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Knocked Loose, LCD Soundsystem, Echo and the Bunnymen

Knocked Loose, LCD Soundsystem, Echo and the Bunnymen

| May 21, 2024 | 0 Comments

Knocked Loose is one of the most acclaimed metalcore groups of the late 2010s. Their blending of metalcore noise with hardcore punk made their sound brash, rough, and exciting. The band returned this year with their third album, You Won’t Go Before You’re Supposed To, which they’ll be touring behind. Hear cuts from the latest […]

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Photo Gallery: Devo at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Devo at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

| May 12, 2024 | 0 Comments

Devo at the Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL Saturday, May 11, 2024 Recap and photos by Jeff Elbel New Wave pioneers Devo brought their Celebrating 50 Years of De-Evolution Tour to a full house of spuds and energy-domed mutants at the Riviera Theatre on Saturday. The career-spanning set list was packed with crowd favorites. Singer and […]

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Photo Gallery: Kerry King at Reggies • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Kerry King at Reggies • Chicago

| May 9, 2024 | 0 Comments

Kerry King Tuesday, May 7, 2024 Reggies Chicago, IL Recap and photos by Edward Spinelli Legendary Slayer guitarist Kerry King is likely one of the few artists to play Reggie’s, who parked an 18-wheeler behind the club. Mr. King and his band’s 17-song setlist debuted eleven new tracks from King’s upcoming debut solo album, From […]

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Studiophile: Remembering Steve Albini

Studiophile: Remembering Steve Albini

| May 9, 2024 | 0 Comments

Audio engineer, musician, and studio owner Steve Albini passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday night (May 7). His death is a terrible loss not only to his family, colleagues, and friends but also to so many studio engineers and music fans who loved his production and passion. His extensive recording resume included groundbreaking bands like Nirvana, […]

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IE REWIND: The Sisters of Mercy • The Proud Villains • Appearing at Aragon Ballroom October 23 • Chicago

IE REWIND: The Sisters of Mercy • The Proud Villains • Appearing at Aragon Ballroom October 23 • Chicago

| May 7, 2024 | 0 Comments

Like many of us over the past three COVID-constricted years, I — as both a journalist and a human being, in general — spent a great deal of time looking back, reflecting on past decisions, discoveries, and early drug-related derailments, and not always comfortably. I’ve made a few mistakes over my crazy, always-colorful 46-year career, […]

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Cover Story: Jamey Jasta on Milwaukee Metal Fest, Solo Music and The Future

Cover Story: Jamey Jasta on Milwaukee Metal Fest, Solo Music and The Future

| April 30, 2024 | 0 Comments

By Kelley Simms One of the country’s most nostalgic metal festivals was resurrected in 2023 and will, thankfully, return for a second straight year. Initially founded in 1987 by Jack Koshick (also the founder of March Metal Meltdown), the Milwaukee Metal Fest has a storied history and was once an annual global metal music tradition […]

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Media: May 2024 • WXRT’s New Afternoon Host Andy Chanley

Media: May 2024 • WXRT’s New Afternoon Host Andy Chanley

| April 30, 2024 | 0 Comments

It’s not like changes are made every day to the daytime lineup at WXRT. When disc jockeys come to work at the station, they stay a decade or five. New WXRT afternoon man Andy Chanley was well aware of this when he took the job. “That was my biggest worry going into all this,” Chanley […]

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Stage Buzz: Legions of Metal at Reggies • Chicago

Stage Buzz: Legions of Metal at Reggies • Chicago

| April 29, 2024 | 0 Comments

Legions of Metal Festival Friday, May 3, and Saturday, May 4 Reggies Chicago, IL By Kelley Simms (Feature photo Hirax by Anne De Pena) A revered Chicago metal tradition continues to thrive under its new name with this year’s two-day/two-room (Reggies Rock Club and Music Joint) music festival. Legions of Metal originally began as Ragnarokkr […]

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Stage Buzz: Judas Priest at Rosemont Theatre • Rosemont

Stage Buzz: Judas Priest at Rosemont Theatre • Rosemont

| April 26, 2024 | 0 Comments

    After an impressive five-decades-long career, British heavy metal pioneers Judas Priest show no signs of slowing down with the release of their highly acclaimed 19th new studio album, Invincible Shield. On 14 super-charged tracks, Priest delivers the indisputable, classic heavy metal sound that hearkens back to the band’s heyday.  While some legacy bands […]

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IE 2024 Record Store Day Guide

IE 2024 Record Store Day Guide

| April 13, 2024 | 0 Comments

  Record Store Day was conceived in 2007 at a gathering of independent record store owners and employees as a way to celebrate and spread the word about the unique culture surrounding nearly 1400 independently owned record stores in the US and thousands of similar stores internationally. The first Record Store Day took place on […]

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Photo Gallery: Mannequin Pussy at Thalia Hall • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Mannequin Pussy at Thalia Hall • Chicago

| April 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

Mannequin Pussy Thalia Hall Chicago, IL April 10, 2024 Recap and photos by Curt Baran Mannequin Pussy is on an absolute tear!  After more than a decade together that has yielded four albums and an EP, the Philadelphia four-piece is arguably peaking. Their 2024 release, I Got Heaven, and its subsequent tour, brought them to […]

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Cover Story: Elbow • Love & Friendship

Cover Story: Elbow • Love & Friendship

| March 31, 2024 | 0 Comments

In Almost Famous, Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical film covering his early mid-‘70s music-scribe years, Philip Seymour Hoffman — channeling legendary rock critic Lester Bangs — has some sage advice for Patrick Fugit’s earnest teen hopeful William Miller. In the cold, cutthroat new world he’s entering of publicists, exotic junkets, free booze, and possibly drugs, it’s all […]

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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: Sleater-Kinney with Black Belt Eagle Scout at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Sleater-Kinney with Black Belt Eagle Scout at Riviera Theatre • Chicago

| March 23, 2024 | 0 Comments

Sleater-Kinney Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL March 21, 2024 Recap and gallery by Curt Baran Loss loomed large during Sleater-Kinney’s performance at the Riviera Theatre in Uptown Thursday night. The Olympia, Washington duo (expanded into a quintet for touring purposes) are out promoting their tenth studio album (Little Road) and grief certainly seems to be riding […]

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Photo Gallery: Olivia Rodrigo with Chappell Roan • United Center • Chicago

Photo Gallery: Olivia Rodrigo with Chappell Roan • United Center • Chicago

| March 20, 2024 | 0 Comments

Olivia Rodrigo with Chappell Roan United Center Chicago, IL Tuesday, March 19 Recap by Riley Vernon. Gallery by Curt Baran. Pop-rock superstar Olivia Rodrigo arrived in Chicago on Tuesday night with much fanfare on Night One of two sold-out performances as part of her highly anticipated and critically acclaimed Guts World Tour. Rodrigo brought a […]

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