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Photo Gallery: Mannequin Pussy at Thalia Hall • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Mannequin Pussy at Thalia Hall • Chicago

| April 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

Mannequin Pussy Thalia Hall Chicago, IL April 10, 2024 Recap and photos by Curt Baran Mannequin Pussy is on an absolute tear!  After more than a decade together that has yielded four albums and an EP, the Philadelphia four-piece is arguably peaking. Their 2024 release, I Got Heaven, and its subsequent tour, brought them to […]

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Stage Buzz: Erick the Architect, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Chance The Rapper

Stage Buzz: Erick the Architect, Me First and The Gimme Gimmes, Chance The Rapper

| April 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

    After releasing a string of successful mixtapes and EPs, Erick the Architect, best known for his work in hip-hop group Flatbush Zombies, finally released his debut solo album, I’ve Not Been Here Before, earlier this year. Expect to hear a mix of the rapper’s latest and greatest when he performs at Reggie’s Rock […]

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Photo Gallery: The Last Dinner Party • Turner Hall • Milwaukee

Photo Gallery: The Last Dinner Party • Turner Hall • Milwaukee

| April 6, 2024 | 0 Comments

The Last Dinner Party Turner Hall Ballroom Milwaukee, WI April 5, 2024 Recap and photos by Curt Baran Months before the release of their debut album (2024’s Prelude To Ecstasy), The Last Dinner Party had already captured plenty of attention from music lovers. Advance singles like “Nothing Matters” and “Sinners” have garnered copious amounts of […]

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Media • April 2024 • Me-TV FM’s Deep Cuts

Media • April 2024 • Me-TV FM’s Deep Cuts

| March 31, 2024 | 0 Comments

After a 20+ year stretch on the air in Chicago (WCKG, WLUP, and the Drive), most music fans know Phil Manicki as a disc jockey. But before he became known on the air, Phil had a vibrant background in programming, and that history is helping him in his new role as the program director of […]

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Cover Story: Elbow • Love & Friendship

Cover Story: Elbow • Love & Friendship

| March 31, 2024 | 0 Comments

In Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film covering his early mid-‘70s music-scribe years, Philip Seymour Hoffman — channeling legendary rock critic Lester Bangs — has some sage advice for Patrick Fugit’s earnest teen hopeful William Miller. In the cold, cutthroat new world he’s entering of publicists, exotic junkets, free booze, and possibly drugs, it’s all […]

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Live Review & Photo Gallery: Mitski at Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

Live Review & Photo Gallery: Mitski at Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

| March 25, 2024 | 0 Comments

Mitski Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL Review of Friday, March 22, 2024, show by Jeff Elbel Photos of Sunday, March 24, 2024, show by Curt Baran On Friday, Mitski performed the second in a series of four sold-out concerts at Chicago’s storied Auditorium Theatre. The run of shows launched a new leg of touring in support […]

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Photo Gallery: Olivia Rodrigo with Chappell Roan • United Center • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Olivia Rodrigo with Chappell Roan • United Center • Chicago

| March 20, 2024 | 0 Comments

Olivia Rodrigo with Chappell Roan United Center Chicago, IL Tuesday, March 19 Recap by Riley Vernon. Gallery by Curt Baran. Pop-rock superstar Olivia Rodrigo arrived in Chicago on Tuesday night with much fanfare on Night One of two sold-out performances as part of her highly anticipated and critically acclaimed Guts World Tour. Rodrigo brought a […]

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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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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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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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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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Cover Story: Alkaline Trio • Urgent Energy

Cover Story: Alkaline Trio • Urgent Energy

| January 31, 2024 | 0 Comments

  Alkaline Trio is no stranger to the macabre. The Chicago punk outfit doesn’t shy away from talking about heavy topics like loss, addiction, and depression. But even when they’re talking about how everything sucks, they do it with a wink and nod. Their wry lyrical wit paired with punchy high energy music makes their […]

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