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Live Review: Robyn Hitchcock at Old Town School of Folk Music • Chicago

Live Review: Robyn Hitchcock at Old Town School of Folk Music • Chicago

| May 6, 2024 | 0 Comments

Robyn Hitchcock Old Town School of Folk Music Chicago, IL Saturday, May 4, 2024 Reviewed by Jeff Elbel Pop surrealist Robyn Hitchcock performed the second of a two-night stand at the Old Town School of Folk Music on a rain-soaked Saturday night. The career-spanning setlist included many requests coordinated via Hitchcock’s social media accounts, ensuring […]

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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: 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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Live Review: The Chicago Philharmonic •  Blade Runner Live •  Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

Live Review: The Chicago Philharmonic • Blade Runner Live • Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

| February 26, 2024 | 0 Comments

  The Chicago Philharmonic  Blade Runner Live Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL Saturday, February 17, 2024 Review by Jeff Elbel Saturday night’s event at the Auditorium Theatre opened the Chicago Philharmonic’s 2024 “Auditorium Philms” series. The ensemble performed Vangelis’ retro-futuristic soundtrack for director Ridley Scott’s 1982 science fiction film Blade Runner, starring Harrison Ford as replicant hunter Rick Deckard. […]

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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: Geddy Lee at Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

Live Review: Geddy Lee at Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

| December 5, 2023 | 0 Comments

  My Effin’ Life in Conversation Book Tour Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL Sunday, December 3, 2023 Review by Jeff Elbel. Rush frontman Geddy Lee has performed in Chicago concert halls, including the Auditorium Theatre, many times during the last five decades, but never like he did on Sunday when appearing on his speaking tour for […]

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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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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Tubes at Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Tubes at Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

| November 30, 2023 | 0 Comments

    The Tubes Arcada Theatre St. Charles, IL November 29, 2023 Review by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Ed Spinelli. Veteran art rockers the Tubes made their third visit to the Arcada Theatre on Wednesday night, playing a set that touched on popular favorites and deep tracks alike. The show began with a run through […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Marvelous 3 at House of Blues • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Marvelous 3 at House of Blues • Chicago

| November 5, 2023 | 0 Comments

  Marvelous 3 House of Blues Chicago, IL Friday, November 3, 2023 Review and photos by Jeff Elbel The energy, musicianship, and production of Friday’s concert at House of Blues by the Marvelous 3 did not seem like the work of a band playing a mere five gigs after 22 years apart (aside from a […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Darkness at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Darkness at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

| October 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Darkness The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL Friday, October 13, 2023 Review and photos by Jeff Elbel Bone-crunching guitar riffs, pop hooks, soaring falsetto melodies, cheeky lyrics, and dazzling solos were in ample supply on Friday as the Darkness visited the Vic Theatre to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their debut album Permission to Land. […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Peter Gabriel at United Center • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Peter Gabriel at United Center • Chicago

| October 2, 2023 | 0 Comments

Peter Gabriel  United Center Chicago, IL Saturday, September 30, 2023 Review by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Curt Baran. Peter Gabriel has publicly described a new album called i/o since the days soon following the release of 2002’s Up. The British singer/songwriter and activist even teased individual songs from the long-gestating project on prior trips to Chicago in 2012 […]

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Live Review: Honeymoon Suite with Aldo Nova at Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

Live Review: Honeymoon Suite with Aldo Nova at Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

| September 16, 2023 | 0 Comments

Honeymoon Suite, Aldo Nova The Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL Friday, September 15, 2023 Review by Jeff Elbel Fans of Canadian rock flocked to the Arcada Theatre on Friday for rare local appearances by ’80s hitmakers Honeymoon Suite and Aldo Nova.  Hailing from Niagara Falls, Ontario, Honeymoon Suite arrived to play a 65-minute opening set […]

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