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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz – July 19 – 25 • Sleater-Kinney, Creeper, Guster, Amy Winehouse Tribute

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz – July 19 – 25 • Sleater-Kinney, Creeper, Guster, Amy Winehouse Tribute

| July 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

  City Winery presents “Harry Chapin 40th Anniversary: A Celebration of Life” on July 19.  Tickets are $10, and you can buy them here. Joe Talbot of IDLES streams a BALLEY TV Special, “In Defense of the Arts,” at 1 PM on Tuesday, July 20 on House of Vans London. Filmed in the Old Vic […]

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File: Chicagoland Record Collectors Show • Sunday July 18th

File: Chicagoland Record Collectors Show • Sunday July 18th

| July 12, 2021 | 0 Comments

  After 16 months of pandemic restrictions, the Chicago Record Collectors show – the largest vinyl and CD show in the Midwest – returns this Sunday, July 18, at the Best Western Hillside. Show founder John Govi kept tabs with hotel management during the pandemic, coordinating when it would be safe to bring the show […]

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Photo Gallery: R.E.O. Speedwagon and Head East at RiverEdge Park Aurora

Photo Gallery: R.E.O. Speedwagon and Head East at RiverEdge Park Aurora

| July 5, 2021 | 0 Comments

While the pandemic continues to affect indoor attendance to some degree, outdoor events are returning with gusto. Aurora Mayor Richard Ervin kicked off RiverEdge Park’s outdoor concert season last Thursday, welcoming “the pride of Champaign,” R.E.O. Speedwagon to the venue with fellow prairie state alums, Head East as openers. As expected, an evening of massive […]

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Hello My Name Is…Billy

Hello My Name Is…Billy

| June 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

You’ve got to hand it to storied Cult guitarist Billy Duffy — he doesn’t bury the lede when it comes to late-breaking news stories. Only a minute into a recent phone call to discuss Coloursound — the ephemeral side project he and Alarm vocalist Mike Peters launched, then abandoned with a single album back in […]

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Cover Story: Rise Against • “Mission Statement”

Cover Story: Rise Against • “Mission Statement”

| June 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

For the members of Rise Against, the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on the live event industry in 2020 provided something wholly unfamiliar for the band: downtime. “It’s kinda madness, when you look back on it all and think about what we did, and then managed to create this band and all the albums we […]

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Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz – June 29-July 2 • Olivia Rodrigo, Simply Red, MxPx, Freddy Gibbs, Ben Folds,

Stage Buzz: Livestream Buzz – June 29-July 2 • Olivia Rodrigo, Simply Red, MxPx, Freddy Gibbs, Ben Folds,

| June 29, 2021 | 0 Comments

  This week’s episode of There Is Light features a set from Cautious Clay live from The Sultan Room in New York followed by a Q +A. Watch it on Twitch Tuesday, June 29 at 7 PM. Olivia Rodrigo streams her new concert film, SOUR Prom, this Tuesday, June 29 at 10:30 PM on YouTube. […]

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Photo Gallery: Corey Taylor and Cherry Bombs at The Forge of Joliet

Photo Gallery: Corey Taylor and Cherry Bombs at The Forge of Joliet

| June 11, 2021 | 0 Comments

IE’s Ed Spinelli captured Corey Taylor on night two of his three sold-out shows at The Forge. Taylor’s setlist served up primarily solo and Stone Sour material, as well as a stellar acoustic version of Slipknot’s “Snuff,” alone worth the price of admission. Other surprises in his set included deep-cut covers like “Lunatic Fringe” (Red […]

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Cover Story: Royal Blood • “No More Dirty Mirrors”

Cover Story: Royal Blood • “No More Dirty Mirrors”

| May 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

    When you’re young, the adages you get handed as advice from your elders might sound cheap and corny — ‘Be careful what you wish for,’ ‘Adversity often leads to great art,’ ‘What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger.’ “Uh-huh,” most kids always nod begrudgingly, with a ‘Whatever’ eye roll, “I’ll be […]

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Hello My Name is Juliana Hatfield

Hello My Name is Juliana Hatfield

| May 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

    No man is an island, John Donne once wisely noted. Juliana Hatfield would respectfully like to disagree. At 53, the charming Boston folk-rocker is quite happy just kicking back at her Cambridge home with her beloved 11-year-old chocolate lab, Charlie (who’s actually female, she points out), sans any unwelcome interlopers. And while other […]

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File: Peoria’s Way Down Wanderers New Album Announced and Video Single Released

File: Peoria’s Way Down Wanderers New Album Announced and Video Single Released

| May 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Peoria’s country-roots stalwarts, The Way Down Wanderers (featured cover story in March 2019 IE), just announced their new album More Like Tomorrow drops on September 10. More Like Tomorrow finds the Peoria, Illinois-based quintet refining their music, pushing new boundaries of roots-based music with their blend of folk, rock, bluegrass, and deep harmonies. Their first single […]

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CinemaScopes: May 2021

CinemaScopes: May 2021

| May 18, 2021 | 0 Comments

Sequels, Remakes, and Adaptations As we gear up for a more Post-Vax world, many films previously on hold are finally coming out, and May traditionally is the tentpole month for theaters. One theme we see is the tendency to rely on tried and true formulas to draw people out again – especially when so many […]

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Media: May 2021 • “Call Him Dash”

Media: May 2021 • “Call Him Dash”

| April 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

  First of all, let’s get an explanation of the name. The night jock at WTMX is named Dash. “All my life, when I told people my name,” he explains, “I would say Jordan Gabriel Orman-Weiss. The dash was part of my last name. That’s where the name Dash comes from.” Secondly, Dash is a […]

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Cover Story: Del Amitri • “In The Flesh”

Cover Story: Del Amitri • “In The Flesh”

| April 30, 2021 | 0 Comments

  Over the years, Justin Currie seems to have survived the turbulent music industry on his shrewd wits alone. And he does not suffer any less street-savvy fools gladly. Take, for example, when the Del Amitri frontman was padding his income a few years ago, working part-time as a bartender in his native Glasgow. If […]

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The Lockdown Interviews: Foxes

The Lockdown Interviews: Foxes

| April 19, 2021 | 0 Comments

Phoning from her native England recently, Louisa Rose Allen admitted that over a year of on-again, off-again pandemic lockdown had essentially ground her life to a screeching halt. “It’s like a rollercoaster that’s just not moving, isn’t it?” she asked rhetorically, adding a wry chuckle for punctuation. Because the existential irony certainly is not lost […]

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Media: April 2021

Media: April 2021

| March 31, 2021 | 0 Comments

  It’s hard to describe everything Jon Hansen brings to Chicago media. He’s really a Jon-of-all-trades, able to shift from television to radio to just about anything else that requires a microphone. First and foremost, he’s one of the stars of the nightly gabfest (6-7 pm), The Jam on WCIU-TV. “It’s your Twitter feed on […]

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