Live Reviews

Rina Sawayama Live at the Riviera Theatre

Rina Sawayama Live at the Riviera Theatre [REVIEW]

Rina Sawayama Live at the Riviera Theatre [REVIEW] Review by: Dane Roberts - Photos by: @megmeyer Rina Sawayama graced her ...
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Snail Mail Live at the Riviera

Snail Mail Live at the Riviera [REVIEW]

Snail Mail Live at the Riviera [REVIEW] Review by: Dane Roberts / Photos © 2022 by: Roman Sobus Snail Mail ...
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Slowthai Live at Metro

Slowthai Live at Metro [REVIEW]

Slowthai Live at Metro [REVIEW] By: Dane Roberts slowthai the Northhampton based rapper was featured at The Metro last Saturday ...
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Ministry at The Riviera Theater

Ministry at The Riviera Theater [REVIEW]

Ministry at The Riviera Theater [REVIEW] Review and photos by: Roman Sobus After grinding to a abrupt halt before it ...
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Sylvaine - Nova

Sylvaine – Nova [REVIEW]

Sylvaine - Nova [REVIEW] By: Dennis M. Kelly "Nothing lasts forever, that's the beautify of it all..." Mono No Aware ...
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Eddie Vedder Live at Auditorium Theatre

Eddie Vedder Live at Auditorium Theatre Photos © 2022 by: Roman Sobus Photos © 2022 by: Roman Sobus Check out ...
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Susie Blue croons a Honky Tonk Christmas

Chicago's Susie Blue aka vocalist Solitaire Miles is crooning a Retro Honky Tonk  version of "White Christmas" and it's getting ...
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The Headless Horseman Swings Again

Are you ready for a spine chilling frolic this Halloween?  The Headless Horseman swings again! I'll bet you never thought ...
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KISS Concert Exceeds All Expectations In Final Chicago Performance [REVIEW]

KISS Concert Exceeds All Expectations In Final Chicago Performance [REVIEW] Review by: Dennis M. Kelly - Photos © 2021 by: ...
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13th Floor Haunted House Returns To Chicago For A Spooky Good Time

13th Floor Haunted House Returns To Chicago For A Spooky Good Time

13th Floor Haunted House Returns To Chicago For A Spooky Good Time By: Dennis M. Kelly It is that time ...
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Chicago Surrenders to Sabaton

Chicago Surrenders To Sabaton [REVIEW]

Chicago Surrenders To Sabaton [REVIEW] Photos © 2021 by: Roman Sobus / Review by: Dennis M. Kelly It was an ...
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Judas Priest Delivered The Goods To Chicago

Judas Priest Delivered The Goods To Chicago [REVIEW]

Judas Priest Delivered The Goods To Chicago [REVIEW] Photos © 2021 by: Roman Sobus / Review by: Dennis M. Kelly ...
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ARC Music Fest Makes Phenomenal Debut

ARC Music Fest Makes Phenomenal Debut [REVIEW]

ARC Music Fest Makes Phenomenal Debut [REVIEW] Photos and review by: Riley James Lasers, lights, smoke and confetti blasts were ...
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Summer Camp Music Fest

The Summer Camp Music Fest 20th Anniversary Experience [REVIEW]

The Summer Camp Music Fest 20th Anniversary Experience [REVIEW] Photos © 2021 by: Riley James / Review by: Riley James ...
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STYX Bring Classic Rock To Woodstock

STYX Bring Classic Rock To Woodstock [REVIEW]

STYX Bring Classic Rock To Woodstock [REVIEW] Review by: Dennis M. Kelly - Photos © 2021 by: Roman Sobus WOODSTOCK, ...
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Lollapalooza 2021 Review

Lollapalooza 2021 Review

Lollapalooza 2021 Review Photo © 2021 by: Shea Flynn 30 years ago, what we've come to know today as the ...
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Lollapalooza 2021 Final Day Recap

Lollapalooza 2021 Final Day Recap

Lollapalooza 2021 Final Day Recap Photos © 2021 by: Roman Sobus Chicago, IL - Unfortunately, on day four, there were ...
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Journey Top Off A Day Of Exceptional Talent At Lollapalooza

Journey Top Off A Day Of Exceptional Talent At Lollapalooza

Journey Top Off A Day Of Exceptional Talent At Lollapalooza Photo © 2021 by: Roman Sobus Chicago, IL - Starting ...
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Getting Emotional

