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Stage Buzz: Pitchfork Music Fest, Model/Actriz, Halestorm, Limp Bizkit

Stage Buzz: Pitchfork Music Fest, Model/Actriz, Halestorm, Limp Bizkit

| July 16, 2024 | 0 Comments

  Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Union Park this weekend for three days of great music, lots of dancing, and good vibes. This year’s lineup features headliners Black Pumas, Jamie xx, and Alanis Morissette. Other acts on the bill include 100 gecs Jai Paul, Carly Rae Jepsen, De La Soul, Bratmobile, Brittany Howard, Grandmaster Flash, […]

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Stage Buzz: Windy City Smokeout, Square Roots Fest, Mother Mother, Pussy Riot

Stage Buzz: Windy City Smokeout, Square Roots Fest, Mother Mother, Pussy Riot

| July 9, 2024 | 0 Comments

  One of Chicago’s most beloved music fests that haven’t fled to the suburbs this year, Windy City Smokeout, is back in the United Center parking lot this weekend with an impressive country lineup, including Thomas Rhett, Parker McCollum, Cody Johnson, and Carrie Underwood. The event also features some of the country’s best BBQ and craft […]

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Stage Buzz: EKKSTACY, NASCAR: The Chainsmokers, The Black Keys, Keith Urban, and Lauren Alaina, The Wallflowers

Stage Buzz: EKKSTACY, NASCAR: The Chainsmokers, The Black Keys, Keith Urban, and Lauren Alaina, The Wallflowers

| July 3, 2024 | 0 Comments

  The Wallflowers, led by Jakob Dylan, are still going strong over 30 years since their debut. Though their most recent album, Exit Wounds, came out in 2021, they’ll forever be known for their ‘90s staples “One Headlight,” “6th Avenue Heartache,” “The Difference,” and “Three Marlenas.” Hear the latest and greatest from the band during […]

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Live Review: The Church at Summerfest • Milwaukee, WI

Live Review: The Church at Summerfest • Milwaukee, WI

| July 3, 2024 | 0 Comments

  The Church Summerfest, Milwaukee, WI Saturday, June 29, 2024 Review by Jeff Elbel   After a damp and gloomy Friday in Chicago, Steve Kilbey recognized a good thing when The Church took the stage for the headlining slot at Summerfest’s Miller Lite Oasis on Saturday. He greeted the crowd and remarked upon the “perfect […]

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Stage Buzz:  Rolling Stones, Hawthorne Heights, Third Eye Blind

Stage Buzz: Rolling Stones, Hawthorne Heights, Third Eye Blind

| June 26, 2024 | 0 Comments

The Rolling Stones are defying the odds. The original bad boys of rock are still touring and making new music 62 years (!) in their career. Their 24th album, Hackney Diamonds, dropped last year. But it’s classics like “Start Me Up,” “Miss You,” “Paint It Black,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and “(I […]

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Stage Buzz: Brigitte Calls Me Baby, Big Suit

Stage Buzz: Brigitte Calls Me Baby, Big Suit

| June 19, 2024 | 0 Comments

Actor, global superstar, dancer, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Janet Jackson has done it all. Even this far into her career, Ms. Jackson shows no signs of stopping. One of the most influential women in R&B/Pop, she still knows how to put on a killer show. See it for yourself when she performs […]

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Live Review: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss •  Ravinia Festival • Highland Park

Live Review: Robert Plant & Alison Krauss • Ravinia Festival • Highland Park

| June 16, 2024 | 0 Comments

Robert Plant & Alison Krauss Ravinia Festival Highland Park, IL Wednesday, June 12, 2024 Review by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Kyle Dunleavy/Ravinia Festival. Wednesday’s concert at Ravinia Festival celebrated the seemingly serendipitous pairing of rock legend Robert Plant and bluegrass torchbearer Alison Krauss. While emphasizing roots music and Americana, the bandleaders’ partnership testified to the […]

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Stage Buzz: The Dead Daisies with Enuff Z’Nuff, Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash, PVRIS

