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Spins: Robbie Williams •  I’ve Been Expecting You

Spins: Robbie Williams • I’ve Been Expecting You

| January 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

Robbie Williams I’ve Been Expecting You LP reissue (Island/UMC) Transcending boy band roots and released at the height of Britpop, erstwhile Take That vocalist Robbie Williams’ I’ve Been Expecting You has aged considerably well. Although Williams never quite became the household name in North America that many expected, the singer made a strong showing while […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz • January 11 – January 15 • The Radiators Reunion Shows, The Last Internationale, Kaleo Wassmann, Killswitch Engage

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz • January 11 – January 15 • The Radiators Reunion Shows, The Last Internationale, Kaleo Wassmann, Killswitch Engage

| January 10, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Last Internationale will premiere the new video for “1984” followed by a live Q+A and acoustic performance. Watch the premiere on Tuesday, January 11 at 2 PM. Find tickets here. Legendary psychedelic singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock’s virtual concert is back – coming back this Wednesday, January 12 at 8 PM. Buy tickets here. City Winery […]

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Spins: The Beach Boys • Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971

Spins: The Beach Boys • Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971

| January 9, 2022 | 0 Comments

The Beach Boys Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971 (UMe/Capitol) Sunflower and Surf’s Up were the Beach Boys’ 16th and 17th studio albums, released on August 30 of 1970 and 1971, respectively. Sunflower was the Beach Boys’ first album for Reprise Records after the band left Capitol Records ensconced as the most […]

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Spins: Daryl Hall and John Oates • Live at the Troubadour

Spins: Daryl Hall and John Oates • Live at the Troubadour

| January 9, 2022 | 0 Comments

Daryl Hall and John Oates Live at the Troubadour LP (BMG)   This 3xLP set marks the vinyl debut of the top-selling pop duo’s 2008 performance at Los Angeles’ famed nightclub. In the pair’s first performance at The Troubadour in 35 years, Daryl Hall and John Oates take a special trip back to 1973 by […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz • January 4 – January 10 • All-Star Bowie Celebration,  Béla Fleck

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz • January 4 – January 10 • All-Star Bowie Celebration, Béla Fleck

| January 4, 2022 | 0 Comments

Umphrey’s McGee’s Jake Cinninger kicks off the new year with a virtual concert on Tuesday, January 4 at 7 PM. Tickets on sale here. A Celebration of Justin Townes Earle takes place on January 4 with Steve Earle & The Dukes and friends, live from the Ryman in Nashville.  Tickets are $20, and you can […]

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Media: January 2022 • Signal Stays Strong at MeTV FM

Media: January 2022 • Signal Stays Strong at MeTV FM

| December 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

  For the last few years, fans of MeTV FM (87.7FM) in Chicago have been bracing for their favorite station to be shut down by the FCC. Program director Rick O’Dell has good news for them if they haven’t heard it yet. “We reached a critical point last July where the FCC had imposed a […]

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Cover Story: Sophie and the Giants

Cover Story: Sophie and the Giants

| December 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

This is the way the Universe works if you’re open to the experience. Ever since we collectively lurched into these dark, foreboding waters of the coronavirus, you might have found yourself getting swallowed up by its inky blackness, losing sight of any easily-identifiable landmarks on shore, artistic or pop-cultural harbors where you could safely drop […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz • December 28 – January 1 • The String Cheese Incident, Robyn Hitchcock, Lotus, St. Paul & The Broken Bones

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz • December 28 – January 1 • The String Cheese Incident, Robyn Hitchcock, Lotus, St. Paul & The Broken Bones

| December 28, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Lotus is live from Union Transfer in Philadelphia on December 28 and December 29 at 7pm.  This is a two-night event.  Tickets are $18 or $32 for both shows, and you can buy them here. American Idol Season 16 winner Maddie Poppe and her Acoustic Christmas show, live from The Basement East in Nashville on […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Jeff Tweedy at Metro • Chicago

Live Review and Gallery: Jeff Tweedy at Metro • Chicago

| December 25, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Jeff Tweedy Metro, Chicago, IL Thursday, December 23, 2021 Review and photos by Jeff Elbel Chicago’s hottest ticket for rock fans during the holiday season was Thursday night’s show at Metro. Jeff Tweedy and his band did not disappoint during the second of two concerts, performing a joyful set that brimmed with a sense […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz December 21-December 27 • Frank Turner, KT Tunstall, Metallica replay, Chrissie Hynde does Dylan

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz December 21-December 27 • Frank Turner, KT Tunstall, Metallica replay, Chrissie Hynde does Dylan

| December 21, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Frank Turner abruptly canceled his Winter 2022 tour due to the new  COVID surge. He’s graciously performing a livestream benefit to raise funds for his touring family.  FTHC Crew Christmas 2 – The “I Can’t Believe We’re Still Having to Do This” Solo Greatest Hits Livstream is on December 21 free but donations are […]

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Feature: Little Boots • Alliance with Abba

Feature: Little Boots • Alliance with Abba

| December 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Long before she conquered overseas charts with her dazzling 2009 dance-pop debut, Hands, British keyboardist/vocalist Victoria Hesketh as Little Boots worked with top-flight talent like current Adele producer Greg Kurstin, who helmed recordings by her all-girl outfit Dead Disco. And even though she just finished producing her upcoming album herself, she still knows the value […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz – December 14 – December 19 • Metallica Celebrates 40 Years,  Rod Stewart & Nile Rodgers, Bat for Lashes, Deafhaven, Pentatonix

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz – December 14 – December 19 • Metallica Celebrates 40 Years, Rod Stewart & Nile Rodgers, Bat for Lashes, Deafhaven, Pentatonix

| December 15, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Celebrate the holiday season with LeAnne Rimes’ “Home For the Holidays” live stream. Rimes will perform holiday classics, and her iconic hits live from Nashville, Indiana, this Tuesday, December 14, at 7 PM. Get tickets here. Of Monsters and Men continue celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut album My Head Is An Animal […]

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CinemaScopes Review: The Beatles: “Get Back”

CinemaScopes Review: The Beatles: “Get Back”

| December 13, 2021 | 1 Comment

Peter Jackson’s three-part docuseries begins with a backstory montage that brings us from 1956 to 1969. Let’s encapsulate just one moment in that timeline that became the defining moment for the Beatles as it was for millions: February 9, 1964. This particular date fell on a Sunday. Americans had gone through their weekend routine that […]

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Photo Gallery – 101WKQX’s NWSC Night 4: Evanescence  • Aragon Ballroom • Chicago

Photo Gallery – 101WKQX’s NWSC Night 4: Evanescence • Aragon Ballroom • Chicago

| December 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Nights We Stole Christmas featuring Evanescence Thursday, December 9 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL Recap and photos by Curt Baran Night 4 of The Nights We Stole Christmas arrived at the Aragon Ballroom in Uptown with goth metal rockers Evanescence delivering a massive light show and even bigger sound to the black-clad masses. Singer Amy […]

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Spins: Neil Young & Crazy Horse • Barn

Spins: Neil Young & Crazy Horse • Barn

| December 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Neil Young & Crazy Horse Barn (Reprise) Neil Young collects his trusty, veteran Crazy Horse gang for a freewheeling album that sounds like a joyful weekend getaway among friends in the garage – or in Young’s case, the restored 19th-century barn. The ambiance is amiable, loose, and natural. The recording draws together an intuitive band […]

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