Getting Emotional Over Day Two At Lollapalooza

Getting Emotional Over Day Two At Lollapalooza Chicago, IL - Day two at Grant Park for Lollapalooza's 30th year anniversary ...
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Miley Cyrus Puts The Icing On The Cake To A Great First Day Of Lollapalooza

Miley Cyrus Puts The Icing On The Cake To A Great First Day Of Lollapalooza

Miley Cyrus Puts The Icing On The Cake To A Great First Day Of Lollapalooza Miley Cyrus photo by: @vijatm ...
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Alex Bracy

Melodic Hard Rock Studio Project, Alex Bracy, Releases new single “Song 2”

Melodic Hard Rock Studio Project, Alex Bracy, Releases new single “Song 2” Melodic Hard Rock Studio Project, Alex Bracy, Releases ...
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I Still Stand

Manny Torres “I Still Stand” [REVIEW]

Manny Torres - “I Still Stand” In this track titled, “I Still Stand”, we are presented with a determined Manny ...
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It Will Get Better

Eddy and the Arsons Releases their first song of 2021, “It Will Get Better.”

Eddy and the Arsons Releases their first song of 2021, "It Will Get Better." Eddy and the Arsons, a 3-piece ...
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Lever Live

Lever Continuing To Keep Live Music Alive Amidst Pandemic

Lever Continuing To Keep Live Music Alive Amidst Pandemic Since the beginning of the pandemic, live music has practically disappeared ...
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duet for Valentine's Day

Solitaire Miles and Howard Levy duet for Valentine’s Day

Solitaire Miles and Howard Levy duet for Valentine's Day Happy Valentine's Day! Call Me Darling... Solitaire Miles and Howard Levy ...
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Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne – Looking back on 2020

Auld Lang Syne - Looking back on 2020 - with Solitaire Miles and Howard Levy I love hearing holiday songs, ...
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Live Entertainment

A New-Old Platform For Live Entertainment

A New-Old Platform For Live Entertainment Photos by: Roman Sobus The drive-in theaters of the 50’s and 60’s have been ...
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Erzulie Brings Chicago Metal a Supernatural Ferocity: Calling on African and Central American Experiences

This is from a live show on 9/21/19. Photos by Sarah Elizabeth Larson Photography. Article and interiews by Hannah Frank ...
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Bye Bye Blues

Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas will help you say Bye Bye Blues

Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas will help you say Bye Bye Blues "You can't listen to Western Swing and not ...
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Saint Motel Live at the Vic Theatre [REVIEW]

REVIEW: Saint Motel Live at the Vic Theatre Photos © 2020 by: Roman Sobus On February 27th, 2019, Saint Motel ...
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“The Language of Music” by Mike Herting

"The Language of Music" by Mike Herting "Music has been essential to every culture for thousands of years. Even in ...
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The “Born to Be Blue Sessions” with Solitaire Miles features the very BEST of Chicago Jazz

“Solitaire Miles has a voice that makes you think she’s opened a hole in the fabric of  time and stepped ...
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Kodie Shane, BlocBoy JB and Trippie Redd at The Riviera Theatre

Kodie Shane, BlocBoy JB and Trippie Redd at The Riviera Theatre On Thursday, February 13th, Kodie Shane and BlocBoy JB ...
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Review – Mick Jenkins and the Mirrorland Tour at House of Blues

Review - Mick Jenkins and the Mirrorland Tour at House of Blues On Friday, January 31st, Atlanta’s EARTHGANG performed at ...
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REVIEW: Juliana’s Journey Begins at SPACE

REVIEW: Juliana’s Journey Begins at SPACE By: Julia Hale Photo by: Roman Sobus In the first stop of a national ...
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Kim Petras

Kim Petras Live at the Riviera Theatre [REVIEW]

REVIEW: Kim Petras Live at the Riviera Theatre By: Bailey Johnk On November 27th, 2019, Kim Petras performed at the ...
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REVIEW: The Growlers at Metro

By Lejla Subašić Based in Dana Point, California, a southern surf town, the Growlers emerged in 2006 from their own ...
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Bayonne Mesmerizes

Bayonne Mesmerizes Lollapalooza With His Sonic Artistry

Bayonne Mesmerizes Lollapalooza With His Sonic Artistry Photo by Roman Sobus Austin, TX artist, Roger Sellers made his debut performance ...
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The New Respects Kick Off

The New Respects Kick Off Great BMI Lineup at Lollapalooza

The New Respects Kick Off Great BMI Lineup at Lollapalooza August 2nd, 2019 and the BMI stage is set for ...
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Ruston Kelly

Ruston Kelly Closes Out Day 3 on BMI Stage at Lollapalooza

Ruston Kelly Closes Out Day Three on BMI Stage at Lollapalooza Photos by Roman Sobus August 3rd, 2019, Nashville Tennessee ...
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That's a Wrap

Lollapalooza 2019 – That’s a Wrap, for now

Lollapalooza 2019 - That's a Wrap, for now Photo by Roman Sobus It seems that as quickly as Lollapalooza started, ...
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Saturday is scorching

Saturday is Scorching at Lollapalooza!

