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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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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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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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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Gorillaz at United Center • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Gorillaz at United Center • Chicago

| October 4, 2022

  Gorillaz United Center, Chicago, IL Monday, October 3, 2022 Review by Jeff Elbel. Photo Gallery by Curt Baran. Four years to the month after bringing The Now Now Tour to Chicago, Gorillaz ringleader Damon Albarn brought his live bandmates, guest performers, and cartoon avatars for a return visit to the United Center on Monday. […]

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Photo Gallery: Smashing Pumpkins at Metro • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Smashing Pumpkins at Metro • Chicago

| September 22, 2022

Smashing Pumpkins Tuesday, September 20 Metro Chicago Chicago, IL Review by Jaime de’Medici; Photos by Curt Baran There’s no concert hall more meaningful for The Smashing Pumpkins, and by extension, the band’s fanbase, than Metro Chicago. Any true fan, and even many casual fans, are almost certainly aware of the band’s extensive history with the northside […]

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Live Review: Roxy Music at United Center • Chicago

Live Review: Roxy Music at United Center • Chicago

| September 20, 2022

Roxy Music United Center, Chicago Tuesday, September 19, 2022 Review by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Curt Baran. Can it really be 50 years since the release of Roxy Music’s self-titled debut album? The English band’s music documented across seven albums spanning 1972 to 1982, still seems modern and forward-looking, even considering the longstanding acclaim that […]

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Live Review: Spiritualized at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

Live Review: Spiritualized at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

| September 18, 2022

Spiritualized The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL Thursday, September 15, 2022 Review and photos by Jeff Elbel   Jason Pierce (aka J. Spaceman) and company brought the hypnotic space-rock of Spiritualized to the Vic Theatre on Thursday. The English band performed fresh material from its captivating new album Everything Was Beautiful. Pierce’s finely crafted songs overflowed with […]

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Live Review: Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden • New York

Live Review: Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden • New York

| September 13, 2022

    Pearl Jam Madison Square Garden New York, NY September 11, 2022 Review and live photo by Curt Baran Anything that takes place on September 11th in New York City is obviously going to carry with it a significant amount of gravitas. Be it the memorial events down in lower Manhattan or something as […]

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Live Review: Echo and the Bunnymen at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

Live Review: Echo and the Bunnymen at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

| September 11, 2022

Echo and the Bunnymen The Vic Theatre, Chicago, IL Wednesday, September 7, 2022 Review and photos by Jeff Elbel Echo and the Bunnymen returned to the Vic Theatre on Wednesday, bringing a tour dubbed “40 Years of Magical Songs.” The show emphasized the English alternative rockers’ influential first five albums, including 1980 debut Crocodiles, 1981’s Heaven Up […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Fixx at House of Blues • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Fixx at House of Blues • Chicago

| September 11, 2022

The Fixx House of Blues, Chicago, IL Tuesday, September 6, 2022 Live Review and photos by Jeff Elbel The Fixx visited Chicago’s House of Blues on Tuesday, bringing songs from the band’s first new album in ten years. The British alternative rockers’ eleventh album Every Five Seconds succeeds 2012’s critically praised album Beautiful Friction. Both sets of songs […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Neko Case at Out of Space • Evanston

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Neko Case at Out of Space • Evanston

| September 5, 2022

Neko Case Out of Space Temperance Beer Co. Evanston, IL Saturday, September 3, 2022 Review and Gallery by Jeff Elbel Cover photo by Ebru Yildiz   Last year’s Out of Space performance by Neko Case and her band was postponed due to an illness in the touring party. On a blustery Saturday, Case made a […]

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