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Stage Buzz: Chelsea Wolfe, Mitski, Health, Buried and Me

Stage Buzz: Chelsea Wolfe, Mitski, Health, Buried and Me

| March 19, 2024 | 0 Comments

  Singer/songwriter Chelsea Wolfe invents her own musical hybrids. Throughout her career, she has fused together folk, doom metal, goth rock, industrial, experimental music, and noise rock to create a sound that’s truly her own. But the one thing that never changes is how entrancing and haunting her songs are. See Wolfe in action at […]

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Photo Gallery: KK’s Priest • Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

Photo Gallery: KK’s Priest • Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

| March 19, 2024 | 0 Comments

K.K.’s Priest Arcada Theatre St. Charles Friday, March 15 Photo Gallery by Ed Spinelli Co-founding guitarist of Judas Priest, K.K Downing, brought his band K.K.’s Priest to the Arcada Theatre on Friday, March 15. Like many former band members from high-profile rock acts – his time in Judas Priest didn’t end so amicably, but that hasn’t […]

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Photo Gallery: Alkaline Trio • Aragon Ballroom • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Alkaline Trio • Aragon Ballroom • Chicago

| March 17, 2024 | 0 Comments

Alkaline Trio Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL March 16, 2024 Recap and photos by Curt Baran Chicago’s favorite coffin chasers (and February IE cover stars), Alkaline Trio, brought their Blood, Hair, and Eyeballs tour to Uptown’s Aragon Ballroom for a much-anticipated hometown show. Hours before even a single note was played, the line to enter the […]

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K.K.’s Priest, KMFDM, Ministry, Alkaline Trio, Olivia Rodrigo

K.K.’s Priest, KMFDM, Ministry, Alkaline Trio, Olivia Rodrigo

| March 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

    Industrial pioneer’s Ministry has been threatening to split up many times throughout their careers. Their latest album, HOPIUMFORTHEMASSES, is supposed to be their last, but as fans know, frontman Al Jourgensen isn’t shy about changing his mind. Either way, you won’t want to miss Ministry in action when they play Aragon Ballroom this […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: Mammoth WVH with Nita Stauss at The Forge • Joliet

Recap and Photo Gallery: Mammoth WVH with Nita Stauss at The Forge • Joliet

| March 5, 2024 | 0 Comments

Mammoth WVH The Forge Joliet, IL Saturday March 2, 2023 Recap and Photo Gallery by Edward Spinelli Wolfgang Van Halen’s Mammoth WVH treated fans to an intimate sold-out show at The Forge in Joliet on Saturday. After a stunning show at The Vic Theatre last Fall – WVH’s return to the Chicago area shows the […]

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Cover Story: Ministry • Age of Disinformation + March 14 Aragon Ballroom Photo Gallery

Cover Story: Ministry • Age of Disinformation + March 14 Aragon Ballroom Photo Gallery

| February 29, 2024 | 0 Comments

My apologies, Dear Readers. And I’m not joking here. I really believed that — after an adventurous, always enlightening, occasionally drug-blurred four-decade career in rock journalism that kicked off in the Midwest fresh out of high school back in halcyon 1977 — I had nothing left to offer, no moving words left to conjure, no […]

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Media • March 2024 : Tom Skilling’s Parting Words

Media • March 2024 : Tom Skilling’s Parting Words

| February 29, 2024 | 0 Comments

  You won’t be surprised to discover that retiring WGN-TV meteorologist Tom Skilling has loved the weather since he was young. “My parents couldn’t figure out where the heck this weather passion came from,” Skilling admits. “I had a psychic tell me one time that I was a ship captain in a previous life. It’s […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: Porno For Pyros • Salt Shed • Chicago

Recap and Photo Gallery: Porno For Pyros • Salt Shed • Chicago

| February 28, 2024 | 0 Comments

Porno For Pyros The Salt Shed Chicago, IL February 26, 2024 Recap  and photos by Curt Baran The “Final” tour in the Rock milieu has become about as dependable as the boy who cried wolf. But considering that he’s now reached his mid-60s, it certainly makes it easier to believe that Perry Farrell is packing […]

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Live Review: The Chicago Philharmonic •  Blade Runner Live •  Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

Live Review: The Chicago Philharmonic • Blade Runner Live • Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

| February 26, 2024 | 0 Comments

  The Chicago Philharmonic  Blade Runner Live Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL Saturday, February 17, 2024 Review by Jeff Elbel Saturday night’s event at the Auditorium Theatre opened the Chicago Philharmonic’s 2024 “Auditorium Philms” series. The ensemble performed Vangelis’ retro-futuristic soundtrack for director Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction film Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford as replicant hunter Rick Deckard. […]

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Stage Buzz: Wilmette, Porno For Pyros, Big Suit, Static-X

Stage Buzz: Wilmette, Porno For Pyros, Big Suit, Static-X

| February 19, 2024 | 0 Comments

  Chicago five-piece Wilmette is returning to its hometown to help its friends Ghoul For a Goblin celebrate the release of its debut album, You Know You’ll Still Find Me There. Bottom Bracket and Supercorp join as support. The party starts on Friday, February 23, at Cobra Lounge at 7 PM. It’s gonna be a night of great […]

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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: Green Day • Saviors

Spins: Green Day • Saviors

| February 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

Green Day Saviors (Reprise) Thirty years after sending punk to the top of the charts with breakthrough album Dookie, erstwhile upstarts Green Day return as power-pop elder statesmen with Saviors. With the band’s familiar friend and producer Rob Cavallo back at the helm for the first time in a decade, Saviors’ 15 tracks find frontman […]

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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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Photo Gallery: Deap Vally with Sloppy Jane at Thalia Hall • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Deap Vally with Sloppy Jane at Thalia Hall • Chicago

| February 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

Deap Vally Sloppy Jane  Thalia Hall Chicago, IL February 10, 2024 Recap and photos by Curt Baran Final tours in rock and roll are the equivalent of deaths in science fiction. Are they really dead? Well, Deap Vally seems pretty convincing that this is their last go-round. The L.A. duo consisting of Lindsey Troy (guitar, […]

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Photo Gallery: John 5 at Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

Photo Gallery: John 5 at Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

| February 9, 2024 | 0 Comments

John 5 Arcada Theatre St. Charles, IL February 1, 2024 Photos by Edward Spinelli Acclaimed guitarist John 5 arrived at Arcada Theatre on Thursday. 5 made his mark with a musical resume that includes such diverse artists as k.d. Lang, Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, David Lee Roth, Meat Loaf, Rob Halford, Lita Ford, Lynyrd Skynyrd, […]

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