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Cover Story – Liam Gallagher

Cover Story – Liam Gallagher

| December 3, 2019 | 2 Comments

    What becomes a legend most? It’s an old question when it comes to pop stars and celebrities in general. Not rhetorical at all, but a real procedural, albeit aesthetic conundrum whose answer — either flamboyant or conversely simplified — can often have disastrous long-term results on the career of the said performer. You’ll […]

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Media – December 2019

Media – December 2019

| December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Chicago media community lost several greats this year. Among them, WLS Channel 7’s long-time reporter Russ Ewing, WLS disc jockey Jim Dunbar, and WGN-TV’s Marshall Brodine. All of them were giants in this town that left lasting legacies, but two others passed away in 2019 that were personal friends of mine, and I wanted […]

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Recap and Photo Gallery: Slayer, Ministry, Primus and Phillip H. Anselmo at Tax Slayer Center

Recap and Photo Gallery: Slayer, Ministry, Primus and Phillip H. Anselmo at Tax Slayer Center

| November 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Slayer/Ministry/Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals TaxSlayer Center Moline, IL 11/14/2019 Slayer made the last “area” appearance ever (after their Riot Fest appearance in September), and the Quad Cities (Moline, IL) got the honors. They brought a “cast of thousands” with them, including Philip H. Anselmo And The Illegals, who started the evening with a […]

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Photo Gallery: FKA Twigs at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: FKA Twigs at The Riviera Theatre

| November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tahliah Debrett Barnett continues to blur the lines of what pop music can mean. Recording and performing under the moniker FKA twigs, Barnett is seamlessly merging performance art, dance and high concept approach with mainstream appeal. Nowhere was this more apparent than during her recent sold-out appearance at Chicago’s Riviera Theatre. She twirled, tap-danced, vogued, […]

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Photo Gallery: Caamp at Thalia Hall

Photo Gallery: Caamp at Thalia Hall

| November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Caamp is riding a wave of propulsion that is certainly cresting. The Columbus, Ohio quartet just released their second album, By And By, and it promptly shot to the top of the Billboard Heatseekers albums chart. The record has also birthed the single ”Peach Fuzz” which has quickly become all but ubiquitous on both terrestrial […]

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Photo Gallery: Lana Del Rey at Aragon Ballroom

Photo Gallery: Lana Del Rey at Aragon Ballroom

| November 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

Seduction arrived in Uptown this past weekend in the form of the “Norman Fucking Rockwell!” tour. Sharing a name with the recently released album by Lana Del Rey, the West Coast native cooed and purred her way through 18 career-spanning songs that also included guest appearances from evening openers Lucy Dacus and Best Coast’s Bethany […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Tool and Killing Joke at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Tool and Killing Joke at United Center

| November 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tool has always conducted itself as an unconventional anomaly. From their cryptic videos and ambiguous album art, their image has always thrived in the dark spaces that leave almost every aspect of their aesthetic open to interpretation. Who else but this band could wait 13  years between (arguably non-mainstream) records, knock Taylor Swift of the […]

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Photo Gallery: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theatre

Photo Gallery: Widespread Panic at Riverside Theatre

| November 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Widespread Panic Riverside Theatre Milwaukee, WI October 26, 2019 Widespread Panic returned to the Cream City for three nights at the Riverside Theatre last week. These shows were the band’s 33rd, 34th and 35th performances at Milwaukee’s historic venue. In recent years, the band have held off on big tours but have kept Milwaukee weekend […]

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Media: November 2019

Media: November 2019

| October 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

For seven months, Jenniffer Weigel occupied a co-host chair in Mancow’s studio at WLS. She already knew him socially but was impressed by seeing Mancow work firsthand. “He works very hard on his show,” she says. “He’s the first one there every morning. Watching him run the board is like watching someone with ADD fly […]

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Cover Story: Sam Fender

Cover Story: Sam Fender

| October 31, 2019 | 2 Comments

Ostensibly, this is an article about British rock newcomer Sam Fender and his brilliant, one-in-a-million debut disc, Hypersonic Missiles – easily the best album of the year. Nothing can touch it; it’s so far ahead of the pack. But it’s also a moment where we can’t help but break with a few staid journalistic traditions […]

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Stage Buzz and Gallery: The Hu at House of Vans

Stage Buzz and Gallery: The Hu at House of Vans

| October 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Hu Vans Chicago October 31, 2019 Nothing says “Happy Halloween” like a morin khuur solo, am I right? What the hell is a morin khuur you ask? Exactly! Anyone who attended the 2019 version of Riot Fest may have encountered such an instrument if they caught the much talked about set from The Hu. […]

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Photo Gallery: Melanie Martinez at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Melanie Martinez at The Riviera Theatre

| October 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Melanie Martinez brought a bit of Broadway to Lawrence and Broadway Friday. The native New Yorker’s “K-12 Tour” landed at Chicago’s Riviera Theater with enough set and costume changes to rival both Madonna and Cher. Her blend of pop and hip-hop had a mostly female audience singing along from start to finish. But unlike most […]

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Photo Gallery: Sleater-Kinney at The Rivera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Sleater-Kinney at The Rivera Theatre

| October 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Even if Olympia, Washington’s Sleater-Kinney had remained on hiatus after their 2006 break, their legacy would have already been secured. But they came storming back in 2014 with their eight long player No Cities To Love, seemingly without missing a beat. Even the recent departure of long time drummed Janet Weiss hasn’t diminished the remaining […]

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Q&A and Live Review: Rick Wakeman

Q&A and Live Review: Rick Wakeman

| October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Rick Wakeman Arcada Theatre (St. Charles, IL) October 4, 2019 Celebrated prog-rock keyboardist and raconteur Rick Wakeman visited the Arcada Theatre on Friday night, performing a set of classically oriented solo piano pieces. The songs performed as part of Wakeman’s Grumpy Old Rock Star tour are connected by stories that were equally poignant and ludicrous. […]

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Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2019 – Day One

Photo Gallery: Riot Fest 2019 – Day One

| September 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Industry reports indicate summer festival attendance is down across the country, but Riot Fest’s healthy crowds show that the 15-year-old homegrown punk and indie rock festival is not suffering from a lack of dedicated fans. Friday’s RF 2019 kick-off delivered a virtually sold-out crowd (it was packed) in Douglas Park in near-perfect September weather. Day One […]

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