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Stage Buzz Q & A: Jon Anderson at Copernicus Center • Chicago

Stage Buzz Q & A: Jon Anderson at Copernicus Center • Chicago

| June 5, 2024 | 0 Comments

Jon Anderson is in love with life. At 79 years old, he’s still doing what makes him happy: making and playing music. Not only is he prepping a summer tour with The Band Geeks, but he’s also getting ready to release his 16th solo album, True. With a career spanning several decades, it would be […]

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Stage Buzz: Alien Ant Farm, Allie X, Rick Springfield, Kim Gordon

Stage Buzz: Alien Ant Farm, Allie X, Rick Springfield, Kim Gordon

| June 4, 2024 | 0 Comments

  Alien Ant Farm, the band known for giving Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” a hard rock makeover, returns with Mantras, their first new album in nine years. Though a lot has changed in that time, the band is still unapologetically their brash, high-energy, abrasive selves. Hear fan favorites along with new songs at their Bottom […]

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Photo Gallery: The Damned at Concord Hall • Chicago + Bonus Live Review from The Gothic Theatre • Denver

Photo Gallery: The Damned at Concord Hall • Chicago + Bonus Live Review from The Gothic Theatre • Denver

| June 4, 2024 | 0 Comments

The Damned Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL June 2, 2024 Recap and photos by Curt Baran Although they’ve maintained a core of usual suspects, The Damned have certainly endured a revolving door of both personnel changes and musical directions. This is not entirely surprising, considering the UK band is now entering its FIFTH decade as […]

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Media: June 2024 • 100 Years Of The Big ’89

Media: June 2024 • 100 Years Of The Big ’89

| May 31, 2024 | 0 Comments

  This year, WLS-AM 890 is celebrating its 100th anniversary as a radio station. It’s really been three radio stations during that time. From 1924 to 1960, WLS served the farmers of the Midwest. Since 1989, it’s been a conservative talk radio station. But for 29 glorious years (1960-1989), it was the biggest Top-40 station in […]

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Cover Story: Kerry King • Solo Time

Cover Story: Kerry King • Solo Time

| May 31, 2024 | 0 Comments

Five years since Slayer played what was to be the band’s final gig on November 30, 2019, on their Farewell Tour during a hometown show at the Forum in Los Angeles, guitarist Kerry King has resurfaced with the release of his first solo album, From Hell I Rise (via Reigning Phoenix Music). Recruiting former Slayer […]

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Stage Buzz: Allman Betts Band, Melt-Banana, The Damned, , George Clinton

Stage Buzz: Allman Betts Band, Melt-Banana, The Damned, , George Clinton

| May 29, 2024 | 0 Comments

The term “nepo baby” gets thrown around in show business a lot these days. Two sons of southern rock greats (Greg Allman and Dickie Betts) are doing it right, honoring and expanding the legacy of southern roots rock (Devon Allman and Duane Betts with Berry Duane Oakley). The Allman Betts Band arrives at the Arcada […]

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Photo Gallery: Angel at Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

Photo Gallery: Angel at Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

| May 26, 2024 | 0 Comments

Angel with Sabbath Nights Arcada Theatre Saturday, May 18 St. Charles Ed Spinelli captured the ’70s hard rock stalwarts Angel with Sabbath Nights at the historic Arcada Theatre in St. Charles.

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Photo Gallery: The Decemberists with Ratboys at Salt Shed • Chicago

Photo Gallery: The Decemberists with Ratboys at Salt Shed • Chicago

| May 23, 2024 | 0 Comments

The Decembrists with Ratboys  The Salt Shed Chicago, IL May 21, 2024 Recap and photos by Curt Baran Portland, Oregon’s The Decemberists haven’t released an album in eight years, a veritable lifetime in the record industry hourglass. Well, all that’s about to change. The band is set to release As It Ever Was, So It […]

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Knocked Loose, LCD Soundsystem, Echo and the Bunnymen

Knocked Loose, LCD Soundsystem, Echo and the Bunnymen

| May 21, 2024 | 0 Comments

Knocked Loose is one of the most acclaimed metalcore groups of the late 2010s. Their blending of metalcore noise with hardcore punk made their sound brash, rough, and exciting. The band returned this year with their third album, You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To, which they’ll be touring behind. Hear cuts from the latest […]

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Stage Buzz: Hatsune Miku, Sleep Token, Megan Thee Stallion, Saxon

Stage Buzz: Hatsune Miku, Sleep Token, Megan Thee Stallion, Saxon

| May 14, 2024 | 0 Comments

Hatsune Miku is the world’s biggest virtual idol. She’s the OG hologram hitting the scene before Tupac and Michael Jackson. And though she’s just a Vocaloid, she remains one of Japan’s most successful exports. Miku’s world concert tour series, Hatsune Miku Expo, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and rolls into Chicago for a sold-out […]

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Photo Gallery: Devo at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Devo at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

| May 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

Devo at the Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL Saturday, May 11, 2024 Recap and photos by Jeff Elbel New Wave pioneers Devo brought their Celebrating 50 Years of De-Evolution Tour to a full house of spuds and energy-domed mutants at the Riviera Theatre on Saturday. The career-spanning set list was packed with crowd favorites. Singer and […]

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Photo Gallery: Kerry King at Reggies • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Kerry King at Reggies • Chicago

| May 9, 2024 | 0 Comments

Kerry King Tuesday, May 7, 2024 Reggies Chicago, IL Recap and photos by Edward Spinelli Legendary Slayer guitarist Kerry King is likely one of the few artists to play Reggie’s, who parked an 18-wheeler behind the club. Mr. King and his band’s 17-song setlist debuted eleven new tracks from King’s upcoming debut solo album, From […]

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Studiophile: Remembering Steve Albini

Studiophile: Remembering Steve Albini

| May 9, 2024 | 0 Comments

Audio engineer, musician, and studio owner Steve Albini passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday night (May 7). His death is a terrible loss not only to his family, colleagues, and friends but also to so many studio engineers and music fans who loved his production and passion. His extensive recording resume included groundbreaking bands like Nirvana, […]

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Stage Buzz: Q&A • Devo at The Riviera Theatre • Chicago

Stage Buzz: Q&A • Devo at The Riviera Theatre • Chicago

| May 8, 2024 | 0 Comments

  Stage Buzz interviews with Gerald Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo Q&A by Jeff Elbel Art rockers and New Wave pioneers Devo have chronicled the backward steps of humanity for more than half a century. Songs including “Peek-A-Boo!” and “Beautiful World” are slices of energetic synth-pop with wicked twists below the surface. De facto […]

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