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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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Rock of Pages: Creem Magazine 2022:  David Bowie Special Edition

Rock of Pages: Creem Magazine 2022: David Bowie Special Edition

| October 18, 2022

  Rock of Pages Creem #001 David Bowie Special Edition by Jeff Elbel Rolling Stone be hanged; Creem brashly billed itself long ago as “America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine.” The magazine was originally published from 1969 to 1989, featuring character-driven content brimming with opinion and attitude. Notable writers included Lester Bangs, Cameron Crowe, punk […]

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Live Review: They Might Be Giants at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

Live Review: They Might Be Giants at The Vic Theatre • Chicago

| October 14, 2022

  They Might Be Giants The Vic Theatre Chicago, IL Thursday, October 13, 2022 Live Review by Jeff Elbel John Flansburgh and John Linnell have been making up for lost time. The pair’s heavy touring schedule stretches well into 2023, covering dates lost since truncating a spring 2020 tour due to the COVID lockdown and […]

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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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Live Review and Photo Gallery: Porcupine Tree at Auditorium • Chicago

Live Review and Photo Gallery: Porcupine Tree at Auditorium • Chicago

| September 22, 2022

Porcupine Tree Tuesday, September 20, 2022 Auditorium Theatre, Chicago, IL Review by Jeff Elbel. Photos by Andy Argyrakis, courtesy of Auditorium Theatre. Given Steven Wilson’s prolific nature and the strength of his solo activity, many fans received a welcome shock upon the reignition of progressive rock torchbearers Porcupine Tree. The band’s eleventh full-length album, Closure/Continuationarrived in […]

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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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Stage Buzz: Spiritualized, Alkaline Trio, The Dead Daisies, Panic! at the Disco

Stage Buzz: Spiritualized, Alkaline Trio, The Dead Daisies, Panic! at the Disco

| September 13, 2022

    In a short number of years, Post Malone went from an unknown rapper to a music superstar. Now, the singer will bring his unique blend of rap, rock, metal, and pop to the United Center as part of his “Twelve Carat Tour” this Wednesday, September 14, at 8 PM. Tickets. Jason Pierce and […]

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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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Stage Buzz: Traveler, Midnight Dice, Peter Hook & The Light, Franz Ferdinand, Kendrick Lamar, Korn, Demetria Taylor

Stage Buzz: Traveler, Midnight Dice, Peter Hook & The Light, Franz Ferdinand, Kendrick Lamar, Korn, Demetria Taylor

| August 16, 2022

  Red Hot Chili Peppers bring their funk-rap-rock stylings to Solider Field this Friday, August 19, with support from The Strokes and Thundercat. Starting back in 1983, they are the most successful alternative rock band with 14 number-one hits, 25 top-ten songs, and over 100 million records sold worldwide. And they keep the hits coming with […]

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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: Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets • Old Town School of Folk Music • Chicago

Live Review: Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets • Old Town School of Folk Music • Chicago

| August 8, 2022

    Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL Thursday, August 4, 2022 Review by Jeff Elbel Photo: Nick Lowe at Riot Fest 2019 (by Curt Baran) Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets kicked off a lengthy touring jaunt of opening dates for Elvis Costello by warming up with a […]

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Cover Story: Tears For Fears • “Heritage This!”

Cover Story: Tears For Fears • “Heritage This!”

| June 30, 2022

After many years of touring with a bevy of classic pop hits from their ‘80s heyday, including “Change,” “Pale Shelter,” “Shout,” and “Sowing the Seeds of Love,” British band Tears for Fears have returned to the road with a powerful new album. With The Tipping Point, co-leaders Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith revisit the heady […]

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