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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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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: Sleater-Kinney with Black Belt Eagle Scout at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Sleater-Kinney with Black Belt Eagle Scout at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

| March 23, 2024 | 0 Comments

Sleater-Kinney Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL March 21, 2024 Recap and gallery by Curt Baran Loss loomed large during Sleater-Kinney’s performance at the Riviera Theatre in Uptown Thursday night. The Olympia, Washington duo (expanded into a quintet for touring purposes) are out promoting their tenth studio album (Little Road) and grief certainly seems to be riding […]

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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: 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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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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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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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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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Black Pumas at Salt Shed • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Black Pumas at Salt Shed • Chicago

| January 29, 2024 | 0 Comments

Black Pumas The Salt Shed, Chicago, IL Saturday, January 27, 2024 Review by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Philamonjaro. Austin, Texas-based psychedelic soul duo Black Pumas crowned a triumphant three-night run in Chicago with Saturday night’s sold-out performance at the Salt Shed. Singer Eric Burton and former Grupo Fantasma guitarist Adrian Quesada led a sharp six-piece backing […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Claudettes at Old Town School of Folk Music • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Claudettes at Old Town School of Folk Music • Chicago

| December 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

  The Claudettes Old Town School of Folk Music December 9, 2023 Review by Jeff Elbel. Live Photos by Timothy Hiatt. The Claudettes concluded a sprint of travel dates with a sold-out hometown gig at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Lincoln Square on Saturday. The band’s wide-ranging set list drew from the […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Rick Holmstrom Band at SPACE • Evanston

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Rick Holmstrom Band at SPACE • Evanston

| December 1, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Rick Holmstrom Band Thursday, November 30, 2023 SPACE, Evanston, IL Review and photos by Jeff Elbel. For music fans with boundary-bypassing tastes running through jazz, blues, roots, soul, folk, swamp-rock, R&B and gospel, Evanston’s SPACE was the place to be on a drizzly Thursday evening. California guitarist Rick Holmstrom brought his expert rhythm section […]

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Photo Gallery: Mark Farner at Des Plaines Theatre • Des Plaines

Photo Gallery: Mark Farner at Des Plaines Theatre • Des Plaines

| November 13, 2023 | 0 Comments

Mark Farner Des Plaines Theatre Des Plaines Saturday, November 11 Photos by Edward Spinelli Grand Funk (Railroad) co-founder Mark Farner brought his version (the best version, IMHO) of the storied band (Grand Funk) to the Des Plaines Theatre complete with a deep catalog of classics (“Were an American Band, “Your Captain” (Closer To Home)”) to […]

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Photo Gallery: The Hives at Bottom Lounge • Chicago

Photo Gallery: The Hives at Bottom Lounge • Chicago

| November 7, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Hives Bottom Lounge Chicago, IL Sunday, November 5, 2023 Photos by Curt Baran IE November cover subjects The Hives sold-out show on Lake Street delivered all the energy and joy you’d expect on this tour supporting their long-awaited album The Death of Randy Fitzsimmons.  The Swedish garage rockers delivered a night of unbridled energy, […]

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