Saturday is Scorching at Lollapalooza! Starting to get sore here now with the slight sunburn and all the walking we've ...
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Bring Me The Horizon Lollapalooza turns up the heat

Lollapalooza turns up the heat on day 2!

Lollapalooza turns up the heat on day 2! All ready to go on the second day of Lollapalooza, got an ...
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Like Heaven on Earth

Like Heaven on Earth – a Review of the first day of Lollapalooza 2019

Like Heaven on Earth - a Review of the first day of Lollapalooza 2019 Photos © 2019 by: Roman Sobus ...
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Fiction & Imagination Merge for Chicago Indie Rockers: The Bannermen Release “Ice or Fire”

Album Review: Ice or Fire by The Bannermen Ice or Fire, the new album by The Bannermen, is a play ...
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Fascinating Folk Ready for Films: “Sweet William” is Entry into Tall Trees and Riverbeds EP by The Sweet Maries

The song “Sweet William” was my entry into the latest EP by The Sweet Maries, a Chicago-based folk duo. Tall ...
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LakeShake 2019

LakeShake 2019: Music, Memories, and More

LakeShake 2019: Music, Memories, and More By: Bailey Johnk Photo © 2019 by: Frank Griseta When you’re a big music lover ...
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Cheers to Five Years: A 2019 LakeShake Festival Review

By: Bailey Johnk Photo © 2019 by: Frank Griseta LakeShake 2019 is officially over and as Lauren Alaina said in her ...
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volta

“WOW!” Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA Takes Soldier Field and Chicago’s Hearts

“WOW!” Cirque du Soleil’s VOLTA Takes Soldier Field and Chicago’s Hearts By Megan Anderson Popcorn, cotton candy, and the frenzied ...
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REVIEW: The Dandy Warhols at Metro Chicago

By Lejla Subašić In 1994, The Dandy Warhols, whose music has been categorized as neo-psychedelia, synth-pop, psych pop, and shoegaze, ...
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Broods

Broods at Metro [REVIEW]

Broods at Metro [REVIEW] Photo by: Roman Sobus Review by: Lejla Subašić Broods, the synthpop headliner of the evening at ...
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Lennon Stella at Metro [REVIEW]

Lennon Stella at Metro [REVIEW] Review by: Bailey Johnk Photos by: Roman Sobus On March 28th, 2019, Lennon Stella performed ...
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REVIEW: MNEK Live at Lincoln Hall

Photo by: Roman Sobus Uzoechi Osisioma Emenike known by many as MNEK debuted his new album “Language” this past September ...
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Barns Courtney Started Off The Night Right

Only being in the scene as a solo artist since 2015, this 28-year-old musician has made quite a name for ...
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It’s Showtime, Chicago!—A Night for the Fearless and Theatrical

It is 6pm on Monday, February 11th, 2019. Mayor Rahm Emanuel steps onto a stage positioned under the brilliant blue ...
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cloud nothings

Cloud Nothings at Thalia Hall [REVIEW]

Cloud Nothings at Thalia Hall [REVIEW] Photo by: Jesse Lirola Review by: Lejla Subašić In a place where a nobody ...
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REVIEW: Grace Weber Mercy featuring Vic Mensa

Many might not know that Brooklyn-based R&B artist Grace Weber is actually a Grammy Winning Artist for her help writing ...
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Preoccupations

Preoccupations at Thalia Hall [REVIEW]

Preoccupations at Thalia Hall [REVIEW] by Lejla Subašić With another wave of post-punk revival calls in mosh pits to Photomartyr ...
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REVIEW – Wild Nothing at Thalia Hall

Wild Nothing Live at Thalia Hall By: Veronica Karlin Wild Nothing continued their North American tour with Men I Trust ...
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Bob Weir

