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Stage Buzz: Prognosis at The Raue Center

Stage Buzz: Prognosis at The Raue Center

| November 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Almost a year in the making, Deacon Productions founder Steve Kikoen has branched out from his musical tributes to ‘70s/‘80s stalwarts Steely Dan (and Santana) to even deeper AOR territory: Prog Rock. Kikoen’s newest project – Prognosis – is dedicated to progressive rock – which arguably exploded as a “genre” in 1968, powered by […]

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Stage Buzz:  Kris Kristofferson at The Chicago Theatre

Stage Buzz: Kris Kristofferson at The Chicago Theatre

| November 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s like seeing Muddy Waters or Merle Haggard on the back forty of their final farewell tours (even Dylan, The Stones, and Paul McCartney are on those “what if” touring jaunts these days). Kris Kristofferson is a household name, but it may be as much for his film resume as for his music. True music […]

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Stage Buzz and Gallery: The Hu at House of Vans

Stage Buzz and Gallery: The Hu at House of Vans

| October 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Hu Vans Chicago October 31, 2019 Nothing says “Happy Halloween” like a morin khuur solo, am I right? What the hell is a morin khuur you ask? Exactly! Anyone who attended the 2019 version of Riot Fest may have encountered such an instrument if they caught the much talked about set from The Hu. […]

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Stage Buzz: Michael Franti at Concord Music Hall

Stage Buzz: Michael Franti at Concord Music Hall

| October 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

  In this era of building walls, unsettled government and strife at the border, Michael Franti continues his message of positive vibes and bringing people together. Franti made his mark a decade ago with his massive hit “Say Hey (I Love You).” Mixing rock steady beats, ska, reggae, rock, hip-hop and electronica – Franti has […]

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Stage Buzz: Municipal Waste at Metro

Stage Buzz: Municipal Waste at Metro

| October 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Richmond, Virginia crossover party animals Municipal Waste return from a two-year recording hiatus with the raging four-track EP The Last Rager (released on Oct. 11 via Nuclear Blast). Featuring vocalist Tony Foresta, guitarists Ryan Waste and Nick Poulos, drummer Dave Witte and bassist LandPhil Hall, the retro-thrash quintet will be returning to Chicago on […]

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Stage Buzz: Art Alexakis at S.P.A.C.E. Evanston

Stage Buzz: Art Alexakis at S.P.A.C.E. Evanston

| October 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Art Alexakis and Everclear defined the post-grunge ’90s where melodies were king, and dirty guitars were toned downed mercifully down to manageable, yet filthy levels. Singles “I Will Buy You A New Life” and “Santa Monica” are practically genres unto them themselves, which are not only benchmarks for melodic rock in the Friends-era but the […]

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Q&A and Live Review: Rick Wakeman

Q&A and Live Review: Rick Wakeman

| October 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Rick Wakeman Arcada Theatre (St. Charles, IL) October 4, 2019 Celebrated prog-rock keyboardist and raconteur Rick Wakeman visited the Arcada Theatre on Friday night, performing a set of classically oriented solo piano pieces. The songs performed as part of Wakeman’s Grumpy Old Rock Star tour are connected by stories that were equally poignant and ludicrous. […]

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Stage Buzz: Riot Fest Undercard Preview

Stage Buzz: Riot Fest Undercard Preview

| September 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest returns this fall for its historic 15th anniversary, once again in Douglas Park (Ogden & Ashland). From its humble beginnings in small clubs to its current incarnation as a classic punk, indie rock, and hip-hop celebration, Riot Fest has a connection to Chicago like no other festival.  Now in its 15th year, the […]

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Stage Buzz: King Crimson at The Auditorium Theatre

Stage Buzz: King Crimson at The Auditorium Theatre

| September 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

As the godfathers of progressive rock, you won’t find a band with a more dedicated cult following and more influence as King Crimson. Their 1969 debut In the Court of the Crimson King is the benchmark for the prog-rock movement. Led by inventive “quality control” guitarist Robert Fripp, the band’s line-up has been noted for […]

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Photo Gallery: Queen plus Adam Lambert at United Center

Photo Gallery: Queen plus Adam Lambert at United Center

| August 14, 2019 | 1 Comment

Eddie Spinelli captured Queen with Adam Lambert in a 2 hour sold-out show at United Center. As expected Lambert channels the ghosts of Freddie Mercury with aplomb, featuring original members Brian May and Roger Taylor running through a set of hits and deep cuts.  

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Stage Buzz: Jay O’Rourke Band at SPACE

Stage Buzz: Jay O’Rourke Band at SPACE

| August 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Jay O’Rourke Band Cover Tracks (Self) O’Rourke released one of 2018’s best local albums (Sumthin’ Good), but Cover Tracks mines music he’s loved in his formative and modern years. It’s his labor of love. Longtime IE readers will remember him as the guitarist for the Insiders and BB Spin, and his engineering resume is almost […]

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Stage Buzz: Bands in The Sand at Sideouts: New Found Glory and Vince Neil, Island Lake

Stage Buzz: Bands in The Sand at Sideouts: New Found Glory and Vince Neil, Island Lake

| August 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

As summer winds down, some of suburbia’s larger venues are bringing their A-game to their stages. At Sideouts in Island Lake, the Bands in The Sand event has become one the highlights of the summer in the northern suburbs and commences on Friday, August 16 with Florida’s pop-punk stalwarts New Found Glory one pop/punk’s most […]

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Stage Buzz: Riot Fest Daily Festival Schedules Announced

Stage Buzz: Riot Fest Daily Festival Schedules Announced

| July 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

Riot Fest did it early. They’ve unveiled their daily lineup for the 2019 festival, with a very special deal: single-day tickets will be priced at $49.98 for a very limited time. One-day and 2-day tickets are on sale now. Friday’s headliners include Blink-182 (performing Enema of the State), The Flaming Lips (performing Yoshimi Battles the […]

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Stage Buzz: Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago: Day of Doom Festival, Metal Monkey Brewing, Romeoville

Stage Buzz: Pitchfork Music Festival, Chicago: Day of Doom Festival, Metal Monkey Brewing, Romeoville

| July 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Pitchfork Music Festival July 19, 20, 21 Union Park, Chicago The 2019 edition of the Pitchfork Music Festival boasts a little bit of everything for both current day AND former hipsters. As an offshoot of the influential website, the line-ups each year continue to champion the artists that have received online exposure. Sunday’s headliner […]

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Stage Buzz: Tribute Island Music Festival, Kenosha, WI

Stage Buzz: Tribute Island Music Festival, Kenosha, WI

| July 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

  Tribute Island Music Festival July 19, 20, 21 Simmons Island Kenosha, WI In one of those “why didn’t I think of that?’ moments, Tribute Island brings together 58 tribute bands from across the Midwest to Simmons Island in Kenosha to perform in a themed setting that mirrors English and American festivals like Knebworth, Ozzfest, […]

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