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Live Review: Los Lobos at City Winery

Live Review: Los Lobos at City Winery

| December 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Los Lobos City Winery Sunday, December 8, 2019 Los Lobos set up camp at City Winery on Sunday for its eighth annual residency of Christmas shows. This time, the band brought new songs written specially for the occasion. Material from the band’s first Christmas album, Llegó Navidad, added to the already festive spirit of […]

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Photo Gallery: George Clinton and Ohio Players at Horseshoe Casino

Photo Gallery: George Clinton and Ohio Players at Horseshoe Casino

| December 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Ed Spinelli captured two of the most important members of Funk’s hall of fame class, George Clinton (with Funkadelic) and Ohio Players (who recorded many of their biggest hits in Chicago). George told Spinelli that retirement is not in the cards right now (“I’m having too much fun”), and proved it to an adoring crowd […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Celine Dion at United Center

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Celine Dion at United Center

| December 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Celine Dion Sunday, December 1, 2019 United Center Over a decade has passed since Celine Dion performed in Chicago. Still, as the dynamite vocalist proclaimed at the start of another United Center sell out, “It’s All Coming Back To Be Now.” Indeed, the women who captivated the generations between Barbra Streisand and Adele sounded as […]

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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: Angel Olsen at The Riviera Theatre

Photo Gallery: Angel Olsen at The Riviera Theatre

| November 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Former Chicago native Angel Olsen made the most of her recent homecoming. She’s hit the road in support of her acclaimed album All Mirrors, and her performance was a kaleidoscope of dramatic strings, ethereal synths and Area 51-worthy strobes. But even if you stripped away all the extracurricular aesthetic, you’d still be left with Olsen’s […]

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Cover Story: Bastille

Cover Story: Bastille

| October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dan Smith can’t help it. He’s one contemporary music artist that always finds himself thinking visually, like a Barry Sonnenfeld-edgy cinematographer, giddily filling every frame with kinetic action. So his British band Bastille isn’t just one-dimensional — it can be appreciated on multiple sensory levels, all the way down to its carefully-situated album cover photos […]

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Media: October 2019

Media: October 2019

| October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Next year will be Rob Hart’s 20th year on the radio in Chicago, and he has worked at several stops along the way, including WGN, News 101, and the Loop. But now he’s manning the anchor desk at the dream destination for any radio newsman: NewsRadio WBBM 780. “It’s a great radio station,” he says. […]

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Photo Gallery: The Who at Alpine Valley

Photo Gallery: The Who at Alpine Valley

| September 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

We had a feeling Alpine Valley was gonna be a good show.  Photographer Ed Spinelli confirmed Pete and Roger were in good spirits on their Wisconsin tour stop. Here’s a recap of the setlist to go along with the visuals.     Setlist via Setlist FM SHARESETLIST With Orchestra Overture 1921 Amazing Journey Sparks Pinball […]

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Photo Gallery: Korn and Alice in Chains at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

Photo Gallery: Korn and Alice in Chains at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

| August 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The cool in the evening air hinted that summer might be eyeing its inevitable exit. But the upside to that is that it results in a perfect evening for outdoor music and the Chicagoland area continues to show no signs of surrender when facing down the waning, open-air concert season. Two mavericks of the ’90s […]

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Stage Buzz: Suicideboys at Aragon Ballroom

Stage Buzz: Suicideboys at Aragon Ballroom

| August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

NOLA’s Suicideboys are the bad boys of underground metal/hip-hop – making a name for themselves on SoundCloud and YouTube in 2015. While the majority of acts don’t break out from these platforms, Ruby da Cherry and Scrim have defied the odds with an impressive following with a slew of sold-out shows. Tackling subjects unknown in […]

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Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza 2019: Day Two

Photo Gallery: Lollapalooza 2019: Day Two

| August 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s Day Two and Lollapalooza continues to live life in the groove. The pristine weather served as the perfect backdrop for stellar performances that included, but were certainly not limited to, NF (who’s recent release just debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200), Janelle Monae, Bishop Briggs, Chicago’s own Chevelle, Honne, Maggie Rogers, Tierra […]

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Photo Gallery: Beck, Cage The Elephant, Spoon and Wild Belle at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

Photo Gallery: Beck, Cage The Elephant, Spoon and Wild Belle at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island

| August 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

While the big dog that is Lollapalooza was doing last minute opening preparations nearby, a smaller pack of mutts were owning the city’s lakefront. Beck, Cage The Elephant, Spoon and Chicago’s own Wild Belle gave everyone a reason to show up to Day One poorly rested. Huntington Bank Pavilion played host to this impossibly great […]

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Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 – Day Three

Photo Gallery: Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 – Day Three

| July 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

Relief, that came in the form of rain on the second day of the Pitchfork Music Festival, proved to be a lingering hangover for Day 3. Heavy storms blew through the area early, pushing back opening times and causing collateral damage in the form of one canceled act (Dreezy, we hardly knew ye). But when […]

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Photo Gallery: Banks at House of Vans

Photo Gallery: Banks at House of Vans

| July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

BANKS celebrated the release of her third record, the aptly named III, by presenting it to those who matter most – her fans. Born Jillian Rose Banks, the California native extends her winning streak on her latest recording, pushing her brand of left-of-center R&B even further into the sonic sphere. Chicago’s House Of Vans served […]

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Live Review: Jennifer Lopez at United Center

Live Review: Jennifer Lopez at United Center

| June 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jennifer Lopez United Center, Chicago Saturday, June 29, 2019     When it comes to all-around entertainers, Jennifer Lopez stands in a transfixing class entirely her own, whether she’s bursting out of stereo speakers, sparkling on the silver screen or leaping off a television into the average living room. Yet experiencing J.Lo on stage is […]

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