Stage Buzz: The Dead Daisies with Enuff Z’Nuff, Lyrical Lemonade Summer Smash, PVRIS

| June 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

Heavy rock supergroup The Dead Daisies, led by ex-Motley Crue vocalist John Corabi, arrive at Arcada Theatre on Wednesday, June 12. Touring in support of their new single “Light Em Up” (and new album in September), expect an evening of classic tracks (“Rise Up,” “Long Way to Go”) from their decade together. Local glam rockers […]

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Stage Buzz Q & A: Jon Anderson at Copernicus Center • Chicago

Stage Buzz Q & A: Jon Anderson at Copernicus Center • Chicago

| June 5, 2024 | 0 Comments

Jon Anderson is in love with life. At 79 years old, he’s still doing what makes him happy: making and playing music. Not only is he prepping a summer tour with The Band Geeks, but he’s also getting ready to release his 16th solo album, True. With a career spanning several decades, it would be […]

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Stage Buzz: Alien Ant Farm, Allie X, Rick Springfield, Kim Gordon

Stage Buzz: Alien Ant Farm, Allie X, Rick Springfield, Kim Gordon

| June 4, 2024 | 0 Comments

  Alien Ant Farm, the band known for giving Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” a hard rock makeover, returns with Mantras, their first new album in nine years. Though a lot has changed in that time, the band is still unapologetically their brash, high-energy, abrasive selves. Hear fan favorites along with new songs at their Bottom […]

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Photo Gallery: The Damned at Concord Hall • Chicago + Bonus Live Review from The Gothic Theatre • Denver

Photo Gallery: The Damned at Concord Hall • Chicago + Bonus Live Review from The Gothic Theatre • Denver

| June 4, 2024 | 0 Comments

The Damned Concord Music Hall Chicago, IL June 2, 2024 Recap and photos by Curt Baran Although they’ve maintained a core of usual suspects, The Damned have certainly endured a revolving door of both personnel changes and musical directions. This is not entirely surprising, considering the UK band is now entering its FIFTH decade as […]

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Stage Buzz: Allman Betts Band, Melt-Banana, The Damned, , George Clinton

Stage Buzz: Allman Betts Band, Melt-Banana, The Damned, , George Clinton

| May 29, 2024 | 0 Comments

The term “nepo baby” gets thrown around in show business a lot these days. Two sons of southern rock greats (Greg Allman and Dickie Betts) are doing it right, honoring and expanding the legacy of southern roots rock (Devon Allman and Duane Betts with Berry Duane Oakley). The Allman Betts Band arrives at the Arcada […]

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Knocked Loose, LCD Soundsystem, Echo and the Bunnymen

Knocked Loose, LCD Soundsystem, Echo and the Bunnymen

| May 21, 2024 | 0 Comments

Knocked Loose is one of the most acclaimed metalcore groups of the late 2010s. Their blending of metalcore noise with hardcore punk made their sound brash, rough, and exciting. The band returned this year with their third album, You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To, which they’ll be touring behind. Hear cuts from the latest […]

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Stage Buzz: Hatsune Miku, Sleep Token, Megan Thee Stallion, Saxon

Stage Buzz: Hatsune Miku, Sleep Token, Megan Thee Stallion, Saxon

| May 14, 2024 | 0 Comments

Hatsune Miku is the world’s biggest virtual idol. She’s the OG hologram hitting the scene before Tupac and Michael Jackson. And though she’s just a Vocaloid, she remains one of Japan’s most successful exports. Miku’s world concert tour series, Hatsune Miku Expo, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and rolls into Chicago for a sold-out […]

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Studiophile: Remembering Steve Albini

Studiophile: Remembering Steve Albini

| May 9, 2024 | 0 Comments

Audio engineer, musician, and studio owner Steve Albini passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday night (May 7). His death is a terrible loss not only to his family, colleagues, and friends but also to so many studio engineers and music fans who loved his production and passion. His extensive recording resume included groundbreaking bands like Nirvana, […]

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