REVIEW – Bob Weir at Chicago Theatre

REVIEW - Bob Weir at Chicago Theatre Review by: Knox Keranan Photo by: Roman Sobus The Grateful Dead’s last show ...
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“The House is Haunted” by Chicago’s Susie Blue & the Lonesome Fellas

Trick or Treat?  Susie Blue & the Lonesome Fellas releases a wildly fun & rockin' new single for Halloween this ...
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Fleetwood Mac at the United Center

Fleetwood Mac at the United Center [REVIEW]

Fleetwood Mac at the United Center [REVIEW] Review and Photos by: Roman Sobus The much anticipated and GRAMMY-award winning Fleetwood ...
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REVIEW – Dead Can Dance – Dionysus

REVIEW - Dead Can Dance - Dionysus Dead Can Dance return with a new two song album devoted entirely to ...
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REVIEW – Hudson Taylor and Hozier Live at the Riviera

Making his long awaited return to the United States to debut his new EP release, Hozier put on a truly ...
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REVIEW – Jill M. Stone ‘Taught’

Review by Mike O’Cull, independent music journalist. https://www.mikeocull.com/ Chicago-based poet and songwriter Jill M. Stone has a gift for direct ...
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REVIEW – Nobody by Danielle Juhre

Local musician, Danielle Juhre released her latest single on August 16th. Music has been in her blood since birth as ...
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REVIEW – Ella Reid Big Girl Pants

Review by Mike O’Cull, independent music journalist. www.mikeocull.com Ella Reid is an emerging country singer/songwriter with a strong and individual ...
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Morgan Saint Captivates BMI Stage

Morgan Saint Captivates BMI Stage at Lollapalooza

Morgan Saint Captivates BMI Stage at Lollapalooza Photo by Erika Goldring The space in front of the BMI stage was ...
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Dorothy Opens the Final Day

Dorothy Opens the Final Day of Lollapalooza in True Rock n Roll Style

Dorothy Opens the Final Day of Lollapalooza in True Rock n Roll Style Photo by Scott Witt / Lollapalooza 2018 ...
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Kidzapalooza

Kidzapalooza – Lollapalooza’s other festival

Kidzapalooza - Lollapalooza's other festival Review & Photo by: Dennis M. Kelly In my (now) three years personally covering Lollapalooza ...
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So Much More Than a Music Festival

Lollapalooza – So Much More Than a Music Festival

Lollapalooza - So Much More Than a Music Festival Photo by Charles Reagan Hackleman / Lollapalooza 2018 Well, another Lollapalooza ...
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Bahamas Chase Away the Monday Blues

Even after a long weekend at Lollapalooza and a threat of Thunderstorms, it didn’t stop people from gathering at Millennium ...
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Franz Ferdinand brings Chicago to its knees

Franz Ferdinand brings Chicago to its knees

Franz Ferdinand brings Chicago to its knees Photo by: Charles Reagan / Lollapalooza 2018 Franz Ferdinand are bona fide rock ...
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CHVRCHES Hit Lollapalooza Hard

CHVRCHES Hit Lollapalooza Hard With Bass In Your Face

CHVRCHES Hit Lollapalooza Hard With Bass In Your Face Photo by: Charles Reagan Hackleman / Lollapalooza 2018 CHVRCHES got a ...
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Cupcake Vineyards

Cupcake Vineyards – Making Today the Occasion at Lollapalooza

Cupcake Vineyards - Making Today the Occasion at Lollapalooza Wine is not what people usually associate with music festivals, but ...
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Larkin Poe Shows Lollapalooza

Larkin Poe Shows Lollapalooza What Real Rock n Roll Looks Like

Larkin Poe Shows Lollapalooza What Real Rock n Roll Looks Like Photo by: Erika Goldring Larkin Poe rocks hard. From ...
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Language not a barrier for Jesse Baez

Language not a barrier for Jesse Baez at Lollapalooza

Language not a barrier for Jesse Baez at Lollapalooza Jesse Baez kicked off Lollapalooza 2018 at the Lake Shore stage ...
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Survival in Songwriting Leads to New Book: Raconteur Phil Circle Keeps Telling His Story

The Outback Musician's Survival Guide by Phil Circle Book Review by: Hannah Frank The Outback Musician's Survival Guide, One Guy's Story ...
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Taylor Swift Reputation Stadium Tour Review

Review by: Dennis M. Kelly Photos by: Roman Sobus 2007 Photo by: Beth Shandles Last weekend, the weather in the ...
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REVIEW – Nothing for Granted by Scientific Map

