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Stage Buzz: Andre 3000, Laura Jane Grace, Veil of Maya

Stage Buzz: Andre 3000, Laura Jane Grace, Veil of Maya

| February 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

  If you missed out on Andre 3000’s sold-out show at Thalia Hall, you’re in luck. The former Outkast member will perform three more shows this week: a sold-out show at Salt Shed on Tuesday, February 13 , and two performances at Garfield Park Conservatory on Thursday, February 15, at 7 PM and 9 PM. Tickets […]

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Spins: Rob Fetters • Mother

Spins: Rob Fetters • Mother

| February 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

Rob Fetters Mother (Baby Ranch) If you’re already familiar with him, Rob Fetters may be your favorite musician that your friends have never heard. Fetters’ regional reach into Chicago and surrounding areas is largely due to his former role in the Bears alongside co-frontman Adrian Belew and the great post-Bears power-pop trio Psychodots with bassist […]

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Stage Buzz: Living Color, Escuela Grind, Escuela Grind

Stage Buzz: Living Color, Escuela Grind, Escuela Grind

| February 5, 2024 | 0 Comments

  Living Colour broke genre and racial barriers with their debut album, Vivid, in 1988. The funk metal band fused their love of jazz and hip hop with hardcore and punk to create their vibrant sound. Along with their bold sound came brutally honest lyrics ranging from the personal to the political, including commentary on […]

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Media • February 2024 • Remembering the Early Loop

Media • February 2024 • Remembering the Early Loop

| January 31, 2024 | 0 Comments

  One of the great advantages of writing an oral history like I recently wrote about WLUP Radio (The Loop Files) is the opportunity to hear the stories right from the horse’s mouth. I interviewed over a hundred of those horses (Loop employees). Since the book came out a few months ago, I’ve heard from […]

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Stage Buzz: Madonna, John 5, Meet Me @ the Altar

Stage Buzz: Madonna, John 5, Meet Me @ the Altar

| January 29, 2024 | 0 Comments

    Madonna has rightfully earned her title as the Queen of Pop. For the 40 past years, she has remained a cultural icon from giving us hit singles like “Vogue,” “Holiday,” “Like a Virgin,” and “Ray of Light” to her unforgettable performances. Never one to shy away from a little controversy, she has shocked […]

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Spins: Paul McCartney & Wings • Band on the Run – 50th anniversary LP

Spins: Paul McCartney & Wings • Band on the Run – 50th anniversary LP

| January 29, 2024 | 0 Comments

Paul McCartney & Wings Band on the Run 50th anniversary LP (MPL/Apple/UMe) Paul McCartney scattered enduring pop singles across the seven albums made with post-Beatles group Wings, but few fans would dispute identifying Band on the Run as the band’s peak. Furthermore, Band on the Run is commonly cited as McCartney’s best overall work outside […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Black Pumas at Salt Shed • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Black Pumas at Salt Shed • Chicago

| January 29, 2024 | 0 Comments

Black Pumas The Salt Shed, Chicago, IL Saturday, January 27, 2024 Review by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Philamonjaro. Austin, Texas-based psychedelic soul duo Black Pumas crowned a triumphant three-night run in Chicago with Saturday night’s sold-out performance at the Salt Shed. Singer Eric Burton and former Grupo Fantasma guitarist Adrian Quesada led a sharp six-piece backing […]

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Stage Buzz: Black Pumas, Story Of The Year, Lucius

Stage Buzz: Black Pumas, Story Of The Year, Lucius

| January 23, 2024 | 0 Comments

  Taking the roots of R&B and injecting it with a heavy dose of soul, a dash of folk, and a good amount of psychedelia, Black Pumas turned heads when they dropped their debut self-titled album in 2019. It also earned them a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist in 2020. On their latest record, […]

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Spins: Beastie Boys • Hello Nasty 25th anniversary 4xLP box

Spins: Beastie Boys • Hello Nasty 25th anniversary 4xLP box

| January 17, 2024 | 0 Comments

Beastie Boys Hello Nasty 25th anniversary 4xLP box (UMe) By 1998, Beastie Boys ruled radio and MTV thanks to a steady stream of brash and catchy singles, beginning with 1986 noise-fest “Fight for Your Right” from the trio’s debut and continuing with tracks including “Hey Ladies,” “So What’cha Want,” and “Sabotage” from ensuing albums. After […]

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Stage Buzz: Tomorrow Never Knows (TNK) Festival

Stage Buzz: Tomorrow Never Knows (TNK) Festival

| January 17, 2024 | 0 Comments

Chicago’s premiere festival showcasing the best indie acts, both locally and internationally, Tomorrow Never Knows (TNK) returns this week. Over the course of five days, Lincoln Hall, Schubas, GMan Tavern, and Sleeping Village will feature performances from must-hear indie artists spanning various genres. This year’s lineup includes Aisha Burns, Alice Longyu Gao, Maneaters, Daybreaker, Sluice, […]

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Spins • The Rolling Stones • Hackney Diamonds – Live Edition

Spins • The Rolling Stones • Hackney Diamonds – Live Edition

| January 8, 2024 | 0 Comments

    The Rolling Stones Hackney Diamonds Live Edition (Polydor/Interscope/Geffen/A&M) It isn’t the backhanded compliment it sounds like to say that Hackney Diamonds is a better album than many Stones fans might have anticipated. Giving away the ending: This is strong work that earns its spot on many 2023 year-end lists, and it’s not unfair […]

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Stage Buzz: Poison The Well, Ganser, Issues

Stage Buzz: Poison The Well, Ganser, Issues

| January 7, 2024 | 0 Comments

Metalcore stalwarts Poison The Well had no idea the impact their third album and sole major label release You Come Before You would have on the second wave of metalcore. Building off the melodic style of their first two records, the album saw them pushing their boundaries, experimenting with new sounds and style blurring the […]

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Media • January 2024 • Brent’s Food Destinations

Media • January 2024 • Brent’s Food Destinations

| December 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

Growing up in suburban Chicago, Brent Petersen never thought he would become one of the top foodie podcast hosts in the world. “My first career was in radio,” he explains about his stints in Champaign, Peoria, and Providence, Rhode Island. “I wanted to find a way to get back into that audio medium because I […]

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Cover Story: John 5 • Immersed In Music

Cover Story: John 5 • Immersed In Music

| December 31, 2023 | 0 Comments

When it comes to musical diversity and performing genre-hopping styles, guitarist John William Lowery (aka John 5) is one of the most prolific.  Whether he’s creating rock, industrial metal, funk, EDM, progressive, or bluegrass compositions, the lethal six-string slinger is guaranteed to shred all over it.  With a musical resume that includes such diverse artists […]

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Stage Buzz: Local H, Umphrey’s McGee, Patti Smith

Stage Buzz: Local H, Umphrey’s McGee, Patti Smith

| December 27, 2023 | 0 Comments

Patti Smith is one of the most influential figures of the New York City punk rock movement. Her fusion of punk rock and poetry earned her the title of Punk poet laureate. With groundbreaking albums like Horses, Gone Again, and Peace and Noise, she remains an inspiration to creatives today. Just days before her birthday, […]

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