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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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Live Review: Riot Fest Night with the White Sox – Guaranteed Rate Field • Chicago

Live Review: Riot Fest Night with the White Sox – Guaranteed Rate Field • Chicago

| August 13, 2022

The Chicago White Sox and My Chemical Romance clinched wins at Guaranteed Rate Field on Tuesday night. The ballpark’s Riot Fest Night event reminded Southside baseball fans that the city’s premiere punk rock festival will launch its 2022 event in one month. The game was a match-up between the surging White Sox and 2021 playoff […]

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Live Review: Elvis Costello and the Imposters • Out of Space • Evanston

Live Review: Elvis Costello and the Imposters • Out of Space • Evanston

| August 8, 2022

Elvis Costello and the Imposters Out of Space at Canal Shores Golf Course, Evanston, IL Friday, August 5, 2022 Review by Jeff Elbel Elvis Costello last visited Chicago in November, previewing material from 2022’s The Boy Named If album. Fans who missed that concert at Chicago Theatre were given a second chance to experience the […]

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Live Review: Adrian Belew at City Winery • Chicago

Live Review: Adrian Belew at City Winery • Chicago

| July 26, 2022

  Adrian Belew Tuesday, July 19, 2022 City Winery, Chicago, IL by Steven Kikoen Gallery photos (at Arcada Theatre) by Jeff Berger Adrian Belew is the sonic equivalent of an M.C. Escher lithograph. Escher created impossible visuals, Belew creates impossible sounds. He is the ‘flux’ capacitor that makes guitar wizardry possible, and his importance in the music world cannot be overstated. John Lennon […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: ABC at Des Plaines Theatre • Des Plaines

Live Review and Photo Gallery: ABC at Des Plaines Theatre • Des Plaines

| July 10, 2022

ABC Saturday, July 9, 2022 Des Plaines Theatre Review and photos by Jeff Elbel Never let it be said that ABC founder and frontman Martin Fry doesn’t know his audience, and how to butter them up. “You look too young to be children of the ‘80s,” he said, wondering aloud whether he’d accidentally walked into […]

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Reviewed: American Music Festival – FitzGerald’s • Berwyn

Reviewed: American Music Festival – FitzGerald’s • Berwyn

| July 6, 2022

    American Music Festival FitzGerald’s July 1-4 Berwyn, IL Reviewed by William Tokash Photos from Day Four by Curt Baran FitzGerald’s legendary American Music Festival returned to Berwyn this 4th of July weekend following a 2-year Covid-induced hiatus with one of the most diverse musical lineups this venerable fest has seen in its 39-year history. This […]

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Live Review: The Musical Box at Arcada Theatre • St Charles

Live Review: The Musical Box at Arcada Theatre • St Charles

| June 14, 2022

    The Musical Box The Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL Friday, June 10, 2022 The Musical Box, the renowned Genesis-with-Peter Gabriel tribute band, has long been a fan-favorite musical export from The Great White North. This Canadian marvel has entertained the enormous Genesis and Peter Gabriel following for 29 years, with next year marking […]

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Live Review: Steve Hackett at Copernicus Center • Chicago

Live Review: Steve Hackett at Copernicus Center • Chicago

| May 7, 2022

Steve Hacket and his band (Photo: Steven Kikoen)     Steve Hackett Copernicus Center Chicago, IL Thursday, May 5, 2022 Reviewed by Steven Kikoen I first saw Steve Hackett live at The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago in the ‘70s. It was the first Genesis tour after the departure of Peter Gabriel. The previous year, I […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Claudettes at The Venue • Aurora

Live Review and Photo Gallery: The Claudettes at The Venue • Aurora

| May 2, 2022

The Claudettes The Venue, Aurora, IL Friday, April 29, 2022 Review and photos by Jeff Elbel This year holds the potential for good things for the Claudettes, and the band is working hard to make up for the lost time. The Chicago-based quartet released High Times in the Dark in early 2020 to a strong response from […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Wilco at Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Wilco at Auditorium Theatre • Chicago

| April 26, 2022

Wilco Yankee Hotel Foxtrot 20th Anniversary Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL April 24, 2022 Review by Jeffrey Kotthoff; Additional photos by Jeff Elbel and photos courtesy of Auditorium Theatre/Andy Argyrakis Wilco’s 2002 album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot was born of dysfunction and chaos. For most bands, the idea of looking back and celebrating what by all accounts […]

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Live Review and Gallery: Transatlantic at Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

Live Review and Gallery: Transatlantic at Arcada Theatre • St. Charles

| April 23, 2022

Transatlantic Arcada Theatre, St. Charles, IL Thursday, April 21, 2022 Review by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Ed Spinelli. Thursday was a big night for Chicagoland fans of progressive rock. Transatlantic returned to the genre’s haven at the Arcada Theatre in St. Charles, where the prog supergroup also performed on its last major tour in 2014. […]

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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Spoon with Margaret Glaspy at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Spoon with Margaret Glaspy at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

| April 21, 2022

Spoon Riviera Theater, Chicago, IL Tuesday, April 19, 2022 Review by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Curt Baran. Spoon traveled to Chicago on Tuesday and visited the Riviera Theater for a hotly anticipated and sold-out concert in support of its new album Lucifer on the Sofa. “All right! Chicago turned up,” said beaming frontman Britt Daniel […]

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Gallery and Recap: PUP at The Riviera Theatre • Chicago

Gallery and Recap: PUP at The Riviera Theatre • Chicago

| April 4, 2022

PUP Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL April 3rd, 2021 Recap by Ashley Perez Hollingsworth Photos by Curt Baran After two long years, PUP made their triumphant return to Chicago on Sunday night for their sold-out show at The Riviera Theatre. Playing one of their largest headline shows so far, the night was not only a celebration […]

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Live Review: Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs at Park West • Chicago

Live Review: Mike Campbell and the Dirty Knobs at Park West • Chicago

| April 4, 2022

  Mike Campbell & the Dirty Knobs Park West, Chicago, IL Saturday, April 2, 2022 Review by Jeff Elbel Photo by Chris Phelps After a delay of two full years, Mike Campbell was finally able to bring his band the Dirty Knobs to Park West. The guitarist and former Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers co-captain […]

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