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Advertiser Message: Taylor Guitars Find Your Fit at Tobias Music• Downers Grove

Advertiser Message: Taylor Guitars Find Your Fit at Tobias Music• Downers Grove

| December 1, 2022

It’s back! Taylor Guitars Find Your Fit returns to Tobias Music Friday, December 2nd, from 7-9 pm – if you’re in the market for a quality acoustic guitar, don’t miss this event. Special once-a-year pricing will be offered…an all-day Find Your Fit event follows on Saturday… Taylor Guitars Holiday ‘Find Your Fit’ Sales Event Weekend. […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Suede and Manic Street Preachers at Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Suede and Manic Street Preachers at Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

| November 18, 2022

Suede and Manic Street Preachers Wednesday, November 16, 2022 Auditorium Theatre Chicago, Il Review by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Curt Baran. Despite careers spanning decades and ample respect among music fans in the know, British glam-rock innovators Suede and sociopolitical firebrands Manic Street Preachers are not household names in the United States. These facts were […]

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Stage Buzz: AFI, Måneskin. Lorna Shore

Stage Buzz: AFI, Måneskin. Lorna Shore

| November 16, 2022

  Though they’ve been around for 30 years, punk rock icons AFI know how to keep things fresh. Not ones to shy away from reinvention, their sound spans multiple genres from gothic punk to dance electronic and, of course, good ol punk rock. After previously postponing the tour due to COVID, AFI is finally bringing […]

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Stage Buzz: Jake Scott, Loathe, Big Suit, Blackpink, Paramore

Stage Buzz: Jake Scott, Loathe, Big Suit, Blackpink, Paramore

| November 10, 2022

  After a five-year hiatus, iconic alt-rock stalwarts Paramore are back with a vengeance. The band has embarked on their first tour since 2018 in preparation for their upcoming 6th studio album, This is Why. The album’s September released title track suggests a defiant clap-back thematically reminiscent of their pop-punk roots with a modern groove. […]

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Stage Buzz: ANTIfest, Tegan & Sara, Joe Bonamassa

Stage Buzz: ANTIfest, Tegan & Sara, Joe Bonamassa

| November 1, 2022

      Anti-Flag has never been shy to speak up and speak out. Since their formation in 1988, they’ve created punk rock anthems that don’t shy away from political issues, such as animal rights, anti-fracking, climate change, and their anti-war stance. Before they release their next album LIES THEY TELL OUR CHILDREN, next year, […]

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Stage Buzz: Judas Priest, Panic! at the Disco, Kevin Morby, Smithereens

Stage Buzz: Judas Priest, Panic! at the Disco, Kevin Morby, Smithereens

| October 25, 2022

You can’t think of heavy metal without thinking of the icons Judas Priest. The band has been “Breaking the Law” since the 1970s and has become one of the most successful metal acts in years since thanks to hits like “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming,” “Living After Midnight,” and “Painkiller.” Now, these titans of metal […]

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Stage Buzz: EXTC at Reggies, Chicago and SPACE, Evanston

Stage Buzz: EXTC at Reggies, Chicago and SPACE, Evanston

| October 25, 2022

  EXTC Reggies, Chicago October 26, 2022 SPACE, Evanston October 28, 2022 Preview and live photos by Phil Solomonson Last spring, a reboot of English punk/new wave era pop masters XTC toured the states to a positive response from fans. This version, renamed “EXTC,” features original drummer Terry Chambers with a new ensemble of Steve […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Carrie Underwood at Allstate Arena • Rosemont

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Carrie Underwood at Allstate Arena • Rosemont

| October 23, 2022

Carrie Underwood Saturday, October 22 Allstate Arena Rosemont, IL Review and photos by Andy Argyrakis The title behind Carrie Underwood’s newest album and tour of the same name, Denim & Rhinestones, couldn’t be more fitting for the country and pop megastar, representing both a rougher side that’s never afraid to rock but also one evoking […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Celebrating David Bowie at Copernicus Center • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Celebrating David Bowie at Copernicus Center • Chicago

| October 15, 2022

Celebrating David Bowie Copernicus Center Chicago, IL October 14, 2022 Review and photos by Jeff Elbel The Celebrating David Bowie tour brought its star-powered musicians and the late Bowie’s star-powered songs to Copernicus Center on Friday. The show delivered on its namesake promise with a generous 30-song set of adventurous selections for diehard Bowie fans […]

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Live Recap: Muse at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

Live Recap: Muse at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

| October 15, 2022

    Muse Rivera Theatre Chicago, IL October 11, 2022 Live Review by Ashley Perez Hollingsworth Muse is accustomed to filling up arenas and stadiums whenever they tour. So, when they change gears and play the rare theater show, you know it’s going to be something special. Touring in support of their new album, Will […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Who at United Center • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Who at United Center • Chicago

| October 13, 2022

  The Who United Center Chicago, IL Wednesday, October 12, 2022 Review by Jeff Elbel. Photo gallery by Curt Baran.   Pete Townshend combined the experience from his Classic Quadrophenia shows with Roger Daltrey’s run of symphonic solo shows performing Tommy when building The Who Hits Back! tour. The Who’s core six-piece band was augmented by longtime collaborator Billy Nicholls, three traveling […]

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Stage Buzz: Narcotic Wasteland at Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

Stage Buzz: Narcotic Wasteland at Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

| October 10, 2022

  Narcotic Wasteland Arcada Theatre October 14 St. Charles, IL Preview by Kelley Simms After forming Narcotic Wasteland in 2011 while also serving as a member in the Egyptian-themed death metal band Nile, Dallas Toler-Wade gladly returned to the band full-time after his departure from Nile. “On leaving Nile… it was just time; I love […]

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Stage Buzz: Raven at Reggie’s • October 11 • Chicago

Stage Buzz: Raven at Reggie’s • October 11 • Chicago

| October 9, 2022

  Raven Tuesday, October 11 Reggies Chicago, IL by Kelley Simms Three-piece heavy metal stalwarts, Raven, has been slugging it out in the music business for almost five decades. Formed in 1974 in Newcastle, England by the Gallagher brothers – bassist/vocalist John and guitarist Mark — Raven was part of the burgeoning New Wave Of […]

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Live Review: Calexico at Metro •  Chicago

Live Review: Calexico at Metro • Chicago

| October 9, 2022

    Calexico Metro Chicago, IL Friday, October 7, 2022 Reviewed by Jeff Elbel On a fall night when Chicago temperatures plummeted into the thirties, Calexico brought a blast of arid desert sunshine to the Metro. The band from Tucson, Arizona, arrived with songs from its latest album El Mirador on ANTI-Records. “Chicago, Que Paso?” […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery : Iron Maiden at United Center • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery : Iron Maiden at United Center • Chicago

| October 7, 2022

Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast tour United Center, Chicago, IL Wednesday, October 5, 2022 Review by Jeff Elbel; (Photo Gallery by Curt Baran) With Halloween fast approaching, what better time could there be to catch Iron Maiden’s literally incendiary heavy metal show and its creepy accouterments? The band’s Legacy of the Beast tour returned to Chicago […]

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