gallery: Judas Priest with Queensryche at Genesee Theatre • Waukegan

Photo Gallery: Judas Priest with Queensryche at Genesee Theatre • Waukegan

| October 30, 2022

Judas Priest with Queensryche Tuesday, October 25, 2022 Genesee Theatre Waukegan, IL Recap and photos by Edward Spinelli Soon-to-be Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame inductee Judas Priest brought their 50th Anniversary tour to the Genesee Theatre with special guest Queensrÿche in tow.  The Priest pounded out a rock-solid setlist that, pretty much as expected, […]

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Stage Buzz: Judas Priest, Panic! at the Disco, Kevin Morby, Smithereens

Stage Buzz: Judas Priest, Panic! at the Disco, Kevin Morby, Smithereens

| October 25, 2022

You can’t think of heavy metal without thinking of the icons Judas Priest. The band has been “Breaking the Law” since the 1970s and has become one of the most successful metal acts in years since thanks to hits like “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” “Living After Midnight,” and “Painkiller.” Now, these titans of metal […]

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Stage Buzz: EXTC at Reggies, Chicago and SPACE, Evanston

Stage Buzz: EXTC at Reggies, Chicago and SPACE, Evanston

| October 25, 2022

  EXTC Reggies, Chicago October 26, 2022 SPACE, Evanston October 28, 2022 Preview and live photos by Phil Solomonson Last spring, a reboot of English punk/new wave era pop masters XTC toured the states to a positive response from fans. This version, renamed “EXTC,” features original drummer Terry Chambers with a new ensemble of Steve […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Carrie Underwood at Allstate Arena • Rosemont

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Carrie Underwood at Allstate Arena • Rosemont

| October 23, 2022

Carrie Underwood Saturday, October 22 Allstate Arena Rosemont, IL Review and photos by Andy Argyrakis The title behind Carrie Underwood’s newest album and tour of the same name, Denim & Rhinestones, couldn’t be more fitting for the country and pop megastar, representing both a rougher side that’s never afraid to rock but also one evoking […]

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Rock of Pages: Creem Magazine 2022:  David Bowie Special Edition

Rock of Pages: Creem Magazine 2022: David Bowie Special Edition

| October 18, 2022

  Rock of Pages Creem #001 David Bowie Special Edition by Jeff Elbel Rolling Stone be hanged; Creem brashly billed itself long ago as “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine.” The magazine was originally published from 1969 to 1989, featuring character-driven content brimming with opinion and attitude. Notable writers included Lester Bangs, Cameron Crowe, punk […]

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IE Promo: Wardruna at Auditorium Theatre October 21 • Chicago

IE Promo: Wardruna at Auditorium Theatre October 21 • Chicago

| October 17, 2022

  Wardruna Auditorium Theatre October 21, 2022 Chicago, IL Preview by Dave Gedge If industrial music godfathers Einstürzende Neubauten, Throbbing Gristle, and Cabaret Voltaire used metal and iron soundscapes for their groundbreaking music, Wardruna takes it a step further using going back to Nordic folk music and the tools of the earth (animal skins, goat […]

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Stage Buzz: Local H, Metric, Wardruna, Turnstile, Ultra Q

Stage Buzz: Local H, Metric, Wardruna, Turnstile, Ultra Q

| October 17, 2022

  Throughout the course of their career, Metric has evolved from just another indie rock band to fully craft a sound of their own, incorporating elements of synth rock, new wave, and post-punk. Hot off the heels of their new album Formentera, Metric will bring their “Doomscroller Tour” to the Chicago Theatre this Tuesday, October […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Celebrating David Bowie at Copernicus Center • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Celebrating David Bowie at Copernicus Center • Chicago

| October 15, 2022

Celebrating David Bowie Copernicus Center Chicago, IL October 14, 2022 Review and photos by Jeff Elbel The Celebrating David Bowie tour brought its star-powered musicians and the late Bowie’s star-powered songs to Copernicus Center on Friday. The show delivered on its namesake promise with a generous 30-song set of adventurous selections for diehard Bowie fans […]

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Live Recap: Muse at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

Live Recap: Muse at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

| October 15, 2022

    Muse Rivera Theatre Chicago, IL October 11, 2022 Live Review by Ashley Perez Hollingsworth Muse is accustomed to filling up arenas and stadiums whenever they tour. So, when they change gears and play the rare theater show, you know it’s going to be something special. Touring in support of their new album, Will […]

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Live Review: They Might Be Giants at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

Live Review: They Might Be Giants at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

| October 14, 2022

  They Might Be Giants The Vic Theatre Chicago, IL Thursday, October 13, 2022 Live Review by Jeff Elbel John Flansburgh and John Linnell have been making up for lost time. The pair’s heavy touring schedule stretches well into 2023, covering dates lost since truncating a spring 2020 tour due to the COVID lockdown and […]

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Photo Gallery: Michael Schenker at the Des Plaines Theatre • Des Plaines

Photo Gallery: Michael Schenker at the Des Plaines Theatre • Des Plaines

| October 13, 2022

Michael Schenker Group with Eric Martin Des Plaines Theatre Des Plaines, IL Oct 7, 2022 Photos by Edward Spinelli As expected, Michael Schenker and company impressed his local area faithful with 3 sold-out Chicago area shows (Arcada Theatre, Des Plaines Theatre, and Hobart Art Theatre). Featured vocalist Ronnie Romero gives the MSG 2022 a new dimension […]

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