By: Hannah Frank Instrumental releases are rare and this Southside four-piece adeptly taps into a harmonic lexicon shared with jazz, ...
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REVIEW – Evanescence Live at the Chicago Theatre

Review by: Nate DeVan Photos © 2017 by: Roman Sobus Passing beneath its magnificent State Street façade (itself a replica ...
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Vintage Trouble at the Riviera Theatre [REVIEW]

Vintage Trouble at the Riviera Theatre [REVIEW]

Vintage Trouble at the Riviera Theatre [REVIEW] Review by Rebecca F. In an era where musicians have been stamped out ...
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REVIEW – Against Me! Live at Concord Music Hall

“It’s blind love,” says Laura Jane Grace. “I love blind love!” She is addressing the audience at the Concord Theater ...
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A Few Tasteful NVDES – Interview & Review at Schubas

Sex, samples, and psychedelia. These are among the themes vacillating through much of the content created by NVDES, a genre-defying ...
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The London Souls Show Lollapalooza How its Done

Photo © 2017 by: Erika Goldring Having just completed a tour with the Who, Brooklyn's, The London Souls hit Lollapalooza ...
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Bishop Briggs brings her dark side to Lollapalooza

Bishop Briggs Brings Her Dark Side to Lollapalooza

Bishop Briggs Brings Her Dark Side to Lollapalooza The sound of a deep, low hum emanates from the stage, very ...
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Jain Brings Lollapalooza to Its Knees

Chicago has always been a melting pot, filled with people from diverse backgrounds and rich cultures. On August 3rd 2017, ...
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Dropkick Murphys

Dropkick Murphys at Huntington Bank Pavilion [REVIEW]

Dropkick Murphys at Huntington Bank Pavilion [REVIEW] Dropkick Murphys at Huntington Bank Pavilion Writers exaggerate. It’s what we do. It ...
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7 Minutes in Heaven at WIRE – Berwyn, IL

Seven Minutes in Heaven is a pop/punk powerhouse on the rise to world domination, but first they’ve got work to ...
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Alice Cooper’s ‘Paranormal’ Album Review

“I’m condemned to the long, endless night. And I live in the absence of light.” From the opening lines of ...
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Chicago Open Air Recap

July 15, 2017 – by Rebecca Pointe For the second year, metal fans the world over converged on Toyota Park ...
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REVIEW: JD and the Straight Shot Live at Huntington Bank Pavilion

Americana band JD & The Straight Shot rolled into Chicago's lakefront Huntington Bank Pavilion in support of Eagles co-founding member ...
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REVIEW – Chicago Live at Coronado Performing Arts Center

Chicago Is Still a Hard Habit to Break Chicago live at The Coronado Theater, Rockford, IL – August 15, 2016 ...
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Con Brio at Lollapalooza

Con Brio at Lollapalooza [REVIEW]

Con Brio at Lollapalooza [REVIEW] Photos © 2016 by: Dennis Kelly and Roman Sobus Photos © 2016 by: Dennis Kelly ...
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REVIEW – Muddy Magnolias Live at Lollapalooza

Photo © 2016 by: Roman Sobus Upon arriving by the BMI stage, the tall trees offered some nice cover from ...
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Lollapalooza 2016

Lollapalooza 2016 – Day 2

Lollapalooza 2016 - Day 2 Review by: Dennis M. Kelly - Photos by: Roman Sobus Day two of Lollapalooza started ...
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REVIEW – Wolf Alice Live at Lollapalooza

Starting off their set with "Your Loves Whore" off their 2015 release, "My Love is Cool" Wolf Alice quickly sett ...
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Two Englishmen in Chicago hit the United Center like a Sledgehammer

Sting/Peter Gabriel The Rock, Paper, Scissors Tour – July 9 – United Center – Chicago, IL Concert review by Frank ...
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Guns N Roses Perform Explosive Show at Soldier Field [REVIEW]

Guns N Roses Live at Soldier Field Concert Review by Frank Lucas Photos by: Katarina Benzova I recall the first ...
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STYX Live at Coronado Performing Arts Center - Rockford, IL - 06/21/2016 - Photo © 2016 by: Rob Olewinski

STYX Live at the Coronado Performing Arts Center [REVIEW]

STYX Live at the Coronado Performing Arts Center [REVIEW] Review by: Frank Lucas / Photo © 2016 by: Rob Olewinski ...
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